1. Retention of Clients After Law Firm Breakup

    When a couple breaks up, they face the daunting task of dividing up their mutual assets. When a law firm breaks up, the division of tangible assets is relatively more straightforward, but who gets the profits from matters still pending? The Supreme Court of California weighed in on that question in a March 3, 2018 opinion in Heller Ehrman LLP v. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, holding that under Califo…Read More

  2. How Influencers Can Influence More Revenue and Stay Out of Trouble

    Social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram have become the go-to destination for video content consumption by teens and millennials. It far surpasses what they consume on television. These platforms (often referred to simply as “social”), collectively generate billions of views, and hundreds of millions of hours of watch time, every single day. Teens and millennials create most of th…Read More

  3. From the streets to the courts : H&M Vs. REVOK

    In the era of fast communication and social media, Brands have to be extremely vigilant about the message they convey. The fashion industry as the ultimate Industry of appearances is specifically targeted in this regard. Every moves is publicly analyzed, criticized, and H&M is the last “victim” of that public eye watch. In a campaign for its New Routine sportswear, the brand featured image…Read More

  4. What is the ‘Right of Publicity”?

    Most people have heard of well-known categories of intellectual property law such as trademark or copyright, but there is another type that you might not know, and all of us own one – the right of publicity. Don’t be misled by the word “publicity”; this right does not require you to be a celebrity pursued by paparazzi. Rather, it is the right to control the use of your own name or likeness…Read More

  5. Homemade Inventions Deserve Patents, Too

    In my many encounters with inventors around the country, I find that many believe that patents may only be issued for completely new inventions. However, U.S. patent law does not require that a new product or process to resemble something from a science fiction movie; a useful modification or improvement of an existing device or process may also be worthy of patent protection. A patentable device …Read More

  6. Register Your Copyright Before You Register Your (Infringement) Complaint

    There have been several high-profile copyright infringement lawsuits filed in the last few years. Marvin Gaye's estate sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, for allegedly appropriating some of Gaye’s famous song “Got to Give It Up”, into their big hit, "Blurred Lines". Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson were sued twice, over their hit “Uptown Funk” (which had been certified 11 times platinum,…Read More

  7. “Dilbert” On Contracts

    As those of you who know me well, or have caught my article or presentations on it, I’m evangelical about writing and revising contracts in understandable, conversational English. To me, a contract's primary objective is to be a clear set of instructions. This puts the parties on the same page about its subject matter, and their rights and obligations under it. They can then work in tandem towar…Read More

  8. Goodwill

    Goodwill is a familiar term that most of us have heard and read about, and believe that we have a basic understanding of. Despite its familiarity, few business owners have a clear sense of what the term means or understand its application and legal implications for their businesses. There is probably good reason for this as goodwill is not a tangible item, as is, say, a piece of equipment; nor is …Read More

  9. Keep The Odds In Your Favor

    If you play the percentages when making decisions, you’ll usually come out ahead. Stated differently, most of life’s decisions will fall within the 95% covered by the Bell curve. Why bet on the outliers? However, knowing the probable outcome of an action does not necessarily mean we will make the logical decision. Perhaps humans are wired to be optimists but we often make decisions with our he…Read More

  10. Why Your Startup Should Use Legal Counsel

    Starting a business can be both an exciting and extremely stressful time. As you work hard to get your business off the ground and seek success within your market, it is important to realize what legal factors need to be considered when doing so. Though it may be initially overlooked or something that people think they can do themselves, it is an important and essential aspect in starting your com…Read More