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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Business Litigation: Summary Judgment Against Safeway

    A recent summary judgment in a case against Safeway Inc. shows businesses that how they say things online can have a profound impact on what they can do. Our California readers might find this summary judgment interesting. The complaint against Safeway was that the store was charging more for products ordered online and delivered to customers than they were charging at brick-and-mortar stores. The ...
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  • Businesses: Consider These Social Media Tips

    More and more businesses are developing a wide presence online. Not so long ago, businesses were considered savvy if they had an interactive website. Now, both high-tech businesses and more mainstream businesses often have blogs, pages on Facebook, a presence on Twitter and other followings on social media. Businesses can benefit from this kind of wide online presence, but they must also be ...
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  • 6 Types Of Business Structures In California

    For someone who is starting a business, deciding on the business structure is of optimal importance. The business structure you choose determines a variety of factors that will affect your business as long as it is up and running or until the structure is changes. For residents of California, there are six choices they must consider when starting business. The business structure affects the taxes ...
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  • Intellectual Property Lawsuit Moves Forward Against Mattel

    Keeping your intellectual property protected is vital for any business. A stolen or borrowed idea can often lead to a monetary loss. When someone steals your intellectual property, you have the right to seek compensation and put a stop to the activity. A recent ruling in the Los Angeles Superior Court shows just how important it is for companies to respect the intellectual property of other ...
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  • Do You Need Legal Help When Securing Venture Financing?

    You have an idea. You have a brilliant idea. And as an entrepreneur, you have the drive to find financing for your idea. It would be lovely to think that a brilliant idea and the courage to see that idea realized are all one needs to succeed in business. However, a number of other factors will ultimately play into whether or not your idea is realized successfully. While some entrepreneurs are able ...
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  • Do I Need To Patent My Innovative Idea?

    Do you have a brilliant idea? Would this idea make people’s lives easier or bring more joy to them? Have you patented this idea? If not, why not? According to a survey recently conducted by, approximately one-third of Americans have an idea that they believe is worthy of a patent. However, only one-tenth of home-based inventors have ever taken a single legal step towards securing a ...
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  • Copyright, Patent, Trademark...What's The Difference?

    "Patent," "trademark" and "copyright" are all common terms, woven into American culture and frequently mentioned in the news. However, many people still have only a fuzzy idea of how these three terms differ and when each type of protection applies. Can you patent a book? Is a copyright the little symbol you see after a well-known slogan? Can a trademark protect the name of your rock band? ...
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  • The Basics: What You Need To Know About Trademarks

    Imagine for a moment the logo used by Target. The logo used by Starbucks. The logo used by Apple. The logo used by McDonald’s. These logos have become iconic. They have become so widely and easily recognizable that even children who have yet to learn how to read can identify these companies, their stores and their products simply by being exposed to these logos. If a company other than these ...
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  • Tech Companies Sued Over Alleged Anti-Poaching Agreement

    Recruiting high tech talent is crucial to survival and growth in the highly competitive tech sector where even computer security specialists and web developers can earn in excess of $100,000 per year from Silicon Valley companies. Employees depend on competition to advance their careers, earn more and generate opportunities at competing companies that may offer a better fit, a brighter future or ...
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  • Be Sure You're Paid Accurately Under the California Minimum Wage Rate

    As of January of last year, California courts have adopted the new liquidated damages laws for minimum wage claims. If you feel you have been shorted for your California minimum wage salary, you have the right to fight for the liquidated damages caused you by the shortage. The current minimum wage in California is $8.00 per hour. The federal minimum wage sits at $7.25. In California, minimum wage ...
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  • Inventors Assistance Program for Independent Inventors of US Patents

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has a specifically geared to small inventors and entrepreneurs. Under the USPTO Inventors Assistance Program , inventors who qualify as a small entity (e.g., independent inventor, a small business, or a nonprofit organization) are eligible for a 50 percent reduction in the USPTO's filing, issue and maintenance fees. That translates into a savings of ...
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  • California Homeowners With Financial Hardship Have Options

    If you own and occupy a home in California and are having trouble making your mortgage payments, or have already fallen behind, there are programs to try and help. A useful, but by no means exhaustive resource can be found at the Keep Your Home California website. The Keep Your Home California programs are only available to homeowners whose mortgage servicing company agrees to the terms and ...
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