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Mergers and acquisitions are among the most complicated endeavors your business may be involved in. There are many reasons for this, including that you must determine the right deal structure and purchase agreement terms. The right structure and terms for your company will depend on your goals, how your company is structured, and how you want to manage […]

Mergers and acquisitions are a complex area of business and business law. As such, due diligence is of utmost importance in these transactions. Inadvertent or simple mistakes, issues, or miscommunications during the M&A process could make the entire sale go bad. You can help avoid this in your company’s M&A by preparing for due diligence and enlisting the […]

Maybe you are thinking about selling your company but aren’t ready to list it just yet. It’s crucial to note that you can significantly increase its value and the market demand in your industry by looking at it strategically.   Closing and selling a business should be a planned event whenever possible. Ideally, it would help if you could start planning the sale of your business about five years out. Planning gives you a leadership role, […]

Selling your business is a significant decision. If you decide to take this step, you want the transaction to go off without a hitch. Without planning and arming yourself with knowledge, there are bound to be some bumps in the road that could compromise a smooth and profitable process. Here are the top mistakes the business owners […]

Working remotely, the gig economy, and contract work is increasing exponentially. Companies from many different business sectors are all filling in labor gaps with gig or contract workers. Many of them perform their contracted duties remotely. While this is convenient for both the company and the contractor, it opens the door to many business risks.  One of the most […]

Foundations The first thing to realize about intellectual property law is that it is mostly a fabrication.  It is a bundle of legal rights regarding intangible property.  Intangible property is property that derives value from what is represented rather than an intrinsic physical nature.  See “property” at Dictionary.com.  In addition to this, intellectual property relates […]

No matter what kind of Colorado business you own, you have valuable information you need to protect whether you realize it or not. Frequently referred to as intellectual property (IP), this information could be anything from customer lists to the secret formula for your cleaning products or anything in between. If another person or party were to […]

Your Colorado business may not be on par with Coca-Cola, Krispy Kreme, or the New York Time’s Best Seller List, but that does not mean you do not have valuable business information to protect. Today, most businesses have the information they need to keep under wraps from client lists and overhead to proprietary software or recipes. Suppose a business owner does not take reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality of specific […]

In a recent Colorado case involving a debt collection agency that stored customer service information in a password protected web database, the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the enforcement of claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a nonsolicitation agreement against a independent sales agent who left to work for a competitor.  The […]

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Your company‘s intellectual property (IP) rights are among its most valuable business assets. When properly obtained, managed, and enforced, they have immense value and protect the company’s commercial power. Every business should periodically conduct an IP audit to ascertain their rights, the extent of protection they are entitled to, and the value of the company’s IP assets. Informed business decisions require an in-depth understanding of the […]