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Second Anniversary: Blog Round-Up

This month marks the second (!) anniversary of Spear IP’s opening. You might notice that Spear IP started as a general intellectual property law practice. In its second year, Spear IP pivoted to focus on the fashion, hospitality, blog and new media, and tech industries, along with creative (non-musical) professionals. Here is a look back at the lessons learned and content shared on the Spear IP Blog during Year Two.

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Real Talk on Entrepreneurship and Essential Skills

I’ve heard too many friends and colleagues talk about how “scary” or “impressive” it seems to start your own business. I don’t know about impressive, but entrepreneurship can certainly be scary. It’s also amazing, crazy, and incredibly fulfilling. This post deviates from the usual educational material you’ll find on the Spear IP Blog. It’s time for some real talk about entrepreneurship and the must-have skills for taking the leap (in my very humble and non-expert opinion).

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Protecting a Blog (Series): Copyright + Copy

When we think “the media,” a blog might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but think about it. A blog is content that is updated daily (if not more frequently), and a single blog post can be shared thousands of times. So when it comes to blog content, what’s protectable, and how do you protect it? This two-part series will look at just that. Below, you’ll learn about the protectable elements in a blog and some of the … Continue reading →

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Making Sense of Labeling Requirements for Clothing and Apparel

Labeling requirements for clothing and apparel — what a topic! Many of us are now in the habit of asking where our food came from and what’s in our favorite snacks, and consumers, in increasing numbers, are starting to look at the makeup of our clothing. Fiber content and place of manufacture are but some of the items listed on a clothing label. This post provides some basic education on apparel labeling requirements.

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Who Made My Clothes: Beyond Fashion Revolution Week

#WhoMadeMyClothes and Going Beyond Fashion Revolution Week
Fashion Revolution Week is coming to a close. What is Fashion Revolution Week? It’s not just the movement behind the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes. The Fashion Revolution is a movement with the clear goal of encouraging consumers to be aware of where their clothing comes from, and making purchasing decisions based on that information.

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Client Query: Can I Protect An Idea? (Probably Not.)

Client Query: Can I Protect An Idea?
“Client Query” is a brief segment in which a common client question is broken down and answered. This month: the misconceptions surrounding whether you can protect an idea.

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Don’t Forget to File Your Annual Report

Don’t Forget to File Your Annual Report
It’s that special time of year where suddenly we’re careening towards April 15. Engaged a trusted CPA? Check. Looked over the books and expenses for the last year? Check. But wait! There’s one more important deadline for Tennessee businesses and business owners: the deadline by which you must file your annual report.

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Client Query: A Celebrity Is Wearing My Brand

“Client Query” is a brief segment in which a common client question is broken down and answered. This month, Spear IP tackles that “OMG” moment… “A celebrity is wearing my brand!”