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Dealing with Cease and Desist: the good the bad and the ugly

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

If you’re in business for any amount of time it is likely that you will receive a cease and desist letter at some point throughout your journey. If you recall this article you’ll know that monitoring your intellectual property (trademarks/copyrights) is part of owning it. So, it isn’t surprising that you might get a cease and desist at some point …

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What the FTC has to say about your Coaching Business

In Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against a well-known company for misrepresentations regarding its online business coaching program. The company overstated (to put it politely) the potential earnings one could make if they were to purchase a business coaching membership with the company. The case has since settled (for an insane amount you’ll find out …

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How to Make Your Passion and Career Collide

In Blog by Shannon Montgomery

This week I wanted to share with you all an interview I did with the guys over at The Lawyerist! I’ve been an avid Lawyerist listener for years, so when they asked if I’d like to be a guest on the show I jumped at the chance. The discussion goes into a little bit about what I do here at …

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Contracts Edition

In Contracts 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of reviewing and negotiating, some very one-sided contracts. Businesses of all sizes are continually utilizing extremely unfair contracts. Some of these are short and to the point, but they still leave my client completely unprotected in the situation. Often times if you’re an individual or a smaller business contracting with …

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Do these 8 things before launching your app!

In Creative Entrepreneurs by Shannon Montgomery

Silicon Valley, tech startups, mobile apps, and scientific advances that are often too good to be true (looking at you today Theranos). Technology has never really been my thing, but helping young entrepreneurs is and if the people want to build apps well then, I want to help them do that. Today’s article is inspired by a recent client consultation …

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How Changes to CA Law Can Impact Your Business

In Independent Contractors by Shannon Montgomery

The majority of the country operates under the IRS suggestion for classification of employees as either true employees deserving of benefits, and employment tax withholding, or independent contractors that don’t need either of those things. However, in April of this year, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling that changed the traditional view of employee vs independent contractor (IC) and …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing and Hiring

In Business 101, Independent Contractors by Shannon Montgomery

Summer is winding down, and we’re getting close to the fourth quarter of the year. Some businesses like to wind things down while others truly ramp it up to finish the year off strong. If you fall into the second category, and you’re considering hiring help whether that be permanent, seasonal, or on a contract basis, there are certain things …

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Timeline of a Trademark Application

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Starting a business can be scary. There are a lot of unknowns. I can absolutely understand that. Starting this law firm was, and at most times still is scary. So, as an attorney that works with business as they grow and build, I want to do all that I can to take out some of those unknowns. Filing a trademark …

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Who Owns Your Podcast and More…

In Business 101, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

If you’re anything like me, you’re a podcast addict. From fitness to business growth there is something for everyone in the podcast world. More and more people are hopping on the podcast train as a way to provide more value to their customers, build their brand recognition, and drive sales within their company. One day I may hop on that …

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Marketing, Advertising, and Trademark Law

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Clearing your trademarks prior to launching a business or product is the first step you should be taking in protecting your intellectual property, and your business from unwanted trademark infringement suits. But what about clearing trademarks before launching a new advertising or marketing campaign? Sometimes your campaign involves a particular word or slogan, and it’s highly likely that you find …