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Litigation Basics Series: Initial Pleadings

Posted by Res Nova Law | Mar 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Your Risk of Litigation Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society.  And if your small business is in the US, the odds of you being sued are high. About 40 million lawsuits are filed every year in the US, forcing businesses to spend more than $22 billion in commercial litigation costs. Walmar...

Holiday 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Dec 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

      Happy Holidays! I hope you are all finding time to celebrate with friends and family this holiday season. It has been a tough year, with all of us getting our hopes up that Covid was on the way out this summer, only to be brought back down to reality as fall approached.  I'm grateful fo...

Business Basics Series: Succession Planning

Posted by Res Nova Law | Sep 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Business Basics Series: The Importance of Succession Planning and Valuation Prior to Sale What is succession planning and why is it so important? Succession Planning is a process designed to help you prepare for a possible change in leadership or ownership, such as a key employee leaving your bus...

Business Basics Series: Hiring Employees

Posted by Res Nova Law | Sep 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Business Basics Series: Hiring Employees What do I need to know and do before hiring employees? So you have formed your business entity and found some funding. Now, you're ready to hire your first employee. Before you leap into becoming an employer, however, there are certain requirements you sh...

Business Basics Series: Funding Your Startup

Posted by Res Nova Law | Jun 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

What are the different types of funding available? When starting your business, you'll want to ensure you have adequate funding to help pay for any expenditures. By understanding what type of funding is available to you and the potential advantages, you will be able to make the best choice for y...

June 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Jun 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

      Happy Pride Month! It has been a busy summer already here at Res Nova Law, with new clients and cases and their myriad of legal issues. And with Howard and I both moving households (Howard last month and me next month), plus at least one graduation (my son) and an upcoming move to colle...

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Help Is On The Way!

Posted by Res Nova Law | Apr 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Act) that President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021 includes a new $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (the Fund). The Fund will provide much-needed grants instead of loans to restaurants, bars, food trucks, brewpubs and similar...

Intellectual Property Basics Series: Trade Secrets

Posted by Res Nova Law | Apr 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is a trade secret and what types of information can trade secrets protect? A trade secret may consist of any formula, pattern, device, or compilation of information that is used in your business and can provide an advantage in the marketplace over competitors who do not know it. Trade secret...

Intellectual Property Basics Series: Copyrights

Posted by Res Nova Law | Apr 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is a copyright and who can claim it? Copyrights give exclusive legal rights to an author or the author's assignee to reproduce, distribute, perform, display and prepare derivative works of any original work of authorship. Original works of authorship include literary, dramatic and artistic w...

April 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Apr 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

      Happy Earth Day! What a beautiful start to spring we have had here in the Pacific Northwest! I can't think of another place I'd rather be this time of year. However, with COVID-19 still very present in our communities, it's a constant reminder of how closely the pandemic is tied to clim...

Intellectual Property Basics Series: Patents

Posted by Res Nova Law | Apr 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is a patent? There are three types of patents in the United States: utility patents, design patents and plant patents. A utility patent protects the way a machine, article or process is used and works. A design patent protects the ornamental design of an item. A plant patent protects asexual...

Intellectual Property Basics Series: Trademarks

Posted by Res Nova Law | Mar 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

What should I do to protect the goods and/or services associated with my business? You may want to consider filing a federal trademark application if you haven't done so yet. A trademark is any symbol, word, slogan, design, or any combination associated with your particular goods and/or services....

Intellectual Property Basics Series: An Introduction

Posted by Res Nova Law | Mar 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is intellectual property?  Intellectual property law protects copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents.  Copyrights refer to any original work of authorship and cover creative works such as literature, illustrations, films, and songs. Trademarks cover branding such as a business or...

March 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Mar 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

      Hope Springs Eternal! “Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest. The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.” ―Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man. With spring comes hope for new beginnings. The flow...

Trade Secrets and Zoom Calls: Be Aware of the Pitfalls

Posted by Res Nova Law | Feb 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

With the shift to remote work likely here to stay for many, companies and their employees are regularly relying on remote conferencing tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx and other platforms to conduct business. Companies should be aware of a recent decision from the Chancery Court in Dela...

February 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Feb 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

      Celebrating Black History Month In honor of Black History Month, I thought I'd share some links to black dancers, writers, artists and musicians whose creative works have changed our world for the better.  Zadie Smith, Alvin Ailey and Etta James have added meaning and beauty to my life....

EIDL Loans: Borrower Beware!

Posted by Res Nova Law | Jan 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) being distributed under the CARES Act have been a godsend for many small to midsize companies. However, many are surprised to find that there are strange and problematic requirements hidden in the legal documents. The EIDL packages contain the standard lo...

January 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Jan 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

      Good Riddance, 2020! Although 2021 got off to a rocky start, I don't think I'm alone in feeling some glimmer of hope that 2021 will be a better year. There is still much to be done to "heal the soul of our country", as President Biden puts it, and to make this country a more equitable p...

Holiday 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Dec 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

      SHARE THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT It's that time of year again and I'd like to wish each and every one of you happy holidays and best wishes for 2021! It has been my sincere pleasure to work with our clients and colleagues this year and I look forward to serving them and many others with their b...

October 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Res Nova Law | Oct 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

  “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” –Gandhi During these difficult times, one constant comfort for me has been my two dogs, Ava and Rudy. They sit patiently behind me while I type, bark during my calls, and follow me up and d...

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