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Manufacturers have an inherent interest in owning the intellectual property rights created by their employees in the course of performing their jobs.  Employees are the engine that drives a manufacturer’s innovations, but employees’ potentially patentable innovations only become the employer’s intellectual property if the proper patent assignment language is used.  All employees that may develop potentially patentable innovations during the course of their employment should be required to sign contracts transferring ownership of all intellectual…
Companies seeking to expand operations often face numerous challenges.  One such challenge is raising the capital necessary to make such an expansion possible.  When a company sees an expansion opportunity but does not have the financial resources on hand or readily available (cash, available bank debt, etc.) to make it happen, other avenues of financing must often be considered, including potentially taking on additional investors.  This can be particularly challenging where a company is not…
As a company grows and expands (whether by acquisition or organically), it can encounter issues which may prompt a divestiture.  For example, a once high-performing business unit declines or becomes stagnant and drags down the performance of the overall company, or business units within the company create negative synergies, such as where a major customer of one business unit is a major competitor of other business units, or a company undergoes a major change in…
As a company grows and expands (whether by acquisition or organically), it can encounter issues which may prompt a divestiture.  For example, a once high-performing business unit declines or becomes stagnant and drags down the performance of the overall company, or business units within the company create negative synergies, such as where a major customer of one business unit is a major competitor of other business units, or a company undergoes a major change in…