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Robert Philip Cogan

Robert Philip Cogan

Continuum Law
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks ...
  • California, District of Columbia, Ohio
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Extensive experience in patents, high tech business, all software matters, and international transactions. Providing established companies and startups with clear legal advice on which sound business decisions may be based. Extensive in-house experience working with line and executive management to solve operating and strategic problems. Operating management experience. Frequent lecturer before professional groups and CLE classes.

Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Computer Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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District of Columbia
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Professional Experience
Continuum Law
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Undergraduate Degree | Electrical Engineering
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George Washington Univ LS
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 225193
- Current
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United States Patent and Trademark Office
State Bar of California
Websites & Blogs
Bottom-Line Business Legal Blog
Legal Answers
151 Questions Answered

Q. I have an LLC biz license in CA for a brewery/distillery. I've decided to start my hand sanitizer biz w/a dif name/logo
A: It is wise to consider all these factors. It appears that your objective is to get the best result for your bottom line and to minimize risks. Among the many factors to be taken into account are whether you are planning for a long term duration of the company or whether you are seeking to build the company up and sell it in a few years. Your tax situation will likely be key in deciding whether or not you need LLCs, S-corporations, or C-corporations, if any. Community property rules should likely be considered. If the "subsidiaries" will do business with each other there are factors that could need to be considered such as transfer pricing and possible licensing. One possible choice to consider now is whether you want a "one size fits all" solution or a plan tailored to your situation to maximize the value of your businesses. Either route might be possible. The choice is a business decision for you. An attorney can help you implement your business plan.
Q. Can I patent and idea or concept of a device me and my team created?
A: There is excellent tutorial material at Spend some time studying this. It will allow you to do a much better job of presenting your invention. You will be able to ask better questions and enable the patent attorney do do a better job for you.
Q. I want to check whether my company can hire online coaches and classify them as contractors.
A: There are ways to draft a contract that will meet the requirements in most circumstances. My experience in handling audit issues under AB5 has shown that there are basic principles that can used to justify classifying a coach as a contractor rather than an employee. My extensive experience in writing and negotiating contracts for use in all states would enable me to prepare the necessary contracts.
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