California Business Journal article on Michael Ahmadshahi

Michael Ahmadshahi is considered to be among the best and most thorough Intellectual Property attorneys because of his first-hand experience and knowledge in researching, writing and filing patents. Click here to read the original article: California Business Journal article on Michael Ahmadshahi BY RICK WEINBERG, CALIFORNIA BUSINESS JOURNAL If you have an invention or idea worth patenting, you naturally would …

Acquiring a Bigger Market by Developing Your Company’s Untapped Intellectual Property

Many successful companies today are getting aggressive with their intellectual property efforts to increase their annual licensing royalties. The management of intellectual property has become a core competency of many successful companies—it’s a unique and easy way to add value and increase profits. Some call these potential licensing opportunities “Rembrandts in the attic,” waiting to be leveraged for profit and …

What Startups Need to Know About DBAs

In California, a startup must file for a “fictitious business name” (FBN), if it operates under a name other than its legal name. For startups, it may be important for you to become familiar the notion of a DBA—otherwise known as a DBA (“Doing Business As”), “assumed business name,” or “trade name.” In your startup is only you as an …

Patents Bring Value to Startup Businesses

As a startup owner, you should know that your ideas and intellectual property may become the chief source of wealth in your company. This has been the case for 80% of the value of public companies today. Let’s look at how your startup can use its IP to strengthen its financial and strategic position. Using Patents to Finance Operations Recent …

New Copyright Legislation Aimed to Give Startups Cost-Effective Way to Enforce Their Rights

Startups in California need to be aware of the issue of copyright reform, as Members of Congress Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) recently introduced federal legislation that’s designed to give creators a cost-effective way to enforce their rights. The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act was introduced in the House of Representatives this past summer and has …

Where Can My Start-up File Suit for Patent Infringement?

A patent owner could bring an infringement suit just about anywhere until this past May. That’s when the United States Supreme Court issued TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, which reversed a 1990 decision that broadened the venue criteria for bringing a case. The Supreme Court reinstated the Fourco Glass rule it had originally been decided in 1957 which allows companies to …

What is Willful Patent Infringement?

American biopharmaceutical Gilead Sciences was hit with a $2.5 billion verdict in a patent jury trial against another pharmaceutical last year. But the company escaped another intellectual property case unharmed last week, avoiding what could have been a second $2.5 billion verdict. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Delaware recently ruled that biopharmaceutical company’s conduct concerning its blockbuster hepatitis C (HCV) medication sofosvubir didn’t …

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Don’t Misuse Your Startup’s Trademark

As a startup owner, you should know that a trademark is a word, name, symbol, or other device that’s used to identify your company’s goods and services, and distinguishes them from those offered by your competitors. Once you successfully register your mark, you run the risk of losing your right to enforce the registration if you misuse your mark. “Misuse” …

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Startup Owner Sees Lawsuit as a Rite of Passage

GoSpotCheck recently made the ranks of tech giants like Oracle and Apple—at least in one dubious category. Each of these companies has been sued by Leigh Rothschild. Rothschild and his Plano, Texas-based company Rothschild Digital Confirmation brought an action against GoSpotCheck in U.S. District Court in Denver, claiming they violated a 2008 patent for attaching a timestamp and location data to …