Business Leaders in Michigan’s website makes note of Michigan’s ranking in a recent Entrepreneur Report, “10 Best States For Starting A Business.” The Entrepreneur article notes that states are promoting their mentorship programs and actively ‘pumping up’ their tech workforce to be attractive to entrepreneurs and new business. While Michigan is not in the top [...]

“The key thing about entrepreneurial people is not that they‘re bigger risk-takers, it’s that they have more comfort in uncertain situations.” Charley Moore founder Rocket Lawyer. We agree with Charley Moore, uncertainty is key with entrepreneurs. This article in Forbes penned by Adriana Gardella entitled, The Secret Of Lawyers-Turned-Entrepreneurs? shares the secrets of three very successful [...]

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