Double check before you start building a brand you don’t actually own. To be protectable, a business name has to be distinctive. To read a case study on the types of terms considered distinctive, please visit the latest issue of Valley Business Front June [PDF link].
Any time someone makes a false statement in order to receive a payment from the Federal Government (like a Federal grant, for example), it’s called a “false claim.” The False Claims Act allows anyone who knows about the false claim to bring a lawsuit against the person who made it.
The person who made the false claim has to pay back three times the amount of the payment. The person who brings the lawsuit gets to keep from 15% to 30% of that money. Worse for the person who made the claim, this can mean permanent debarment from Federal grant awards.
Please visit the latest issue of Valley Business Front September [PDF link] for a case study on this topic.
And if you’re interested in learning more about grant management, join us at our next round of Shark Bites this month.
Virginia law allows a not-for-profit charity to hold raffles and bingo games without a permit, if it grosses less than $40,000 per year from them. But there are still a lot of rules you have to follow. The Virginia Code requires that the proceeds of gaming be used only for ‘religious, charitable, community or educational purposes,’ and it specifically prohibits using them for ‘social or recreational activities.’ So you can’t use gaming proceeds to fund the ice cream social.
Please visit the latest issue of Valley Business Front August [PDF link] for more information about legal and illegal gaming.
And if you’re interested in learning more about gambling law in Virginia, join us at our next round of Shark Bites this month.
The rules for designing a beer label can be so frustrating that perhaps you’d better have a drink first. For a name, pick a trademark that you can actually protect. Don’t call your beer “strong” or “invigorating,” don’t include anything that might remotely be considered a drug reference, and for heaven’s sake, don’t try to show your patriotism by putting the American flag on it!
Please visit the latest issue of Valley Business Front June [PDF link] for the full discussion on alcohol labeling do’s and don’ts.
And if you’re interested in learning more about trademark and brand development as it applies to alcohol labeling specifically, join us at our next round of Shark Bites this month.