JGPC Business & Corporate Law

Pleasanton, California Business and Corporate Law Firm

JGPC Business & Corporate Law

5890 Stoneridge Drive
Suite 102

Pleasanton, California 94588

Phone(925) 463-9600
Fax (925) 463-9644

Website www.jgpc.com
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Law Firm Overview

JGPC Business & Corporate Law is located in Pleasanton, California and serves clients throughout the Tri-Valley and East Bay regions including Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Practice areas encompass business contracts and transactions; intellectual property and trade secret law; software licensing; internet and e-commerce; mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; documents and agreements; entity formation and incorporation services; partnership law; asset protection; and commercial real estate matters. In addition to civil litigation, the firm offers alternative dispute resolution for business disputes.

The firm provides cost effective legal help to entrepreneurs, owners, private companies, investors, managers, executives, buyers, and sellers in every stage of the business life cycle. The attorneys have decades of experience in business law and offer knowledgeable advice so clients can make the best decisions for themselves and their businesses.

JGPC Business & Corporate Law provides skilled counsel and representation designed to protect and preserve clients’ personal and professional assets while helping them achieve their business goals.

Year this Office was Established: 1995

Languages: English

Areas of Law















Additional Areas of Law: Limited Partnership & Family Limited Partnership Law; Limited Liability Company Law; Breach of Contract; Corporate and Partnership Dissolution; Unfair Business Practices; Business Torts; Franchise Disputes; Manufacturer-Sales Agent Disputes; Construction Disputes; Collection Matters; Real Estate and Non-Disclosure Disputes; Insurance Disputes; Business Contracts & Transactions; Business Sales; Business Startups & Entity Formation; Incorporation; Real Estate Litigation; Service Mark Law; Trademark Infringement Disputes; Non-Compete Enforcement/Defense; Copyright Infringement; Trade Secret Misappropriation & Disputes; Employment Disputes; Creditor & Debtor Rights.


Areas of Law Description

JGPC Law provides business law services for all stages of your business; from business creation, through emerging growth phases, throughout established business operations and for all business exit strategies. If you are unsure of the area of business law in which you need help, contact Jim Gulseth or one of the other attorneys at JGPC Law to discuss your needs. If JGPC Law does not specialize in the area of law you are concerned with, we will help you find the best, most cost-effective Lawyer available to meet your legal needs.



Partners

James Gulseth Mr. James H. Gulseth
Partner
Agency and Distributorship, Asset Protection, Business and Industry, Business Formation, Business Law

Robert Taylor Robert L. Taylor
Partner
Business and Industry, Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts, Copyright



Lawyers

Gerald Prettyman Gerald R. Prettyman
Lawyer
Contracts, Copyright, Domain Names, Intellectual Property, Licensing Law

Thomas von Thury Thomas von Thury
Lawyer
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Business and Industry, Business Law, Business Litigation


Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association

More Information on JGPC Business & Corporate Law

Business Law
Real Estate Law & Litigation
Corporation Law & Incorporation
Intellectual Property & Trade Secret Law
Business Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
Civil Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Limited Partnership & Family Limited Partnership Law
JGPC Business & Corporate Law News and Publications

Articles Published by JGPC Business & Corporate Law

 Breach of Contract Examples

Business contracts are the private law that binds businesses and people. Entered into voluntarily, each party has the power to bargain for their rights in the contract and their corresponding obligations. Unfortunately, parties to a contract are not always able to fulfill these contractual obligations.

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 What Types of Businesses Entities Are There?

If you are looking to start a business in the East Bay then one of the first steps involves choosing which business form best suits your needs. The most popular options include sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, and corporations

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 Do Home Businesses Need to Use a Business Entity?

There are lots of people who work from home, and many of them could use a business lawyer for home businesses. In 1995, audiences thought it was outrageous when Homer Simpson worked from home, wearing a comfy muumuu, but it was one of many times in the 90s when The Simpsons was way ahead of its time.

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 Why Your Music Band May Need an LLC in California

In the beginning, things are great with your band, spending long afternoons jamming in your living room. The last thing you ever think about is needing a business lawyer for musicians.

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 What Are Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a remedy that can be used to help you resolve your business disputes without litigation. It is a good idea to have an alternative dispute resolution lawyer advise you on how to resolve your business disputes, so you can minimize your time at the courthouses.

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 Protect Assets From Creditors in California

Everyone who opens a business does so with the intention of making a profit, so why do so many businesses in Fremont, Livermore, and elsewhere end up failing?

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 LLC Implementation – What To Consider in Business Entities

Part of the excitement of startups is that you and your partners are building something from scratch. For many of your dealings in the early phase of your business, you can let innovation and intuition be your guide. But when it comes to entity formation, that is, legally establishing your business, you need the help of an experienced lawyer.

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 Pros and Cons of an LLC Designation in California

As your LLC designation law firm can more fully inform you, starting your business as a limited liability company (LLC) can provide you and your fledgling enterprise with considerable benefits and protections

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 Hacking and Duping: Legal Risks in Do-It-Yourself Crafting and Alterations

Someone recently asked about the legal implications of altering something yourself, such as piece of furniture, of selling the altered furniture in person, of selling the altered furniture via the Internet, of making a copy of the furniture, of instructing others on how to perform these alterations. In the current vernacular, some people call these efforts, a hack or a “mod” (as in modifying) or a “dup” (as in duplication).

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 Three Deal-Breakers in Franchise Agreements

A franchise may be the perfect way for budding entrepreneurs with little capital and/or little experience in operating a business to get started with their own business.

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 What Entrepreneurs Need to Know about California Commercial Law

For the new California entrepreneur, one consistent piece of advice you are likely to hear is to retain the services of an experienced commercial law attorney. While this is certainly good advice, the reasons why this is so may not be as readily apparent. This is because most new entrepreneurs – and even some seasoned business owners – do not fully comprehend the scope, purpose or objectives of commercial law.

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 The "Detailed Description" of an Invention

As a basic requirement, the Detailed Description provides an enabling disclosure of the invention sufficiently adequate for an ordinary person skilled in the art to make and use the invention. So what does this legalese mean?

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 The JOBS Act and What it Means for Your Startup

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been issuing new regulations to define the details of what the JOBS Act really means. Some new rules took effect on May 16, 2016. There are several important titles to the JOBS Act.

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 4 Crowdfunding Models Your Startup Can Use to Raise Capital

Have you been thinking about using a crowdfunding model to launch your startup? Then you may want to understand the 4 basic types of crowdfunding models and the financial and legal implications of each one.

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 Equity Crowdfunding for Startps

Equity crowdfunding has only recently become available to startups in the United States.

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 Finding an Honest Attorney for Startups

Finding an experienced, honest start-up attorney really shouldn’t be so difficult. If you know the right places to look and the questions to ask you will have no trouble finding an experienced, ethical and honest start-up attorney to help you with your startup.

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 What Does a Commercial Lawyer Do?

New entrepreneurs and small business owners may view commercial lawyers with some amount of suspicion and may hesitate to employ the services of such an attorney.

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 Patent Attorneys Protect Your Company’s Investments

When you acquire a new headquarters for your business or a valuable, tangible asset to help your company grow, you naturally (and wisely) take steps to protect that asset or property with insurance and security. Many business owners, though, fail to take similar measures to protect their intangible assets.

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 Get Financing but Don’t Lose Control of Your Company

How you choose to finance your new business venture can have a dramatic impact on the type of entity you use for the venture, the structure of that entity and the direction your company takes in the first few weeks and months of its existence.

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 Get Financing but Don’t Lose Control of Your Company

How you choose to finance your new business venture can have a dramatic impact on the type of entity you use for the venture, the structure of that entity and the direction your company takes in the first few weeks and months of its existence.

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 When to Call a Lawyer to Protect Your Creditor/Debtor Rights

In times past, creditors – that is, those who lent debtor’s property or services on a promise that the obligation would be paid – held considerable power over debtors.

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 What Are the Benefits of Patent Pending Status?

It is well-known that patents can provide useful protection to a California business’s ideas and inventions. Even if you or another business owner are not completely clear on what specific protections and remedies are available to you as the holder of a patent, you generally know that a patent protects you from competitors or others who attempt to steal your ideas or inventions for their own gain.

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 Resolving Commercial Construction Disputes

While commencement of commercial construction projects is typically (or, at the very least, should be) preceded by the execution of a well-drafted contract, even this is no guarantee that a dispute will not arise between your business and the construction company with which you are doing business.

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 The Detailed Description of an Invention for a Patent Application

As a basic requirement, the Detailed Description provides an enabling disclosure of the invention sufficiently adequate for an ordinary person skilled in the art to make and use the invention. So what does this legalese mean?

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 What to Look for in a Business Start Up Law Firm

Along with your investors and startup management team, you will want to have the services of an experienced and knowledgeable California business startup law firm by your side.

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 What Happens in a Legal Mediation Proceeding?

There are several ways that a California business dispute can be resolved, but litigation is usually not the preferred method for doing so.

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 What Is Civil Litigation?

Disputes and disagreements are commonplace in the business world, and civil litigation is one method whereby these disputes and disagreements may be resolved.

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 Considering Purchasing a Franchise in California?

Get Your Franchise Lawyer Involved Early.

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 How To Properly Describe An Invention For Your Patent Application

Patent applications require up to five well-written descriptions which not only complement each other, but do not conflict.

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 Software Patents and Alice in the Looking Glass

The public tends to believe the purpose of the Patent Office is to issue patents. The facts paint a different conclusion.

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 How to Legally Protect Your Inventions and Ideas

An idea can be worth a million dollars – to you or to your competitor – which is why it is important to take steps to protect your inventions and ideas.

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 What To Do Before You Disclose an Idea for an Invention

A question high on the list of first asked questions to a Patent Attorney, is “what do I need to protect my idea before I talk to an investor, (a manufacturer or licensor), etc. The answer, or answers as a inventor should take multiple steps, are not complicated.

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 Business Disputes That Require a Business Attorney

Even though Americans pride themselves on their rugged individualism and independence, there are some things that simply should not be attempted by amateurs or those without the proper knowledge and experience.

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 What Is Crowdfunding? (And How Can It Help Your Startup?)

Crowdfunding is an innovative way to raise money for a project by pooling small contributions from a large number of people.

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 Is That a Patent, Trademark or Copyright?

If you wouldn’t know a patent if one bit you [1], you are not alone. Most of the public doesn’t know the difference, and there are lawyers who are uncertain of the differences. Today, though, you are lucky enough to have this article in front of you to learn the difference. Bear in mind, however, this is just an overview. If you want to know more, refer to the footnotes.

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 Nondisclosure Agreements For Technology Companies

While intellectual property laws present a significant amount of protection to individuals and companies, some “creations” are not capable of being protected through patents, copyrights, and/or trademarks.

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 What To Do When Business Partners Do Not Agree

Partnerships are one type of business entity available to California entrepreneurs. A partnership can be formed at any time when two or more individuals agree to pursue a business venture for the purposes of making a profit.

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 Business Partnership Agreements Best Practices

Running a business with friends or others who share your vision and values can be extremely rewarding.

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 How to Register and Protect Your Trademarks

Registration is essential to protecting your good name and reputation.

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 What to Include in a California Business Contract

Obligations and Non-fulfillment Clauses are Only the Start. California business contracts are deceptively complex.

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 What is Required in a California Non-Disclosure Agreement?

When your business hires a new employee, the last thing you as a business owner want is for your new employee to learn your company’s trade secrets and other confidential information and then leave to work for your competitor.

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 What is Copyright Infringement?

Copyright infringement can cost a business owner or the creator of a copyrighted work dearly. Not only does the owner or creator of the work now have to contend with attempting to sell or use his or her work in a marketplace that also contains the unauthorized reproduction, but the owner or creator is at a distinct disadvantage in that he or she has invested the time and resources into creating the copyrighted work and needs to recoup these costs whereas the competitor is not in such a position.

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 Rights in a California Franchise Dispute

Many small business owners choose to open a franchise for various reasons. Franchise arrangements allow a new, inexperienced business owner to experience some of the benefits of small business ownership without having to completely “go it alone.”

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 Patent Ownership is Not Based on The Date of Postmark

The Postmark Is Dead. [This] refers to the notion that a person could prove inventorship and a date of invention by documenting the idea and sending the document through the Postal Service with the postmark as proof of the date of invention.

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 When to Hire an Attorney for Your California Creditor-Debtor Rights Dispute

Creditor-debtor rights disputes can place a small business in a precarious situation.

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 Intellectual Property Protection for New Product Inventions

New Product Inventions Require the Right Protection. Without the right intellectual property protections, your new product ideas and inventions are just as likely to benefit another business as your own.

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 The Definition and Benefits of an LLC

By becoming familiar with pros and cons of LLCs, entrepreneurs can better decide whether the LLC business entity is the right choice for their business.

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 Why Do Small Businesses Need an Attorney?

When looking for a law firm to represent your business, look for a firm experienced in helping small business owners.

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 Seven Legal Issues Facing Startup Software Companies

You have an idea for a new software program and a passion for business, but will that be enough for you and your software startup company to succeed?

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 Five Ways to Manage Business Startup Legal Expenses

Money: without sufficient amounts of it, your new business idea is not likely to get very far. When starting a business or project, it is crucial to ensure that you have enough capital to pay for your startup expenses.

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 ADR Services that Work Best

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forms can be quite helpful for business owners who find themselves ensnared in legal disputes and conflicts with customers and/or other businesses. Litigation takes time, and as the old saying goes, “Time is money.”

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 “Close Corporation”: Probably Not the Best Choice

One type of entity people sometimes ask us about is the California statutory “close corporation.” In general legalese a “close corporation” means a closely held corporation, a corporation that has only a few shareholders, usually people who work for the corporation.

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