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?
By Justin Henning, 3L -- Earlier this month, the Dallas Mavericks saw two trademark applications denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). The applications were to register for trademark protection the phrase “THE MATADOR” and “EL MATADOR,” both nicknames of Dallas Maverick player Luka Doncic. The Mavericks listed a plethora of uses … Continue reading NBA Player Denied Nickname Trademark
By Rohan Khanna, 3L -- One of the major issues that a startup tends to overlook, not intentionally, are the reach and liability contained in their advertisements. Most founders want their products to be advertised as to reach consumers that come from many different background and industries. An advertiser, however, is responsible for all claims, … Continue reading The Advertising Conundrum
By Nathan Koshy, 3L -- In light of numerous data breaches, and the Facebook Cambridge-Analytica election scandal. More and more consumers are becoming wary and worried about how companies are handling consumer data and consumer information. In the same breath, business owners and entrepreneurs are also proceeding with caution regarding their businesses handling of consumer … Continue reading Privacy by Design: Protecting Consumers and Entrepreneurs
By Stephen Caines, 3L -- Privacy is one of the most important legal issues for companies these days. You can't go a week without hearing about a company having a data privacy breach or other scandal. Here are six inexpensive things companies can do to help ensure data privacy is being protected. Utilize the “Rule … Continue reading Six Low Cost Ways to Optimize Your Company’s Data Privacy