Antitrust lawsuits: how they help protect small businesses

Phoenix lawyer Mark Briggs explains how antitrust lawsuits can protect small businesses, consumers, and the labor market from the negative impact of monopolies and oligopolies.

The American economic system is predicated on free and fair competition in an open marketplace. A lack of free competition harms the little guy: consumers, small business owners and workers.  Unfortunately, the American economic system also rewards companies and people who can control a large portion of a market so that there are no meaningful competitors for a particular product, natural resource or service.  The increased prices that result from this lack of competition are the primary harm, but product quality and innovation also tend to suffer in those situations.  Continue reading

Advice for solo practice attorneys from Phoenix lawyer Mark Briggs

You should always be on the lookout for advice for solo practice lawyers. By following tips, you can be well on your way to running a solo practice that is both reputable and successful.

Mark Briggs Phoenix attorney knows that running a solo practice will be stressful, and at times, it will be completely overwhelming.  Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your business and make it successful:

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I want to start a business. What are the legal requirements?

Want to start a business? It can seem like a bit of hassle. From creating a business plan to acquiring funding to meeting legal requirements for business, there are many things involved. Here is what you need to know:

Starting your own business can seem a bit scary at first, but with the help of a good lawyer on your side, you can rest assured you will understand all the legal requirements for business that need to be met. You first need to decide how you want to form and organize your business. There are three main types of structures: sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. Click here for an earlier blog providing an overview of basic business structures. You can also read my more detailed posts on S-Corporations and C-Corporations. Continue reading

Mark Briggs Arizona attorney: what can CEOs disclose via social media?

Mark Briggs Arizona attorney on how much information the CEO of a public company can disclose on social media.

If you’re a public company CEO, be very careful about what you post through social media because anything related to your company risks running afoul of SEC disclosure rules. While you can use social media to connect with your investors, you need to take the same care that you would when distributing information through traditional channels. Continue reading

Mark Briggs Arizona Attorney: Beware Of COBRA’s Bite

What exactly is COBRA? In this week’s blog post, Mark Briggs Arizona attorney explains COBRA and it’s implications for small business owners.

Enacted in 1986, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) amended prior laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), to allow employees whose group health coverage is terminated to temporarily continue coverage. Continue reading

How might the Affordable Care Act impact small businesses?

The Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions that affect small businesses. However, there are at least three perspectives on their impact — pro-Obama, anti-Obama, and neutral. In this week’s blog post, Mark Briggs lawyer reviews all of them.

When President Barack Obama proposed the Affordable Care Act — technically known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and known to large segments of the American public as Obamacare  — in 2009, Obama’s political allies and opponents argued over the proposed bill’s impact on small businesses. Continue reading

Mark Briggs Phoenix Attorney: Patent Law

In this week’s blog post, Mark Briggs Phoenix attorney discusses common misconceptions about patents.

I would like to continue our exploration of intellectual property protection—an ever-relevant realm for any aspiring entrepreneur. In the past, we have looked at trademarks (what they are, and how to file for one) and copyrights (what they are, and how to register one.) This week, we move on to the third major player in the intellectual property game: patents. Continue reading

Mark Briggs Phoenix Attorney on trademark registration

Recently, Mark Briggs Phoenix attorney discussed whether or not registering a trademark was important for your business. In this blog post he covers what you need to do in order to get your trademark registration filed.

In last week’s blog post, we took our first step in examining the trademark, which the United States Patent Trade Office (USPTO) defines as “…a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.” We also took a look at several different types of marks, and identified which of those are most likely to be approved by the USPTO for trademark registration. Continue reading

Mark Briggs Phoenix Attorney Answers: Do I need to register my trademark?

Mark Briggs Phoenix attorney explains when you need to consider registering a trademark for your business.

If you run a small business, you all-but-certainly have some intellectual property you would like to protect. It’s just the nature of the world these days: things like patents, copyrights and trademarks are everywhere, protecting you and your creations from theft by competitors. Continue reading