Tag Archives: California

Can Marijuana Growers Protect Their Intellectual Property?

As any business owner knows, protecting your intellectual property is a crucial issue.  Companies can rely on patents to protect product formulas. Moreover, anyone who invents or discovers and can asexually reproduce a new plant variety can apply for and obtain a plant patent. This kind of patent allows its holder to prevent anyone else

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Foreign Business Qualification in California

A growing business is always expanding and seeking new markets to support its growth. A business that is started in one state and primarily does business in that state may seek to branch out into other states to pursue this growth. Most states require out-of-state or foreign businesses to register within the state if seeking

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The Lesson of Tax Avoidance for Emerging and Established California Businesses

According to Bloomberg, “[m]ultinational tax avoidance has risen to the top of the international political agenda,” and Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is coming under fire in the United Kingdom for just this issue. The company was sued for trademark infringement by soapmaker Lush, and a judge recently ruled in favor of Lush and

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Complying With Wage and Hour Laws

In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, ignited a firestorm of criticism when she released her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The book focuses on how working women, particularly working mothers, can grow their careers and their lives. Her critics contend that Sandberg is merely another member of the

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What Your Business Should Know About California’s Security Breach Notification Act

On December 19, 2013, Target confirmed reports that hackers stole the credit card numbers and encrypted debit card PIN data from about 40 million customers who shopped in its stores in the United States from November 27 through mid-December, the height of the 2013 holiday shopping season. Last week, Target revised the number of affected

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Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ride-Share Company Uber May Test California Employment Law

Ride-sharing startups are stirring things up in California.  Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and FlightCar, are in the business of providing vehicles-for-hire.  Using mobile apps and other online programs, these ride-sharing companies connect users in need of transportation with non-professional drivers driving their own cars.  In 2010, the California Public Utilities Company (CPUC)

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Startups and Other California Businesses Need To Be Ready for The Changing Landscape of Patent Law

All over the country, including here in California, startups and small businesses are holding their collective breaths and hoping that the House of Representatives passes the Innovation Act of 2013 (the “Act”).  Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Act, and yesterday, the White House came out in support of

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Two Legislative Victories for Startups and Entrepreneurs

As 2013 winds to a close, and friends and family gather at Thanksgiving tables across the country, startups in California and across the United States are giving thanks for two legislative actions.  The first legislative initiative, and one which impacts startups across the country, concerns an issue we have discussed many times over the last

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California Businesses Must Comply With Green Chemistry Initiative

California is often viewed as the most politically progressive state in the country and a leader in passing health and safety initiatives.  For example, California was the first state to ban smoking in offices and restaurants and the first to require bikers to wear helmets.  While it is sometimes difficult to keep up with California’s

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California Supreme Court Again Delves Into Arbitration Agreements

The Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 (FAA) provides that arbitration agreements are “valid, irrevocable and enforceable, and entitled to the same respect as other contracts.”  In spite of this, the California Supreme Court several years ago struck down an arbitration clause in a consumer agreement because the arbitration agreement did not permit the consumer to

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