Vote For FlashFunders on TechCrunch’s Startup Alley Today!

flashfunders2SAM’s joint venture  FlashFunders is aiming to shake up the Financial Technology landscape with their innovative online equity funding platform.  We empower startups to raise capital for free and democratize investor access. Startups are able to manage their whole offering online while investors can discover new companies and invest as little as $1,000.

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SAM Client 30KFT Official Launch on May 4th!


SAM Client 30KFT proudly announces that their official launch  will happen on May 4th.  To kick off the event, they will host a West Coast launch party featuring food, networking, music and SAM’s very own Heidi Hubbeling, in a fireside chat regarding  “Roadmap to Success.”

To register, click here.

What is 30KFT?

Imagine if your organization could sustain optimal levels of performance? What impact would it have on your bottom line, your brand and most importantly your customers? 30KFT helps their clients accomplish this through neuroplasticity, technology, group cognitive behavior, thought leadership and social impact. They are a team of technologists, doctors, social entrepreneurs, creatives and wellness experts dedicated to one thing. PERFORMANCE.

SAM Client ArtCraft Entertainment Raises Close to $1.8M on Kickstarter for New Game Crowfall


Congratulations to SAM Client ArtCraft Entertainment as they’ve raised close to $1.8M on their Kickstarter campaign that was set up to raise funds to launch their new MMO game Crowfall.  In just three days, the campaign surpassed their original goal of $1.5M.  That amount will continue to climb as development progresses, as developer ArtCraft Entertainment is maintaining its own in-house crowdfunding campaign at

To view the ArtCraft Entertainment Team’s “thank you” to the Crowfall community:

To read the PC Magazine article on the funding the Crowfall review, click here.

About ArtCraft Entertainment

ArtCraft Entertainment, Inc. is an Austin, Texas based independent developer and publisher of cutting-edge Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs). Their flagship title, Crowfall, was announced in January of 2015 and has quickly gained a loyal following of players looking for innovation and vision in the MMO genre.

For more information about our Interactive Entertainment & Video Game practice, contact Ryan Azlein at (818) 444-4504 or


SAM Client Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation to be Acquired by Microsemi Corporation


SAM Client Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation has announced that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Microsemi Corporation for $389 million, furthering a drive toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry.

Vitesse, which has headquarters in Camarillo, CA, designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductors, application software, and integrated turnkey systems solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide.

Based in Aliso Viejo, CA, Microsemi offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ attorneys John McIlvery and Jonathan Friedman are representing Vitesse in this pending transaction.

For more information about our Public Securities practice, contact John McIlvery at (818) 444-4502 or

Obtaining a Federal Trademark Registration

Trademark Registration

The Federal Circuit in Couture v. Playdom, No. 2014-1480 (Fed. Cir. March 2, 2015) clarified that in order to obtain a U.S. trademark or service mark registration there must be actual trademark “use” (15 U.S.C. 1051) prior to filing an application to register or filing a Statement of Use (intent-to-use applications) with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Practical Pointers

1. A photograph on a website or the advertising of a product is not sufficient to establish “use”. A product must be shipped in commerce.  Keep documentation of earliest shipments.

2. A service offered on a website or simply advertised is not sufficient to establish “use”. The service must be provided in commerce. Keep records showing earliest provision of services.”

For more information regarding our Trademark & Copyright practice, contact Tony Keats at (310) 746-9802 or


SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “User Acquisition – Gaining Traction” with Peter Mansfield


Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for this exclusive event!




“User Acquisition – Gaining Traction” 

What often make hyper-growth businesses look like overnight successes is smart marketing. And while most marketing strategies remain consistent, the methods and tactics vary wildly. Marketing Guru Peter Mansfield shares examples and best practices to find the sweet spot on a shoe string budget and optimize your marketing effort for different stages of growth.


Thursday, March 26, 2015




**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**






Peter Mansfield – 

Peter Mansfield is the quintessential startup marketing professional. Over the course of 25 years, he has been involved in a notable sequence of early stage company adventures and successes.  Peter’s in-the-trenches experience makes him particularly valuable in helping new ventures move quickly and efficiently to realize their market potential. He has helped fast growth companies including Xircom, Xylan, Optimal Networks, Packeteer, and Gearworks reach an aggregate market value of close to $5 billion. Alongside his strategic and tactical marketing involvement, Peter helps companies raise money, develop customer acquisition programs, and build channel partnerships. His extensive network includes top-tier VC firms and angels, venture-focused attorneys, recruiters, and other startup experts.

In addition to his market-proven ability to drive awareness and credibility for startups, Peter also provides marketing services for larger organizations. This includes financial services leaders such as Union Bank, and non-profits like The California Wellness Foundation. On a tactical level, Peter gets actively involved in branding, website development, presentations, event/conference management, social media, SEO/SEM, advertising, collateral development, PR, and sales support.

Peter founded Mansfield + Associates in 1992. The firm works with fast growth companies across the US. Peter’s current roster of venture-funded clients includes BillFloat (San Francisco), Marqeta (Emeryville), Revolution Credit (Irvine), Wallaby Financial (Pasadena), and ClickWithFriends (Toronto).


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SAM Encourages you to Attend: Creative Community Roundtable – “The Work of the Creative Community in a Digital Age”


Join us for this exclusive event!



Thursday, April 23, 2015




**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**







  • How do we foster the Creative Arts and its protection among the youngest citizens in America?
  • Can individual artists engaged in traditional endeavors survive the mass, group interactions presented by the internet?
  • Is IP protection still effective in protecting the Creative Community?



Roundtable Panelists:


Marc GuggenheimMarc Guggenheim, Television Writer-Producer
Marc Guggeinheim is award-winning multi-media  writer, having scribed film, television, prose, video      games and comic books. His television credits include  Arrow (co-creator), Law & Order, Jack & Bobby, CSI:  Miami and Brothers & Sisters. His best known comic  book work includes AQUAMAN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN,  THE FLASH, JSA, and Amazing Spider-Man, Young X-  Men and Supreme Power.

 David Hillary, Film Producer, Deviant Films and
Digital Media & Tech Strategy, Front Row Media

 Film producer with credits to his name such as Dear Eleanor,  Small Apartments, The Chosen One, Voodoo Possession, London,  and a host of other firms, including his most recent project, Death  in the Desert.
  Kathryn Ireland, Million Dollar Decorators Star,
and Acclaimed Interior Designer

Kathryn M. Ireland is an interior decorator internationally renowned for her worldly flair, easy sophistication, and a covetable design aesthetic that emphasizes comfort, color, and, ALWAYS, a magical dash of the unexpected. As a child growing up in London, Kathryn visited grand houses of unparalleled beauty all over England and immersed herself in the varied design traditions of these estates –furnishings of generous dimension, uninhibited expression of pattern and color, and graceful arrangements of objects and collections. Kathryn’s predisposition for the imperfect elegance of the English manor house followed her to Los Angeles where she has decorated homes of the Hollywood elite for over 25 years. Her Spanish Revival residence in Santa Monica is a pure reflection of her refined eye, her romantic attention to detail, and an innate understanding of the function of the home. Capacious, slip-covered sofas rub elbows with mid-century pieces, contemporary art, and tribal accents sourced from her wide and extensive travels. Ireland’s characteristic mingling of period and idiom may be highbrow, but she always aims to achieve a lived-in atmosphere. In fact, what supersedes every aesthetic consideration is quality, comfort, and an immediate sense of style and warmth. Ireland’s passion for layering pattern and color is well-documented and reflected in everything she does; but her emphasis on comfort and the practical considerations of day-to-day living – kids, animals, and the occasional over-served guest bobbling red wine – is what makes her the ideal designer for clients who want unique, stylish environments, but not at the expense of real, modern life.



  Jeff Jampol, Jampol Artist Management, Inc.  (JAM, Inc.)

As the founder and head of JAM Inc., which manages rock legends The Doors, Ramones, and the Estates of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Tupac Shakur, Otis Redding, Peter Tosh and Rick James, Jampol has had ample opportunity to consider such issues. Indeed, he and his team are fond of citing the “Hippocratic Oath of Rock” as a guiding principle: First, do no harm to the artist’s legacy. But Jampol doesn’t view himself merely as a curator of classic catalogues. “The goal is to extend the reach of the artist and their work, using new distribution channels, new technology and other emerging resources, to place timeless art into a modern context.”

 He was the producer of the recent Broadway hit, “An Evening with Janis”, and in 2009 The Doors Theatrical documentary “When You’re Strange”.


 Brandon Scott, Scott x Scott Private Label Production

 Bringing over a decade of experience in the fashion industry, Brandon plays  an integral role in business development, creative direction, quality control,  and sales strategy. After being awarded, “Most Marketable Designer” of his  senior class, Brandon graduated from San Francisco State University and  took his first job at Nice Collective. Over the next year, he would gain  invaluable experience from one of the most progressive lines to originate  from San Francisco.

Shortly after, in 2005, a prominent San Francisco based designer, Rebecca Beeson, offered Brandon a position to launch their first menswear collection, B. Son. For the following years, Brandon worked as head of design, production, and sales overseeing all aspects of the collection. By 2007, Brandon was named Sportswear International’s Best New Designer of the Year.

Eager to explore and expand on his own vision, Brandon parted ways with B. Son in 2009 and launched his first collection. B. SCOTT. With the intention to create menswear that encapsulated the fusion of Japanese and German aesthetics. In March of 20120, Brandon produced his first runway show for concept LA Fashion Week. Melissa Magsaysay, in the Los Angeles Times wrote: “The most impressive point of the event was the B.SCOTT runway show” In The spring, Brandon was in the top five contestants on the NBC hit series, Fashion Star.


  Sarah Scott, Scott x Scott Private Label Production

 Shortly after graduating in 2006 from the University of California,  Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Psychology, Sarah started her first  business, Ten. Image Consulting, where she styled numerous  fashion shows, photo shoots, and dressed some of the country’s  most prominent entrepreneurs. A client introduced her to Carlo  Mondavi, the grandson of vintner, Robert Mondavi, who was  launching a luxury goods company encompassing wine,  stemware, and skin care products. She worked with Mondavi’s in  Product Development, which catapulted her into the design world.

Soon afterwards, she was offered a position at SBE Entertainment Group. It was there that she had the unique opportunity to work under renowned French designer Philippe Starck, gaining invaluable experience in design. Sarah worked in product development  and played an integral role in the development of some of Los Angeles’s top commercial properties including SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, XIV Michael Mina Restaurant, Katsuya Restaurant,, and Hyde Lounge. Following SBE, Sarah started, Sarah Scott Interior Design, where she worked on some of Los Angeles’s premier residential and commercial properties. In 2011, Sarah joined SCOTTxSCOTT as Marketing Director, and in 2012, Sarah Launched her first collection titled, “ A Stranger I Came.” The collection was an extension of her personal style- tailored, comfortable, and sophisticated. Today, her collection can be found in some of the country’s best boutiques from Urban Outfitters to American Rag. Today, Sarah leads the creative direction for the women’s division, oversees marketing development, and is the Director of Operations for SCOTTxSCOTT, Inc.





  Tony Keats, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Tony Keats is a partner of the Firm and Co-chair of the Trademark and Copyright Practice Group. He was a founding partner of Keats, McFarland & Wilson LLP, in Los Angeles, and intellectual property practice team leader for the national law firm Baker & Hostetler. Tony’s almost three decade legal career has focused on both the legal and business protection of brands and creative content from consumer products to entertainment, from designer goods to the Internet. Since he commenced practice, he has provided counsel and has litigated cases on behalf of many of the world’s largest consumer product and entertainment companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, actors, and musicians. Tony’s litigation background also includes related commercial matters involving unfair competition, contract disputes, rights of publicity violations, business torts, domain name infringement, and idea submission claims. Tony developed intellectual property protection programs for some of the largest entertainment properties in Hollywood history.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Announces New Class of Preccelerator Program

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Preccelerator Program begins its fourth class of companies in Santa Monica

Los Angeles (March 5, 2015) Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is pleased to announce the admission of a new group of companies to join the third class of its Preccelerator Program.  The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and access to sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping start-ups grow their idea from business concept to funded startup.

The new participants include:

etouloo logoEtouloo – Today online dating sites are all the same. Members answer boring, scientific questionnaires and then write dreaded profile essays. Setting up a profile can be intimidating for many people and it’s just not fun for anyone. Dating sites rely on email, which is an ineffective way to get know potential matches.  Etouloo is an online dating service that uses gamified proprietary matchmaking algorithm to connect single adults via their unique gamified SparkFlirt(TM) platform.

LockawreLockAware – LockAware, Inc. is a new (2015) Los Angeles-based technology startup. LockAware’s primary goal is to significantly reduce fraudulent activity that is pervasive within the American locksmith industry. Its mission is to enable billions of dollars in lost revenue to be redirected to certified American locksmiths who operate as registered members of the LockAware network. LockAware Locksmiths, held to a high code of ethics and performance standards will aspire to restore legitimacy and trust to the time honored trade of locksmithing.

swggr homepage Swggr - The fashion love child of Instagram and Pinterest where users style themselves and others while being rewarded.  Users host a virtual online closet “collection” where they can instantly style and share looks for themselves, friends and followers. Users rack up reward points that are redeemable for discounts from their favorite brands and retailers, exclusive merchandise, and special access to fashion tastemakers.

Verde CircleVerde Circle – A software company that develops business software and services geared toward small to medium sized businesses.  Its initial product is a cloud-based software platform for managing inventory, sales orders, purchase orders and related communications.

Program Director Ryan Azlein states “We are thrilled to announce our newest Preccelerator participants.  As we continue to expand our program, we look forward to working closely with these promising start-ups toward achieving their goals over the next several months.”

The Program offers benefits such as free office space, real-time legal advice, partner perks, introductions to financing and other business services, and education and networking at their many in-house events.

The Preccelerator Program was launched early in 2013 and has had great success with its initial classes, which resulted in a majority of the companies being accepted into larger accelerator programs and incubators or successfully raising their seed funding round.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation and intellectual property practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Their mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of their Firm.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program and to fill out an application, click here or contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803.

SAM Preccelerator Program Company TrekSavvy Announces Launch


SAM Preccelerator Program company TrekSavvy has announced that they have launched their premier travel site  TrekSavvy is your resource for discovering how best to experience the location’s must dos. Similar to asking a good friend who’s been there, TrekSavvy’s like-minded traveler contributors hook you up by suggesting the best way to hit multiple destinations on your trip and how to create Ideal Days by telling you which must-do’s work perfectly together. The end result is a fully personalized travel guide that can be accessed from almost any device – even offline.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at 310-746-9803 or