Protecting Intellectual Property in Your Silicon Valley Business
201511.20
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Protecting Intellectual Property in Your Silicon Valley Business

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets; these terms are often used interchangeably when discussing intellectual property (IP). However, they are very different legal vehicles for maintaining your rights over an idea. Misunderstand them, and you could easily end up undermining your IP rights; and consequently, the health and future of your business. Before getting into the details of each type…

Work at Home Tax Advantages in Silicon Valley
201509.18
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Work at Home Tax Advantages in Silicon Valley

The Bay Area has more startups than virtually any other region in the world. Many entrepreneurs in this area start with a home office. For others, telecommuting has become the norm, allowing a large number of their employees to work from home. Whether you are operating a business from your Silicon Valley home or you…

Employer Responsibilities for Workplace Safety in Silicon Valley
201509.11
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Employer Responsibilities for Workplace Safety in Silicon Valley

In Silicon Valley and throughout California, employers are required to maintain safe and healthy workplaces and be in compliance with federal OSHA as well as CAL/OSHA safety standards. Current state workplace standards were established by the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 and updated in 1991 to require all employers to implement a…

Human Resources Basics for Palo Alto Businesses
201509.04
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Human Resources Basics for Palo Alto Businesses

For Silicon Valley businesses to be successful, it is essential to have a deliberate process in place for hiring and managing employees. Employees are the backbone of any organization; exceptional employees can make your company excel, while just a few bad apples can cost you thousands in hiring and training, not to mention the intangible…

Myth-Busting for Startups in Silicon Valley
201508.21
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Myth-Busting for Startups in Silicon Valley

The Bay Area, and particularly Silicon Valley, is home to more startups than virtually any other region in the country. Thousands in this area are working on the “next big thing” that will hopefully change the world (and make them wealthy in the process). To be successful in a startup, however, you need more than just a great idea;…

Non-Compete Agreements: Are they Enforceable in Silicon Valley?
201507.24
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Non-Compete Agreements: Are they Enforceable in Silicon Valley?

If you have a business in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere else in California, you may want to use non-compete agreements to protect yourself against ex-employees or ex-partners competing against you. This sort of thing is common in Silicon Valley, where employees of the latest and greatest tech companies are always looking for…