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Robert P. Cogan

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Business, Litigation, Contracts, IP. High tech, life sciences, manufacturing.
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks ...
  • California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Ohio
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Bill Avrin December 17, 2023
Good, solid, practical advice Robert Cogan has given me great advice on intellectual property, contracts, business strategy and liability protection for my small high-tech business. Rob’s advice has been intelligent, practical and focused on the parts of the contract that are likely to matter in practice. He gives my legal projects his full concentration and care, and his practical, to-the-point style helps me get the solutions I need. Rob is affordable, not because he compromises quality, but because he gets right to what’s important. His advice has been thoughtful, practical and well informed by his decades of experience. I tried a lot of lawyers before finding Rob and he’s been by far the best.
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Extensive experience in patents, high tech business, all software matters, and international transactions. Providing established companies and startups with clear legal advice on which sound business decisions may be based. Extensive in-house experience working with line and executive management to solve operating and strategic problems. Operating management experience. Frequent lecturer before professional groups and CLE classes.

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
Patent Appeals, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Computer Law
  • Government Contracts
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: Bar No. 129131
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Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
ID Number: BBO No. 545075
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Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
ID Number: Bar No. 29174
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Professional Experience
Continuum Law
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Undergraduate Degree | Electrical Engineering
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George Washington Univ LS
Law Degree
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Top Lawyer
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 225193
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Intellectual Property – An Often “Unappreciated” Asset, San Diego Chapter Meeting
The Consulting Contract, San Diego Chapter Meeting
Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, Your Licensors, Your Vendors, and You, Del Mar Electronics Show Seminar
United States Patent and Trademark Office
State Bar of California
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Legal Answers
200 Questions Answered
Q. If I make a parody coloring book called "the unofficial [famous furniture company] coloring book," can I be sued?
A: Whenever anybody asks me, "Can I be sued?" my answer is, "Hey, this is America! You can always be sued." The right question is, "What risk am I taking?" Would the furniture company want to sue? If what you are doing is proper, the furniture company can still sue you. They can tell their side of the story and why they feel it is not proper. Then you have the opportunity to present your side of the story. The judge or jury can then make a decision. They might find that you did not do anything wrong. To get to that point, you have to go through the difficulty and expense of presenting your side of the story. Only in a very unusual case would the furniture company have to pay you back. ... Read More
Q. What do I do with this information?Referenced CitedU.S. Patent Documents11287037
A: It appears that you have filed a patent application on your own and have received an Official Action that rejects some or all of your claims.

As a matter of statistics, inventors in this situation cannot get meaningful protection without the help of a patent attorney. However, I have no knowledge of the facts in your case and do not know if the statistics apply to you.

It is understandable that you do not wish to incur the expense of engaging a patent attorney. But you may wish to consider whether the loss of protection on your invention would cost more than the attorney's fee.

I wish you the very best in your endeavor.
Q. can I use the technology behind the vertimax machine, the pully system, but construct it a different way?
A: There is not enough information here to formulate an answer. What is the change? Does it make a difference in how the apparatus works? Do you want to make something similar to the VertiMax machine or use the feature you are looking at in a different context? What patent rights does VertiMax have?

It would be difficult for you to answer this yourself without contacting an intellectual property attorney.
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