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Robert Kost

Robert Kost

Online, On-Demand Legal Services for Start-ups and Small Businesses
  • Business Law, Intellectual Property, Communications & Internet Law ...
  • Pennsylvania
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William C. Schneck November 19, 2021
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Although it's been some time since I've worked with Rob, I'm confident that he offers the same high level of skill and professionalism to his clients today.
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Attorney Robert Kost works for technology start-ups and growing small businesses in a wide variety of areas (see website for comprehensive list).

Robert has decades of experience in corporate law and practice on both sides of the attorney-client relationship. He is adept in a broad range of law related to businesses, contracts, corporate formation, policy and intellectual property.

See what my firm, General Counsel Online does for business people.

“My goal is to provide the kind of ongoing advice that will keep your business out of lawsuits and out of the courts.” - Robert Kost.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Intellectual Property
    Communications & Internet Law
    Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
    Trademark Registration
Additional Practice Area
  • Contract Negotiation, Business Formation, Licensing, Leases, Shareholder Agreeme
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Fees are fixed price for both retainer and discrete services
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maryland Court of Appeals
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Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
ID Number: 327969
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  • German: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
General Counsel
US Interactive
Assistant General Counsel
Prodigy Services Company (IBM)
Legal Analyst
US Congress
Office of Technology Assessment. Intellectual Property Law and Technology.
Federal District Court
University of New Hampshire School of Law
J.D. (1984)
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Bowling Green State University
M.A. (1982) | Philosophy
Honors: Honors
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Kalamazoo College
B.A. (1978) | Philosophy
Honors: Thesis Honors
Activities: Swimming and Diving
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Pennsylvania  # 327969
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Allegheny County Bar Association Technology Committee
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Articles & Publications
Using Open Source Software in Your Business
Should Your Business Apply for a Trademark?
When Should Your Business Register a Copyright?
Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information
Office of Technology Assessment - US Congress
Science, Technology and the First Amendment
Office of Technology Assessment - US Congress
Speaking Engagements
Blockchain in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Intellectual Property Rights, Washington, DC
Library of Congress
Digital Transformation, Pittsburgh
Center for Digital Transformation
Systematic business transformation
Certified Business Architect
The Business Architecture Guild
Legal Answers
43 Questions Answered
Q. I want to start a business and have legal questions.
A: One response is "just do it." But a better answer would be to form a business entity, such as a corporation or a limited liability company, to protect your personal assets from exposure to business liability.
Q. I have a specific question about copyright and trademark registration for a game studio.More details below.
A: Hello Andreas, From your description, it sounds as though Trademark Law is more relevant to your objectives. Copyright is concerned with what might be called "content" -- for example, your website or the games the studio might create. Trademark law is specific to each country. So, registering in the US with the US Patent & Trademark Office confers only US rights. However, there is a European Union Trademark that protects your mark in all member countries of the EU. Although a US trademark is enforceable so long as it's in use, the initial period for an EU trademark ends in 10 years and it may be subsequently renewed. Costs of Trademark registration vary widely. General Counsel Online provides a fixed price offering at I hope this helps, Andreas.
Q. I am a wellness consulting company and I would like to know what are the basic terms outlined in a business contract?
A: You can begin to understand the basic components of a contract here: Choosing among clauses, authoring the right clauses, and assembling a contract that makes sense for you is the job of an attorney. It is a skill and an art, and is based on a lot of hard-earned knowledge. It is a cost of doing business and I know of no pro bono resources.
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General Counsel Online
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Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Telephone: (412) 419-1725
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