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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers? - July 18, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More »


Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information - May 30, 2016

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company. However, issuing new shares means that the founding owners will give up some of their potential economic gains and control. Read More »


Start-Up Business Fundraising: Convertible Notes - January 12, 2016

Broadly speaking, there are three major ways for a start-up company to generate money to keep its business growing. While each of these approaches benefits and drawbacks, this post explores one common debt security called the convertible note. Read More »


New Crowdfunding Rules Provide Startups And Small Businesses With Greater Access To Capital - January 7, 2016

On October 30, 2015, in a 686-page document, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules permitting companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding portals. Read More »


Conflicting State and Federal Laws May Result in Crippling Blows to Business in the Marijuana Industry - October 6, 2015

Marijuana is clearly a big business, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We all know branding and protecting your trademarks are important for any business. However, for a business dealing with "taboo" products -i.e., marijuana-building a brand and controlling the brand is particularly important. Read More »


How to Properly Use Your Trademark -- Part I - June 17, 2015

Trademarks and service marks can be any word, symbol and/or symbol (or any combination thereof) that identifies or distinguishes the source of a product or service of one party from those goods or services of another party. In order to maintain your trademark or service mark, an owner must use its mark properly in the marketplace. Read More »


Trademark Dos and Don'ts: Choosing a Trademark - Why You Shouldn't Pick a Descriptive Trademark - May 27, 2015

Adopting a trademark is an incredibly important decision and potential risk for a business. And while adopting a trademark may seem like an easy thing to do, the legal ramifications of this decision make it more complicated than most people appreciate. Read More »


Trademark Dos and Don'ts: Conducting a Trademark Clearance Search - May 6, 2015

So you've come up with a creative name for your business or your product. You have thought hard about it, and probably feel a vested interest in this name. The next step in protecting your name is to conduct what is known as a trademark clearance search. Read More »


Constitutional Law vs. Trademark Law: Which Law Wins in the Battle of "Disparaging Trademarks": Part II - April 30, 2015

Earlier this week we covered Part I of this battle, trademark law. Now, let's get to the second half: Constitutional law. Read More »


Constitutional Law vs. Trademark Law: Which Law Wins in the Battle of "Disparaging Trademarks" - April 28, 2015

The topic of "disparaging trademarks" has been a fairly common topic in the trademark industry, especially when you consider how little this issue comes up in the prosecution and litigation of trademarks. Read More »


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