SAM Encourages You to Attend Caltech Entrepreneur Forum’s “Bitcoin and Digital Currencies: The Future of Money” – May 3, 2014

 

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Bitcoin and Digital Currencies: 

The Future of Money? 

Bitcoin

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech,
Pasadena 

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am
Program: 9:00 am to 11:15 am
Post-Program Networking:  11:15 – Noon  

  

 

REGISTER TODAY

 

It is “a breakthrough in computer science” resulting from 20 years of research and development that will lead to the emergence of new products, companies and industries.This is how Marc Andreessen recently described Bitcoin. While some dismiss Bitcoin as a tool enabling criminals and terrorists to transfer money anonymously, investors are making significant bets that Bitcoin and other digital currencies will someday change the way the financial system works in the Internet era. One Bitcoin company, Circle, recently raised $17 million in VC funding. Bitcoin’s entrepreneurial opportunities go beyond arbitrage. Entrepreneurs are building companies on top of digital currency technologies while governments around the world are scrambling to create rules that will bring these currencies into the mainstream financial system. Our program will go beyond the basics and explore the opportunities of Bitcoin and other digital currencies that are quickly coming into focus for entrepreneurs, investors, merchants and consumers and the numerous challenges these entrepreneurs are likely to encounter. Panel discussion to follow program.

Keynote Speakers Confirmed to Date:

Brock Pierce
Digital Currency Pioneer
Serial Entrepreneur

Mary Dent
Former General Counsel and VP Public Policy
Silicon Valley Bank

Moderator: 

Brian Klein, Partner, Baker and Marquat LLP
Chair, Legal Advocacy Committee, Bitcoin Foundation

Producers:

Kevin D. DeBré, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Ira Moskatel, Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP
Mike Nilsson, President, Nilsson Rental Properties

 

For more information contact the Caltech Entrepreneurs Form atinfo@entforum.caltech.edu

SAM Client Rdio Announces Joint Venture And Strategic Partnership In Brazil With Grupo Bandeirantes

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles client Rdio, a digital music service,  and Grupo Bandeirantes, a Brazilian media conglomerate, have announced a joint venture and powerful strategic partnership encompassing marketing, distribution, content and promotions that will significantly expand Rdio’s presence in Brazil.  This combination of the award-winning Rdio music service with the creativity, power and reach of Grupo Bandeirantes provides music fans in Brazil with the best of both a global and Brazilian digital music service and experience. 

Under this deal, Grupo Bandeirantes’ various properties will expand their digital music presence using the Rdio platform, and will develop content promotions that cross from on-air radio to streaming. The alliance will also involve media support for Rdio from Metro Newspapers, through an on-going integration with Band.com.br, media placement in out-of-home properties and across Grupo affiliated TV programs.

To read the full press release, click here.

For more information about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, please contact Greg Akselrud at (818) 444-4503 or gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Working with Developers” with Tony Karrer – April 22, 2014

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for this exclusive event!

 
“Working with Developers”
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 
5:30pm-8:00pm
Register!


Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s challenged by working with technical people?  Having trouble recruiting them?  Aren’t sure if your team is executing very well?  Not sure if they are building things the right way?  Can’t understand how you can be relatively clear about what you want only to find they’ve built something different from what you said, and it took longer and even that doesn’t work quite right?  Find that talking with them often seems like more work than it should? 

 

Many non-technical founders find this to be their experience. Dr. Tony Karrer has been bridging the gap between non-technical founders and technical resources for the past 20+ years. 

 

His presentation looks at:

Basics of recruiting and working with technical people.  Communications, motivators/demotivators.

  • Founder Developer Gap.  Recognizing it and how to close it.
  • Symptoms of a Poor Development Team and what to do about it.
  • Product and Project Management.  Documenting for developers.
 

You will walk away with a better understanding of how to effectively work with your CTO and developers.

 

 

Featuring
 
 
Dr. Tony Karrer,
CEO/CTO TechEmpower
Founder & CTO Aggregage

 

Tony has worked with more than 30 early-stage companies as a part-time CTO including as the part-time CTO of eHarmony for its first four years.  Tony is the CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, a web/mobile/software development firm based in El Segundo that is known for its high performance practice and framework benchmarks.  Tony is also the Founder and CTO of Aggregage, an online B2B Media Company.  In addition to working with startups, Tony has consulted on technology implementations for large companies including Credit Suisse, Citibank, Lexus, Universal Music, IBM and HP.

 

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Tony taught Computer Science for 11 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events.  He is well-known for his SoCal CTO blog and his StartupRoar topic hub.  Tony is the lead organizer of the LA CTO Forum, a group of 300+ CTOs in Los Angeles, and Mentor Night, a founder mentoring group.

 

   

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking
4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

We hope to see you there!

SAM Encourages You to Attend: CalTech Entrepreneur’s Forum- “Personalized Education 150,000 Students at a Time: Opportunities in Online Learning” – April 12, 2014

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Personalized Education 150,000
Students at a Time:
Opportunities in Online Learning

This Saturday, April 12

Online Registration closes this
FRIDAY at 2:00 PM

Sign in / Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Coffee & Networking with Speakers:
11:15 – 12:00p.m.

REGISTER HERE

$40 Advance* / $50 Door; $10 Full-time students w/ ID

(Caltech Students – Free)

Education has, in many ways, changed very little for 1,000 years. However, suddenly new delivery formats are springing up: from on-demand video education for individuals, to 150,000 person at a time “MOOC” classes. This month the Caltech forum will explore how education is changing rapidly, both in startups and in traditional institutions. Where are the lines between “formal” education and “informal education” and “entertainment” now? What will be the role of the traditional universities in this market? Will they be customers for new content? Competitors? What are the technology gaps and content pain points now? What is working well? Where are the entrepreneurial opportunities? Come to the Forum to hear a wide spectrum of experiences in this rapidly-growing space. (Click on speaker name for bio and / or company name for redirection to website).

Review Presentations

S. George Djorgovski
Professor of Astronomy, Caltech
The Obsolescence of Academia and How to Reinvent It

 

Artia Moghbel
Founder, Glean.co
The Entrepreneur’s View

 

Panelists

Hope Kandel
Director, Business Development
Client Events, LearningTimes, LLC|
Learning in Virtual Worlds
Joan Horvath
VP Business Development
Deezmaker 3D Printers
Core Adjunct Faculty
National University
Salomón Dávila,
Dean, Career Technical Education |Pasadena City College
When is Online Alone Not Enough?

“The Inventors – Tools & Tips on IP Strategy Development in the Sustainable Industry”

Intellectual Property Strategy

SAM Partner Kevin DeBré moderated a Sustainability Council event panel entitled “The Inventors – Tools & Tips on IP Strategy Development in the Sustainable Industry.”

Other panelists include:

Wally Rippel – Co-Founder & CTO, AC Propulsion
Spencer Brown – Founder, Rent-A-Green Box
Elizabeth Gibson, Managing Counsel, Toyota Legal One c/o Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Kevin DeBré has also authored a U.S. Intellectual Property Protection handout that outlines each form of IP Protection and its advantages and disadvantages. To view the handout, click US IP Summary Handout.

For more information on our Intellectual Property practice, contact Kevin DeBré at kdebre@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4521.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Featured in LA Business Journal Article Regarding Tech Growth in the Legal Industry

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The Los Angeles Business Journal featured the recent expansion of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Business Litigation practice in its March 31 edition regarding tech growth in the Los Angeles legal market. To view the full article, click here.

For more information about our Business Ligitation practice, contact SAM Partner Michael Sherman, at masherman@stubbsalderton.com or 818-444-4528.

Unfair Competition – Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc.

Unfair CompetitionWashington, D.C. – This dispute between printer ink cartridge suppliers has encountered a blotchy area of the law. Lexmark, a laser printer manufacturer, encrypts the ink cartridges it manufactures for use in its printers with a microchip. Static Control Components engineered a microchip that allowed competing ink cartridge manufacturers to have access to Lexmark printers. Lexmark sued Static Control for copyright infringement, among other things, and Static Control countered with a false advertising claim against Lexmark. Lexmark sought summary judgment on the false advertising claim, alleging that Static Control did not have standing to sue under the Lanham Act. On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, a unanimous Supreme Court resolved a split of authority amongst the Circuit Courts over the issue of standing in false advertising claims brought under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a). Who has standing to bring a false advertising claim under the Lanham Act? Justice Scalia’s opinion answers this question by establishing a two-prong test for interpreting the Act to determine whether a particular plaintiff “falls within the class of plaintiffs whom Congress has authorized to sue under §1125(a).” Lexmark at 9. First, a plaintiff’s interests must “fall within the zone of interests protected by the law invoked.” Id at 10. The Court explains that this “Zone of Interest” requirement “applies to all statutorily created causes of action… unless it is expressly negated” by Congress. Id at 10. However, “the breadth of the zone of interests varies according to the provisions of law at issue” for any particular statute. Id at 11. Second, “a statutory cause of action is limited to plaintiffs whose injuries are proximately caused by violations of the statute.” Id at 13. This “Proximate Cause” requirement asks “whether the harm alleged has a sufficiently close connection to the conduct the statute prohibits.” Id at 14. The Court explains that this second requirement “generally bars suits for alleged harm that is ‘too remote’ from the defendant’s unlawful conduct.” Id.

Applying the first prong to a false advertising claim under the Lanham Act, the Court identified the “interests protected by the Lanham Act” by referring to the “’unusual, and extraordinarily helpful,’ detailed statement of the statute’s purposes.”

Section 45 of the Act, codified at 15 U. S. C. §1127, provides:

“The intent of this chapter is to regulate commerce within the control of Congress by making actionable the deceptive and misleading use of marks in such commerce; to protect registered marks used in such commerce from interference by State, or territorial legislation; to protect persons engaged in such commerce against unfair competition; to prevent fraud and deception in such commerce by the use of reproductions, copies, counterfeits, or colorable imitations of registered marks; and to provide rights and remedies stipulated by treaties and conventions respecting trademarks, trade names, and unfair competition entered into between the United States and foreign nations.” Id at 12.

Although “[m]ost of the enumerated purposes are relevant to false association cases,” the Court explains that “a typical false-advertising case will implicate only the Act’s goal of ‘protect[ing] persons engaged in [commerce within the control of Congress] against unfair competition.’” Id. Justice Scalia looks to the common law for the definition of “unfair competition,” stating that it was “understood to be concerned with injuries to business reputation and present and future sales.” Id. Thus, a plaintiff comes within the zone of interests in a suit for false advertising under §1125(a) when that plaintiff “allege[s] an injury to a commercial interest in reputation or sales.” Id at 13.

Applying the second prong, the Court explained that the “[p]roximate cause analysis is controlled by the nature of the statutory cause of action,” and asks “whether the harm alleged has a sufficiently close connection to the conduct [that] the statute prohibits.” Id at 14. The Court held that, when suing for false advertising, a plaintiff “ordinarily must show economic or reputational injury flowing directly from the deception wrought by the defendant’s advertising.” Id at 15. This occurs when a defendant’s deception causes “consumers… to withhold trade from the plaintiff.” Id. Several examples include “afford[ing] relief under §1125(a) not only where a defendant denigrates a plaintiff ’s product by name… but also where the defendant damages the product’s reputation by, for example, equating it with an inferior product.” Id at 19. Further, a defendant who “‘seeks to promote his own interests by telling a known falsehood to or about the plaintiff or his product’” may be said to have proximately caused the plaintiff ’s harm. Id at 20.

The Lexmark decision is important in two aspects. Narrowly, in order to have standing under the Lanham Act for a false advertising claim, “a plaintiff must plead (and ultimately prove) an injury to a commercial interest in sales or business reputation proximately caused by the defendant’s misrepresentations.” Id at 25. Broadly, the decision adopts a two-prong test for evaluating standing under any statutorily created cause of action, and provides a rubric for analyzing each prong. It will be interesting to watch the development of the jurisprudence of standing as lower courts apply Zone of Interest and Proximate Causation to false association claims under the Lanham Act and extend this analysis to other federal statutes.

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For more information about our Brand Development & Content Protection Practice, contact Konrad Gatien (kgatien@stubbsalderton.com) or Tony Keats (akeats@stubbsalderton.com)

SAM Client Alert – New Domain Names and the Trademark Clearinghouse

Important Business News From

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

New Domain Names and
the Trademark Clearinghouse

 

The new generic top level domains (gTLDs) are continuing to launch in 2014. While there were previously only 22 top level domain names (e.g., .com, .net) and the various country code registries (e.g., .co.uk, .de), within the next year there may be as many as 1,500 active top level domains, each with their own registries.

To assist you in protecting your trademark rights as much as possible, The Trademark Clearinghouse will allow trademark holders to submit their trademark information to a one-stop shop centralized repository. After verification, the trademark holder will be able to register its corresponding domain name(s) during the pre-registration period of multiple TLDs – also known as the “Sunrise period”. Trademark holders will also have the option to be notified when someone registers a domain name that matches their record in the TMCH.

An application to the Trademark Clearinghouse serves two main purposes:

1) Participation in the Trademark Clearinghouse is the only way to pre-register brands in the sunrise-phase which precedes all new gTLD launches. This process will greatly reduce the administrative burden and associated costs for trademark holders.

2) During the Trademark Claims period 60 days after the Sunrise period, trademark holders may choose to be notified immediately when someone registers a domain name, in any of the new gTLDs, that match the registered trademark.

For more information about how to register your marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse, or if you would like more information about our Brand Development & Content Protection practice, contact Konrad Gatien at kgatien@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9810.

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Working with Developers” with Tony Karrer, CEO/CTO TechEmpower

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for this exclusive event!

 

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“Working with Developers”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
5:30-8:00 PM

Register

Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s challenged by working with technical people? Having trouble recruiting them? Aren’t sure if your team is executing very well? Not sure if they are building things the right way? Can’t understand how you can be relatively clear about what you want only to find they’ve built something different from what you said, and it took longer and even that doesn’t work quite right? Find that talking with them often seems like more work than it should?

Many non-technical founders find this to be their experience. Dr. Tony Karrer has been bridging the gap between non-technical founders and technical resources for the past 20+ years.

His presentation looks at:

Basics of recruiting and working with technical people. Communications, motivators/demotivators.

  • Founder Developer Gap. Recognizing it and how to close it.
  • Symptoms of a Poor Development Team and what to do about it.
  • Product and Project Management. Documenting for developers.

You will walk away with a better understanding of how to effectively work with your CTO and developers.

 

 

Featuring

Tony Karrer

Dr. Tony Karrer,
CEO/CTO TechEmpower
Founder & CTO Aggregage

 

Tony has worked with more than 30 early-stage companies as a part-time CTO including as the part-time CTO of eHarmony for its first four years. Tony is the CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, a web/mobile/software development firm based in El Segundo that is known for its high performance practice and framework benchmarks. Tony is also the Founder and CTO of Aggregage, an online B2B Media Company. In addition to working with startups, Tony has consulted on technology implementations for large companies including Credit Suisse, Citibank, Lexus, Universal Music, IBM and HP.

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Tony taught Computer Science for 11 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. He is well-known for his SoCal CTO blog and his StartupRoar topic hub. Tony is the lead organizer of the LA CTO Forum, a group of 300+ CTOs in Los Angeles, and Mentor Night, a founder mentoring group.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking
4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

We hope to see you there!