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What could make your noncompete agreement unenforceable?

If a former employee is using what they learned from you to compete with your business, you need to take effective action. Ideally, you would have a valid noncompete agreement in place, but the courts don't always uphold these. What issues make them unenforceable and how can they be addressed?

W-4 to get a reboot — IRS offers employers a glimpse of new form

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will release a new and allegedly improved Form W-4 in the near future. The agency states the changes will help better ensure Form W-4 is in line with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The changes could mean complications for employers. To help ease the transition, the agency provided employers with an early view of the form.

Recent Qualcomm ruling serves as reminder of goal of IP rights

Intellectual property is a niche area that involves legal protections such as patents. Patents reward the patent holder with protection against others stealing their ideas. One argument in favor of these protections argues they encourage innovation by rewarding the effort required to make truly unique products.

Looking at an acquisition in 2019? Learn from Bayer's mistakes.

Bayer, the multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company worth billions, acquired Monsanto to grow its crop science division in the summer of 2018. Unfortunately for Bayer, the acquisition has not unfolded as planned. Fortunately for entrepreneurs throughout the world, the issues that arose with this deal provide a valuable learning opportunity.

Business entities and tax obligations

Tax Day is behind us, but the recent tax scramble serves as an opportunity to discuss the tax obligations of businesses. The type of business structure directly impacts tax obligations. Entrepreneurs that are considering choosing a business structure are wise to review the tax implications of each option before moving forward.

First image of black hole sparks IP controversy

Controlling intellectual property online is a difficult task. Software, written works and even images can proliferate and the rightful owner may have a difficult time enforcing protections. The disputes that can arise were recently highlighted when a scientific group released the first ever photo of a black hole.

How to pierce the corporate veil: opioid case provides an example

One of the key benefits to most types of business formation is protection from personal liability. Business owners may choose an LLC, LP or corporation for various reasons, but all three generally protect the owners from any debts or lawsuits the business itself may face.

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