• The utility of a design patent

    Saturday, September 21, 2013

    It’s been a few weeks – longer than I’d like – since I last wrote. I’ve been busy selecting new clients for the Business and Community Law Clinic, organizing events for PEBL (Wayne Law’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law), working with the Black Chamber of Commerce and Miller Canfield to put together a program to provide legal services to BCC members, and speaking at various events. It’s one of those events I want to share with you. So, this morning (waaaaay to early for…

  • What is PEBL?

    Monday, September 2, 2013

    What is PEBL? PEBL’s mission is to promote, support, and enhance the business law and entrepreneurship activities of Wayne Law School, it’s faculty, and students, while engaging alumni and community partners to build a better Detroit. In broad terms, the Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law (PEBL) is the umbrella for Wayne State University Law School’s business law activities. In more specific terms, what PEBL is depends on who you are. If You’re a Local Entrepreneur Needing Legal Services PEBL encompasses two Wayne Law clinics,…

  • Starting Out as a Solo Practitioner

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Starting Your Law Firm Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me, but it was; a number of the people reading my blog are young lawyers just getting started.  With that in mind, here are some basic, very practical tips for the aspiring solo.  I’m going to focus on business law, but much of what follows is applicable to many areas of law. Getting Clients I’m going to start with getting clients, even though it isn’t necessarily the first thing you should do.  You…

The utility of a design patent

It’s been a few weeks – longer than I’d like – since I last wrote. I’ve been busy selecting new clients for the Business and Community Law Clinic, organizing events for PEBL (Wayne Law’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law), working with the Black Chamber of Commerce and Miller Canfield to put together a program to provide legal services to BCC members, and speaking at various events. It’s one of those events I want to share with you. So, this morning (waaaaay to early for…

What is PEBL?

What is PEBL? PEBL’s mission is to promote, support, and enhance the business law and entrepreneurship activities of Wayne Law School, it’s faculty, and students, while engaging alumni and community partners to build a better Detroit. In broad terms, the Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law (PEBL) is the umbrella for Wayne State University Law School’s business law activities. In more specific terms, what PEBL is depends on who you are. If You’re a Local Entrepreneur Needing Legal Services PEBL encompasses two Wayne Law clinics,…

Starting Out as a Solo Practitioner

Starting Your Law Firm Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me, but it was; a number of the people reading my blog are young lawyers just getting started.  With that in mind, here are some basic, very practical tips for the aspiring solo.  I’m going to focus on business law, but much of what follows is applicable to many areas of law. Getting Clients I’m going to start with getting clients, even though it isn’t necessarily the first thing you should do.  You…

The utility of a design patent

It’s been a few weeks – longer than I’d like – since I last wrote. I’ve been busy selecting new clients for the Business and Community Law Clinic, organizing events for PEBL (Wayne Law’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law), working with the Black Chamber of Commerce and Miller Canfield to put together a program to provide legal services to BCC members, and speaking at various events. It’s one of those events I want to share with you. So, this morning (waaaaay to early for…

What is PEBL?

What is PEBL? PEBL’s mission is to promote, support, and enhance the business law and entrepreneurship activities of Wayne Law School, it’s faculty, and students, while engaging alumni and community partners to build a better Detroit. In broad terms, the Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law (PEBL) is the umbrella for Wayne State University Law School’s business law activities. In more specific terms, what PEBL is depends on who you are. If You’re a Local Entrepreneur Needing Legal Services PEBL encompasses two Wayne Law clinics,…

Starting Out as a Solo Practitioner

Starting Your Law Firm Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me, but it was; a number of the people reading my blog are young lawyers just getting started.  With that in mind, here are some basic, very practical tips for the aspiring solo.  I’m going to focus on business law, but much of what follows is applicable to many areas of law. Getting Clients I’m going to start with getting clients, even though it isn’t necessarily the first thing you should do.  You…

Protecting Your Stuff, Part III

Your IP Strategy As I mentioned in Part 2, every company needs an IP strategy if they want to efficiently and effectively protect their business IP.  Putting a strategy together begins with listing all your IP.  Below is a brief example. IP Owner Protection Options Costs Rank Name “Baby Jams” Baby Jams · Trademark, IC X · Trademark, IC Y · Trademark, IC Z $275$275$275 “BJ” Logo Jane Doe ArtistBaby Jams · Trademark, IC X · Trademark, IC Y · Trademark, IC Z Copyright $275$275$275…

Protecting Your Stuff, Part II

If you read the first part of Protecting Your Stuff, you now know the difference between the various ways to protect intellectual property (IP) – patents, trademarks/service marks, and copyrights.  However, just because you can protect a piece of intellectual property doesn’t mean you should. What IP you should protect and how to protect it depends on a number of things, including the industry you work in, the type of intellectual property you want to protect, and of course, the amount of money you have….

Intellectual Property – Protecting Your Stuff

Bankruptcy or not, the beat of business in Detroit goes on. After entity formation, the most common service requested is intellectual property (IP) registration. Clients come in knowing they want to protect their name or logo or slogan or software or invention or …. You name it and I’ve probably had someone want to protect it. So, here is a quick overview of the different kinds of IP and what you can and should do to protect it. Copyright What it protects: Original works of…

The utility of a design patent

It’s been a few weeks – longer than I’d like – since I last wrote. I’ve been busy selecting new clients for the Business and Community Law Clinic, organizing events for PEBL (Wayne Law’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law), working with the Black Chamber of Commerce and Miller Canfield to put together a program to provide legal services to BCC members, and speaking at various events. It’s one of those events I want to share with you. So, this morning (waaaaay to early for…

What is PEBL?

What is PEBL? PEBL’s mission is to promote, support, and enhance the business law and entrepreneurship activities of Wayne Law School, it’s faculty, and students, while engaging alumni and community partners to build a better Detroit. In broad terms, the Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law (PEBL) is the umbrella for Wayne State University Law School’s business law activities. In more specific terms, what PEBL is depends on who you are. If You’re a Local Entrepreneur Needing Legal Services PEBL encompasses two Wayne Law clinics,…

Starting Out as a Solo Practitioner

Starting Your Law Firm Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me, but it was; a number of the people reading my blog are young lawyers just getting started.  With that in mind, here are some basic, very practical tips for the aspiring solo.  I’m going to focus on business law, but much of what follows is applicable to many areas of law. Getting Clients I’m going to start with getting clients, even though it isn’t necessarily the first thing you should do.  You…

Protecting Your Stuff, Part III

Your IP Strategy As I mentioned in Part 2, every company needs an IP strategy if they want to efficiently and effectively protect their business IP.  Putting a strategy together begins with listing all your IP.  Below is a brief example. IP Owner Protection Options Costs Rank Name “Baby Jams” Baby Jams · Trademark, IC X · Trademark, IC Y · Trademark, IC Z $275$275$275 “BJ” Logo Jane Doe ArtistBaby Jams · Trademark, IC X · Trademark, IC Y · Trademark, IC Z Copyright $275$275$275…

Protecting Your Stuff, Part II

If you read the first part of Protecting Your Stuff, you now know the difference between the various ways to protect intellectual property (IP) – patents, trademarks/service marks, and copyrights.  However, just because you can protect a piece of intellectual property doesn’t mean you should. What IP you should protect and how to protect it depends on a number of things, including the industry you work in, the type of intellectual property you want to protect, and of course, the amount of money you have….

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