If you’ve been in business for a while, you may think you are up to date on legal issues that may effect you. Most likely you are not. There are many areas that should be looked at, at least annually. Here are some areas to consider.
Have you had an intellectual property inventory performed? You may not be aware, but your business name, logos, tag lines and even jingles can be registered as a trademark, which offers you more protection for your branding. You may have software, e-books or other written material that could be suitable for a copyright. Maybe getting a non disclosure agreement would be something you can benefit from. With all these possible rights, you may be looking to license this work to others, or keep others from using your company secrets. The list can be endless, but if you don’t take a look, you’ll never know.
If you have employees, you should be current with employment laws that may effect you. Should they be classified as independent contractors? Do you have an employee manual, and if so, is it current and being followed?
There are many areas with any business that should be reviewed by an attorney, to make sure you are taking advantage of, as well as not being taken advantage of. My office is ready to help you meet these challenges.