Startup Law for Designers

This presentation was given at Geekdom, a collaborative workspace/incubator for startups in San Antonio, Texas. It addresses many of the common questions that design shops and web startups encounter as they build their branding, select naming, and form a company.  I’m told a full streaming audio/video version will be available at some point, and I’ll ...

What’s a trademark and how do I get one?

Note: This article is for educational, informational, and reference purposes only. This article assumes that Texas and U.S. Federal Law applies. This is not legal advice, and you should consult an attorney about trademark and other laws may apply to your specific situation.  First: a bit of background: One of the most common questions I get from ...

What is ACTA and why should you care?

In Brief:  The really short version is that ACTA is a treaty that involves copyrights and global intellectual property protections.  More specifically, it’s a series of proposals that are being negotiated on an international level with the goal of writing treaty language that each country can pass that will become law in the signatory nation ...