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What Are the Steps to Registering a Trademark in Texas?

When you start your business, the name, slogan, and other identifying features you come up with help set your company apart from the competition. If you want to protect yourself and your investment, it is important to consider registering your trademarks in Texas and with the federal government.  Because the trademark registration process can be complicated, you should consider...

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How To Remove a Member From an LLC in Texas

People form businesses together with the best of intentions. Entrepreneurs share a vision and work together to realize it. In many cases, they create a limited liability company (LLC) to maximize tax benefits and minimize business formalities. Unfortunately, the business world is not all sunshine and harmony. When conflict arises, many companies find themselves asking how to remove a...

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What Are the Four Elements of a Breach of Contract Claim in Texas?

When someone fails to comply with the terms of a contract, you may have grounds to file a breach of contract claim. These types of lawsuits are common in business litigation. There are four elements of a breach of contract claim: a valid contract, performance, breach, and damages. In this blog, we define each element of breach of contract...

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What Is Business Disparagement in Texas?

As a Texas business owner in Texas, there is a chance someone may have disparaged your business on a popular website or social media, possibly giving rise to a business disparagement claim in Texas. If this hasn’t happened to you yet, it may very well be something you face in the future. But what exactly is business disparagement in...

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What Is Considered Corporate Reorganization in Texas?

Corporate reorganization allows businesses to change hands, branch out, or do what’s needed to keep the company going. It’s especially helpful if the company is having financial difficulties.  In this article, the team at Massingill goes over different types of corporate reorganization. The article also explores what goes into an excellent corporate reorganization plan and the accompanying tax consequences....

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What Are the Elements of an Enforceable Contract in Texas?

Contracts are the bedrock of business. It’s how people create businesses, build company relationships, grow their brands, and keep things running smoothly. But what makes a contract enforceable?  This article explores the elements of an enforceable contract. The team at Massingill provides efficient and effective business solutions.  If you have questions, please contact us today. What Are the Elements...

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Benefits of Trademark Registration

Texas entrepreneurs often do not realize that their businesses hold thousands of dollars worth of valuable intellectual property until someone infringes upon their trademarks. Once discovered, it is often too late to fully protect these marks since they have not been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or with the State of Texas.  For most companies,...

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What Is the Difference Between a Copyright and a Trademark?

If your business has a brand—a website, merchandise, an identity—you may have valuable intellectual property and not even know it. In fact, your brand can be just as relevant to your bottom line as your revenue numbers if you nurture it correctly. And if you don’t? Well, you can only imagine what happens if someone else starts using your...

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How to File a Statement of Use for a Trademark in Austin, Texas

If you’ve started the process of registering a trademark, you may have come across the term “Statement of Use.” But what exactly is a Statement of Use in the context of a trademark application? And how do you know whether you’ll need one for your business?  At Massingill, we can help you answer these questions and more. When you...

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What Is the Process of Copyright Registration in Texas?

Copyright is an important type of intellectual property (IP). Specifically, copyrights protect original works of authorship as soon as the creator fixes the work in a tangible form of expression.  Common examples of copyrightable works include:  Paintings,  Photographs,  Books,  Plays,  Blog posts, and Computer programs.  No matter what type of work you want to protect, registering your copyright is...

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