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What is a Trademark?

It is a sign which identifies the products or services of a business and, may consist of words, slogans, musical compositions, logos, shapes, numerals, colours or any combination of these. It can also include sounds or even smells. In fact a trade mark can be...

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Other people’s copyright

Being aware of and protecting  your own intellectual property rights is important but so is understanding the rights of other people in regard to their material which you may come into contact with. For example, before engaging a web designer, you should check that ...

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Your virtual business

Once you have your website, it is not complete without addressing “the legals”.  Do not expect the web designer to do this for you, or even to raise the subject as most don’t,  maybe they would see it as straying into the remit of lawyers. But terms and conditions of...

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Your Copyright

If your business involves the creation of material which has or may come to have commercial value – for example books, newspaper articles, course materials, sound recordings including CDs, tapes, audio files, films including videos, broadcasts, audio visual files,...

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Copyright: Starting off

To make money you’ve got to sell your goods or services through entering into sales contract relationships. You’ve got to set out your stall and attract interest for such a relationship to happen. You will want a design and logo for your business cards &...

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Domain Names

One of the first things that many business owners will do when starting a new business is choose a domain name. Typically, an online search will be conducted via the registration agent’s website and if the desired domain is free, it is duly acquired. A Google search...

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Why register a trademark?

A trademark registration is an intangible asset that adds value to a business. Failure to register a trade mark could have negative implications on the value of a business in the event of a business sale. It can also cause problems in the event of any merging,...

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Forming the contractual relationship

When is the contractual relationship in place? For a contract to be formed an offer must be accepted without qualification. If you make an offer and the customer comes back and says ‘ok but instead of x can I have x plus y’ or any aspect of the offer is varied, that...

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