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A Primer on Patents

Everything you needed to know about patents but were afraid to ask… By Pin Tan, Patent Attorney and Managing Partner of Lightbulb IP Protection for New and Useful Inventions Patents provide broad protection over inventions or discoveries that are both new and useful by giving patent holders the exclusive right to make, use, sell, or offer […]

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Clark County Cracking Down on Unlicensed Businesses

August 28, 2012 A little birdie just told me that Clark County is cracking down on unlicensed businesses, especially real estate brokers, real estate salespersons, and professional promoters. To see whether your business is in the county’s jurisdiction, check the Jurisdiction Locater.  Look at what appears next to “Jurisdiction.”  If it says Clark County, check the […]

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Small Business Horror Story #6: Not Properly Closing Your Business

Today I received a call from a potential client who was called before the Nevada Department of Taxation about $60,000 in taxes, penalties, and interest he owes from a business he stopped operating in 2009.  Apparently he simply closed the doors of the business and changed his address.  Three years later he’s on the hook […]

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Small Business Horror Story #5: Trademark Denied

The first step in starting a business is to choose a name.  In my article on How to Start a Business in Las Vegas, I say, simply, “make sure no one else has it.”  Maybe I need to elaborate. In addition to ensuring no one else has the entity name by checking with the Secretary […]

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Trademark Basics

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website is incredibly helpful in educating people about the trademark process.  However, there are some pitfalls not covered by the site that I’ve encountered in helping my clients.  And because I’m all about warning my clients about pitfalls, I am writing this article.    First, you don’t […]

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Leaving a Business

I just got a call from someone who wants to resign from his company, leaving his partner behind.  He was surprised to learn there is far more to this process than simply filing the resignation paperwork with the Secretary of State. First, is there an operating agreement (for an LLC) or a shareholder agreement (for […]

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Beware Unofficial Trademark Solicitations

One of my clients recently called in a panic because she had just received a notice that the trademarks I’d filed on her behalf were cancelled.  As it turns out, the notice was a fake.  It looked official and made reference to the USPTO, but tried to deceive her into paying the company that sent […]

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Streamlined Business Licenses for Contractors

Yay!   Believe it or not, Clark County and the Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas have agreed on something.  I know, right? A June 21, 2012 press release announces the first phase of multijurisdictional licensing for contractors!   The insanely maddening process of having to go to each jurisdiction to secure […]

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Why Do I Need a Business Plan?

“Why do I need a business plan? Writing one is so difficult and I don’t have time!” A business plan is the blue print for your business. It tells others the projected course of action for your business over a period of time. If you are in need of OPM (Other People’s Money) for your business, a […]

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