The Benefits of Trade Secrets (as opposed to Copyrights, Trademarks, or Patents)

  Intellectual property (IP) is often a company's most valuable asset. Brand names, logos, and other recognizable identifiers are what allow customers to associate a particular business with a particular product or service. As a business owner, setting out to … Continue reading

Business Formation and Organization

    Running a business involves many decisions, from choosing a business name to designing your website to selecting employees. One business decision that may have important and long-term tax and legal implications is how you are going to structure … Continue reading

THE RULING ON THE FIELD IS UNDER REVIEW: USING THE LEGAL SYSTEM AS A GUIDE FOR REPLAY USE IN THE NFL

With Super Bowl XLIX less than a week away and “deflategate” leading headlines instead of player profiles, unfortunately, the question for many NFL fans and faithful is not who will win (Seahawks or Patriots) but whether the game will be … Continue reading

Ray Rice and Morals Clauses in Employment Contracts

    Much discussion has taken place in recent months regarding the termination of professional running back Ray Rice from the Baltimore Ravens following domestic assault allegations. Rice was also indefinitely suspended from the National Football League (NFL), though that … Continue reading

California Appellate Court Extends Trade Secret Protections

The protection of intellectual property is one of the most important issues of which a business or entrepreneur must be aware. In many cases, ideas and other intangibles are the most valuable assets a startup or company may have, and … Continue reading

Carl Ichan, Phil Mickelson under FBI Investigation for Insider Trading

http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/02/investing/icahn-mickelson-insider-trading/ The FBI is investigating a well-known golfer, an activist investor and a professional gambler for potential insider trading in the stock market. But while the headline about Mickelson is flashy, in order to obtain any type of indictment, the … Continue reading

California Appellate Court Gives General Ideas Trade Secret Protection

http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A134343.PDF Trade secret protection “ ‘promotes the sharing of knowledge, and the efficient operation of industry,’ ” by “ ‘permit[ting] the individual inventor to reap the rewards of his labor by contracting with a company large enough to develop and … Continue reading