Know Your Informational Rights As An LLC Member

Over the last 20 years, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) have become more popular in California.  However, LLC members may be unaware of their rights to certain types of information. Conversely, managers of an LLC may not know what information they are required to...
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Be Careful With Internships

Occasionally, a friend has a child home from college who is interested in your business’ market space. The friend asks if his son or daughter might be an unpaid intern to gain experience and check out the industry. You want to say yes, but it is wise to consult...
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Estate Planners and Business Attorneys – Keeping One Another in Your Peripheral Vision

Estate planners and business attorneys need not go bump in the night. Providing services to clients in a coordinated fashion with other legal counsel is appropriate in the estate planning arena. If you are not an estate planning attorney, having a line of...
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Articles

Fighting ADA Lawsuits

Disabled veteran files dozens of ADA lawsuits; Vallejo businesses fight 'vexatious litigation' By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen / Times-Herald 07/23/11 Vallejo business owner Joseph Kish calls it blackmail. Others have called it extortion. The state of California officially...

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Guidelines for Use and Protection of Trademarks

A trademark is a word, name, or symbol, or a combination of these, (or in very rare cases a color, sound, or other device) adopted and used by a company to identify its products (e.g., sneakers or software) and to distinguish them from the products of others. A...

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Guidelines for Protecting Patentable Inventions

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or another country’s analogous authority. The term of a new patent in the United States is 20 years from the date on which the application for...

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Copyright Ruling Limits Use of Freelance Material

Do Your Contracts Give You the Right to Use Material as Intended? It is easy for a small local or regional business to overlook a court ruling, especially when the ruling involves Fortune 500 companies. One such ruling from the United States Supreme Court during the...

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