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June 2018 Archives

Trade names vs. trademarks: What's the difference?

When Floridians start their own business, many learn all sorts of intellectual property terms they were previously only vaguely familiar with -- copyrights, patents, trademarks and fictitious names and trade secrets, for example. These can be crucial to establishing and protecting your unique identity in your field. Two terms that people often confuse with one another are trade names and trademarks.

'Snowbirds' are raising Florida property values in unlikely areas

South Florida has long been a winter destination for "snowbirds" from points north who prefer to bask in our sun and warmth rather than dodge snow drifts, icy sidewalks and sub-zero temperatures at home. According to a recently-released report by Realtor.com, that trend shows no signs of slowing down, and it's having a positive effect on real estate values.

Should Floridians worry about where their drywall came from?

You have finally signed the closing papers on your dream home and are looking forward to you and your family relaxing. The last thing you would want after purchasing your home is to find out substandard building materials are lowering your house’s value and possibly making your family sick. Unfortunately for many Florida residents, this has been the case after the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons led to the damage and reconstruction of thousands of homes.

What is 'adverse possession?'

The term "adverse possession" refers to the right of a person to be granted title to a piece of property after occupying and cultivating it for a specified period. If you're the person whose property is being occupied, you might consider that trespassing. However, if certain conditions are met, a "trespasser" may be able to file an adverse possession claim.

Why entrepreneurs need to understand intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) laws provide essential protections for entrepreneurs and businesses owners. They help them protect their unique ideas from theft by others, and therefore, help them protect the value of their business and their work.

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