The 4 Benefits of Having Ongoing Trademark Counsel for Your Business

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Trademark

If you run a business, then this probably isn’t the first time that you’ve heard about trademarks. Maybe you already have registered marks, or have run into some issues in trying to register one. Although getting your trademark registered is, theoretically, a straightforward process, there are many reasons why it is essential to have a…

Taking Action On Your Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Measures

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Trademark

As the world has grown smaller due to the internet and fast international travel, counterfeiting has become a widespread issue.  What was once mostly a major concern for clothing retailers and designers, counterfeiting has become a major issue for almost every industry that creates any type of product. More than 100 million counterfeit products are…

Cowork Space

The Risks and Rewards of Coworking

Posted Posted in General, Intellectual property, Small business growth

When I reentered the legal profession after a startup adventure, I was hesitant to secure and sign an office lease.  I was immediately attracted to the “workplace as a service” or “coworking” model where business owners pay one set fee month to month for a private office, shared common area, internet, electricity, maintenance, coffee service…

Maximize Business Value with Intellectual Property

Maximizing a Business Exit: The Importance of Documenting and Securing Intellectual Property

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Inventions and inventors, Small business growth

The Importance of Documenting and Securing Intellectual Property When I interview a new client, one of my first questions is “what do you ultimately want to do with the business?”   Very few people want to keep their business forever (for example, forgo retirement), and selling the business, hopefully for the maximum amount of profit, is…

Brand Protection

Brand Protection: The One Thing Every Business Must Do…But Often Doesn’t

Posted Posted in Business Attorney, Intellectual property, Law and business

Starbucks spent $387 Million last year alone to create an entire user experience through branding and brand protection.  Take away that branding, and the remainder would be nothing but (some would say mediocre) cup of coffee in a paper cup. Possibly to a lesser extent, every business focuses on creating a brand because it essentially…

Copyright infringment

Copyright Infringement and Fair Use

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Inventions and inventors, Law and business, Small business growth

Copyright Infringement Copyright law protects original expressions.  Original expressions include: writings, art, songs, music, dance, software, blue prints etc.  Protection is automatic (but enhanced with a copyright filing) and it is protected for the life of the crated plus 70 years. Copyright infringement (colloquially referred to as “copyright theft”) is when someone uses copyrighted materials…