No Trademark Left Behind: Understanding Abandonment

Have you been keeping track of your trademark? While it may seem like a low-maintenance form of intellectual property, the rights to your trademark can expire if you don't monitor its use. When you stop using your mark for three or more years without intending to use it again, it becomes an abandoned trademark under United States law. As the owner, in other words, you relinquish your rights to the trademark when you Read More

The C-Corp: Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages

If you're thinking about new strategies to propel your company forward or legally protect your growing business, you might have considered incorporation. A corporation differs from an unincorporated small business in many ways—perhaps most notably, it exists perpetually as its own entity, offering a certain degree of liability protection for owners, or shareholders. If you want to feel confident about your next Read More

3 Harmful Myths & Misconceptions About General Counsel Services

Without truly understanding the benefits of having general counsel, you might be under the impression that you don’t need it. This could end up costing you and adding unnecessary frustration for you if you do face a legal issue. Having general counsel at the ready for when issues emerge makes your life and running your business much easier. Read on to learn more about some of the most common myths about using general Read More

To Sue or Not to Sue: 4 Things to Consider Before Pursuing a Business Lawsuit

When a relationship falls apart or there has been a breach of contract, it’s tempting to want to identify legal remedies immediately. This is what might lead you to consider litigation. Before you commit to that, though, you need to think carefully about both the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a lawsuit. Simply put, litigation is not always the best solution. Can I Win This Case? Without speaking to Read More

Benefits and Challenges of Operating a Business in California

If you are thinking about opening a new business, or moving an existing business, to the state of California, it is important to really understand the different benefits and challenges that exist. As with all business decisions, the more information you have available, the better the decision you will be able to make. Read through the following benefits and challenges of operating a business in Read More

3 Key Factors to Consider When Deciding Where to Incorporate

If you have decided to incorporate your business, you undoubtedly have a lot on your mind. One question that should not be overlooked is which state to actually incorporate in. Many people mistakenly think that they must incorporate either in their own home state, or in the state where they do the bulk of their business. Sometimes this may be more beneficial, especially if you have your primary place of business in Read More

5 Reasons Your California LLC Needs an Operating Agreement

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are an excellent business formation option for many people. They are simple enough to ensure they don’t get in the way of actually doing business, yet provide enough protection that you can operate safely without fear of personal liability for business risks and debts. If you have already started an LLC or you are thinking about starting an LLC in the near future, you will want to Read More

Intellectual Property Law: Understanding Invention Assignment Agreements

If you are a business owner who employs individuals who will be creating intellectual property of any type, it is absolutely essential that you understand (and use) invention assignment agreements. To put it simply, these agreements ensure that any inventions or concepts that the employee (or third party contractor) creates while working for you, will belong to your business. As with most legal concepts, however, Read More

5 Things Every Business Owner Should Do BEFORE Hiring Their First Employee

Congratulations! Your small business is growing and you’ve made the decision that you are going to begin hiring employees to help your company continue to expand and improve. This is an exciting prospect for any small business owner, and far too many get so caught up in that excitement that they fail to properly understand and prepare themselves for the legal challenges inherent in employment. Below we have Read More

A Brief Q&A on Trademarks

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation out there regarding the intellectual property protection known as “trademarks.” These tools are vital for most businesses in order to protect their unique brand, but many business owners simply do not understand what they are or how they work. Thus, we have put together a brief Q&A session in our latest blog to provide answers to some of the most common Read More