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Starting a Business in Quebec


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How to cut your taxes, protect your assets, and protect your intellectual property

Presentation delivered at the CEDEC Doing Business in Quebec conference

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Starting a Business in Quebec

  1. 1. STARTING A BUSINESS IN QUEBEC Jamie Benizri Founder and Senior Attorney How to Cut Your Taxes, Protect Your Assets and Protect Your Intellectual Property
  2. 2. 2 The ins and outs of INCORPORATION
  3. 3. 3 3 5 Benefits of Incorporation Payout optionsLimited liability Leave money in the corporation Benefit from a lower tax rate Tax exemptions when selling
  4. 4. 4 Incorporation 101 Where will you operate? Do you want added protection? Do you want to cut down on costs? Provincial or Federal? Are the members of your Board of Directors Canadian residents?
  5. 5. 5 Incorporation 101 Do you have assets to protect? Will you more revenue than you need to live on? How fast will your business generate revenue? Do you want to raise capital? Should You Incorporate? Do you plan to sell your business?
  6. 6. 6 Incorporation 101 Incorporating in the wrong jurisdiction Describing your corporation incorrectly Not giving your corporation a name Skipping the shareholders agreement Top Incorporation Mistakes Believing that limited liability means unlimited liability
  7. 7. 7 the ins and outs of TRADEMARKS
  8. 8. 8 8 BRAND INSURANCE 1. Can I search on my own? 2. If I use it first, isn’t it mine? 3. If I registered or incorporated my business, isn’t the name mine? 4. If I registered the domain name, isn’t the name mine?
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  10. 10. 10 English or French? Federal jurisdiction- CIPO New legislation Supreme Court and Court of Appeals ruling
  11. 11. 11 11 • New regulations on the way • Addition of French descriptor
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