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Oregon’s UTPA amendment focuses on personal information

As of May 25, 2017, consumers may file a complaint against businesses, if they believe the use of their personal information is inconsistent with your published privacy statements. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we represent clients who need to protect themselves from complaints of deceptive trade practices.

How can I prevent my ideas from being stolen?

For entrepreneurs in Oregon, good ideas often mean success. That’s why it’s crucial that you protect your ideas against theft, which can result in your competitors using your hard work and ingenuity against you. CNN.com offers the following tips, which will help you keep your most lucrative ideas safe and secure.

Defending from a strong position

At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we represent Oregon companies and entrepreneurs with the understanding that, sometimes, invoking the law is a part of doing business. Business litigation is not all breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and product liability cases. Sometimes, you might need to clearly communicate to an adversary that you are serious about pursuing a position and that you are ready to take your issue to court if necessary. Sometimes, you might need to defend yourself from opponents who seem poised to start hurling their spurious accusations in a formal manner. 

How to create a valid NDA

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) keeps confidential information secure when shared with other parties. Ensuring that an NDA is enforceable is key in this case, as an invalid agreement will be of little help to your or your business. To make certain your agreement is legally sound, Forbes offers the following tips.

How do you deal with a partner dispute?

Disputes and disagreements in Oregon businesses often start small, even when they are between primary stakeholders, such as partners, investors or shareholders. If you find yourself seeking resolution strategies for a problem of this nature, it is likely that the issue has already had some time to mature. One of the most effective ways of dealing with this type of situation is to establish a basis upon which you can pursue future negotiations. 

Are there different types of intellectual property?

As an employer in Oregon, you know that protecting your intellectual property is of the utmost importance. However, you should also know about the different tools available to do so, which can offer numerous benefits depending on how your IP is categorized. UpCounsel.com explain different types of intellectual property and the mechanisms under which it can be protected.

Protecting your business’s trade secrets

As an Oregon business owner, you probably know better than anyone the things that set your company apart and help you stand strong against the competition. When your business’s secrets, practices, formulas, recipes or what have you fall into the wrong hands, however, it can mean big trouble for you and some serious financial losses. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we understand the critical nature of protecting your business’s intellectual property, and we have helped many clients implement measures that protect their life’s work.

Defining "termination for convenience"

So you have had a contractual partner suddenly terminate its agreement with your business. Worse yet, it is a government agency, whose stability you counted on in order to help maintain your operations. Now, you are facing financial uncertainty as well as potential damage to your company's reputation. Several of the clients that our team here at Van Ness, Williamson LLP has worked with in the past have been in same situation and wondered what sort of legal recourse was available to them. The answer depends on the unique circumstances of your case. 

How do I determine the right brewery license for my business?

One glance at the Oregon regulations regarding brewing is probably enough to make you want to give up on your application. However, as you might expect from the many microbreweries, wine makers and distillers in the state, getting a license is not all that complicated with the right guidance. The key is to develop a licensing strategy that fits your current operations and allows for your company to grow easily according to your plan. 

What is insider trading?

There are many activities that may occur in your Oregon business that could lead to business litigation. Some are more serious than others. Some may even be criminal acts that could end up with someone in jail. One such issue is insider trading. As the name suggests, insider trading is when someone uses inside information or information that is not publically known to influence trading decisions, according to Money Crashers. 

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