Domenica Hartman of Hartman Global Intellectual Property Law gave a talk this November at Purdue West Lafayette for the Women in Engineering Seminar, something she has done for the last twenty years. Engineering is a field that has been lacking female participants for some years, which is why encouragement and enticement are so vital to seeing the field level out on a more equal footing. In 2012, just under 20 percent of Bachelor’s degrees in engineering were for women, which includes a vast array of areas within the field, whether chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, or software to name a few.
Americans are fascinated by law. There are countless police procedural shows on TV and they are consistently some of the highest rated shows decade after decade. But let’s face it: there are a lot of laws.
There are federal laws, state laws, county laws, and city laws. And that’s just going geographically. There are also many different types and sections of law, each with its own nuances and hurdles that make it difficult to understand just what to do or where to go.
A lot of people are going to be enjoying a meal together with family at some point the next week or so, myself included.
Don't recreate the wheel if you do not have to. There are times when you do not want to start a business from scratch because it will be more efficient and easier to invest into a business that is already running. For example, a non-profit may wish to begin under an incubator rather than run through the rigmarole of filing form 1023 to achieve 501(c)(3) status. If it is a business with excessive regulatory compliance or licensing requirements then it may be easier and cheaper to find a company ready to sell. If you are new to an industry or business then it can help to find a mentor who may be able to pass the business onto you. This mentor will have knowledge and most likely have some book of business or clients or customers already established. Sometimes all you have to do is just send out some information to those old clients or customers to...
When I am talking with new business owners, I listen to the point of their business. If I learn that their business idea is primarily charitable, then a non-profit is probably right for them. In fact, if your idea is driven by a charitable purpose, then often, you are not likely to survive as a for-profit business. Unfortunately, helping people or animals or the environment is not always profitable (but you can make money! See my previous blog here). To gain the tax-exempt advantages of a 501(c)(3), the IRS requires that you have a charitable purpose, which they describe as:
When it comes to Intellectual Property Law, no one keeps their finger on the pulse of the industry quite like Hartman Global does. Founders Gary and Domenica Hartman, and their qualified attorneys, have been providing expertise in trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and more in order to safeguard the interests of their clients on the world stage for over 25 years.
They all work in different sections of the law, but are guided by the same mindset: to provide the best solution for people.
Entrepreneur or Small Biz Owner? Hartman Global IP Law Can Help Protect What's Most Important to You
Over the last 20 years, we’ve become so incredibly connected and mobile that operating and maintaining a business can, for many business owners, be done from their phone or similar devices, and from nearly anywhere in the world.
Every Tuesday, take you legal questions and concerns to the bar, with people who have passed the Bar!
Hartman Global IP Law Working with NWI’s The Fischer Group to Bring Energy Efficiency to Industries Across the Country
Recently, Hartman Global IP Law helped secure patents for one region company that is truly on the cutting edge of their industry. The Fischer Group (TFG) is celebrating 20 years in 2017 and their expertise and innovation has led to them to create and lead their industry in energy efficient control solutions.
Hartman Global IP Law: Connecting Innovators with Incredible Resources Like PNW’s ‘Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center’ and the ISBDC
So, you’re an innovator. A creator, an inventor, and an entrepreneur. You’ve got your idea for a product or a way of doing something differently that’s going to change a life, an industry, or the world! What now?!