Buying an Existing Business vs. Starting Your Own

While most entrepreneurs have the dream of starting up a company from scratch, it’s worthwhile to ponder whether purchasing an existing business might be your better option. Each situation (and entrepreneur) is unique, but here are some things to consider as you weigh this decision. When Does it Make Sense to Buy an Existing Company? You should strongly consider purchasing a business if you’re worried about Read More

How to Keep Your Trademarks in Compliance with the USPTO

Going about securing federal protection for your company’s trademarks means you have a fair amount of work to do up front. The application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is fairly in-depth, which means it would be wise to have an attorney help you. Even after you submit a trademark application and it is approved, though, you have to take certain actions to maintain your federal Read More

What Is Dissociation From a California Business Partnership?

In an ideal world, every co-owner, member, or partner would be on the same page about every major decision related to the business, but in reality, disagreements are all too common. Perhaps your partners originally agreed with your long-term vision for the business, but your views have diverged, and it is time for your or someone else to leave the company. This is called dissociation. Having a robust and thorough Read More

Four Reasons a Trademark Application Gets Refused

Applying for federal registration of trademarks is one of the smartest moves that a startup owner can make in the early stages of his or her company. Registering with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be an especially effective way to protect a company’s brand; the ultimate purpose of building a brand is for consumers to associate your company’s products or services with its trademarks.  With Read More

Six Boilerplate Provisions to Double Check in Your Company’s Contracts

Most contracts aren’t exactly page-turners. It can be tempting to skim them or agree on the important parts rather than double-check every detail. In some cases, however, those small details can make a world of difference. Boilerplate provisions are general terms of a contract that normally appear at the end in a section titled General Terms or Miscellaneous. They may seem standardized, but what they dictate could Read More

Considerations for California Employers Moving to a Permanent Remote Workforce

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 3% of American businesses used remote workers on a permanent basis. Now, many companies are struggling to decide if and when they will ask their employees to return to their place of business, and some are making the choice not to return at all. If you are thinking about keeping your workforce on a remote basis permanently, you will need to revise your company's policies Read More

Importance of a Trademark Availability Search

Your company’s trademarks are some of the most important assets you have. You can trademark logos, symbols, phrases, and names so your business can build a memorable brand. Without a distinctive and unique trademark, consumers might not be able to identify your company’s products or services from those of your competitors. And for many entrepreneurs, your intellectual property may be the only asset you have when you Read More

What is a Benefit Corporation, and Why Is It Useful for California Entrepreneurs?

In 2011, California passed the Corporate Flexibility Act, making it one of the country's first adopters of a unique business structure known as a “benefit corporation.” Essentially, a benefit corporation is a corporate entity in which shareholders are empowered to consider the corporation’s impact on the planet, community, employees, and society.  Normally, shareholders of a C corporation have fiduciary Read More

Trademarks vs. Copyrights: Which Do You Need For Your Business?

When your startup is in its very earliest stages, its most important and precious assets are likely its intellectual property. Too often, though, entrepreneurs put intellectual property protection on the backburner because they are primarily focused on keeping the lights on and the operation going. The choices you make at the outset regarding your company’s intellectual property, though, are among the most important Read More

What Goes into a Franchise Disclosure Document?

Becoming a franchisee is an appealing way for many aspiring business owners to dip their toes into the entrepreneurial universe. Generally, there is a proven business model and process for franchisees to follow, in addition to many other forms of support provided by franchisors. There is still a fair amount of due diligence for potential franchisees to conduct, however, before agreeing to this business relationship. Read More