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4 Types of Intellectual Property: Securing Your Business Benefits
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4 Types of Intellectual Property: Securing Your Business Benefits

Did you know that finding success in today’s fiercely competitive business landscape requires protection of your ideas, inventions, and brand identity? These intangible assets, known as intellectual property, hold immense value. The benefits of Intellectual property (IP) protection give you the power to safeguard your innovations and gain a competitive edge. From patents and trademarks…

Make Taxes Suck Less: 4 Practical Tips for Small Business Owners
Business Planning Tax Issues

Make Taxes Suck Less: 4 Practical Tips for Small Business Owners

Tax planning can be overwhelming. If you’re wondering what taxes a small business has to pay, which deductions my business can claim, and other similar questions, you’re not alone.  One article published by Forbes said, “Of the top ten most burdensome problems small business owners report, four are tax related.” So it is no wonder…

Why are service marks and trademarks important for business?
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Why are service marks and trademarks important for business?

Establishing a strong brand identity is one of the most important actions you can do to ensure success in your business. Why? Because your brand identifies your business with your clients and customers. It’s what they think of as your business, and it’s what they become loyal to.  Colors, fonts, customer service, and slogans are…

Emma’s Enchanting Encounter: The Tale of a Trademark Triumph
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Emma’s Enchanting Encounter: The Tale of a Trademark Triumph

Once upon a time in a quaint little town, there lived a passionate baker named Emma. Emma had spent years perfecting her recipes and dreaming of opening her bakery. After countless hours of hard work, she finally opened “Emma’s Enchanted Bakery,” a magical little shop known for its delightful pastries and enchanting atmosphere. Emma’s small…

Safeguard Your Startup: Why Registering a Trademark is Essential for Tech Entrepreneurs
Business Planning

Safeguard Your Startup: Why Registering a Trademark is Essential for Tech Entrepreneurs

Another company is using my name! We worked with a business owner who had a competitor start a business in a neighboring town using the same name. It was in the same county! The competitor used a different logo but had the name printed on their trucks and offered a similar service. Customers were naturally…

Caring about Small Businesses – Entrepreneurship in Our Genes
Business

Caring about Small Businesses – Entrepreneurship in Our Genes

Why do we on the Iowa Business Lawyer team care so much about small businesses? Well, small business ownership is in Attorney Matt Nuzum’s genes. Parents play a huge role in their children’s lives, and although no parent is perfect, they influence us in many different ways. In business, a parent can demonstrate upstanding morals,…

What intellectual property rights should business owners protect?
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What intellectual property rights should business owners protect?

Define IP, IP types, and their differences, understand the benefits of IP protection, and discover how to get IP protection. What Intellectual Property Means Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, like inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Just like you can own a physical…

What Should I Name My Business? Trade Names, DBAs, and More
Business Planning

What Should I Name My Business? Trade Names, DBAs, and More

Naming things is difficult—in fact, maybe one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make as you launch your business. In some cases, laws will have a slight impact on what your business name will be, for example, if it must or cannot include certain words. But for many, the sky’s the limit. Fortunately, there’s a…