IP & Social Media

Post image for Basic Training: Is Selling Replicas Kosher?

I like street fairs as much as the next gal (maybe more!), but can Kate Spade r-e-a-l-l-y be selling those charming handbags for only $10? Q:  Is there any way I can I sell replicas legally in the United States?  How can I be sure I’m being protected? A:  It is absolutely illegal to sell […]


Post image for Basic Training:  Rights to Software (or other IP) Distribution

Q: My company is into trading of plastic and software products. I have tied up with an individual in London who owns copyright on a security software. I would like to be his distributor for African and Asian regions, as I have resellers in those regions who have orders for the same. My question to […]


Post image for Basic Training:  Pursuing Patent Protection . . . 20 Years Later?

Q.:  I’m wondering– is it still possible that I can capitalize on an idea/concept that is 21 years old.  I was diligent in obtaining corporate backing-so I contacted several corporations that were big in the industry. I was trying to indulge in as many contacts as possible. I guess I talked to the wrong person […]


Post image for How to Manage Your Business’s Online Reputation

Not strictly information concerning legal issues . . . but if you don’t properly manage your company’s online reputation, you could find all sorts of trouble a-brewing for your business.  Check out the article written by my colleague, Jennifer Schiff, in SmallBusinessComputing.com


Post image for Employees and Electronic Workplaces

As my mother is fond of saying, “Watch what you wish for–you may get it.” That certainly applies to the ways in which technology has made an impact on our workplaces. On the one hand, it has opened up a wonderful world of flexibility, new business arrangements and ease of automation. On the other, it […]


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OK, I confess.  I may have conquered the art of posting regularly to Making it Legal, but I still feel overwhelmed at times about moving through the world of social media.  Like I don’t have enough on my plate already?  It reminds me of my sister-in-law’s recent birthday party. The whole clan (there were nearly […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Great Ideas Need Protection, Too

This is a perennial favorite:  “I have no money, but have an idea that’s going to be great.  How can I take steps to launch it on a shoestring?” Q: I have a great diaper idea for the ”on the go mom” that I think is unique. I don’t have money for any startup to manufacture this […]


Post image for My Trademark Was Granted–I’m Done . . . Right?

Oh, it should be so easy.  Let’s face it, if securing and protecting trademarks were simple, any fifth-grader would be able to do it. You’ve had sleepless nights coming up with that oh-so-fabulous brand that will rock the world (or at least your market niche). You sweated out the search process, making sure that no one […]


Post image for Careless With Your Business Website?  Don’t Get Sued

I spoke at the Brooklyn Creative League earlier today, and the question, “Isn’t it true that there’s no regulation of the internet?” came up.  So once again, I had to debunk that myth. In addition to the Communications Decency Act and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, there are a host of federal and state laws […]


Post image for 3 Online Business Mistakes to Avoid

Despite the popular myth, cyberspace isn’t the Wild West. Know the rules and protect yourself. You have a brilliant idea at 3 a.m on a Saturday. You turn on the computer, access the internet and register your domain name. Over the next 24 hours, you set up a PayPal account, get a template website, slap up […]