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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it several opportunities for businesses to access an unprecedented amount of government stimulus in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits. Most business owners are familiar with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan...

On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act”. The CARES Act creates a number of different programs that aim to support society and the economy during the COVID-19 public health and...

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created unprecedented upheaval in the American way of life.  Widespread business and school closures, shelter in place orders and travel restrictions have disrupted the personal and commercial lives of millions.  Uncertainty abounds and our clients must move forward...

In the United States, designs can be protected by design patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade dress.  A design patent covers the ornamental aspects of a useful object.  In a design, any aspects which are merely functional are not protectable by a design patent.  For example,...

For over twenty years I have been representing various early-stage startups in Silicon Valley.  Startups require significant capital, and banks are hesitant to lend funds to small businesses without collateral or personal guarantees.  Therefore, most startups look for early-stage high-risk capital to fund their business,...