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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:  No matter what type of work you want to protect, registering your copyright is an important step to take to better protect your...

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What Is the Difference Between an LLC and a DBA in Texas?

A lot of acronyms can come out of the woodwork when an entrepreneur decides to start a new business. A new business owner might hear things about LLCs (limited liability companies), EINs (Employer Identification Numbers), and DBAs (“doing business as” names). But what’s the difference between a DBA and an LLC? The quick answer is that a DBA is...

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How to Add or Change LLC Ownership in Texas

Businesses change over time. It is very rare for the ownership of a company to remain the same over a long period of time, especially when there are multiple owners. Still, many business owners are unsure of how to change the ownership percentage of an LLC in Texas. In this article, we will discuss the two main ways to...

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What You Should Do If Your Business Partner Is Trying to Push You Out

When most people start a business, they don’t think about falling out with their business partners. On the contrary, this is a time of optimism and hope. But unfortunately, sometimes, business relationships do become strained. Below, we will discuss what happens when business partners decide to part ways and what you can do to protect yourself and your business....

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Buy-Sell Agreements in Texas—An Overview

You and your business partners put together an idea to make money, and you worked to make that idea come true. To achieve success, you had to pay attention to the details. However, remarkably few small business owners account for the future of the business’s ownership and continuity. A good buy-sell agreement does just that. In this guide, we...

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Piercing the Corporate Veil: What to Know

Most small business owners make the mistake of assuming that once they have set up a corporation or limited liability company, they and their personal assets are protected from liability. As a result, they do not take any further action to sustain limited liability protection. Or worse, they take actions that weaken limited liability protection. In this guide, we...

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Why Buyout Provisions Are Essential to Your Texas Partnership Agreement

People enter into small business partnerships based on a common interest and a common vision. The hope for the future of your business tends to drive all decisions. But these halcyon days almost always pass and difficulties and disagreements arise. Therefore, the smartest foundational business decision you can make is to hope for the best and prepare for the...

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What Are Your Rights When Your Business Partner Is Trying to Sabotage Your Business?

When we think of workplace sabotage, a disgruntled employee sabotaging the company usually comes to mind. But sabotage can also happen at the partner level. It is distressing, to say the least when your once-trusted partner is sabotaging the business you built together. At one point you both were of common mind with a common vision looking to build...

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