Entrepreneurs are responsible for many of the wonderful inventions powering society today. The world needs the entrepreneurial spirit, and it’s worth commemorating! Today, on National Entrepreneurs’ Day (Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017), we’re examining the importance of protecting the inventions and intellectual property of entrepreneurs and the benefits of hiring patent protection attorneys for startups.
Throughout the many ups and downs of starting and growing a business, a knowledgeable attorney can be one of your best resources. Legal knowledge and competence can help your company through the seed, startup, establishment, expansion, and maturity stages. Though every business and situation is unique, most often, the sooner you employ the help of an attorney, the better. Navigating … Read More
When growing and fundraising for a business, there are many boundaries to overcome for both men and women. However, recent studies show that women specifically face more difficulties raising money through traditional fundraising channels, and the gender gap in venture capital funding is getting worse. Stories of sexual harassment and discrimination towards female founders from venture capitalists (VC’s) also abound … Read More
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
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
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
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
The previous post of this segment explained possible avenues for extracting monetary value from creative content. Ted Reilly also gave his take on why he views creative content as an emerging alternative asset class.
In the first post of this series, we introduced the program Art and the Art of Raising Money: Funding Film, which Ziliak Law cosponsored in June. The first post focused on equity versus non-equity funding sources for films.
On June 8th, Ziliak Law’s Elaine Wyder-Harshman moderated a panel of three film and financial industry professionals, focusing on the ins and outs of film funding. The event took place at Chicagoland creative industries incubator, 2112.
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