Areas

Business Litigation

We represent clients in the prosecution and defense of lawsuits involving:

  • Copyright infringement
  • Trademark and trade dress infringement
  • Trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Trade dress infringement
  • Theft and disclosure of trade secrets
  • Rights of publicity and privacy
  • Business torts such as unfair competition, false advertising, defamation, fraud, interference with contract and economic advantage
  • Breach of contract and commercial disputes
  • Partnership and corporate disputes, business “divorces”
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Wage & hour
  • Meal & rest break violations
  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Debt collection and enforcement of judgments

Business Transactions

We analyze, structure, negotiate, draft, and advise on various deals, including:

  • Trademark and copyright licensing, assignments, and portfolio auditing
  • Joint authorship/ownership of intellectual property
  • Transfers of intellectual property
  • Employee hiring agreements
  • Employment severance agreements
  • Consulting and independent contractor agreements
  • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Commercial and industrial real estate leases
  • Distributorship agreements
  • Merchandising agreements
  • Purchases and sales of businesses and assets
  • UCC sales and leases of goods
  • Settlement agreements

Business Ventures and Corporate Law

We work with privately held enterprises and non-profit organizations during the exciting and stressful time of planning, fundraising, hiring, contracting, and capitalizing. We also work with established clients who seek counsel and assistance with re-working their management, operation, or governance. Our firm’s business venture and corporate services include:

  • Assisting clients chose the appropriate type of entity
  • Preparing bylaws, operating agreements, and partnership contracts
  • Structuring, negotiating, and drafting agreements with investors and shareholders
  • Navigating regulatory compliance issues
  • Discussing the rights, liabilities and duties of officers, directors, and members
  • Advising partnership, corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and non-profits
  • Preparing and maintaining corporate records
  • Counseling about necessary licenses, permits, and registrations
  • Managing and commercializing copyright, trademark, and trade secret portfolios.
  • Guiding clients in the purchase of relevant insurance policies

Fashion Law

We work with fashion designers, apparel manufacturers, licensors, licensees, and retailers on a variety of issues and subjects that they frequently deal with, including:

  • Legal structures of companies
  • Protection of apparel and textile designs
  • Trademark and copyright infringement and anti-counterfeiting
  • Trademark and copyright clearances and registrations
  • Fashion and apparel licensing and assignments
  • Agreements for the sale or purchase of fashion goods and products
  • Sales representation agreements
  • Agreements for the services of models, talent, spokespersons, and designers
  • Marketing, advertising, sponsorship and promotion agreements
  • Retail leases

Art Law

We represent fine and graphic artists, photographers, and fashion, interior and furniture designers in various matters that they encounter, such as:

  • Artist-dealer/representative relations
    • Sales
    • Consignment
  • Private sales
    • Sales by dealer
    • Sales by collectors
  • Commissioned works of art
    • Private commissions
    • Public commissions
  • Agreements for exchange of art properties
  • Copyright infringement
  • Trademark infringement
  • Free speech and expressions concerns (First Amendment)
  • California Resale Royalties Act
  • Representation of museums
    • Loans
    • Accessioning
    • De-accessioning

New Media and E-Commerce Law

We deal with numerous emerging and evolving legal issues related to cyberspace, new media, and e-commerce, including:

  • Copyrights and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Domain names and trademarks
  • Trademark and copyright registrations
  • E-commerce transactions
  • Terms of use
  • Online agreements
  • Privacy law and privacy policies
  • Software license agreements
  • Software and Web site development agreements
  • Content clearances, licensing, and fair use and the public domain
  • Internet advertising
  • Acquisitions and sales of internet businesses

Recent Articles

Goles v. Sawhney: Guidance on California’s Minority Shareholder Buyout Mechanism

A recent case from the California Court of Appeal offers instruction in how to conduct the valuation of a minority shareholder’s interest under California’s statutory buyout process in a corporate dissolution lawsuit. On November 22, 2016, in Goles v. Sawhney, …
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California’s Newest Threat to Out-of-State Businesses [UPDATE]

On July 22, we wrote about California Senate Bill 1241 and its potential impact on foreign businesses operating in California.  In modified form, SB 1241 became law on September 25, 2016.  It adds Section 925 to the California Labor Code. SB 1241 …
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