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IP and Thinking About Your Exit Strategy

Whether you’re a brand owner or a future brand owner, you start to do a gut check this time of year. The soon-to-be brand owner? She starts her engines and gears up to launch her business. The existing brand owner? He does a review; thinking through how the previous year went. What to both types of entrepreneurs have in common? They must be thinking about an exit strategy. (Spoiler alert: taking proactive steps to protect your IP now will add … Continue reading →

Maria Spear Ollis on entrepreneurship

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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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.

Proper Use of Client Materials in Marketing

Proper Use of Client Materials in Marketing

The ability for a client to view your portfolio is of utmost importance in client-facing industries. (Looking at you, event planning, graphic design, web design, and photography). One often assumes that she has free reign in posting clients’ projects for all to see. But, that is not necessarily the case. This post touches on some legal hurdles that apply to the proper use of client materials and the “quick fixes” that might save you from legal headaches when marketing your business.

IP and Using Contractors

IP Independence: Using Contractors

Using independent contractors has its perks: an independent contractor is not an employee, so an employer can save by using contractors for certain services. But does an employer automatically own creative works created by its independent contractors? In short: probably not.

Using A Personal Name As A Trademark

Using A Personal Name As A Trademark

Not everyone uses an arbitrary or fanciful brand name. Often times individuals or companies will just go with someone’s name (present company included). Read on for a list of considerations when using a personal name as a trademark.

EntreprAdmire May 2016

EntreprAdmire May 2016 Edition

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” With that quote, Socrates provides a great tip for entrepreneurs. Goal-setting and continuous learning are two habits that are imperative to entrepreneurship.  The act of writing down goals has been said to be quite effective in actually accomplishing goals, and the act of learning or improving upon a skill often finds itself on an entrepreneur’s list of goals.  So let’s dive into the brands I #EntreprAdmire this … Continue reading →