Updated: June 24, 2022 When you decide to start a new business, one of the first steps is choosing its name, logo and slogan to serve as identifiers that will distinguish it from competitors. These valuable, intangible assets make up your brand identity and it is essential to protect them. Registering things like a brand
Tattoos are a form of self-expression and a visible assertion of body autonomy. Many people seek certain tattoos for their relevance and connection to important pop-culture moments, like a celebrity portrait, character or inside joke from a TV show. However, this concept may create trouble for tattoo artists who, in the process of fulfilling their
As concerns about COVID-19 and variants have lessened, some companies are asking employees to return to work in the office. In many cases companies are allowing hybrid work arrangements in which employees spend 2-3 days in the office and the rest of the week working remotely. This is being fueled in part by the fact
In March 2021, New York enacted the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”) legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults and amending New York Labor Law Section 201-D to protect employees who use cannabis. The law states that cannabis used in accordance with New York State law is a legal consumable product and employers are prohibited
On March 9, 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order entitled “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets” (the “Order”), concerning the administration’s digital asset policy objectives. The Order is the U.S. government’s first holistic risk analysis of digital assets. While it did not announce any specific regulations, the Order directs federal agencies to investigate the
Consumers have agreed to electronic contracts, known as wrap agreements, for decades. These are agreements presented to consumers before they access services or buy products online. Consumers don’t sign a paper contract with an ink signature; instead, they click on a button to accept the agreement or continue with the purchase. Wrap agreements are often
Limited liability corporations (LLCs) are a popular choice of legal entity for new companies because they combine some of the benefits of corporations and partnerships. While not required in all states, it is always recommended that a company have an LLC Operating Agreement to avoid future conflicts. After all, an agreement is most often reviewed
Trademark law functions to protect brands as well as consumers from those trying to unlawfully exploit the goodwill and reputation of another company’s goods or services. As a result, restrictions are placed on trademark transfers that cause confusion among consumers. Two common prohibitions are “assignment-in-gross” and “naked licensing.” If a trademark owner is found to
As has been reported all over the media, Mariah Carey has been sued for copyright infringement over her Christmas chestnut, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The plaintiff, songwriter Andy Stone, claims he wrote a song with the same title in 1989 that had “extensive airplay” in 1993, the year before Carey’s seasonal evergreen
Many states protect “whistleblowers” who report illegal conduct by employers, in an effort to encourage employees to speak up. California, like New York and Florida, shields whistleblowers from retaliation under several state laws. These statutes also allow employees to sue an employer and recover significant damages as a reward for providing information on unlawful activities. Employers
The metaverse may seem like a new techie game, but it is a real and growing digital world that raises a host of financial, business and legal issues. For those who want to take advantage of the opportunities it may offer, consulting knowledgeable professionals will be essential to help make well-informed decisions and minimize risks.
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