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What Is Freedom to Operate?
Freedom to operate, also known as FTO or right to use, means you have the freedom to test, market, or sell a product or service in a specific area. Sometimes intellectual property rights only count in a country or a region, and outside of them you have the FTO to do whatever you want.
For example, let's say the U.S. government gave you a patent for a new kind of speaker. As the patent holder, you have the freedom to market and sell your speaker while no one else can. If it's a brand-new kind of speaker, you can also sell it in other countries without getting their patents.
However, your competition also has the freedom to operate in other countries, since you only have a U.S. patent. Perhaps someone else has patented the same kind of speaker in Europe, and now neither of you have the FTO to sell your speakers in each o
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What is Limited Liability Mean?
Limited liability refers to liability that does not surpass the amount of money invested in a limited liability company or partnership. One of the main advantages of investing in a publicly listed company is the limited liability feature. A shareholder is capable of participating entirely in a company's growth with liability limited to the amount he or she has invested in the company. This is true even if the company goes bankrupt and possesses debt obligations.
If an individual or company is functioning under limited liability, this means that it is not possible to seize the assets of the associated individuals to deal with the debt obligations of a company. Any funds invested with the company directly are viewed as company assets. In the event of insolvency, only these assets can b
What Is International Trademark Search?
International trademarks are used by companies that are planning to export their services or products overseas. The registration and application process for international trademarks is regulated by the Madrid Protocol. Unlike the trademark protection provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this registration prevents the use of companies' intellectual properties worldwide.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of Geneva regulates the registration, and it provides a database for international trademark search. This facility allows businesses oper
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Rule 145: What is it?
Rule 145 is an SEC rule that allows companies to sell certain securities without first having to register the securities with the SEC. This specifically refers to stocks that an investor has received because of a merger, acquisition, or reclassification.
When Registration Is Required Under Rule 145
In addition to allowing certain types of securities to go unregistered, Rule 145 also requires that the following transactions must be registered if security holders vote on such transactions:
- Reclassification of securities that will replace one security for a different one.
- A merger, consolidation, or acquisition where the securities of one corporation or company are exchanged for those of a different company or organ
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What is Equity?
Equity can mean a variety of things, but it generally means how much of something you own after you have paid off any money that you owe to others (debt). In accounting terms, equity is represented with the equation:
Equity = Assets - Liabilities
However, in the startup world, equity usually refers to two specific things:
Venture Capital Financing – giving a company a piece of your company in exchange for getting money from them today.
Equity compensation – to get better workers, a startup may offer st