What is an Ohio Trademark?

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An Ohio trademark usually guarantees that protection in Ohio only.  With only the geographic specific protection for Ohio, a business owner may be limited for future growth into other states. A registered federal trademark protects the identifying name, words and symbols nationwide.  A federal trademark is preferable for an Ohio business owner. A federal trademark provides nationwide protection. We offer …

Find out how to Trademark your name and logo

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A trademark is a distinctive sign or indicator, used by an individual, business, organization or other legal entity, to identify source of goods or services. A trademark is also used to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. A trademark is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image or a combination of these elements. There …

Does registration with the Ohio Secretary of State protect a trademark?

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No. Registering your LLC or Corporation does not give you federal trademark protection. Only a registered trademark can provide national protection against infringement. The State of Ohio does not verify if your mark will infringe on other trademarks. Instead, the search is limited to registered business names in the state. Thus, you could register a business in the State of …

Do I Need an Attorney to draft or review a Confidentiality Agreement?

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Confidentiality agreements are especially important to a companies or individuals with a unique idea. Losing the confidential status of an idea allows others to exploit the concept for their own use and profit. Each business is different. An attorney can correctly tailor the confidentiality agreement to meet the specific needs of each individual business and advise on matters related to …

What Does a Confidentiality Agreement Protect?

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A confidentiality agreement can protect any type of information that is not generally known. Types of information that is not generally known include intellectual property, such as trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and patents. A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or …

How Does a Confidentiality Agreement Work?

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In this legal contract, the parties agree not to disclose information covered by the agreement. This contract creates a relationship between the parties to protect any type of confidential and propriety information or trade secrets of a business. Confidentiality agreements are commonly signed when two companies, individuals, or other entities are considering doing business together and need to understand the …

Who should sign a Confidentiality Agreement?

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For a business owner, it may be unclear when a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement is necessary. The parties who should sign a confidentiality agreement include: employees, independent contractors, consultants, vendors, suppliers, and any person who will receive material non-public information. Material non-public information can include your pricing structure, client lists, customer lists, formulas, or other data which if placed in …

Does my Ohio Business need a Confidentiality Agreement?

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A confidentiality agreement, also known as a non-disclosure agreement or NDA, is a contract between at least two parties that limits the disclosure of confidential material, knowledge, or information. The purpose of this restriction is to allow disclosure of non-public information between the parties. For a startup business or an existing business with a new idea or business plan, a …

Can I Change my Business to an LLC or Corporation?

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It is possible to change to an LLC or Corporation in Ohio. If a business is currently operating as a sole proprietorship or partnership, we can create an Ohio corporation or LLC. The assets would then need to be consolidated and transferred to the new entity. It is important to note, there are intellectual property and tax considerations that would …