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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 akeats@stubbsalderton.com.

 

SAM Represents Client HelloTech in Raising $2.5M to Bring On-Demand Convenience to In-Home IT Support

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The on-demand market is quickly expanding.  Most recently, SAM client, HelloTech, a Los Angeles-based IT Company has joined the movement. The company today announced $2.5 million in seed funding from a Upfront Ventures, Accel Partners*, Crosscut Ventures, Amplify.LA, Ron Burkle, and other angels, as well as plans to launch its alpha service in West-LA in April. The company was founded by Richard Wolpert, a former Apple, Disney, and RealNetworks executive, co-founder of the Amplify.la accelerator, and a venture-partner at Accel.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP attorneys Scott Alderton and Ryan Azlein represented HelloTech in the transaction.

To view the PandoDaily article regarding the transaction, click here.

For more information regarding our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Scott Alderton at (818) 444-4501 or salderton@stubbsalderton.com

SAM Encourages you to Attend the Webinar: “How to Raise Venture Capital: What’s Your Plan?” – February 3

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Are you looking to raise investment capital?

If so, you need a plan.

The trick is to get investors to believe in you, in your company, in your vision, and in your ability to execute.

Join Ryan Azlein, Partner for Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles and Gadiel Morantes, Chief Revenue Officer for Early Growth Financial Services for simple tips to help you build your fundraising plan and get funded.

Ryan and Gadiel have worked with hundreds of successfully funded companies and know what works. Bring your questions and dig into topics such as:

– How to successfully target VCs
– Creating an effective executive summary
– Pitch deck essentials
– Top tips for telling your story
– And more…!

Register!

Barak J. Kamelgard

Barak-Kamelgard

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Barak J. Kamelgard

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Barak J. Kamelgard is an associate of the Firm.  Barak’s practice focuses on litigating various types of intellectual property and business litigation matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining the firm, Barak served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. While attending UCLA School of Law, he also participated in mock trial and moot court competitions, as well as pre-trial civil litigation and trial advocacy clinics.

Barak has extensive prior experience in the entertainment industry. For several years, as a law clerk for Halloran Law Firm, a transactional entertainment law firm, he directly worked with and learned from Mark Halloran, a copyright expert and author of several entertainment industry legal and business guides. Barak also previously worked for Whalerock Industries, formerly known as BermanBraun Productions, The Walt Disney Company, and the Producers Guild of America.

Barak graduated with a B.S. in Marketing, from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland – College Park in 2011, and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2014 with a specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, where he received the Runner-Up Dean’s Award in Trademark Law.

Barak is also fluent in Hebrew and a member of Mensa. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California, at both the state and federal level.

practice & experience

  • Business, Intellectual Property, and Entertainment Litigation
  • Copyright and Trademark Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement
  • Brand Protection and Development Strategy
  • Federal and State Trial and Appellate Practice

Nick C. Feldman

Nick-Feldman

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Nick C. Feldman

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Nick C. Feldman is an associate of the Firm. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

Nick also serves an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University, where he lectures on media law topics.

Nick received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and a recipient of the Otto Kaus Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • capital formation, venture capital and financing transactions;
  • commercial contracts, including license agreements, distribution agreements and consulting agreements;
  • entertainment contracts;
  • executive employment agreements;
  • acting as strategic counsel to a variety of privately held technology companies;
  • advising public and private companies on general corporate matters, including formation, commercial contracts, licensing transactions and compensation matters.

Bridging the 49th Parallel – Cross Border Business in British Columbia – December 10, 2014

 

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Join us for a catered lunch as we discuss the benefits of US businesses having operations in British Columbia.  The program will explore the economic incentives available to technology companies that are offered by the Government of British Columbia and by local authorities in Vancouver, how to access the programs and how to commence operations in BC.  The program will also include first hand insights of companies that have opened a satellite office in British Columbia.

Register!

Moderator:

Jonathan Friedman, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP- Jonathan Friedman is Partner at the law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.  Jonathan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, including development-stage, emerging-growth and middle-market companies as well as angel investors, venture capital firms and strategic investors. Jonathan’s practice focuses on venture capital and corporate finance, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate and business matters. Jonathan has represented corporations and other entities in a wide variety of industries, including Internet and e-commerce, apparel, medical devices, entertainment and high technology. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian California Business Council, an entity that was formed to support Canada and California businesses growth. The Council aims to use its membership network to connect bi-lateral opportunities that will result in the job creation, investment connection and trade partnership support.

Panelists:

Robert Wong, Creative BC – After working for several years for a chartered accounting firm in Vancouver, Robert joined BC Film + Media (now Creative BC) where he is currently the Vice President and Acting Film Commissioner. Robert joined the staff just prior to the launch of the film and television tax credit program in 1998, and has since played an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s film and television tax policy, including the recent enhancements to the tax credit program. He is responsible for all administrative aspects of Film Incentive BC (FIBC), the Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC), and development funding programs.  As Acting Film Commissioner, he is tasked with marketing British Columbia as a destination of choice for projects and companies looking for a world class production centre.

Lui Petrollini, Ernst & Young – Lui is the EY B.C. Media & Entertainment Services Leader, Private Mid-Market Services Leader and the Director, Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He has over 29 years experience in Public Accounting, serving private Canadian and international companies. Serving a wide variety of clients from start-up, development stage to full mature companies, Lui has extensive experience with software development companies, Media & Entertainment production companies and industry-related service providers. He currently sits as a director of the B.C. Technology Industry Association, the Telus World of Science (“Science World”) and the B.C. Motion Picture Production Industry Association. Lui possesses considerable knowledge and expertise in the film and television production industry. He has worked closely with film and television producers, and government and taxation agencies in dealing with the various film and tax credit incentives available to producers in Canada.

Mikko Setala, Rovio Animation Company- Mikko Setala joined Rovio Entertainment in 2006 as the Chairman of the Board and has also served Rovio as the CFO and EVP of Corporate Development. Living currently in Los Angeles, he is the President of the Rovio subsidiaries in North America.  Mikko’s background is in the software industry and he has been an entrepreneur, worked as an executive in major software companies and also as the CEO of a listed company. Mikko has written two books and acts as an angel investor and board member.  Mikko has a M.Sc. degree from Helsinki University of Technology.
Twitter: mikesetala

Agenda: 12:00-12:30 Networking and Free Catered Lunch; 12:30-1:30 Panel Discussion

Parking: Ramp #5 on 4th Street near Broadway, or at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  No Validations.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Closes Financing Deal to Form Indigenous Media

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLC closed a financing deal to form digital media company Indigenous Media.  This new digital media company is founded by  the team behind YouTube Channel WIGS, including producer Jon Avnet (Black Swan), his son Jake Avnet and director Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment).  The deal received funding from communications conglomerate WPP and U.K. TV giant ITV.  Additional investors include Steven TischShari Redstone‘s Advancit Capital and Michael PriceJon Miller, former CEO of digital media for News Corp, has been appointed Indigenous chairman.   

To view the full Hollywood Reporter press, click here.

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

 

Please Vote! SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Submits Digital Media Panel for SXSW 2015!

SAM PARTNER GREG AKSELRUD HAS SUBMITTED A PANEL FOR SXSW 2015 MARCH 13-22, 2015 – AUSTIN, TX

VOTING NOW OPEN!

 

Please cast your vote by Friday, September 5 (11:59 PM CST).

To Vote: 

1) Sign up for a SXSW PanelPicker account (just your name and email required)

2)  Click on the voting link:

Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!

Voting from the public accounts for about 30% of the decision-making process for SXSW panel programming. Also important in this decision-making process is the SXSW Advisory Board (40%) and the input of the SXSW staff (30%).  A few minutes of your time can make a huge difference!

Panel:

DON’T HIT SEND Avoid Mistakes of Snapchat & Tinder

Emails, text messages and chats overwhelmingly represent the ways in which we communicate for work and in our personal lives. The problem is – they create serious problems that can jeopardize what’s most important to us. Seemingly innocent communications can end your career, destroy your personal relationships, become leverage in disputes, and become media sensation. This presentation explains the many ways in which people can access your communications, and provides guidance on how to communicate in today’s digital world. Do you want your emails and texts to go public like the founders of Snapchat and Tinder? Didn’t think so.

Questions Answered

1)   How can your personal and professional communications create problems for you or your employer/client/customer?

2)  What do your computer and mobile phone know about you?

3)  How can people access your communications and other information?

4)  Can you safeguard your communications and other information, including deleting from time to time?

5)  How can you manage your communications in a digitally recorded world? 

 Panelists:

  • Greg Akselrud, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Link to vote: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41735 

Congratulations to SAM Client Beats Music and Beats Electronics in Their Sale to Apple, Inc.

 

beatsStubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP would like to congratulate long time client Beats Electronics and Beats Music in their acquisition by Apple, Inc.

In addition to acting as Beats’ counsel since its formation in 2008 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, SAM was involved in the sale to Apple.  Attorneys assisting in the acquisition transaction included Scott Galer, Gaurav Krishan and Mariam Tonya Karson.

For more information about our services, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

 

 

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Represents Client The Bouqs Company in $6M Series A Financing

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SAM announced that it represented client, The Bouqs Company (TheBouqs.com), a premier cut-to-order online flower delivery service, in a $6 million Series A financing. Led by Azure Capital Partners and joined by KEC Ventures, funding will be used to accelerate growth initiatives including expanding the team, offering delivery outside the US, and scaling the company’s technology and infrastructure to keep pace with growing demand.  

SAM attorneys Ryan Azlein and Gaurav Krishan served as counsel for The Bouqs Company for this transaction.

“Interest from our customers has exceeded our wildest expectations. We are growing 8-10X year-over-year largely based on organic channels such as word-of-mouth, social, and referrals,” said John Tabis, CEO & Founder of TheBouqs.com. “We launched this platform to ‘rearrange’ the global $50B+ flower industry, and it’s thrilling to see both consumers and flower farms enjoying our simpler and more elegant platform for flower delivery. This new infusion of capital and a great set of advisors will enable us to expand our operations and Bouqs deliveries to even more households and businesses in the US, and soon around the world.”

To view the full press release, click here.

To view the PandoDaily article covering the deal, click here.

About The Bouqs Company
The Bouqs Company (TheBouqs.com) is a cut-to-order online flower delivery company. Founded by John Tabis and JP Montúfar, the company launched in late 2012 to create an online flower delivery service for the global, modern consumer. TheBouqs.com offers a simple shopping and superior customer service experience, and delivers high-quality, farm-direct, eco-friendly stems with honest and direct pricing. Bouqs are grown on eco-friendly and sustainable farms located 10,000 feet above sea level on the side of a volcano situated right on the equator in South America, or on similarly high quality farms along the California coast. For more information on The Bouqs Company, please visit: www.TheBouqs.com or watch the video.

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Partner Ryan Azlein at (818) 444-4504 or razlein@stubbsalderton.com