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The Lesser-Known Value of Diversity
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com During day-to-day functions in the workplace, it is easy to see that diversity is a plus.  For example, it is great when a younger colleague is more familiar with a contemporary cultural reference, or a colleague who celebrates different holidays can remind us that clients sharing his faith won’t want to communicate on a particular day,…

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Trademark Law in the Supreme Court: Resolving Two Circuit Court Splits – Licenses in Bankruptcy and Damages in Light of Intent
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com The Supreme Court will rule on a trademark case it heard during this session regarding trademark licenses in bankruptcy and will soon decide if it will hear another trademark case regarding infringer’s intent when awarding damages.   Mission Products Holdings Inc v. Tempnology LLC, argued February 20, 2019. In this case, the Supreme Court is looking…

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Time is Up on Staying Blissfully Ignorant
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com A trend started this summer: #MeToo Diligence.  In addition to diligence on its financial health, leadership, and intellectual property assets, a target company’s workplace harassment is now also being evaluated before investment deals are finalized.  The terms being added to many corporate documents are called a “Weinstein Clause” or the “#MeToo rep” and while not yet…

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Your Lawyer Should Understand You
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com In my work mentoring companies through the incubators with which I am involved, I often get the question, “what should I look for when hiring a lawyer?”  Let me first say, dear reader, hire me!  But okay, if you don’t want to hire me, or perhaps your needs are outside my area of expertise, I will…

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Intellectual Property + Early-Stage Business Founders: What to Consider Now
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com   Early-stage business founders have a lot to think about – from business development to technical infrastructure, from fundraising to employee management, and the list goes on . . . we work with a lot of our early- and growth-stage clients on another important area: intellectual property (or “IP”) protection needs.  Each enterprise is unique, but…

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Calendaring, email, phone, Slack, texts = ZEN?? 6 Time Savers to Try
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com   I’ve been thinking about productivity and time management a lot lately.  Many of my founder clients and I are juggling the demands of our day-to-day ‘head-down work’ with that of networking and growing a business.  Launching the New York office Jayaram Law is such a joy, but time management is constantly a negotiation.  Not too…

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Notes for Founders: Should You Use an NDA with Investors?
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com   Here’s a scenario: You’ve come up with an incredible idea, sure to be a unicorn within record time. It’s the idea of the century! You’ve even made progress – built something technical, made in-roads with clients, gotten an A+ team of advisors, and brought on a co-founder. You’re finally ready to hire a few employees,…

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Inclusion Riders – Are They Legal?
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com   On Oscar Sunday we collectively scratched our heads when Frances McDormand ended her Best Actress acceptance speech with the two words: “inclusion rider.”  Early the next day, Merriam-Webster tweeted “’Inclusion’ is our top search for the night.”  What is an inclusion rider and is it enforceable?  Will these little clauses change the way we experience…

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IP Concerns for Content Platforms
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By Wendy Heilbut March 27, 2018 wendy@jayaramlaw.com   Platforms such as Etsy, Spotify, SoundCloud, and media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and HuffingtonPost currently face a very delicate balancing act between, on the one hand, keeping material that is either prohibited by law or against the goals of the platform, off the site; and on the other hand, creating a…

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