Saturday, February 27, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Which One Do I Need?

As Americans, we are all easily bit by the entrepreneurial spirit. After all, this is the “land of opportunity”. Well, there are some important keys to getting your business started, especially when it comes to protecting your brand and controlling distribution of your goods.

Below are the 3 means of protection for intellectual property (creations of the mind). Now, maybe your business is not one of creative arts or technical production, but there are still some protective measures to take in this media-dependent society, with time lapses of sharing info getting shorter.

Check out these protective measures to get you started and keep you going!


Copyrightable materials - an “original work of authorship” which contains a small portion of creativity
--Copyright holder has the exclusive right to do certain things with the work:
  • Reproduction
  • Distribution
  • Display
  • Public performance
  • Derivative works
  • Digital-audio Transmission

Copyrights are regulated through the United States Copyright Office
Trademarks and Patents are regulated through the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Trademarks have an indefinite duration of protection
  • Used to protect the products in the market as well as their producers
  • Used to prevent confusion and misappropriation
  • Regulation exists at the federal and state level
  • State Unfair Competition Laws
  • Federal Lanham Act

Patents create competitive advantage
--Can be licensed
--Grant of property rights to exclude others

Types of Patents
--Utility patents
  • For any process, machine, article of manufacture or composition of matter
--Design patents
  • For the visual ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture

Think about the type of business or ideas you have. Would one of these protections help your market advantage??

Friday, February 19, 2010

Technology B.A.F.F.L.E.D.

What's Your Network?

Over the last 10 years, social networking has gone from a "pretty cool" feature, to a part of everyday life. Now, cell phones even come ready with applications and hook-ups to your favorite social networking sites.

Even in the last 5 years, the choices have grown and changed. MySpace has taken a shadow spot to Facebook, and Facebook isn't just for the .edu email holders anymore. Twitter has created its own following, 140 characters at a time, and the "@" symbol never got so much love. Google even has us Buzzing and chatting between emails.

So which do you choose and why? How would you categorize your use? Is everyone up-to-date on your every move? Or are you more of an avid spectator? Are you network nosy?

Tell us how social networking has affected your life!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

10 Fat Fighting Foods

In a new year we're all looking to get a bit healthier. There are some key staples to have regularly in your diet. Don't just make them part of a new year's resolution, but a New You resolution!

1. Oranges - eat them before meals; they help metabolize and are packed with Vitamin C to boost your immune system.

2. Sweet Potatoes - packed with fiber, sweet potatoes curb hunger; the beta carotene also lowers the risk of breast cancer

3. Dark Leafy Greens - (spinach, kale, etc.) these are a great source of iron, and contribute to eye health

4. Apples - lower cholesterol, and curb hunger because of their fiber

5. Yogurt - helps burn belly fat; the probiotics aid in digestion

6. Blueberries - loaded with antioxidants and have anti-diabetic effects; they also protect the heart

7. Green Tea - contains EGCG to boost metabolism; protects the heart muscles and improves bone density
*You can find some of the best teas at Republic of Teas!

8. Swiss Cheese - prevents absorption of fat

9. Whole grains - help you to not overeat; contain B vitamins and magnesium

10. Cinnamon - this spice is packed with high antioxidant levels, and have positive effects on the blood and glucose levels

*Bonus B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Personal Favorite: Pomegranate - provides vitamin C and B5, antioxidants, reduce heart disease risk factors, lowers systolic blood pressure and tastes great!!

Here's to your health....and additions on your grocery list!

Friday, February 12, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Fashion Week Has Begun!

Just yesterday, fashionistas across the globe took their place in NYC to jump start Fashion Week 2010. With everything from fashion shows to fundraisers and industry events, this year is sure to be one of the best Fashion Weeks yet.

Here's a list of the week's events.

The Heart Truth Red Dress took place last night, raising money and awareness for heart disease. "The Heart Truth" is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Check out some of our fashion faves in their heart healthy red!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Remembers

A Royal Lost to the Fashion Industry

The start to Fashion Week 2010 will be bittersweet this year. Late this week, we lost amazing designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen was set to debut a new line in NY, but didn't get the chance to share the latest creations.

Unfortunately it has been reported his death was the result of suicide, after having trouble coping with the passing of his mother, earlier this month. McQueen was a great addition to the fashion industry and had dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell and Madonna. Many are even wearing his best-selling skull scarves to show support.

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. has his family in our prayers and wish the Alexander McQueen brand the best.

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

Protect Your Heart!

February is Heart Health Month, and no better time to make sure yours is as healthy as possible. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, making heart health a serious matter!

Men, women and even children can suffer from a range of heart conditions. The heart is the core of the circulatory system and obviously a driving force in keeping us alive. As strong as the heart must be, it can be so easy to weaken it. The best way to protect your heart includes regular visits to the doctor (yearly), cardiovascular activities to keep the heart working at its best (walking, running, even jumping jacks in front of the TV if you must!) and of course, eating right. Apples, breads and pastas in moderation, and controlled amounts of red meat are important in keeping your heart healthy.

Check out these links to make sure you are up to speed and loving your heart as you should.

American Heart Association

Heart Healthy Foods

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Laws Are Changing

As times are changing, laws are changing and evolving, too. In 1910, we did not have seatbelt laws, no Sarbanes-Oxley, and no piracy regulations. We also didn’t have as many cars on the road, white collar crimes or music for the taking at our fingertips.

With new technological advances and an emerging society, legislators are continuously forced to keep up with the times. Incident and circumstance require the drafting bills to counter the effects of progress. Whether new or old, laws are what force the majority to conform to the minority. We must create regulation when portions of the population step outside the common ground....and sometimes common sense.

Most recently, many local and state governments have implemented texting while driving laws. These laws come behind the rise in accidents and fatalities from unfortunate multitasking. The feds are also putting tighter reigns on our financial markets; a great necessity in these tough economic times. Just the same, we are seeing tighter regulation on intellectual properties (creations of the mind, i.e. music, computer technologies, artistic impressions, etc.).

So what’s next. Based on the constant change in our world, what will we be forced to crack down on in the future?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fabulous Buys in the Month of February

February is not only the shortest month, but also the month to find some pretty good items on sale. Check out the list below and with a coupon or 2, save even more than you expected!

Jewelry - With Valentine's Day coming up, jewelry is one of the most common purchases for February. Many couples are getting engaged or finding means of precious metal to say "I love you!"

Perfume - Sweet scents are another hot commodity in the month of love. It's a long lasting gift in so many ways.

Chocolate and other candies - This one is obvious ;-)

Winter Clothes - This one is very important. February is a cold month, so sweaters are no-brainers, but this is also a good time to give your winter wardrobe a boost at a low price. Spring and even summer fashions are creeping in the stores, so the winter stuff is priced lower and lower!

Make smart shopping choices this month, and always!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Celebrate American History

February has long been recognized as Black History Month. What we often don't recognize is, Black History is American history. African-Americans have an immensely rich history of their own, but it has an important place in the history of this nation. To continue progressing as a country, we must be forever conscious of the contributions of all our equally important sub-cultures.

Here's some important contributions African-Americans have made to the land we call home:

Alexander Mills - Elevator

Richard Spikes
- Automobile gear shift

Garrett Morgan - Traffic signals

Albert R. Robinson
- Electric trolley

John Love - Pencil sharpener

L.C. Bailey
- Folding bed

Andrew J. Beard - Rotary engine

Marie Brown
- Video surveillance home security system

Sarah Boone - Ironing board

Otis Boykin
- Pacemaker

George W. Carver - Paints & satins, peanut butter, lotion and soaps

Lee Barrage - Typewriter

John Standard
- Refrigerator

W.B. Purvis - Fountain pen

Dr. Charles Drew
- Blood plasma

America would be so different without them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Guys

Smooth Gentlemen Must-Haves--

Fashionistas may have their necessities, but the cool gents have a list, too. Every stylish gentleman needs some things to keep him on top of his game.
Here are the must-haves:

1. Stylish watch - Guys must have a stylish timepiece. It shows they can keep priorities in order and serves as a constant accessory.

2. Cologne - Gotta leave your mark with a scent. Never too much, but just enough to leave a trace.

3. Some type of electrical shaving device (one that can trim nose hairs) - This one is self explanatory.

4. Suit - There will always be an occasion where you need a suit.

5. Solid tie - This is a staple in your arsenal (but a variety is best!)

6. Brush - Keeping the hair laid is so very important!

7. Belt - Even if your pants fit! Belts complete your look, so always keep one on deck.

Sounds like B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashionistas will have some pretty Smooth matches!

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