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Many individuals starting a business are interested in forming a business entity, such as a limited liability company or corporation, as well as developing a business plan that includes obtaining patents, trademarks/service marks, protecting trade secrets, preparing business agreements, rental agreements, and sales documents (such as terms and conditions of sales, warranty documents, etc.).
SBL attorneys work with clients in organizing and creating various business entities (partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations), developing pre-incorporation and membership/shareholder agreements, license agreements, agreements with state universities, and various other business and corporate agreements and documents.
SBL attorneys have extensive experience in business and corporate litigation including breach of contract litigation, building contract litigation, partnership disputes, trade secret theft, and interference of business relationship litigation. SBL attorneys also have extensive experience in corporate operations including the development and instituting corporate compliance programs, and corporate policy procedures.
Further, SBL has established working relationships with consultants and business organizations in various industries (including engineering, manufacturing, software development, marketing, advertising, sales, web-site development, music/video, and medical) that can help an individual/business to implement their business and commercialization plan.
What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don’t protect it, you lose it. – Dexter S. King
Mark Smith - Member/Partner
Mr. Smith is the founding member of SBL and started the practice in 1995. He brings to SBL his diverse intellectual property, business law, engineering, aerospace and private practice experience. He concentrates his practice in the areas of high technology law including the acquisition, auditing, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights, with particular emphasis on patent, trademark, and trade secret matters; business strategies; and the formation of high technology ventures. Mr. Smith has experience in civil litigation in both state and federal courts, including patent, trade secret and unfair competition litigation as well as federal litigation involving “cutting-edge” issues involving trademark use and the Internet . He also has experience in business litigation, mergers and acquisitions, including corporate acquisitions, corporate compliance matters, and general corporate law matters.