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Robert Philip Cogan

Robert Philip Cogan

Continuum Law
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • California, District of Columbia
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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
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
Additional Practice Areas
  • Computer Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
Professional Experience
Continuum Law
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Undergraduate Degree / Electrical Engineering
George Washington Univ LS
Law Degree
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 225193
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United States Patent and Trademark Office
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. I wrote a "fake" memoir of a well-known public figure that's still living for satirical purposes.
A: There are problems with false attribution, too many to start listing here. It might be possible to use disclaimers with respect to use of the person's name. However, even if it might be possible, it would have to be done in compliance with laws and legal precedent. The difficulty is compounded by the e-book's distribution throughout many jurisdictions. Many people and companies have been sued for publishing what to them was obviously satirical. It may not be that obvious to a court or a jury and certainly not to the person being satirized. Sometimes people can prevail when they get sued. Sometimes they are broke by the time they "win."
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402 W. Broadway Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 338-0400
Fax: (619) 259-5200