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Scam Alert — Court “Notice of Appearance”

by Andrew Jacobson If you receive a “court notice” via email, don’t open it — it is a scam designed to add to your computer malware designed to get you to give over control of your computer to somebody else.  We started receiving these a few weeks ago, but it may only just have started getting […]

Star-Struck, or Struck Dumb?

by Andrew Jacobson Comedian Nathan Fielder has been revealed as the brains behind the “Dumb Starbucks” shop that popped up without fanfare (or a health permit) on a Friday afternoon. It disappeared the next Monday. While the joke seemed to be on the people who waited in line for three hours for bad coffee and Vons-bought […]

Obama’s One Sentence on Patent Reform –

By Sharon Adams   After Passing the Most Sweeping Patent Law Reform in Decades, President Obama’s State Of the Union speech briefly mentioned patent law. “And let’s pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly and needless litigation.”  This single sentence appeared to be dropped into the middle […]

Crowdfunding Your Business – An Intro to Title III of the JOBS Act

By Daniel Richardson On April 5, 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) became law. The JOBS Act seeks to “increase job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.”[1] Title III of the JOBS Act or the “Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and […]

Earned Income Tax Credit Notice

California employers, take note: you are required to give notice to all your employees about the earned income tax credit at about the time you give them their W-2 or 1099 forms. If you have individuals who are independent contractors, give them notice as well. Here is the recommended language, which you can print on […]

Towersquatting (and Contributory Cybersquatting)

by Andrew Jacobson   The cybersquatter is a parasite that benefits from an internet user’s confusion who thinks that they are accessing a popular website, when they really get something else. The US banned cybersquatting in 1999’s Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) and is codified at 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d). Malaysia’s oil company, Petronas, discovered a […]

YogaGlo Patent Loses Its Shine

By: Sharon Adams YogaGlo Patent # 8,605,152, Figure 1 INTRODUCTION There has been much controversy in the yoga community about the recent issuance of a patent to YogaGlo. The YogaGlo patent contains claims for videoing a yoga instructor teaching students, with an unobstructed line of sight from video camera to the instructor. There are so […]

California Creates New Corporate Structures Enabling For-Profit Corporations To Consider the Public Benefit

              Sharon Adams Introduction In January 2012, California created two new state corporate structures:  (1) flexible purpose corporations, and (2) benefit corporations.  Unlike traditional for-profit corporations, these new corporate structures are required to provide for benefit to the public.  Unlike traditional non-profit corporations, these new corporate entities are not tax […]

What Could Go Wrong With a Wooden Horse?

One of the major justifications small business owners have for not protecting their information more carefully is “who would want our information? We’re just a small firm that doesn’t handle anything important for anybody.” A recent security breach reveals the risks. A small software service that provides back-end software solutions for car-hire services had its […]

Veterans

Bay Oak Law’s own Daniel Gwozdz was recognized by the Bar Association of San Francisco on Veteran’s Day for his service in the US Army between 2000 and 2005. Dan was a scout for the legendary 10th Mountain Division, and served during operations in Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

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