Is It Time to Review Your Data Security?
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com   Marriott’s recently acquired brand, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC, suffered a massive data breach starting in 2014, but only first publicized in December, 2018. Marriott states that customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth, and gender of around 500,000,000 guests are exposed, as well as Starwood loyalty program account…

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Trademark FAQ & As: What is a Certification Mark?
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By Doni Robinson doni@jayaramlaw.com   A certification mark is a type of trademark used to show consumers that particular goods and/or services, or their providers, have met certain standards. A standard service mark (i.e. the more common type of trademark) serves to indicate source of particular goods and services; certification marks, however, are used on a variety of different producers…

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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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So You Want To Start A Side Hustle? Read This First!
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By Johanna Hyman johanna@jayaramlaw.com As a working mom I am keenly aware of the infamous “side hustle.” I have friends and colleagues with full time jobs that have another job on the side: everything from selling beauty products, sneakers, diet products, and clothes. While I applaud our clients that find time in their busy days to earn some extra dinero…

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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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The Music Modernization Act and What it Means for You
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com The Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) was signed into law on October 11, 2018. The law reflects bipartisan revisions to the Copyright Act, which had its last major overhauls some 20 years ago or so (copyright term extension and the DMCA).  Politically speaking, the MMA started off as a bit of a brawl, fueled by technologies and…

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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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Valuation Cap: What is it, and what does it mean?
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By Abe Wehbi abe@jayaramlaw.com One of the most common terms a Founder will hear during fund raising is “Valuation Cap.” Valuation caps are one of the most negotiated terms of any round of financing, so, getting familiar with that is it and what it means for your Company. To start, it is important to understand that a Valuation Cap IS…

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Client Spotlight: Kimberly Jung – Rumi Spice
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What is Rumi Spice?  We are a group of military veterans who served in Afghanistan who believe that peace is achieved through economic empowerment. Rumi Spice connects Afghan farmers to the international market through saffron, the world’s “Queen of Spices.” Your story is so inspiring.  How was Rumi Spice Formed?  Three of the cofounders: Keith, Kim and Emily all served…

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