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Vol. 5: Three Ways to Be a Better Advisor to Your Clients In-House
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com “That’s a business question” is a common response that lawyers provide clients all the time before moving on to the next issue on the agenda.  And it must be extremely frustrating for in-house counsel to hear this from their outside counsel; someone who is supposed to be their counselor and advisor.  Sure, issues regarding pricing and…

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Wendy Heilbut Named Partner of Jayaram Law
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This is a very big day for our firm.  For the past 10 years, I’ve been the only partner at Jayaram Law.  But today that changes. We are proud and grateful to call Wendy Heilbut a partner today.  She brings an energy, intellect, and ambition that embraces the ethos of our firm.  She’s a champion for female founders, an advocate…

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Vol. 4: Why Diversity is So Important to Law Firms
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com There are two main reasons why diversity is so critical to growing a successful business.  First, inclusive work environments generally produce happier employees, which results in greater productivity, morale, and retention.  Second, a business that is run by people with different points of view is more likely to succeed because a diverse group of people will…

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Vol. 3: Three Strategies to More Effectively Communicate With Clients
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com Nearly every relationship we have in our lives turns on communication.  If we communicate well with someone, the relationship will likely be successful.  And we’ve all been in relationships where we just couldn’t seem to communicate well with the other person.  Those relationships don’t last. In my experience, developing a successful relationship with clients in house…

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So You Think You Can (Steal a) Dance?
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com   Fortnite is the most popular video game in the world, earning in the neighborhood of $300 million a month.  Leading the charge into the new billion-dollar frontier of esports – the moniker given to the world of competitive, organized video gaming – Fortnite is changing the way gaming industry professionals monetize video games.  But one…

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Vol. 2: Providing Clients With Predictable Legal Fees
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com “It’s hard to say” is probably one of the more common answers in-house lawyers loathe to hear from us when they simply want to know how much an engagement is going to cost.  Although there are many factors that drive how much time we must invest in a matter (especially in litigation), an experienced lawyer should…

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Vol. 1: Know The Business
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com A few years ago a client asked me to join them in a series of meetings to vet new patent prosecution counsel (our firm handles a lot of trademark and copyright matters, but at the time did not prosecute patents). Having already established a successful lifestyle brand, my clients had developed a beta version of a…

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GM and the Graffiti Copyright Quandary
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com The idea that graffiti is more of a crime than it is an artwork is dated.  However, copyright law continues to struggle with the issue of protectability as it relates to graffiti.  That said, a recent federal case seems to suggest that the courts are leaning towards finally accepting the notion that graffiti should be treated…

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4 Fundraising Tips for Founders
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com   It’s been a busy first half of the year for many of our early stage clients who have sought and secured angel and VC funding from firms around the country (and the world).  In reflecting on these successes and failures from Q1 and Q2 of 2018, here are four pieces of fundraising advice, based on…

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The Guitar’s Dress
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com   In a moment of weakness at this year’s International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting (“INTA”), I snuck off to one of Seattle’s many eclectic guitar shops and bought a Fender Thinline Telecaster that I have had my eyes on for some time now. Walking around the shop I noticed a number of guitars whose body resembled…

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