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Robert Philip Cogan

Robert Philip Cogan

Continuum Law
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks...
  • California, District of Columbia, Ohio
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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
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Business Law
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
107 Questions Answered

Q. How do I protect my contract in case of acquisition of company I am in contract with? & New comp does not want to renew.
A: Usually, company C takes company B subject to all its obligations, e.g., a contract with company A. One way to address this is by having your attorney address in the contract what happens if you get terminated without proper cause.
Q. I have a small nonprofit and I am looking for a lawyer that help me comply with regulations, BOD resultions and the lik.
A: Justia has a lawyer directory that you can consult. I and many other lawyers do this kind of work. You should pick one you feel comfortable with.
Q. I am in process of buying gas station in Ca.Seller &I have signed contract of sale for $585K with$435K down & $150K to
A: Your best option is to contact a business attorney. If you are paying $585,000, what makes you think that it is a good idea to do it yourself?
Q. A competing business offered to take over my business (essentially buying it out) and I'm interested. How long does an
A: A few weeks to a few years, depending on how complicated the business is, whether you are agreed on the price, whether licenses need to be transferred, whether you agree on future non-competition obligations, other business factors, and whether you have lawyers who focus on getting the deal closed.
Q. i m been sued and dont know what to do
A: The question does not include the whole letter. Therefore, it is impossible to assess the situation. However, it appears that you might not have been sued yet. "What to do" is call an intellectual property lawyer who can seek to solve the problem. In many other cases, people unfamiliar with the system who tried to handle these situations by themselves got very bad results.
Q. I was injured in an auto accident due to a defective part. The manufacturer did issue a recall, and I was planning to
A: Call a contingency lawyer for a free evaluation. Stop posting details of your case on a public forum.
Q. How to phrase my NDA so the duration of it, five years, begins at the conclusion of business/communication not the start
A: Your objective is understood. It can be achieved. However, it looks like you want to give up confidentiality on all information generated during the relationship. Perhaps you may wish to consult counsel as to whether any other unintended consequences could result from the arrangement you contemplate. See disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
Q. Can I use Albert Einstein's name and picture in a math game I'm making?
A: Albert Einstein's image has been established as a protectable property. It is likely that a license would be required. The cost may fit within your margins and may make the game more desirable. One prudent course is to engage an attorney to contact the rights proprietor.
Q. Are there instances where I as the founder of a company could still run the company if it gets acquired? Would that have
A: There are many such instances. In some cases, the acquirer will not even buy the company unless the founder stays. Merely writing it into the paperwork does not mean that you will achieve your objectives. You need to have a detailed understanding with the acquirer. Just saying "running the company" does not determine how budget approvals are done or a whole raft of other issues. Consulting an attorney who has been through this scenario (I am one of many) would be a good idea.
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