Legal Question in Intellectual Property in California

proprietary information and a proposed affiliation

Is one partner in a new business affiliation required to share any or all of its proprietary ''assets'' with its new affiliate?

If you can take a second question, how does one define a business affiliation, and distinguish it from a purchase or merger or other form of partnering?

Many thanks.

Asked on 6/06/02, 6:11 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Re: proprietary information and a proposed affiliation

Whether or not business affiliates share in proprietary information is a contractual matter, not something that is governed by statute.

You have not provided enough detail for an attorney to be able to advise you.

D. Alexander Floum is an experienced intellectual property attorney and a law school professor.

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Answered on 6/06/02, 6:21 pm

John Fagerholm Law Offices of John W. Fagerholm

Re: proprietary information and a proposed affiliation

The questions you are asking sound more like conract or business formation questions. Give me some specifics and I will try to answer your question for you. I just don't want to give you a contract or corporate answer if your question really is intellectual property related.

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Answered on 6/06/02, 9:33 pm
Amy Ghosh Law Offices of Amy Ghosh

Re: proprietary information and a proposed affiliation

Before you share any proprrietary ifo. with anyone make them sign a non-disclosure. Business affiliation is very different from regular partnership or merger. In affilation both organizations remain independent entity.

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Answered on 6/07/02, 12:24 pm

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