Many businesses in Oregon are owned and managed by families. Such companies are generally very successful, but that does not mean that they are all immune from having internal conflicts. There are many reasons why family-run businesses may become involved in business litigation that pits family members against each other.
The term "public domain" is often tossed around in the context of copyright law without any real elaboration on what it means. The basic notion is that, at some point, copyright protection ends. This is one reason why books such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice or Mark Twain's The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn are now so widely available.
In Oregon, a substantial source of litigation among companies concerns disputes over patents. These are sometimes legitimate conflicts between companies based on traditional patent infringement conflicts that can always arise. However, a problem engendered by unethical opportunists has been festering for decades as companies referred to as patent trolls have purchased patents solely to bring business litigation lawsuits and extract settlements from unsuspecting companies that they accuse of patent infringement.
Business law attorneys in Oregon may often be called on to process sales transactions for the transfer of large blocks of corporate shares in private or public companies. Such transactions may require various contracts and financing terms that experienced professionals will prepare and process. There are countless reasons why an investor or even a high-placed officer will want to sell all or part of his or her stock shares in the company.
Oregon business litigation involves many lawsuits over contracts between public agencies and private businesses. Many municipalities contract with private companies to collect garbage, provide water supplies and perform a myriad of other services that the municipalities find burdensome to administer themselves. The sheer volume of such arrangements leads to a steady flow of contracts litigation in the state and federal courts.
Business formation in Oregon is a stage of the startup process where the business law attorney has a strong role in assisting the business owners in choosing and setting up the right legal structure for the business. Business formation is important because it will usually impact on the method of taxation that the business will follow. The paperwork involved can be a massive amount or it can be much less, depending on the legal structure that is chosen.