Having an attorney familiar with the inner workings of entrepreneurs has proven an asset for my start up and early stage clients. I always felt that the critical thinking taught in Law School helped me as an entrepreneur and as a counselor to other entrepreneurs. This article, How Thinking Like a Lawyer Made Me a [...]

I run. I run a lot. It helps me get in the ‘zone’ to be able to focus and think about things and to push myself – mentally and physically. But when my feet hurt it makes the purpose behind my running take a back seat. I was asked to try out Airia One shoes [...]

An  article in Crain’s Detroit Business is very informative for any small business. Our experience has been that small businesses don’t consult an attorney until there is a problem. Mark S. Lee’s interview with Detroit-based attorney Jehan Crump-Gibson offers insights for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Remember to consult your attorney when setting up your [...]

Patent trolling is a relatively new way for a company to make money off of the infringement of others. Patent Trolls, or patent assertion entities (PAEs) are companies whose business model is to buy up commonly used patents and ‘troll’ looking for companies using the patent to file infringement suits. Usually, the sole purpose of [...]

Is Dumb Starbucks infringing on Starbucks’ Trademark? The recent controversy over the use of the name Starbucks, by Dumb Starbucks in L.A. or more notoriously the parody Dumb Starbucks, is a lesson in caution for all of us. Ordinarily, an unauthorized use of a trademark infringes the trademark holder’s rights if it is likely to [...]

There are four different categories of terms with respect to trademarks. Arrayed in an ascending order, which roughly reflects their eligibility to trademark status and the degree of protection accorded, these classes are: generic, descriptive, suggestive, and arbitrary or fanciful and it should be noted that the lines of demarcation are not always clear. Generic [...]

Do you have a design you’ve created that is unique and one-of-a-kind? Congratulations! To get to this point it took time, creativity and perseverance. You’ve done it! Now what? Protect your creation by applying for a Patent. There are three types of patents, Provisional, Design, and Utility Patents. It is important to understand what each [...]

“Opportunity is missed by many people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Creative Commons Policy Statement Supports Real Copyright Reform Creative Commons, the non-profit best known for its copyright licenses that allow creators to voluntarily waive certain automatically-granted exclusive rights, has released a powerful new policy statement supporting fundamental copyright reform around the globe. This statement works to counter any argument that simply having [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Google Seeks Protection to Copy Books Without Permission Google Inc., owner of the world’s largest search engine, tried to persuade a judge that digitally copying millions of books for online searches without authors’ permission is protected by copyright law. The company argued Monday in federal court in Manhattan that the fair-use provision [...]