Trademark Dispute

What do beer, bocce and Bavarian singers have in common? Apparently a trademark dispute as of last month.

The famous Capitol Hill bar and restaurant Von Trapp’s was recently persuaded to change its name at the request of a member of the Trapp family of “Sound of Music” fame. The new name for the 10,000-square-foot space in Capitol Hill is Rhein Haus, as homage to the longest river running through Bavaria. Everything else about the vast beer and bocce hall will stay the same.

The owners, Deming Maclise and James Weimann, said in a press release they had “vetted the original name and got the federal trademark before opening in early 2013.” There appeared to be no issues with the name at first….

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Registered Trademark

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, if you intend to build value behind any company trademark—for example, a name, slogan, or logo—then it is important to protect those trademarks. Filing for federal registration with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an important step to protect those trademarks. And when you file your trademark application with the USPTO, you...

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Hashtag Trademark

We’ve discussed the intersection of sports and law a number of times on this blog, particularly in the context of trademarks and other intellectual property, and today our topic is Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant, his “ThrowUpTheX” brand, and his attempt at trademarking a hashtag, #throwupthex.

For context, Dez Bryant is famous for “throwing up the X” after scoring touchdowns, which...

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Series Seed Valuations Up

Pitchbook recently released its VC Valuations and Trends Report, which analyzes a decade of data on VC valuations, financings, and series terms. We’ve extracted some of the highlights from the data on series seed financings below:

Series Seed Valuations at Ten Year High

Valuations in series seed rounds have increased year over year, with the median valuation for seed stage financings...

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Many startups ask us about reserving an option “pool.” The “option pool” is a reserve of authorized but unissued shares of stock that the founders intend to use to compensate future key employees and investors. There is no size of option pool that is right for every company, although you’ve probably read that a “standard” option pool is generally...

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mediation history

Mediation is a process where a third-party neutral (the mediator) guides the parties through the negotiation process, and the parties decide on a mutually-beneficial agreement. Mediation is generally a non-binding alternative to litigation that allows parties to work with a neutral to air their grievances and receive neutral feedback on how best to reach a resolution.

Mediation dates back to...

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alternative dispute resolution

The phrase “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) refers to the different methods parties in conflict use to resolve disputes rather than filing a traditional lawsuit in court. The process can be as simple as meeting to discuss a possible settlement or as formal as an arbitration that can look a lot like a trial. ADR is growing industry, because many...

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Lease Structure Comparison

To understand your commercial lease, it is important to understand your lease structure. While no two leases are really the same, there are a few major types of commercial lease structures that most leases fit into. Understanding the lease structure your lease fits into will help you understand the major economic drivers and issues affecting your lease. And understanding...

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International Trademark

If your business plans to expand overseas (and perhaps even if it doesn’t), it would be wise to register your trademarks in potential countries of expansion in order to protect your brand. Today, we will be explaining how international trademarks work and the process to obtain them for your business.

The Madrid Protocol

The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning...

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Coffee & Cream

Successful Founders Get Diluted.

We often get asked by founders what they can do to protect against dilution. A few answers:

You can build a crap company nobody wants to invest in. You can build a cool company that doesn’t need to scale. You can pour your own money into the venture, if you have enough of it. You can scale at a slow...

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