Intellectual Property Law 101

Anything that is produced by the human mind is considered “intellectual property.” It may be something that starts out as a simple idea, but it ends up having practical effects on the world around you. Businesses often create intellectual property more than they realize. Even something simple, such as how you package your product, is considered intellectual property and may require legal protection. Things like Read More

5 Benefits to Having Outsourced General Counsel

Legal advice is often a “must-have” for businesses, large and small. However, how you get your legal advice is likely not the same for each type of business. Smaller to medium-sized businesses may not need on-staff lawyers, but having someone available for legal projects at all times may make sense for a larger company. Outsourced in-house counsel can be a great option for businesses that do not have the need or Read More

Is Your California Business Compliant?: An Overview of Business Entity Compliance Requirements

When you decide to incorporate or form an LLC, you are committing to follow certain compliance requirements that are set out by California law. Failing to adhere to these legal demands can completely undermine your business structure. Therefore, it is important to know and understand these obligations so you can fulfill these duties. Types of Compliance Requirements Generally speaking, there are two types of Read More

16 Things to Include in a California Independent Contractor Agreements

An independent contractor is someone who often controls his or her work environment. He or she usually uses their own tools and equipment to accomplish a specific job. They are also more likely to decide how to accomplish the job themselves instead of being instructed by someone else. They also usually set their own working hours, but not always. Independent contractors are often paid by the job, and the working Read More

The Difference Between a Corporation and LLC in California

Business structures have important differences that can be both advantages and disadvantages, depending on your company’s unique needs. Not all structures are created equal. Understanding the differences between two of the most widely used structures—corporations and LLCs—can help you decide which option will work best for you. Business Structure Basics When deciding which business structure is right for your Read More

Minor Disagreement or Major Problem?: 6 Signs Your Business Dispute May be Headed for Litigation

Informal negotiation can resolve the vast majority of business disputes. However, some conflicts will inevitably lead to litigation. Disputes bound for litigation often have similar attributes—that means that you can sometimes predict which business disagreements will end up in the courtroom. Often, business disputes headed toward litigation will have the following characteristics:   Communication Read More

Considering an M&A? Think About These 5 Things First

Successful mergers and acquisitions (M&As) can help companies enhance revenue, enjoy cost savings, serve new markets, and much more. While it may seem like an exciting prospect for your business, there's always the chance your M&A could fail to deliver on its purpose. If you're considering an M&A, you need to look at the facts well in advance. These tips are designed to help you think about your potential Read More

7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Protect Your Business from Frivolous Lawsuits

When running a business, getting sued is not something you can always avoid. Unfortunately, some people see businesses as targets for lawsuits because they hope that the business will either settle out of court, or that they will get a judge to rule in their favor. Even when someone files a frivolous lawsuit, it can be quite costly. Having to go through the process of having an attorney go to the judge to explain why Read More

“Actual Use” vs. “Intent-to-Use” Trademarks

A trademark is a word, groups of words, or a symbol that is registered so that it can be used in association with a company or a product. Another individual or business can not utilize something that is trademarked. It is used more often by companies that want their customers or clients to know that a particular product or service is associated with their business. There are two general ways to register a Read More

4 Contracts Every Business Should Have Their Employees Sign

Contracts are a huge part of virtually any business. Contracts are used for inventory, supplies, and even routine maintenance. However, they are often overlooked when it comes to employment issues. Nonetheless, having employees sign certain contracts, even if they are not signing an employee contract as a whole, can be useful for your company. Confidentiality Agreements Many businesses have valuable production Read More