Avoidable Mistake 78: Failure to Have Required Insurance for Employee, including Workers' Comp, Unemployment, and Disability

What does this mean?

Both and federal and state laws require employers to get and maintain certain insurance for their employees. These 3 insurance...

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Avoidable Mistake 64: Failure to Classify Your Worker Correctly as Either an Employee or a Contractor

What does this mean?

If you have employees, you’ll need to pay related taxes and give certain benefits. A lot of people skip certain requirements b...

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Avoidable Mistake 63: Failure to Require a Written Agreement with Anyone Who's Created Graphic Design or Copy for You

What does this mean?

When it comes to copyright, just because you paid someone to create something for you doesn’t mean that you own the work. The ...

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Avoidable Mistake 62: Failure to Have Written Agreement with Your Employee or Have Unfavorable Terms

What does this mean?

Apart from commission agreements in some states, a written employment agreement will hardly ever be required. In fact many emp...

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Avoidable Mistake 61: Failure to Conduct a Patent Search or Conduct a Proper One

What does this mean?

People do a patent search to check if a certain invention has already been patented or to check if there is any prior art that...

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Avoidable Mistake 60: Failure to Enforce Your Patent

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Even if your patent is approved, you’ll still be the one responsible for enforcing your patent--there’s no “patent police.” Th...

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Avoidable Mistake 59: Failure to File a Timely Provisional Patent, Whether Early or Late

What does this mean?

You may file a provisional patent when your invention is almost complete or if you’re ready but haven’t quite perfected your p...

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Avoidable Mistake 58: Failure to Patent Your Product When Necessary

What does this mean?

Exclusive rights that are protected in patents, the ones that give the effect of a monopoly, belong to the owner. The owner of...

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Avoidable Mistake 57: Failure to Understand When You Should and Shouldn't Get a Patent

What does this mean?

Patents give the owner a limited monopoly over their inventions: for a limited period of time, only they can make, reproduce, ...

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Avoidable Mistake 53: Failure to Register Your Copyrighted Work When Necessary

What does this mean?

It means that sometimes you should register your copyrighted work. But, one caveat, you’re not required to register your work ...

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