An Easier Way to Dispute Resolution 
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An Easier Way to Dispute Resolution 

Have you ever decided not to sue because the time, money, or effort needed would be greater than benefit you would receive? If so, mediation may be right for you. Litigation—the process of resolving disputes through the courts—is a difficult process that can take years. Despite its inconvenience, litigation is often necessary because parties cannot resolve conflicts on their own. Mediation is one alternative: it provides a meaningful opportunity for all parties to a dispute to sit down with a neutral third…

Do you need a Trade Secret or a Patent?
201807.06
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Do you need a Trade Secret or a Patent?

What exactly is the difference between a patent and a trade secret? When should you obtain each? The following provides a brief overview of the pros and cons of each. You may already be familiar with the following definitions: Patent – Patents are used to protect new inventions or novel improvements on current inventions. Patents can fall…

Patents and Why You Need One
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Patents and Why You Need One

For your business ideas to be successful, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. But to secure your ideas for future profit and success, acquiring a patent can be critical. What exactly is a patent? A patent is a legal document that grants the owner the “exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, offering…

Legally Secure Your Intellectual Property and Technology
201712.08
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Legally Secure Your Intellectual Property and Technology

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been populating our skies with increasing frequency over the past decade. In fact, while the number of manned aerial vehicles registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is about 300,000, the number of UAVs registered with the FAA has surpassed 1,000,000 (and that’s excluding all of…

Franchising a Business
201711.06
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Franchising a Business

It’s a good time to be a small business owner in Utah. According to a recent survey, Utah was found to be the seventh most-friendly state toward small business owners in the country, and with the economic growth that the state has been experiencing, that ranking is likely to rise. How can small business owners…

Non-Compete Agreements
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Non-Compete Agreements

How much power should a company hold over its employees’ future jobs?  According to a Fortune article, before 2016 sandwich shop Jimmy John’s prohibited its employees from working with any business selling “submarine, hero-type, deli-style, pita, and/or wrapped or rolled sandwiches” within two miles of any of its locations for two years. Illinois Attorney General Eric…

Sumsion Business Law and Dentons Partnership
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Sumsion Business Law and Dentons Partnership

We are pleased to announce our affiliation with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world and China, through Nextlaw Global Referral Network. We are excited to better serve current and future clients through this network that enables us to tap into thousands of legal specialists around the world. Check out the FAQ below: Who…

Use Your Business to Provide Security For Your Family
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Use Your Business to Provide Security For Your Family

Meet Jim. Jim has a wife, two daughters, and a small business. He wakes up every weekday at 6:00 a.m., arrives at work before his employees, and often stays late to strategize and plan for a potential buyout. Jim wants to provide financial and emotional security for his family, so he works hard and makes…

Filing a Provisional Patent Application
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Filing a Provisional Patent Application

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things is the light in someone’s eyes while describing a new invention. Recently, I had a conversation with a client about her recently-filed patent application. She was so excited to market her new device, like someone with really great news that can’t wait to share it with the…

Be the Entrepreneur That Gives Back
201610.31
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Be the Entrepreneur That Gives Back

Utah residents are serious about giving. We have been rated the most charitable state in America in both donations given and service rendered per capita. Several Utah businesses have successfully built their brands around charitable social causes. So we wanted to highlight two social entrepreneurs in the valley that have made generous and thoughtful giving a key part…

Protection Against Provo/Orem BRT
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Protection Against Provo/Orem BRT

Imagine someone comes to you and informs you that you have to sell part of your property to them. They tell you not to worry because they’ll give you a fair price for the property. They’ll determine the fair price, of course. They also enthusiastically mention there will soon be a very convenient bus system…

Understanding and Creating Contract Agreements
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Understanding and Creating Contract Agreements

If you downloaded Pokemon Go, you gave up your right to trial by jury. It’s true. Pokémon Go’s Terms of Service contain an arbitration clause –  which means an arbitrator, instead of a court jury, will decide all cases brought against Pokémon Go for anything over $5,000. To avoid this, you must “opt-out” of this part of the contract by…