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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
  • Government Contracts
  • Computer Law
  • Free Consultation
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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
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107 Questions Answered

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.
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. Starting company in Santa Clara CA. Owners are 2, me + Russian lady living in russia. Should we do C or S corp or LLC?
A: An S-corporation is not available for non-US citizens. The other details need to be discussed with an attorney. The information above is sketchy.
Q. How to draft a non compete, non disclosure agreement for software concepts under development
A: Your question indicates that you may not be familiar with the intricacies of what you want to achieve. I have seen many agreements that have been cobbled together by inventors themselves. If the agreements protect the inventor's interest, it is only by accident. Non-competition in California is a whole separate topic. Patenting software is also another topic. With all due respect, you can see an attorney or just roll the dice.
Q. Hello, I have a shared medical office with another pediatrition. I subleased the office and when i started my practice
A: It would be necessary to see any agreement you did or did not write. It would also be necessary to see her time sheets. Are you a pediatrician? Even if English is not their first language, people know how to spell their job titles. See disclaimer at the bottom of the page.
Q. If someone else applies for a lease contract on business equipment, but I sign it for that person, am I bound to it?
A: I do not know what thoughts are in the leasing company's head. However, they might feel that you signed the contract so you are a party to it and you are liable. As a practical matter, it looks like you have been left holding the bag. You appear to be the only target that is available to them. The facts are incomplete, but it looks like the leasing company may have a leg to stand on. It does not sound like you signed it the manner that would make it clear that the signature was only for her. We also do not know if the business was a sole proprietorship or a formal entity. I have seen a number of these situations. In many instances, the signer cannot get out of the agreement without legal representation. See the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
Q. I invested £196k into my business. Expensed from personal account in UK. US account now open. Need to include as capital
A: This really does NOT look like a do-it-yourself project. You are talking about £196K. Many businesses would find it prudent to consult an attorney.
Q. Looking for a lawyer in my area experienced with working in startups. Will need a letter of agreement. Thank you.
A: We cannot solicit here, but you can look attorneys up in the Justia Directory. Robert Cogan Continuum Law 619 338-0400
Q. is having access to another businesses top secret data and ways of work illegal?
A: This sort of thing can lead to expensive consequences. Many questions need to be looked at. How did the employee get the data? Is the other company a competitor? What do you want to do with the data? The situation should be reviewed by an attorney in order to evaluate your options.
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