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asdfsafadsfdsafds [CGL Alert] Supreme Court of the United States Strikes Down the Ban on Disparaging Trademarks

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Federal trademark law has always prohibited the registration and ownership of federal trademarks that may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs or national symbols. The U.S. Supreme Court. It applies specifically to racial and ethnic groups, and was the basis for the Washington Redskins losing their trademark in 2014. A music group, The Slants faced the same issue. The U .S. Supreme Court struck down the federal statute that prohibited these types of marks as a violation of The First Amendment right to



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asdfsafadsfdsafds [CGL Alert] Art Basel v. Adidas

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Creative Genius Law is the strategic legal partner for creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. We work with brands to develop, protect and monetize their trademark strategy. If you’d like to start the conversation, submit an intake here.



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asdfsafadsfdsafds [Think Like Adidas] A trademark lesson for independent creators.

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You’ve started a collection of signature t-shirts with dope, original phrases. They sell better than even you expected. People love them. You expand the brand — mo’ phrases, mo’ shirts, mo’ money. You apparently possess a great mix of hard work and luck, because now even celebrities don your goods. You’ve almost arrived. You start penning that plan to quit your day job because now it’s possible. You’re even considering shopping your shirts around to major retailers (only until you get



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Four legal issues in your crowdfunding campaign.

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You are a creative entrepreneur with a massive vision expanding every day. Some of your friends have run successful crowdfunding campaigns for their businesses and you’ve wondered if you should do the same. Before President Obama signed the JOBS Act in 2012, you could only give your crowdfunded investors (or backers) rewards. You know? A signed t-shirt. An autographed print. Limited edition tote bag. Now, with the JOBS Act, Title III equity crowdfunding rules approved by the Securities and Exchange



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asdfsafadsfdsafds [Creative Entrepreneurs] Why I care about you so much + how I landed here.

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“Maybe creative entrepreneurs wouldn’t have to always work so hard because one day, their intellectual property would start to work for them.” -Patrice One of the questions I’m asked most often when people find out what I do is “How did you get here?” Initially, it seemed that random lightbulb moment landed me here (as an attorney for creative entrepreneurs) but that’s not the case at all. My ultimate decision to dedicate my life’s work to creative entrepreneurs, innovators and change



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Why you should hire a Trademark Attorney + the real cost of DIYing your trademark.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably understand just how important it is that you own the trademarks for your brand. You may be toying with the idea of just handling it yourself. You’ve searched Google for identical brands. You’ve searched the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for your brand name. You’ve peeked at the trademark application and it looks simple enough. Plus, you have friends who’ve told you how easy it is and that



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asdfsafadsfdsafds How to stop being a starving artist.

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Typically, when we hear the phrase, “starving artist” we think of an artist in the traditional sense — visual artists, poets, writers, right? But, when I talk about the starving artist mentality I am referring to it in a broader sense as it applies to entrepreneurs of all disciplines. How many times have you: Charged less than your product or service was actually worth because you were too scared to charge more? Held on to a client or customer longer than



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asdfsafadsfdsafds My top six resources for overcoming fear and doubt as a creative entrepreneur.

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Contrary to the status quo belief, being a creative entrepreneur is not about being “fearless” at all. It’s about pushing through fear even when you want to run. The ability to keep trudging along during tough times is what separates those who “make” it from those who do not. Not magic. Not favor. Sticktoiveness. I wrote this post for the creative geniuses who are launching a business while working. Is that you (if so, you should check out my strategic



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asdfsafadsfdsafds The three huge lessons The E-Myth Revisited taught me about starting a business.

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I never win anything (seriously). But, there was one time when I was the lucky recipient of a free copy of Michael Gerber’s book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Fail. If I could rewind the clock and start my business over I would have done so — armed with this book. The E-Myth Revisited is a must-read for any new business owner. If you’re launching a business while working you’re probably worried about how you’re going to get customers



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asdfsafadsfdsafds What are the most important investments you can make when launching a business while working (and a behind the scenes look at CGL)?

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If you’re launching a business, no one can give you an exact list of every area you should invest in along the way. These decisions must be aligned with your specific business goals. The most important investments you can make are when: You don’t have the skills to do something on your own. You don’t have the time to do something on my own (if your launching a business while working your time is a precious commodity) Your time would be



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