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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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Summary

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
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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District of Columbia
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Ohio
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Professional Experience
Continuum Law
Current
Education
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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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 225193
Member
- Current
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Certifications
Attorney
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Legal Answers
143 Questions Answered

Q. Hi, Can I use the words 'Muck boots' in a business name? For example - Women Muck Boots
A: The general criterion for deciding if a name should be used is whether the use will cause a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace as to the source of the goods. The conflicting mark need not be the same as the new mark. A search would have to be done and an attorney would have to interpret the effect of any prior marks based on the statute, court decisions, and other factors.
Q. Some employees refuse to use company software - instant messaging - how can they be disciplined/forced to use it?
A: There is a middle ground between firing people and letting them sabotage your system. An attorney can provide rules and procedures that can be set up and provided to employees. Rules can be enforced without firing people. Firing employees who perform their tasks, except for the ones they don't feel like doing, usually does more harm than good. However, they actually can be fired. Firing cannot be done indiscriminately, but there are procedures to follow which will achieve the desired end with minimal risk to the employer. If you actually do fire someone, you do not want them to collect unemployment.
Q. Is the patent on the locking system or the way it fixes to the support bar? Or on the actual design of the bag?
A: It would help to know the number of the patent you are talking about. If this is important to you, consult an attorney. Providing detailed legal advice goes far beyond the scope of Ask a Lawyer.
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402 W. Broadway Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
USA
Telephone: (619) 338-0400
Fax: (619) 259-5200
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