California Intellectual Property San Diego

California Intellectual Property San Diego Summary

Intellectual property rights are valuable, essential ownership rights which need to be protected in both non-profit and for-profit businesses. The primary forms of intellectual property rights are trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent.

Used in combination, intellectual property protections allow a business to:

  • Protect as intellectual property the words, names, symbols, and devices you use to identify your business;
  • Protect as intellectual property original works of authorship such as software code, graphics, images, and writings;
  • Protect as intellectual property proprietary information and prevent its unauthorized dissemination; and
  • Protect as intellectual property functional features and ornamental designs of your products and processes.


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Michael J. Leonard helped us obtain our 501(c)(3), created our bylaws, and completed all of the necessary forms to establish a tax exempt status for our non-profit foundation. He was professional, quick, and great to work with. Mr. Leonard is also very connected in the community and has referred us to useful contacts.

Michel Sproles, Sproles Empowered Youth

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My experience working with San Diego Corporate Law has been nothing short of excellent. Michael Leonard is a tremendous asset, and provided us much needed assistance when forming our insurance agency. He assisted with the formation of our corporation, buy / sell agreement, company bylaws, minutes, and stock certificates. Michael is an utmost professional that I would refer to any friend or client.

Michael Fusco, Fusco & Orsini Insurance Services, Inc.

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Michael J. Leonard at San Diego Corporate Law has provided GWR valuable assistance and professional advice. As a San Diego based high tech equipment manufacturer, we appreciate that we never have to waste his or our time explaining the engineering or scientific details of our situation as his strong, hands on physics and engineering background is invaluable. We are well protected with Mike looking out for our interests.

Richard Reineman, GWR Instruments, Inc.

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In 2009 San Diego Corporate Law converted my Sole Propriety Engineering Company into a “S” Corporation. My experience was painless and Mr. Leonard has done an excellent job staying in contact and continues to be a great advisor. San Diego Corporate Law comes highly recommended.

Curtis Patterson, P.E., Patterson Engineering, Inc.

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Michael J. Leonard at San Diego Corporate Law is not your typical attorney experience. Michael puts his full attention into understanding your needs and provides the best solution to meet your goals. I highly recommend San Diego Corporate Law to any of my friends and associates.

Jeff A. Mudd, Best-Rate Repair Company, Inc.

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Working with San Diego Corporate Law made dealing with all the paper work of incorporating and setting up my business a dream! Michael is the ultimate professional and knows corporate law inside and out! San Diego Corporate Law is always available to answer questions, assist me with follow up items, and be my go-to and support team.

Elloise Bennett, AP Test Service, LLC

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Mr. Leonard is competent, dependable, and gets the work done on time and within budget. He is very responsible to his customers. We would recommend him to anyone that requires a true professional.

Lidija Skolnija, anaZana, Inc.

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I was recommended to Michael to help me set up a new corporation I was starting. The advice he gave me was great, and I eventually hired his services to create the agreements and contracts between myself and my business partner. Throughout the process he guided me and asked very detailed questions. I felt that he had my back and my best interest at heart. Looking back now, the contracts he wrote have saved me close to $40,000 in money that I would have otherwise had to pay. Thank you Michael. Everyone should follow your standards.

Jason Delfos, Marketing and Advertising Design Group, LLC

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We hired San Diego Corporate Law to help us establish our business in San Diego. In the initial stages of setting up our business and transitioning to California, we were frequently out of town. During this time, Michael answered questions promptly and thoroughly by phone and email. He went above and beyond to keep us on deadline for our aggressive schedule. I would not hesitate to recommend San Diego Corporate Law to another business owner.

Alicia Sorber-Gallegos, Two Men and a Truck

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Having no prior experience with business law, I approached Michael to help me set up an LLC for my new company and help me review my legal disclaimers. Michael was very straightforward, honest and helpful. He took the time to explain every detail and answer all of my questions. His work was very diligent and completed exactly by the deadline promised. Michael and San Diego Corporate Law hold my highest recommendation!

Anton Ivanov, Dreams Cash True

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Michael J. Leonard helped me configure my business entities into a solid investment vehicle. He is very professional, knowledgeable, easy to reach and timely. San Diego Corporate Law produced a unique and informative Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) for my business for less than half the cost other law firms were charging. I expect to use the PPM and San Diego Corporate Law for many years. I recommend Michael because of his efficient, hands on, practical approach to legal work in a time of dramatic changes with securities laws (JOBS Act).

John Copyak, Clean USA Power, Inc.

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San Diego Corporate Law helped me set up MGIV Inc and get established as an S-corp in 2013. I was a one man show and didn’t have a substantial amount of money to spend to get started. I was in the process of filing for a LLC through Legalzoom.com when something didn’t feel right. I picked up the phone and asked Michael if he was available to help. This was my first business so I knew nothing about filing for a corporation or legally establishing a business. Using his knowledge and expertise he coached me toward filing for an S-corp instead of an LLC. It saved the corporation $800 in 2013 and positioned it for success based on the MGIV Communication Consulting model. I find comfort knowing that my business is in good hands. Michael is a great resource and very personable so working with him is convenient and affordable! I recommend San Diego Corporate Law to anyone needing legal assistance with their business!

Michael Gordon IV, MGIV, Inc.

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When I needed to move my business from an office suite to a brick and mortar location, San Diego Corporate Law was instrumental in ensuring that the lease provisions were in my best interests. The specialized skills that Michael and his team possess, the fair and transparent fee structure, and their professional yet low pressure consultation process are the reasons why I will retain their services in the future.

Scott Weathers, Alpha Graphics La Jolla

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Michael J. Leonard at San Diego Corporate Law not only helped us establish our small business in San Diego, but he helped us to solidify our partnership to avoid any gray areas as we are a family-run business. Michael was easy to work with, knowledgeable, responsive, and professional, and we will continue to use him as our company lawyer moving forward.

Karen Posner, Camp Run-A-Mutt Sorrento Valley

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I have nothing but compliments to say about San Diego Corporate Law. Michael and his team have always delivered not only an extremely high level of service, but also have been so patient through the whole process of setting up our LLC. Whenever I have questions or need their service, they are very easy to communicate with and very reasonably priced. I will not only use them for any legal advice that I may need in the future, but also refer all the people that may also need their services.

Andrey Kamogari, Kamo Housing

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Michael assisted us with the process of incorporating our non-profit organization. Michael was responsive to all of our questions, and sensitive to the expedited timelines that we encountered. Among the best aspects we experienced in working with Michael was his appreciation for our specific goals and his candid and honest guidance to accomplish those objectives. I would highly recommend Michael Leonard and San Diego Corporate Law.

Esther Hemmen, Mending Matters

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San Diego Corporate Law has been a crucial partner for Little Black Diamond. Whether it’s routine incorporation paperwork or complex employment law, Michael is always very responsive and available to help handle our legal issues. He takes the time to understand your business and the unique issues that surround it in order to provide accurate and timely advice that considers the best interest of your business. San Diego Corporate Law is a true partner for any business.

Adam Rosenberg, Little Black Diamond, LLC

California Intellectual Property San Diego Details

Intellectual Property Generally

Except in the rarest of circumstances, seeking the protection of only one type of intellectual property will not fully protect the rights of a business. In combination, intellectual property laws may provide thorough protection of the brand names, distinctive packaging, logos, source code, sales literature, website, client lists, formulae, functionality, and aesthetic design that the business relies upon to distinguish its products to consumers in the marketplace and keep a competitive advantage over others businesses in the same industry. A brief description of the four main types of intellectual property rights follows.

Trademark

A trademark is the word or words, designs, and combination of words and designs used to distinguish goods to consumers in the marketplace. If not functional, sounds, colors, and scents may be registered as trademarks if those attributes serve to distinguish goods to consumers.

Copyright

Copyrights are the exclusive right to use, reproduce, distribute, publicly display, perform, create derivatives, or authorize others to do these things with a work of authorship. Among the most commonly copyrighted works are (1) literary, musical, and dramatic works; (2) pantomimes and choreographic works; (3) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; (4) motion pictures and other audio-visual works; (5) sound recordings; (6) computer programs; and (7) architectural works.

Copyright law protects only the expressions of an idea and not the actual idea itself if the work is fixed in a tangible medium, is original, or an original compilation.

Trade Secret

Trade secrets are broadly defined to be any information of economic value not known to others wherein the owner of the information takes reasonable steps to keep the information secret. As long as the information remains secret, the information remains protected as a trade secret.

Patent

Those who own patent rights have the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention for a specific term of years. When patent rights expire, the information disclosed in the patent become a part of the public domain and may be freely used by any person or business.


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