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  • Legal Basics For Every Venture – Part 2 - December 1st, 2016 - 1:11 pm

    This is the second of two parts of a legal guide. It’s called “Get Your Legal Together – A Guide for Entrepreneurs and Creatives” by Grant Atkinson, Founder/Managing Attorney at Framework Law Group PC. III. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Trademarks Secure the exclusive rights to your business name, logo, slogan, and unique product names. These are your trademarks, and registering your trademarks can help ensure no one steals them. Vetting your Trademarks: Prior to registration, it is important to ensure that your trademarks are not confusingly similar to any existing trademarks — especially with businesses that provide similar goods or services to you. Conflicting trademarks can cause issues with your trademark application or may lead to legal disputes in the future. We recommend professional assistance to properly vet your trademark. Registering your Trademarks: A trademark can be registered through the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO.gov), and it is advisable to have professional assistance with the application. Government Fees: Generally range from $225 – $275 per class of goods and services, per application. Professional legal service fees may vary. Copyrights Secure the exclusive rights to your creative works, such as images, writings, songs, or videos. You can register single works,...

  • Legal Basics For Every Venture – Part 1

    Legal Basics For Every Venture – Part 1 - November 4th, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    This is the first two parts of a legal guide. It’s called “Get Your Legal Together – A Guide for Entrepreneurs and Creatives” by Grant Atkinson, Founder/Managing Attorney at Framework Law Group PC. LEGAL BASICS FOR EVERY VENTURE GOVERNMENT FILINGS Every business in Los Angeles needs to follow a few basic steps to operate legally. Below are some of the commonest steps you should consider: Local Business License Most cities require you to register a business license and they may tax your business once you reach certain income levels (i.e. $100k year). You can generally register online on your own. For example, if you operate in the city of Los Angeles, you can register here: http://finance.lacity.org/ Seller’s Permit If you sell goods, you may need a seller’s permit from the state of California. If you don’t sell goods (i.e. you just provide services), you may be able to skip this step. You can read more about the requirements and registration here: https://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/faqseller.htm Fictitious Business Name If you are doing business using a name that is different than your name as an individual or different than the name of your LLC or Corporation (if you have one), then you may...

  • Considering Imports – Part 3

    Considering Imports – Part 3 - October 5th, 2016 - 8:01 pm

    Imports by Shody Chow This is the third and final part of understanding imports from a man who knows. If you missed Imports Part 1 and 2, they were posted together on the SCORE LA blog in April, 2016. Just check the blog listings for the first parts of this informative blog write-up on imports under “Considering Imports.” Remark: readers to use their best judgment on using the information provided, and not to take unnecessary risks in importing Imports Remark: readers to use their best judgment on using the information provided, and not to take unnecessary risks in importing Part 3 Basing on feedback from some readers, I am providing additional information on some aspects of importing that were not included in Part 1 and 2 of this blog. With the information age, it is now not difficult to find vendors, particularly those located in Asia, online. Some of the websites that you can search for products and vendors are www.alibaba.com, www.aliexpress.com, www.hktdc.com, www.globalsources.com, www.taiwantrade.com, www.indiamart.com. The largest website is perhaps Alibaba, which is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals. It is necessary to go through a process of vendor...

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