California Limited Liability Company – An Overview

Written by Richard A. Chapo

Many people are surprised to learn thatrepparttar LLC business entity is a fairly recent phenomenon. Wyoming wasrepparttar 141401 first state to legislaterepparttar 141402 creation of LLCs in 1977. Most states didn’t jump onrepparttar 141403 LLC bandwagon until 1988 whenrepparttar 141404 IRS classifiedrepparttar 141405 LLC as a pass through entity for tax purposes. This ruling turned LLCs intorepparttar 141406 popular monster they are today. Now every state has legislation allowingrepparttar 141407 creation of LLCs and California is no different.

What Are The Advantages To Forming A LLC?

The LLC business entity offers many advantages to small businesses. An LLC is going to provide a shield between your business activities and personal assets identical to a corporation. Unlike a corporation, there are far fewer corporate formalities. Instead of setting up payroll, you can take draws fromrepparttar 141408 entity. You are not required to maintain a balance sheet, although this is recommended. In short,repparttar 141409 LLC entity is all about flexibility.

Should I Form A California LLC For My Business?

Domain Name Trademarks

Written by Richard A. Chapo

As your Internet business grows,repparttar value of your domain name increases. The issue of a domain name trademark should move torepparttar 141400 top of your list. You need to guard against unscrupulous competitors that may try to incorporate your domain name in their meta tags to obtain search engine rankings under your name. If you have a domain name trademark, you can go after these individuals and compelrepparttar 141401 search engines to remove their listings.

What Is A Trademark?

A trademark is a distinctive item that is used to identify a logo, product, device, package or service. The trademark identifiesrepparttar 141402 item as being provided by a particular firm. To protect these items you can obtain a mark fromrepparttar 141403 patent and trademark office that prohibits others from trying to gain economic advantage from your mark.

Domain Name

The patent and trademark office views domain names in a unique way. The office viewsrepparttar 141404 “http://www” element as a part ofrepparttar 141405 file transfer process, not your domain name. The “.com”, “.net”, etc., designations are considered top-level domain identifiers and are also disregarded forrepparttar 141406 purpose of a domain name trademark. For example, our domain name is If we submittedrepparttar 141407 domain name for registration, onlyrepparttar 141408 “sandiegobusinesslawfirm” portion would be considered for a mark.

Locators Cannot Be Registered

A domain name is a locator for file pages. When you type in your domain name, a server locates and displays files. If a domain is used solely for this purpose, it will not be granted a mark. Instead,repparttar 141409 domain name must be incorporated intorepparttar 141410 site. For instance, Amazon is recognized as an online bookstore andrepparttar 141411 site actually hasrepparttar 141412 word “Amazon” on every page. Since "" is more than a locator, Amazon can apply for and receive a trademark. If Amazon usedrepparttar 141413 domain name,,repparttar 141414 company would be able to register “Amazon”, but not “bookstore.”

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