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Protecting Your Ownership of Employee-Created Intellectual Property

Posted on September 8, 2013

An employer might assume that any intellectual property created by an employee in connection with the employee’s job duties will automatically become the exclusive property of the employer. However, without taking the necessary measures to ensure this, that assumption could prove incorrect. Employee Inventions Where There Is NO Enforceable Assignment-of-Inventions Agreement. Often, in the absence of an assignment-of-inventions agreement, an employee presumptively owns any inventions that he or she creates that are entitled to protection under applicable trade-secret or patent law. This means that the employer may have no ownership […]

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How Contract Law Affects Small Businesses

Posted on August 3, 2013

The last thing a small business owner wants to think about is what type of legal forms to use when entering in contractual agreements. Contracts take time to draft, they are complicated and very dry. Some business owners would like to have them drafted professionally, but they are worried about the price. A solid contract, however, is not only worth the cost of a qualified Illinois business attorney, but it will likely avoid any disputes down the road that can be very costly. Contracts that are drafted professionally are based […]

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How the Law of Agency Affects Small Businesses

Posted on June 27, 2013

After setting up a business, a business owner must ensure that it operates efficiently and that it is protected from potential liability. Yes, every business, big and small, faces some level of potential liability. This is particularly tricky for small businesses that have limited resources. It is crucial for a small business owner to have adequate checks to minimize potential risks. “HowThese risks can come from a variety of sources. Take the conduct of an agent, for example. Under Illinois law, a business may be held liable for the wrongful […]

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