Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Uncategorized

The International Trademark Association (“INTA”) is the worldwide trademark association who has been instrumental in framing how every country in the world communicates on trademarks, infringement and brand enforcement. As members, we attend the Annual Conference which brings together 11,000 trademark attorneys from all over the world. Lately, a hot topic has been how to…

6 Important Tools You Can Put into Your Employee Handbooks to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Uncategorized

Your company’s employee handbook is one of the most important assets surrounding the protection of your intellectual property, primarily because trade secrets are especially vulnerable to employee theft. Because employee theft of intellectual property is costly and sometimes even catastrophic to companies, it is vital that businesses have a plan in place for insider threats.…

An Overview of USPTO Actions

Posted Posted in Trademark

AN OVERVIEW OF USPTO OFFICE ACTIONS Approximately three months after the moment when you file your trademark application and pay your fee, you may receive an email advising you that an office action has been assigned to your application. An office action is the USPTO’s way of informing applicants that there is a problem (or problems) with the application.…

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…