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Someone Stole My Design! Now What?

With great innovation comes a greater likelihood of others copying, borrowing, or blatantly stealing your design work. Your design or piece of art work may end up in someone’s home down the street, on the internet, or in a gallery in another country without your consent. The real question is what can you do to stop the infringement?

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Farmers’ Markets: The New Small Business Incubator

Farmers’ markets have been a long-standing tradition in the Hoosier state and are gaining popularity as they have reached another niche in the market by becoming pseudo-incubators for small businesses. Many start-up food and craft businesses can utilize farmers’ markets in order to...

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Setting a New Company Up For Success By Selecting Effective Leaders: Is Leadership Born or Bred?

Forming a new business requires thoughtful decision-making, and as an entrepreneur it’s tough to prioritize which tasks should be tackled immediately.  Choosing the right team of core leaders is arguably the most critical piece of your new business’s puzzle.  While strong leadership is important in every organization, startup executives have even bigger shoes to fill.  Dealing with poor company leadership right out of the gate is like buying your company a one way ticket straight into the ground.  If you pick the wrong individuals...

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Women & Patents

STEM fields are notorious for experiencing one of the greatest gender gaps in the workforce.  That’s not to say that women aren’t coming up with innovative ideas.  Rather, the structure of the field has hindered their ability to execute them.  Lately more and more women are choosing to pursue STEM careers.   

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Increased Lending Authority for Small Businesses

If your small business is looking for financing, but has been unable to acquire loans, you may be in luck.  On Monday July 27th the U.S. House of Representatives raised the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) lending authorization ceiling to $23.5 billion for the 7(a) loan guaranty program.

The SBA’s 7(a) loan program is designed for start-ups and existing small businesses.  The SBA will guarantee as much as

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Can Apple Music Compete With Other Music Streaming Giants?

More than a decade ago, Apple changed the face of the music industry by releasing the iPod. By pioneering the face of digital music, Apple was able to get on the frontend of what has become the modern consumption of music.  Since then, things have swung the other direction for Apple from a downloaded media perspective.  While Apples continues to be the strongest competitor from a hardware standpoint, it has recently been...

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Patents and Google Chrome

While Google Chrome has become the go-to web browser in recent years that may be changing in coming months. Chrome will no longer support the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) necessary to run Java applications. Google has made this decision in order to increase security and speed for the Chrome browser as Java has suffered many security breaches in the past few years. The Department of Homeland Security even issued guidance in 2013 for computer users to...

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Regulation A+: What Does it Take for Your Startup to Comply with New Crowdfunding Legislation?

Crowdfunding has cropped up more and more in recent years as a way for new businesses to hit the ground running.  From a financial standpoint, startups may find that this low-cost and low-effort option for raising capital is a quick path to success.  Crowdfunding may be as simple as filling out a form on a website.  Many crowdfunding options don’t even require new businesses to give up equity in exchange for financial support.  Unsurprisingly, the federal government and a number of individual states are...

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Clements Legal welcomes intern Melanie Eich

Clements & Shackle is pleased to welcome Melanie Eich to the firm. Melanie recently completed her second year of law school at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She will be interning for the summer as she seeks to pursue her interest in...

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Creating a Brand for Your Start-Up

When you make a decision to begin a new business, building a recognizable name is often one of the first priorities.  Some start-ups may choose to undergo an extensive branding process with a marketing agency in order to start building a name.  The financial burden of this option may

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