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Presented by the ISBA Intellectual Property Section

Learn more about the legal issues your entrepreneur, founder or startup client needs to be aware of!
Do you represent a startup? Has your client attempted to complete legal work without counsel? Does your business client have a logo or branding issue needing IP protection? Does your client ask you how to balance disclosrure of information with protecting themselves through confidentiality agreements? Is your client coming to you for labor and employment answers as their business begins to grow? If you have clients with questions such as these, then you won’t want to miss this opportunity to update your knowledge on a number of key legal areas affecting startups, entrepreneurs, and founders, including:

  • Knowing when your client needs an attorney;
  • Copyright and Trademark issues regarding logo, branding, and product descriptions;
  • Representing an inventor;
  • Patent licensing and litigation issues;
  • Applying for Trade Secret protection;
  • Geographical business expansion;
  • The privacy issues a startup must consider;
  • Navigating the political aspects of using Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  • Understanding which legal entity will best suit your startup client;
  • Labor and employment issues for the young business;
  • Unique funding and resource programs; and
  • Much more!

Program Coordinator/Moderator:Charles L. Mudd Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago
Program Information
Date Presented:
May 07, 2013 8:55 AM Central
3 hours, 5 minutes
When Does Your Client Need an Attorney?
Your client wants to begin a startup or jump into entrepreneurship, but time and money are limited, so they want to handle some of legal responsibilities themselves. But some early do-it-yourself tasks can have costly or even business-fatal consequences - making it important for you to know when your client needs you and when he doesn't. This segment provides guidance on when a client needs an attorney, what the client can safely do without the assistance of an attorney, and how the client’s characteristics can impact the decision.
Speaker Information
Daniel Kegan   [ view bio ]
What You Should Know About Copyright & Trademark
Any startup will likely begin with a name and branding concerns. Moreover, content in the product description, code, or other creative output will need to be protected through copyright. This presentation discusses basic concepts for entrepreneurs, founders, and startups to consider as they move forward with launching their business.
Speaker Information
Joseph T. Nabor   [ view bio ]
What are Patents and When Does Your Client Need One?
Get the information you need to represent an inventor with this informative segment. Topics include: understanding what a patent is, patent licensing issues, patent issues that can arise in business transactions, and patent litigation.
Speaker Information
Eugene F. Friedman   [ view bio ]
Christopher J. McGeehan   [ view bio ]
You Can't Just Call It "Trade Secret": Understanding Trade Secret Protection
As a possible alternative to patents and to protect the confidential nature of business information, your client may consider trade secrets; however, one cannot obtain protection by simply calling information a "trade secret." Join us for this informative presentation and discover the steps needed to establish a viable argument for trade secret protection.
Speaker Information
Stephanie M. Snyder   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 2.75
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