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Is Your Intellectual Property Protected When Working with an Independent Contractor?

Once upon a time, working with independent contractors was considered risky and even a bit frivolous. Today, however, hiring out work to freelancers is not only the norm, but it has also become a great way for businesses to reduce overhead costs, increase output, and turn more profit.

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At Garcia & Gurney, ALC, our business attorneys help protect the intellectual property of businesses across the Pleasanton, Alameda, and Contra Costa areas. Intellectual property issues can be complex, especially when they involve independent contractors. ICs are not dictated by the same rules and conditions as traditional employees, and as such, businesses must take extra precautions when working with them. If you routinely work with independent contractors, make sure that you have the proper safeguards in place to protect your intellectual property, and to ensure that you do not pay for a product or design that you may never see the rights to. To speak with a Pleasanton business attorney for advice on drafting your IC contracts, call 925-468-4000 today.

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