By Lily Hutchinson, 3L -- Reflecting on my semester in the Startup Practicum, these are the three legal things that I think startups should note. Search for Trademark Protectable Name…Before Branding Trademark protection is extremely important to any business. It guarantees exclusive rights to a name or logo that is associated with the specific good. … Continue reading Three Legal Things to Note as a Startup
By Katya Fuchs, 3L, Gabriela Hernandez, 3L, and Giselle Sardinas, 3L -- Over the course of our time in the Startup Practicum this semester we met many startup founders and came to find that they often shared some of the same misconceptions about various legal issues. These are the ten most common. “I don’t need … Continue reading 10 Common Legal Misconceptions Startup Founders Make
By Viktor De Maio, 3L -- For many businesses, access to capital is still one of the biggest barriers to growth. According to the 2019 “Failure Startup Failure Rate Report”, 90% of new startups fail during their first year of operation. Money is the bloodline of any business. There have been an increasing number of startups … Continue reading Foreign Funding for Startups
By Chloe Palinsky, 3L -- New laws and changes in the cannabis industry are creating a space in which entrepreneurs and start-ups can grow. These changes give rise to innovation and the evolving laws allow anyone in the space to push against the gray areas and have a first-hand experience in all the related legalities. … Continue reading Filing a Trademark on CBD Products
By Michael Clinch, 3L -- Starting February 2020, reorganization will become a more accessible remedy for qualifying small businesses and startups in financial distress under the Small Business Reorganization Act. For the startup and small business, borrowing is an attractive alternative to raising capital through equity financing. Entrepreneurs may prefer incurring debt to losing partial … Continue reading What Startups Need to Know About the Small Business Reorganization Act
By Patrick Phelan, 3L — When people think about investments, they generally consider traditional investment vehicles, such as the stock market, or even physical property such as real estate. The age of Silicon Valley and advancements in technology are revolutionizing the investment space, both by utilizing different approaches to traditional investment vehicles, as well as … Continue reading Disrupting Investment Through Innovation
By Ashley Biggs, 3L -- In the United States, trademark rights are based on use. This means that in order for a mark to be yours, you simply need to be using the mark in commerce before anyone else. However, in order to have all the rights and protection that comes with having a trademark, … Continue reading Trademark Rights- Do I Need to Register and How Can I Make My Mark Stronger?