Central Bank of Canada Experiments with Blockchain Technology

Emily HayesCase Studies, Market Rules & Responsibilities, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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As large financial institutions partner with Fintech start-ups to test blockchain technology, it is no surprise that governments are also experimenting with blockchain to see any potential savings in transaction costs when clearing and settling payments.  Recently, the national governments of Canada and the United Kingdom tested the technology. The Central Bank of Canada conducted a trial in conjunction with the New York based start-up R3 CEV, whereby … Read More

Trademark Fee Changes

Genna HibbsBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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Effective Jan. 14, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be revising its fee schedule. The upcoming changes are set forth in full in this final rule and summarized in this USPTO publication. Most fees will increase, as the USPTO attempts to “align fees with full costs.” At the same time, the changes aim to make electronic filing … Read More

Copyright Your Choreography

Ashley MorrisonBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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This article discusses how original dance choreography can be protected from imitation, so that choreographers can protect and profit from their creativity and hard work. Prior to the Copyright Act of 1976 (the “Act”), a choreographer’s right to his or her work was uncertain.  Since the enactment of the Act, “choreographic works” have been expressly included among the categories of … Read More

10 Things You Should Do to Capitalize on the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit

Ilya ZlatkinBest Practices, Operations, Startup Tips & Resources

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When we’re sitting on the couch at home watching TV, it’s easy to forget how much effort and resources went into creating that content. In most circumstances, film production entails a significant investment on the part of the filmmakers and their financiers. These funds, in turn, create jobs and generate revenue. Many state governments have realized the impact that film … Read More

Countdown to Crowdfunding: Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Portals Expected Soon

Elaine Wyder-HarshmanStartup Tips & Resources

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Illinois intrastate crowdfunding is coming soon, offering new fundraising and investment opportunities to Illinois businesses and Illinois investors. Enacted in 2012, Illinois intrastate crowdfunding is just weeks from implementation. The final proposed set of rules, governing internet crowdfunding portals, was issued on Friday, March 18, 2016. The Illinois Secretary of State will be taking applications for registration as an internet … Read More