“Starting companies is a lot like launching rockets: if you’re a tenth of a degree off at launch, you may be a thousand miles off downrange.” (Craig Johnson, The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for innovation and Entrepreneurship)
The Law Office of Michael T. Arase provides general corporate services, but specializes in corporate matters as they relate to intellectual property. Corporate and intellectual property matters often go hand in hand. Incorporation is one of the most important steps that your business will take. It should also be one of the first steps, because all contracts the business enters into should be on behalf of your corporation, and not you, personally. This shifts the risk to the company and delineates any confusion about the parties and products involved. Incorporation will also help spell out the purpose of the company and the equity interests, rights, and responsibilities of the shareholders from the start.
If you’re interested in an increased valuation of your company over time, as well as a clean “chain of title” for IP, all of the company’s IP should be developed as company assets, and not as your personal assets. When founders delay the incorporation process and create IP, they need to formally assign all of that IP to the corporation if they goal is for the corporation to own those assets. Creating assignments for trademarks, copyrights, and patents can be time-consuming and costly.
Michael T. Arase’s corporate Services include:
- General Counsel
- Contracts Drafting
- Negotiations and Review
- Insurance-Risk Mitigation Counseling
- Employment Practices
- Commercial Lease and Sales Transactions
- Real Property Leasing
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Formation
- Litigation Management
Get in contact with The Law Office of Michael T. Arase to address your corporate matters.