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Have Your Independent Contractors Become Employees?

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Jun 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Throughout various stages, your startup or small business may work with independent contractors ("I.C.s") to meet the ever-changing needs of your company. Using I.C.s allows you to pay for services, such as software/app development and sales, without the need to have a fixed employee salary or providing benefits, and thus, potentially saving your business money. However, the IRS has specific guidelines for determining if the people who work for you are I.C.s or if they are really employees.

What is Derivative Work & How Can it Affect My Software?

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

U.S. Copyright laws can protect an original software creation, but infringers still exist, and you may need to take legal action against them. On the other hand, you may inadvertently created a derivative work that infringes someone else's software copyright. Blaier Law LLC can show you how deri...

Why every startup should know about Phantom Equity

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Mar 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Startups that are bootstrapping or tight on cash may find themselves in a situation where they want to bring new talent on-board but aren't able to pay a full or any salary at that stage of the game. Sometimes they look to provide equity in the company and thus ownership. Phantom Equity is a great medium where both parties can get something they want.

What are SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS?

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Feb 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A growing and vibrant area of the gig-economy revolves around the idea that a service, platform, or infrastructure shouldn't be physically stored on a computer or on-site, but rather cloud-based for a subscription fee. This blog will discuss the differences between software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

When to Hire a Lawyer for Your New York Startup

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Early in their life cycles, startups are often strapped for cash, and you may think that you can take on the legal work yourself. An experienced startup attorney is a valuable asset to your business. Blaier Law LLC understands the challenges that new startups face, and can effectively guide you t...

Worst Legal Mistakes Startups Make in New York

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Feb 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you decide to launch your New York startup, your attention is focused on creating the perfect product, hiring the best employees, and finding an office space in just the right location. Legal issues are the last thing on your mind, but without proper attention, these can lead to costly litig...

What Are Your Trademark Rights?

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A trademark is a symbol, design, word, or phrase that distinguishes one business's products from another. A service mark is a symbol, design, word, or phrase that distinguishes one business's services from another. The term "trademark" is commonly used to refer to both trademarks and service mark...

A Checklist for Your Startup: What You Need to Complete

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Jan 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you have a new business idea, going from concept to income-producing can seem overwhelming. This checklist takes you step-by-step through the process of forming your startup and preparing your business for its first client. Create a Business Plan Although many startups operate without a fo...

What is International IP & When Do You Need It?

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Jan 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

The United States has certain registration requirements for copyrights, patents, and trademarks, which makes protecting your Intellectual Property (IP) straightforward with good legal representation. However, when you want to operate in a global market, you need to understand each country's uniqu...

Should you use an NDA?

Posted by Blaier Law LLC | Dec 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

As Blaier Law LLC works with more startups and small businesses, we notice extremely divergent views regarding non-disclosure/confidentially agreements (NDAs). Some companies love the idea of using an NDA and others find no use for it. This blog discusses what an NDA protects, the pros of protecting it, and some concerns people have with them.

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