As a business owner, you know that your trade secrets are the lifeblood of your company. It is vital that you not permit your employees and independent contractors to copy them, run off with them, and undermine your business based on the very intellectual property that you’ve built. “Great,” you say, “but how do I…

If you’re not a business attorney but you have a business litigation case, you’ll need to trust an expert. Since you don’t have legal knowledge though, how do you know if your attorney is using the right strategy? Their strategy could mean the difference between winning and losing. We have our own strategic approach based…

Many people view New Year’s Day as a fresh start, an opportunity to make changes and improvements to their lives. New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, improving relationships, or finishing a long-term project are so commonplace that they’ve become clichés; instead, why not use each new year as a chance to make some uncommonly good…

Some people just seem to be possessed of an entrepreneurial spirit, and everybody always seems to know someone with a great idea who turned it into a fortune practically overnight. Unfortunately, fast money and effortless business success are more myth than reality. It’s surprisingly easy to make mistakes when starting your own business, as the…

While Portland and Seattle are often considered by non-residents to be fairly similar – same rainy weather, same love of coffee and beer and farm-to-table cuisine, same commitment to the environment and affection for technology – people in the Pacific Northwest understand just how dissimilar they can be. Which city would be a better choice…

Every industry and business has its own unique way of doing things, as well as inside information relating to its products or services that give it a competitive advantage. This proprietary information is considered a trade secret, and because trade secrets are so valuable to a business, many business owners and managers are preoccupied with…

When it comes to partnerships, there are many things that can turn bad, like a corporate dispute, unless you have solid company bylaws in place to prevent them. Partnerships are about trust and working with someone else to make something greater than either partner could have made alone. With successful partnerships, two or more heads…

Breach of contract is a tough and unfortunate reality that many business owners and managers have to face. As much as you might like to manage a business where you never have to deal with a disgruntled employee or shady partner, there are always going to be some people who go back on their word…