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Intellectual Property Protection

What Every Startup Founder Needs to Know About Intellectual Property Protection Most startup entrepreneurs aren’t the least bit concerned about intellectual property protection. That’s a big mistake that could cost them their entire business. They may not realize it, but every startup has at least one kind of intellectual property:  their business plan!  You may not think of your business plan as intellectual property but it certainly is. And if you don’t own your intellectual property it could...

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Trademark Issues: A Cheat Sheet for Entrepreneurs

Understanding trademark issues isn’t easy. Today’s post will give you a quick overview of some issues that entrepreneurs and established businesses face when establishing and keeping trademarked status. When entrepreneurs are selecting a name for their company they tend to think that if they form a corporation or and LLC with a name or they have a domain name that they have the right to use that name in their business. That’s not necessarily the case. The fact that you have a corporation named...

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Ownership Issues For A Startup Business

Ownership issues for your startup: Getting clear about who owns what? Not being crystal clear about ownership issues can come back to haunt the founders and investors of a new startup.  Founders are sometimes pretty sloppy when they start up their business about who the owners actually are. As soon as possible, if you are serious about getting into business, you need to form an entity and allocate ownership interest to people. In other words you need to issue stock or membership interests to people...

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Maybe You Don’t Need a Small Business Law Firm After All

For many small business owners the major drawback of setting up an entity is of course the cost. It’s true that there are some costs, for example formation costs, these are minimal but you may not regard them as minimal if your budget is small. Some businesses aren’t real businesses, as they are operated out of somebody’s house and they’re operating more of a hobby than a business. For those people, forming an entity may not be feasible because of the costs involved. Even though the...

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Do I Really Need To Form A Corporation?

If you’re a business owner or a startup entrepreneur you need to set up the correct entity for your specific business. You have four basic options: Stay a Sole Proprietorship Form a Partnership Form a Corporation Set up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) Each of these business structures has different benefits and drawbacks. Businesses often start out as sole-proprietorships or partnerships These two structures are not advisable because they are both subject to unlimited liability. Why a sole-proprietor...

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Two Types of Liability Protection You Need To Know About

What kind of liability protection do you have for your business? Do you feel confident that both your business and your personal belongings will be safe in the event of a law suit? In today’s post, we’ll explain the difference between “inside” liability protection and “outside” liability protection. You’ll discover some best practices that may keep you out of trouble. What is “Inside” Liability Protection? Inside liability concerns the business owner’s liability for things that happen within the...

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What To Expect From a Small Business Law Firm

At JGPC our entire focus is on small business law.  Our business is Business, privately owned Businesses. That means we are always working with business owners and startup entrepreneurs. When you start working with a small business law firm very often your attorney’s first step will be to see if you’re operating with the best form of business organization for your business. In fact, the most common question we get from new clients is: “how should I be doing business?” Should I be using a corporation? Am...

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JGPC Law - Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore Business Attorneys - What You Should Know About Judgments

What You Should Know About Judgments

What You Should Know About Judgments by Thomas von Thury, Esq. Most people don’t think about court judgments until they are faced with one, either about to be or already issued. Yet everyone should be aware of the basic principles underlying a court judgment so that they can judge the relative importance of avoiding one and develop a plan (and budget) to deal with the possibility of either (i) trying to collect a judgment in their favor or (ii) deal with a judgment about to be or already issued...

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Suit As An Effective Settlement Strategy

Suit As An Effective Settlement Strategy by Thomas von Thury, Esq. Most lawyers know that the objective of a lawsuit is settlement, not a trial. After all, one can never absolutely sure what a judge or jury will do. By the time that most clients seek a lawyer’s assistance with respect to a dispute, at least many who come to me, they have already expended considerable time trying to resolve the matter themselves. In those situations my recommendation is almost always to promptly initiate a lawsuit....

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