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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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What Are the Most Common Commercial Construction Contract Disputes in Austin, Texas?

Construction is one of the fastest-growing industries across Texas. To reap the rewards of the building boom, make sure you are prepared. Good planning helps protect individuals and businesses from a host of different construction risks. While you cannot control external factors like shipping delays when planning your construction project, you should take charge of the things you can...

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How to Start a Medical Practice in Texas

Starting your own medical practice is an exciting way to take the next step in your journey as a medical professional. However, when considering how to start a medical practice in Texas, the law can be complicated and challenging. Whether you are an entrepreneur considering providing financing to a medical business or a physician striking out on your own,...

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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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Texas Estate Tax: Everything You Need to Know

One of the best parts of living in the Lone Star State is its low tax burden. In fact, Texas has the 4th lowest state-local tax burden in the country as of 2019. One major reason for this is that Texas has no state-wide tax on personal income. Texas also doesn’t have a state-wide estate tax. That’ll make many...

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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 an LLC and a DBA? The quick answer is that a DBA is...

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How to Dissolve an LLC in Texas

A good entrepreneur knows not only when to jump into a new business venture, but when to shut one down. A business owner might want to end things to pursue new opportunities or avoid legal and financial woes. Whatever the reason, owners of limited liability companies (LLCs) need to follow certain protocols before they can officially and properly dissolve...

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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 how to change the ownership...

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