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Do You Need to Register Your Business in Multiple States?

Many businesses will form a corporation or LLC in the state where the company is headquartered and then assume they’ve done all they need to do. They may be overlooking an obligation to register their business in one or more additional states. Do you need to register your business in multiple states? The first matter to consider is where your business was initially formed or registered. Your company is a “domestic” corporation or LLC in that state. So if you live and work in California, and you have a California LLC, you may not need to register in any other…

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Trademark Renewals

Congratulations – you’ve successfully obtained a trademark registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Now you might be asking, how long will this trademark registration last? And what do I need to do to keep it alive? The first bit of good news is that trademark registrations can last forever. For example, COCA-COLA has been a registered trademark for “BEVERAGES AND SYRUPS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SUCH BEVERAGES” since January 31, 1928, and they’re still going strong. However, you will need to renew your trademark registration periodically. Here are the deadlines and filings that you need to…

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What to Consider When You’re Buying a Business

I often assist clients who are buying businesses. Whether it’s your first time buying a business or you’ve done this before, there are some important legal considerations to be aware of. This post won’t cover the financial or tax aspects of purchasing a business. There are a lot of good resources out there to assist with those issues (my #1 piece of advice here is to hire a good CPA). Instead, we’re going to look at some of the legal points on the checklist. The first question to ask is whether you are buying the assets (and, possibility, liabilities) of…

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Cease & Desist!

So you’ve discovered that someone is infringing on your trademark. Now what do you do? My clients often find that some other person or business is infringing on their trademark rights. They’re then faced with deciding what to do about it. Ownership of a trademark (whether or not it’s been registered with a trademark office such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office) gives the owner, in many cases, the right to prevent competitors from using an identical or confusingly similar mark. By “trademark” or “mark”, I’m referring to anything that identifies you as the source of your goods…

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