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Raising capital at any stage of a company's growth is challenging and requires creativity and tenacity. However, these hurdles are especially difficult to conquer at the earliest stages of an enterprise's development, the author says. This article discusses where and how to raise capital at the seed level and growth stages.
Outsourcing provides a solution to a wide variety of tasks that may not be efficient for a company to handle itself, especially an early-stage business that needs to focus on its top priorities.
Many founders have cited the importance of access to mentoring and coaching that the peer-to-peer organizations, as well as industry groups, Chambers of Commerce, and trade associations, have provided for them.
This introduction provides a basic overview of buy-sell agreements and describes the three basic types.
A buy-sell agreement that properly anticipates all of the challenges and dynamics of rapid expansion is a must. The author asserts many entrepreneurs often are so excited to get the company started that the details typically addressed in a buy-sell agreement are overlooked.
Entrepreneurs going abroad for sales can protect their IP through an international protocol called the Madrid System. This system allows entrepreneurs to eliminate the need to file separate patent protection applications in each country where trademark protection is required and where they wish to conduct business.
Before attempting to obtain a patent, entrepreneurs can use this ten-point checklist to determine if the benefits of protecting an invention outweigh the costs of prosecuting and protecting it under a patent.
Entrepreneurs often fail to take inventory of the Intellectaul property assets they have developed and as a result tend to under-leverage these assets. To ensure continued business growth, it is critical for entrepreneurs to consider a periodic intellectual property audit and strategic analysis.
This article provides an expert explanation of the various kinds of patents, including utility patents and design patents, along with a practical description of the complete patenting process.
This article is a primer for entrepreneurs who need to understand the basics of intellectual property law as a precursor to selecting how to protect their intangible assets, trade secrets and know-how, trademarks and trade names, patents and patent applications, and copyrights.
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