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Can I sue if someone steals my idea?

If you have an idea or concept for a product, you may feel angry if someone else has managed to turn that idea into their own product for sale. You may even consider suing that person. However, points out that concepts and ideas are not protected by U.S. copyright law. So unless an idea is fashioned into a tangible expression, it is unlikely you can receive any compensation in a northern Kentucky or Cincinnati court for that person taking your idea. 

Protect your company trademark

Trademarks are a valuable form of intellectual property that help businesses brand themselves in the eyes of the public. From slogans to images to taglines, companies can register many sorts of different identifiers as trademarks. But trademarks are no good to northern Kentucky entrepreneurs if someone else uses the trademark without permission. If unauthorized trademark use is not challenged, the trademark may become useless to the owner.

What's my risk if I give a negative reference for a fired worker?

The following scenario is one many employers in this region have encountered at some point. The hiring manager for another company calls seeking information about a former employee you got rid of or outright fired. What can you say in reference to this individual and what legal risk do you face for anything you do say?

What is a class action lawsuit?

At one point, you have probably received something in the mail about a class action lawsuit in Kentucky or Ohio, but you may not have understood exactly what it is. Class action lawsuits can be confusing because, according to the Ohio Bar Association, they are lawsuits brought by one party for a whole group of people. You may not even be aware of the issue or that the lawsuit was originally filed until you receive a notice. 

Understanding how non-compete agreements can benefit your company

When you are working to build your business in Kentucky, chances are you have spent considerable time looking for ways to strategically market your product or service without compromising sensitive business concepts. One of your primary points of focus will be protecting your intellectual property from theft. At Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, we understand the unique risks that companies face as they make strategic moves to keep valuable information confidential.

Preventing costly interference between business relationships

For many Kentucky businesses, one of the most important assets is their core competencies and strengths that allow them to make a unique impression in their industry. Protecting these strengths, sensitive strategic information and other confidential market data may enable them to gain a competitive advantage on their competition. Unfortunately, there are times when interference between business relationships can create a conflict of interest or compromise the intellectual safety of a company. 

Physician faces federal charges after alleged Medicare fraud

For many Kentucky businesses, the ability to run a successful enterprise is heavily reliant on maintaining transparency, upholding ethical conduct and practicing integrity and honesty no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, there are times when ignorance, greed and monitoring failure can open the doors to fraudulent activity. This type of behavior can wreak havoc in any organization and create lasting damages that may be difficult to overcome.

Suggestions for avoiding conflict in your business partnership

Operating a business in Kentucky with someone you trust and enjoy working with can be exciting, adventurous and memorable. However, there will undoubtedly be times when you may experience conflict because of misunderstandings, differences in opinions and preferred methods of getting things done. Fortunately, with the right tools and a commitment to be forthright in your communications with your partner, you can avoid conflict and implement valuable ways to reach solutions should a disagreement occur. At Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, we are familiar with the risks that business partnerships face in terms of running an organization together as a unit. 

Protecting your company from fraudulent behavior

When the time comes for you to recruit and hire new talent for your business endeavors, chances are you seek individuals that demonstrate industry knowledge, enthusiasm and the types of qualities that are reflective of a hard worker. However, do you ever think to consider a new employee's ability to be loyal, honest and ethical to protect the interests, assets and successes of your organization? At Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, we are familiar with the challenges of operating a business in Northern Kentucky and are experienced with helping business owners protect their core competencies. 

How can I prevent business fraud?

One key issue that entrepreneurs should take into consideration when starting their businesses is fraud liability. Fraud is when companies and employees engage in illegal behaviors for personal or corporate gain. According to, employees are the cause of most fraud incidents. As the owner of your business, you may not have a direct hand in certain operations, but it is crucial for you to keep an eye on your employees' activities. 

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