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Workplace Sexual Harassment: Were you the Victim of Hostile Work Environment Harassment?

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Were you the Victim of Hostile Work Environment Harassment?

Perhaps never before has American workplace sexual harassment been scrutinized as closely as it has in the past several years. New discussion forums, protest marches, and support groups have brought to light terrible workplace conduct that had been hidden for years. It is important for all employees across America to realize that they have the …

IP Concerns for Startups

IP Concerns for Startups

Many new and up-and-coming companies want to share their new goods, services, or technology with the world. However, there are mistakes that startups can make that can put their intellectual property at risk. For this reason, each startup should have a carefully considered intellectual property strategy tailored to your company’s goals and industry. Startup owners …

Types of Workplace Discrimination

Types of Workplace Discrimination

While businesses in California can make employment decision at will and with little to no explanation, both state and federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against employees or applicants based on certain factors. Workplace discrimination comes in different forms, and each situation is unique. If you believe you were the victim of unlawful employment …

What is Trade Secret Protection?

What is Trade Secret Protection?

There are different types of legal protections for the intellectual property (IP) of California business owners. Choosing the most effective protection for your IP is critical, as the very success of your business can be on the line if certain information is misappropriated. Many companies choose to protect sensitive information as trade secrets. California adopted …

WHAT ARE SMART CONTRACTS?

WHAT ARE SMART CONTRACTS?

The most interesting application of the blockchain after cryptocurrencies lies in the idea of Smart Contracts, aka self-executing contracts, which are contracts between two or more parties, in which the terms and conditions of the smart contract can be set to trigger one clause if the pre-requisite for triggering that particular clause has been met. …

Statutes of Limitations: File Your Case before Your Carriage Turns Back into a Pumpkin

Statutes of Limitations: File Your Case before Your Carriage Turns Back into a Pumpkin

A statute of limitations is a legal “clock” dating back to Ancient Rome that creates a timeline within which an aggrieved party must initiate their lawsuit. Generally speaking, if the injured party attempts to commence their action after the statute of limitations has expired, the party may very well be without any remedies. Statutes of …

One Plus One Does Not Equal New. The Federal Circuit Invalidates I/P Engine’s Patents

One Plus One Does Not Equal New. The Federal Circuit Invalidates I/P Engine’s Patents

I/P Engine brought a patent infringement lawsuit against Google and several other defendants for infringing on several of its patents. The patents at issue relate to a method for filtering Internet search results. The patents’ main operational features determine the relevance of an Internet search by, for example, extracting text from a web page (known …

Should I Set Up My New Business in California or Nevada?

Should I Set Up My New Business in California or Nevada?

Generally, business owners who own and operate a business in California as a sole proprietorship or general partnership, may be considering establishing a more formal business entity, such as a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, or some other entity.  Such owners initially ask themselves where, i.e. in which state should I create this legal entity?  …

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