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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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IP & Legal Issues in Fashion Collabs
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com   The most sought after piece of men’s footwear this past year was undoubtedly Virgil Abloh’s Off-White collaboration with Nike, in which the then upstart designer (now Creative Director for Louis Vuitton) reimagined classic Nike sneakers in a way that has now become Off-White’s calling card: reimagining familiar pieces of clothing or footwear with an inspiration…

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Client Spotlight: Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture
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In this month’s Client Spotlight we talk with our longtime friend and client Alex Mustonen, co-Founder of Snarkitecture, one of the world’s most original design studios. Since 2013, our firm is grateful to have worked with Alex and his team on a number of exciting projects around the world, from the creation of “The Beach,” an interactive architectural installation designed…

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Are My Competitors Allowed to Use My Trademark as Part of an AdWords campaign?
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com   When you type your company’s trademark into Google, you might see paid ads for some of your biggest competitors.  If so, there’s a chance that your competitors are using your trademark as part of an overall AdWords campaign.  The question is whether this trademark use in Google AdWords constitutes trademark infringement.   Google has been…

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Client Spotlight: Shane Mulrooney, Home Chef
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1. Name: Shane Mulrooney 2. Company: Home Chef 3. Role: ​VP – Legal / head of the legal department 4. Website: https://www.homechef.com/ 5. Firm Client Since: 2015 6. What problems does Home Chef solve? We want to help more people enjoy the fun of cooking without the hassle of meal planning, grocery shopping, and recipe hunting. We ship fresh, preportioned…

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Three Characteristics I’ve Seen in Successful Entrepreneurs
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com Photography by Anjali Pinto, www.anjalipinto.com I’ve represented a lot of entrepreneurs and founders over time.  But a few things are strikingly similar among the really successful ones.  Here are three that come to mind:  Think Fast.  The top tier of entrepreneurs that I’ve worked with all have the ability to make decisions (good or bad) quickly.…

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Jayaram Law Successfully Defeats Motion For Preliminary Injunction In Federal Trademark Dispute Regarding Puerto Rican Pop Stars Menudo
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Menudo International, LLC (the “Plaintiff”) filed a trademark infringement action on April 26, 2017 against In Miami Productions, LLC (“IMP”), a client of Jayaram Law.  The Plaintiff sought immediate relief in the form of a preliminary injunction to preserve the status quo and to prevent irreparable harm pending a final determination on the merits of its claims.  The allegedly infringing…

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How Do I Select a Name for My New Business
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Entrepreneurs and Innovators share at least one thing in common: the challenge of selecting a name for a new venture.  In a digital world where seemingly every catchy word or phrased seems to be used by someone else, choosing an original, creative, valuable name for a new venture isn’t easy. When clients consult us regarding a name for a new…

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