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MaryJo Kishel - Protection of Work Product of Employees and Contractors

Protection of Work Product of Employees and Contractors

By: MaryJo Kishel, Esq.*

When you’ve invested substantial resources in developing the knowledge and skills of those you employ or engage, you should take action to insure your ownership of the intellectual property produced and discovered by them. Businesses often assume that the work product developed by their employees and contractors are wholly owned by the businesses that employ or engage them. Without including the proper language in an employment or independent contractor agreement and/or an employee policy manual, however, that may not be the case.

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Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Brand Name? Understanding and Utilizing The Protections Afforded To Names And Trademarks

By: MaryJo Kishel, Esq.*

If you are like most business owners, the protection of your brand name is very important to you.  However, many business owners make the mistake of assuming that they own the exclusive rights to their brand without taking the requisite steps to establish such exclusivity.  For that reason, business owners should take the time to better understand what brand name protections are available under the applicable law and how to obtain them. This article describes the available brand name protections and suggests the ways that business owners should consider and ultimately utilize some or all of such protections.  

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Rushton Articles Featured in PBA Business Law Section Newsletter

A pair of articles prepared by Paul T. Rushton, the Chair of our Firm’s Business & Finance Department, were published in the most recent Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section newsletter. The newsletter can be viewed here.

One of Paul’s articles announced the formation of the Closely-Held Business Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. As the Chair of such Committee, Paul explained in his article the intended purpose and activities of the Committee.

Paul’s article titled “Title Isn’t Everything: Corporate and Tax Issues for Real Estate Investors to Consider Prior to Purchasing an Investment Property” was also included in the Newsletter. Such article identifies corporate and tax issues that real estate investors should evaluate prior to purchasing an investment property in Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions about these articles, please feel free to contact Paul. Paul’s contact information can be found here.


Rushton Article appears in Times Leader 2018 Attorney Guide

An article prepared by Paul Rushton, the Chair of the Firm’s Business & Finance Department, was recently published in the Times Leader 2018 Attorney Guide.   The article, titled “No More Excuses – Changes to Pennsylvania Associations Code and Realty Transfer Tax Rules Eliminate Justifications for Continued Ownership of Real Estate through General Partnerships”, outlines the reasons why general partners should consider the conversion of their real estate holding general partnerships into a limited liability entity.  Paul’s article previously appeared in a Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section newsletter.

Please contact Paul if you have any questions about this subject.  Paul’s contact information can be found here.


Articles featured in PBA Business Law Section Bulletin – Spring 2018 Edition

Articles prepared by attorneys from the Firm’s Business & Finance Department were published in the most recent Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section newsletter.   The newsletter can be viewed here.

Lee Piatt’s article titled “Capitalize the Single-Member LLC” identifies practice tips for properly capitalizing and structuring a Pennsylvania limited liability company that is owned by only one member.  The article illustrates how such steps can be used to bolster the limited liability protection afforded to the single owner of a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

An article prepared by Paul Rushton describes how certain changes to the Pennsylvania Associations Code and Realty Transfer Tax Rules have eliminated the justifications for continued ownership of real estate through general partnerships.  Paul’s article explains that it is now increasingly advisable for general partners to consider the potential conversion of their real estate holding general partnerships into a form of entity that affords limited liability protection.

If you have any questions about these articles, please feel free to contact Lee or Paul.  Lee’s contact information can be found here and Paul’s contact information can be referenced here. To learn more about the firms Business & Finance Department please click here.