Jason Sanders Law
Intellectual Property, Commercial and Corporate Points of Interest
I’ve recently noticed an uptick in startup clients raising money for the first time. Sometimes sales are booming and money is needed for expansion, sometimes it’s a strategic investment by a larger player, and other times it’s early stage money used to get the company started. Whatever the reason, if you’re a founder looking to raise money, it’s important to understand the difference between the three most common types of fundraising offerings – equity, convertible debt, and SAFEs. Choosing the right vehicle for the investment is essential for ensuring the fundraise moves smoothly and without surprises. At their most basic level …
My daughters have created an imaginary conglomerate: Winston’s. I often overhear them workshopping slogans for this brand. Some of their slogans seem somewhat questionable, such as “Winston’s food, always edible, rarely poisonous.” Like many companies real and imagined, Winston’s has spent a lot of time in brand building. Now that it is creating this brand value, what are the legal steps it should take to protect it? For most companies, a simple and essential step to protecting brand value …
I’m commonly asked about the speed of forming a limited liability company (LLC). Clients are often happy to learn that LLCs are quick and easy to form, and can generally be…
My nine-year-old daughter recently informed me that she and her best friend were about to start a dog-walking business. I’d previously rebuffed her requests for our family to get a dog by noting my aversion to picking up dog poop. However, I thought this seemed a reasonable way for her to get some dog time, and some familiarity with the work involved with having a dog. I wasn’t deterred by her statement that the services would be free for dog owners, pre-IPO profitability not being particularly in vogue these days. But, as a lawyer and typical dad, I did have some questions – for example, what type of agreement had she reached with her best friend? Had she thought through liability waivers with the clients? What would the branding be and how would she protect it?
I assured her that while it might seem daunting, the legal aspect of starting a new business doesn’t need to be.
String of Complaints Filed by Apparel Company Based on Supplemental Trademark Registration May Clarify Bounds of Law
Copyright Claim by Heir of Raging Bull Screenplay Writer Allowed to Proceed Despite 18-Year Delay in Bringing Suit
In May, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc., holding that certain aspects of Oracle’s Java software were copyrightable.
Second Circuit Formally Adopts “Discovery Rule” in Applying Statute of Limitations in Copyright Cases
The Second Circuit went against the tide of recent S.D.N.Y. decisions and instead joined the majority of circuit courts around the country to hold that the statute of limitations for copyright infringement claims runs from when the infringement is or should have been discovered.