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Phantom Marks – Registering Trademarks with Variable Elements
150 150 Doni Robinson

By Doni Robinson doni@jayaramlaw.com A phantom mark is a mark which contains a variable element that changes depending on the use of the mark.  Phantom marks may contain a date, a geographic location or a model number. Generally speaking, a phantom mark is not a registrable mark because phantom marks do not function as one trademark. A trademark application must…

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Why You Should Register Your Copyright Immediately Upon Creation
150 150 Johanna Hyman

By Johanna Hyman johanna@jayaramlaw.com   Since copyright protection is automatic from the moment you create your work, registration is not required. However, it is common knowledge that a copyright holder cannot bring an infringement action under the Copyright Act without first having filed an application or obtaining a registration.[1] A lesser-known fact is that if you fail to register your…

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Shareholders’ Agreement – Is it Necessary?
150 150 Abe Wehbi

By Abe Wehbi abe@jayaramlaw.com Okay Founders, with incorporation complete, you are probably now eyeing down the packet of documents provided to you by your lawyer (Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Shareholders’ Agreement). While the Articles of Incorporation create the Company in Delaware, the Bylaws and Shareholders Agreement are provided for the more internal, day-to-day governance of the Company. Typically, along…

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Client Spotlight: Katy Lynch, Craig Ulliot & Dave Arel – Codeverse
150 150 Vivek Jayaram

1. What is Codeverse? Codeverse is the world’s first fully interactive coding studio and educational technology platform for kids aged 6-13. Our mission is to teach a billion kids to code! 2. What problem is Codeverse solving? We believe that every kid should be set up for success as early as possible. We do this by equipping them with the…

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Don’t Sing to These Tunes – Music Industry Legal Help
150 150 Brett Manchel

By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com Most of the artists I speak with have done their fair share of research on the music industry and come to me with technical questions about how to set up a band’s legal entity or to review a management contract, for example. I think it is great that musicians are looking at themselves as business-owners –…

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Intellectual Property + Early-Stage Business Founders: What to Consider Now
150 150 Wendy Heilbut

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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4 Fundraising Tips for Founders
150 150 Vivek Jayaram

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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Firm News: INTA
150 150 Vivek Jayaram

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?
150 150 Doni Robinson

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
150 150 Vivek Jayaram

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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