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Firm News: INTA
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Last month, Doni Robinson and Vivek Jayaram attended the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) in Seattle, WA. Aside from meeting with clients and friends of the firm, Doni and Vivek attended various panel discussions and lectures regarding a number of emerging and hot button issues in trademark law. The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association…

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Trademark Fair Use: When Is It OK to Use Another’s Trademark?
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By Doni Robinson doni@jayaramlaw.com   A trademark serves to inform the public of the source of the goods or service associate with that mark. It follows that most unauthorized usage of a confusingly similar mark on competing goods and services would be considered infringement, since the public is likely to be mislead about the source of the goods and services.…

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Client Spotlight: Carolina García Jayaram, National YoungArts Foundation
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This month we feature a fierce and creative female CEO, Carolina Garcia Jayaram, of the National YoungArts Foundation. YoungArts is one of the most unique and impressive arts organizations in the world. Its master teachers are some of the most accomplished artists in their respective disciplines, and the alumni include household names in the arts. We are proud to work…

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Why You Need An Attorney To Buy A Home In Illinois
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By Johanna Hyman johanna@jayaramlaw.com   Buying a home is likely the single biggest purchase you will make in your life. It is an exciting moment, but it can also be stressful, complex and overwhelming even for the savviest consumers. At Jayaram Law, we can work with you, your realtor and your mortgage broker to make this process as smooth as…

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I’ll Cover You – How Copyright Laws Affect Cover Bands
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com   One of Chicago’s many claims to fame is its many summer street festivals. These block parties always feature music, and you can definitely count on at least one cover band playing a show. Sometimes, the songs played are obscure, old, or b-sides. How did a little cover band playing street fairs get permission from the…

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Advisor Equity: How Much and How It Should Be Granted
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By Abe Wehbi abe@jayaramlaw.com   Okay Founders, with your Board of Directors in place, and your company in good shape, you find yourself looking to make strategic relationships with an advisor in your space to help solidify and accelerate the growth of your company, but are faced with the age old questions of how and how much equity should be…

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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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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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Hashtags and FTC Endorsement Guidelines
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By Johanna Hyman johanna@jayaramlaw.com   You’ve seen it a million times. #sponsored #ad #partner. What does it mean and why do your favorite celebrities and other influencers muddy up their social media posts with these seemingly silly hashtags? Because they are required to so by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s Endorsement Guides provide that if there is a “material connection”…

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Common Law v. Registered Trademark Rights
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By Doni Robinson doni@jayaramlaw.com   What rights does a registration get me? And what happens if I don’t have a registration? Of course it goes without saying that obtaining a trademark registration in invaluable. But what exactly does that registration grant you? A trademark registration grants the owner the exclusive right to use a mark as it pertains to specified…

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