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Preccelerator Program Company LockAware Publishes Article Regarding Locksmith Scams and their Entrepreneurial Journey

 

Lockawre-logoSAM Preccelerator Program company LockAware published an article about the source of their idea for LockAware, a startup designed to combat fraud in the locksmith industry.  To read the full article, click here.

For more information about LockAware, visit www.lockaware.com

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, visit www.preccelerator.com or contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com.

 

Preccelerator Company Voter Featured in The Blaze and Re/code

 

voterPreccelerator company Voter has once again received fantastic media exposure! This time in online publications, The Blaze and Re/code.  Voter also has recently been featured in publications such as Tech Crunch, Fast Company,  The Daily Dot, U.S. News and World Report, NPR, and was listed at the top of the list in NewsWeek as an up and coming app to watch for in 2016.

Voter was also featured by Built in LA as one of the Top 50 Startups to Watch in 2016.

To view the article in The Blaze, click here.

To view the article in Re/Code, click here.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or 310.746.9803.

SAM Preccelerator Program Company Team(You) Selected as Top 10 Emerging Startups in Education By LAUNCH Fest!

 

Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator Program company Team(You) for their selection by LAUNCH Festival 2016 as one of the Top 10 Emerging Startups in Education!  The LAUNCH Festival, to be held on March 2-4th in San Francisco, is in its eight year and hosts 15,000 founders, investors and press.

As the winner of one of the ten slots, LAUNCH Festival offers, Team(You) will have a booth in the DemoPit, receive tickets the Festival and a chance, if selected by the Grand Jury, to Demo their product on stage.

We’re very proud of your success!

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or 310.746.9803.

Five Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Attorneys Listed as 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is proud to announce that five of their attorneys have been listed in the 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers edition.  Congratulations to Scott Alderton, Joe Stubbs, Kevin DeBré, Tony Keats, and Michael Sherman.

What is Super Lawyers? Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  To view the digital publication, click here.

A little bit more about the attorneys:

Scott_AldertonScott Alderton – a founding partner of the Firm, Managing Partner, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Scott is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group and chair’s the Firm’s Interactive Entertainment and Video Games Group.  Scott advises both public and private clients across a number of industries, including technology, manufacturing and distribution of goods in commerce, finance, the Internet, interactive video games, and new media industries.

Joe_StubbsJoe Stubbs –  Joe Stubbs is a founding partner of the Firm, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  He is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group, and of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.  Joe practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, emphasizing the corporate representation of both publicly-held and privately-held emerging growth and middle-market companies, venture capital and private equity firms, angel investment groups and investment banks.  He acts as outside general counsel to numerous emerging growth and technology companies, advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues at all stages of their evolutionary path.  He particularly concentrates on advising companies in preparing for and successfully completing their angel, venture capital, private equity and debt financing transactions, their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions and their initial and follow-on public offerings.  He also serves as outside general counsel to various publicly-held companies, providing advice on all aspects of their business activities, including securities law compliance and corporate governance matters.  His experience also includes corporate partnerships, restructurings and technology licensing.

Kevin_DeBreKevin DeBré – Kevin D. DeBré is the chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions Practice Group.  Kevin advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses.  Kevin has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating technology commercialization and patent licenses, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, trademark licensing and brand merchandising agreements and manufacturing, distribution and marketing arrangements.  He also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations.  Kevin is a business lawyer, a registered patent lawyer and a former engineer.  He focuses on representing software companies, semiconductor design firms, mobile commerce businesses, e-commerce enterprises, electronics and hardware manufacturers, media companies, content developers and publishers, biotechnology companies and medical device manufacturers both in the United States and abroad.

Tony-Keats-v2Tony Keats – 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.

Michael_ShermanMichael Sherman – Michael Sherman is a Partner of the Firm and Chair of the Business Litigation practice group.  Michael is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation. He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as energy, securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law. Michael’s trial skills and courtroom success resulted in his being named several years ago to the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California list, published by the Daily Journal newspaper chain. He has consistently been named to “Best Lawyers in America”.  Michael has been recognized as a leading trial lawyer by his peers and featured in the press for some of his significant victories on behalf of clients. He is a recent past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker and writer on business litigation and trial advocacy.

For more information about Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

SAM Wire – January 2016

January 27, 2016
SAM Wire

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: Startup Superhero Series with Adam Nazar of ACD (f/k/a AutoClaims Direct)

Please join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and CohnReznick LLP for this special invitation-only speaker session and networking event!
What is a startup superhero? Join us as Adam Nazar, Founder and CTO of ACD (f/k/a AutoClaims Direct), is interviewed by Matt Swider, US Mobile Editor for TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and what it feels like to create a brand used by thousands of people.

 

For more information, click  here.

 


Clients have received unsolicited official-looking mail notifications offering to register their trademarks with various international registries or to have additional trademark protection work done by the soliciting company. The notices often require the trademark holder to pay thousands of dollars for the promised services. As set forth in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday, January 20th, two individuals in Los Angeles, Artashes Darbinyan and Orbel Hakobyan doing business as Trademark Compliance Center and Trademark Compliance Office, were indicted for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in addition to other related crimes. 
To view the full article, click here.
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Assists Colle Capital Partners I, L.P. with Fund Formation
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP recently completed the formation of 
Colle Capital Partners
 I, L.P., a $20M global, opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund. 
To view the full article, click here.
 

SAM client Finny announced the completion of an initial funding round of $300k that includes participation from Spartan Ventures, Inc. and several other ventures.

To view the full article, click here.
SAM Client GI Logic Receives FDA 510K Clearance for AbStats™ System for Real-Time Digestive Telemetry


SAM Client GI Logic, a privately held gastroenterology medical device company, announced today it has received FDA 510K clearance for the AbStats™ System to be used by physicians in hospitals and other healthcare settings for non-invasive, real time telemetry of the digestive system.

 

To read the full article, click here.
 

Tony Keats, Co-Chair of SAM’s Trademark & Copyright Group, addressed fine artists during the preeminent national modern art show, Art Basel, in Miami on December 1st.

 To view the full article, click here
SAM Client MJoose Surpasses $45K Mark on Indigogo Campaign
SAM Client MJoose, the 3-in-1 smartphone case, has announced that its Indigogo Campaign has surpassed the $45K mark.

 

To read the full article, click here.

Preccelerator Program Company District2 Receives Equity Investment from Sacandaga Capital Corporation
Congratulations to Preccelerator Program company
District2 that has received an equity investment from Sacandaga Capital Corporation, bringing its valuation to $3,000,000 and providing valuable cash and expertise to the promising new start-up.

 

To read the full article, click  here. 

Preccelerator Program Company Voter Receives Huge Press!

Congratulations to Preccelerator Program company Voter for being featured
in multiple publications this month!  Voter was featured in Tech Crunch, Fast Company, The Daily Dot, NPR, US News & World Report and Newsweek.
To view the articles, click  here.
 

Preccelerator Program Company Swggr Featured in Entrepreneur.com TechWeek LA Article

Preccelerator Program company Swggr was featured in Entrepreneur.com’s article ” Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile, Health Care and Fashion Innovations #TechweekLA” where they were listed as the featured Fashion App of the 
event.
To view the full article, click  here.
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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: Startup Superhero Series with Adam Nazar of ACD (f/k/a AutoClaims Direct)

Please join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and CohnReznick LLP for this special invitation-only speaker session and networking event!

What is a startup superhero? Join us as Adam Nazar, Founder and CTO of ACD (f/k/a AutoClaims Direct), is interviewed by Matt Swider, US Mobile Editor for TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and what it feels like to create a brand used by thousands of people.

When:
Thursday, February 18, 2016
5:30-6:15pm – Networking
6:15-8:00pm – Fireside Chat with Adam Nazar

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

Register!

SPEAKERS

Matt Swider

Matt Swider is the Mobile Editor of TechRadar.com, covering smartphones, wearables and car tech. He began writing about gadgets when we started his own video game news and reviews website at 14 back in 1999. He holds a Journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Adam Nazar is a founder and CTO of ACD (f/k/a Autoclaims Direct), which under his tenure has grown into one of the largest claims technology & service companies in the industry with over 1,000 employees and contractors. ACD has been named to Inc. Magazines’ list of fastest growing private companies, the Deloitte’s Technology Fast-500, and the Red Herring Top 100 North America among others.  Adam has spent over 15 years serving as a CTO, investor, board member, and advisor to many Southern California companies. He is still an avid programmer and has developed software and technology solutions for numerous industries leading to successful private companies and multiple acquisitions.

A native of San Diego, Nazar got his start developing software at the age of 16 where he worked for HealthLine Systems on one of the first web-based management systems in the Health Care industry. At 19, Adam became a developer during the early formation of The Content Project, which became Schematic/POSSIBLE, a leading global creative agency. Nazar went on to co-found ACD at age 20 and became actively involved in the Los Angeles startup & tech community.  Adam holds a BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and an MS in Computer Science, as well as an MBA from the University of Southern California, where he has also served as a part-time faculty member in the Viterbi School of Engineering.

 

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, 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. Our 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 our Firm. For more information, visit www.stubbsalderton.com.

About CohnReznick

CohnReznick LLP is one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today’s dynamic business environment demands. Headquartered in New York, NY, and with offices nationwide, CohnReznick serves a large number of diverse industries and offers specialized services for middle market and Fortune 1000 companies, private equity and financial services firms, government contractors, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The Firm, with origins dating back to 1919, has more than 2,700 employees including nearly 300 partners and is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit www.cohnreznick.com.

SAM ALERT: FEDS TAKE ACTION AGAINST TRADEMARK PROTECTION SCAMS

Trademark RegistrationClients have received unsolicited official-looking mail notifications offering to register their trademarks with various international registries or to have additional trademark protection work done by the soliciting company. The notices often require the trademark holder to pay thousands of dollars for the promised services. As set forth in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday, January 20th, two individuals in Los Angeles, Artashes Darbinyan and Orbel Hakobyan doing business as Trademark Compliance Center and Trademark Compliance Office, were indicted for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in addition to other related crimes.

The sophistication of these frauds is outlined in detail in the indictment including use of call-answering and mail-forwarding services in multiple cities in California and the Washington,D.C. metro area; setting up these accounts under false names; setting up banking accounts under false names with at least one account transferring funds to a gold dealer, and use of VoIP phone lines which are harder to detect. The indictment is seeking forfeiture of at least $1,850,000 of illegal proceeds in addition to other penalties.

If you receive these types of unsolicited offers and before signing up for such trademark protection services or a listing in a trademark directory, please contact SAM’s trademark and copyright attorneys (818) 444-4500 or info@stubbsalderton.com.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Assists Colle Capital Partners I, L.P. with Fund Formation

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP recently completed the formation of Colle Capital Partners I, L.P., a $20M global, opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund.  Managers have completed deals in various verticals and across all capital structures. They pay special attention to data. Virtually all of their deals have intrinsic relationship with data as they believe that data will drive future growth for all of their companies.

SAM Partner Jonathan Friedman served as lead counsel in connection with the formation of the fund.  For further information on SAM’s fund formation practice, please contact Jonathan Friedman at (818) 444-4514 or jfriedman@stubbsalderton.com.

SAM Partner Anthony Keats listed in the World Trademark Review as one of “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals”

Tony-Keats-v2Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Tony Keats was mentioned in the World Trademark Review’s  2016 list of “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.”

The article states: “Anthony Keats has carved a niche for himself in the enforcement sphere, particularly the battle against counterfeiting – he has even co-authored a book on the subject. Having cut his teeth at an IP boutique, he has developed strongly trademark-focused substantive and practical knowledge. His location – the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles office in Santa Monica, colloquially known as ‘Silicon Beach’ – is the perfect platform for his work with start-ups.”

For more information about our Trademark and Copyright Practice, contact Tony Keats at (310) 746-9802 or akeats@stubbsalderton.com.

SAM Client Finny Raises $300k to Help Parents Balance Children’s Device Time

SAM client Finny announced the completion of an initial funding round of $300k that includes participation from Spartan Ventures, Inc. (www.spartanventures.com) and several angel investors.  “We are very excited to be able to support Finny — a socially responsible and quite frankly, necessary tool for the benefit of our most prized possessions — our children,” said Reg Lapham, Spartan’s President. Finny’s parental engagement platform is the first mobile solution that turns screen time into learning moments. An increasingly valuable need as research continues to prove that device addiction is causing serious academic, social, and medical issues that are affecting today’s youth.

Targeted to 7-14 year olds, Finny monitors unproductive device usage and interrupts by triggering a custom quiz. Whether reinforcing traditional academic subjects or introducing new topics, the content library contains over 15,000 questions across a range of categories (Math, Science, Current Events, etc.). Through a comprehensive dashboard, parents can customize settings, receive real-time report cards, and gain visibility into their child’s device usage.

“This is the perfect tool to engage with your child and improve mobile habits.”
– Professor Eric Curcio, MD UCLA Pediatrics

The company, based in Santa Monica, California, intends to use the funds for continued product enhancements while igniting marketing efforts. They are focused on building out a powerful influencer network to drive awareness and legitimize messaging. Currently available for download on Google Play and with iOS scheduled for early 2016, Finny is ready to begin driving change by making device usage productive.

Follow along and join the movement, as everyone’s participation is important to combat the magnitude of the problem.

SAM Partner Louis Wharton represented Finny in this transaction.  For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Louis at (818) 444-4509 or lwharton@stubbsalderton.com