Non-Compete Agreements in N.C.

Non-Compete Agreements in N.C.

Non-compete agreements (or covenants not to compete) can be very helpful to employers in many situations. The purpose of a non-compete agreement is to protect a company’s customer base.   These contractual provisions are most often used in employment contracts and purchase agreements. Non-compete agreements are very useful to new owners purchasing a preexisting business and its assets.  They...

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Lodsys Threatened by Apple

Lodsys Threatened by Apple

On Tuesday May 31, intellectual property firm Lodsys filed suit against seven developers for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Texas district.  Ongoing is a three-way battle between Lodsys, Apple, and third-party developers over two of Lodsys’s patents, one regarding “a customer-based design module” and the other on “Methods and Systems for Gathering...

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The Top 4 Legal Entities

The Top 4 Legal Entities

Check out this chart to get a greater understanding of the top four legal entities for your business. Entity Flowchart Authored by: Sarah Rothecker

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Registering A Startup

Registering A Startup

Startup companies often disregard the importance of properly registering their company. The registration process can be easily overlooked because many of the issues arising from lack of proper registration will usually affect a company at a later point in time. Instead, founders often focus much of their time and energy into what may seem like more important matters, such as getting funding. The...

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Office Hours

Office Hours

With the expansion of Devins Law Firm to a new, spacious headquarters in Raleigh, NC and a satellite office at the American Underground on the American Tobacco Campus, we are gearing up for a great summer! As part of our growth, we would like to be available for the community to drop in and get some free advice with Office Hours. We will have an hour of 20 minute time slots allotted once a week...

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Is your Investor a SCAM?

Is your Investor a SCAM?

Recently Venture Capital and Angel Investment Groups are investing in new ideas and companies.  However there are less than honorable individuals out there trying to take advantage of entrepreneurs who are passionate about their companies and desperately want to obtain startup capital.  Here are the top five signs that a potential investor is trying to scam you: 1. The majority (or only)...

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