Tamara’s Tips

Read the latest news and stories.

New York admission!

The firm is thrilled to announce that Tamara has just been admitted to practice in New York.  She has recently been spending time in New York working on various matters, and now she can officially represent clients there.  Her work in the Big Apple has focused mostly on assisting a client with the acquisition of ...

Getting Together . . . And Staying Together

You meet at a function, or maybe someone introduces you to each other, pointing out how much you have in common. You are attracted to each other; his strengths seem to make up for your weaknesses, and vice versa. She’s great with numbers, while you’re good at strategy. You spend time getting to know each ...

Free Trademark Watching

Thomson CompuMark has generously offered a free three-month trial of their trademark watch notice service to my clients.  This service provides notification any time a new application for a mark that is phonetically similar gets filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  It is a great way to keep abreast of the trademark landscape and ...

Operating in the Absence of a Written Agreement

I've written before about the peril of relying on a handshake for a business deal.  Sadly, this summer I have been dealing, on behalf of clients, with the aftermath of handshake deals gone sour. In one situation, several individuals invested money into a company, but failed to ever complete an operating agreement to memorialize their intent with respect to ...

AffCon

I will be speaking at next week's Affiliate Convention (aka AffCon) in Denver on a panel addressing "Legal Compliance: Affiliates & FTC Compliance."  There's a great lineup of sessions geared towards everyone involved in the affiliate marketing world. I am looking forward to sharing my views on contractual issues related to affiliate relationships, and to ...

Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

Recently, a small Boulder-based client who is about to expand exponentially asked me for guidance on protecting a process his company considers top-secret. My advice to him: take sufficient steps to make sure that those who are exposed to the trade secret are aware of its status as such.  In particular, I told him there were three ...

Business vs. Legal Issues, part 2: Indemnification

Indemnification clauses can cause people to pull their hair out. Like limitation of liability provisions, indemnification provisions in a contract involve both business and legal issues. My job as a lawyer is always to protect my clients, and to try my best to explain legal issues in plain terms they can understand.  When I first started working as ...

The Peril of Handshakes

Friendships, romances, and business relationships all begin with trust. The parties put a lot of faith in each other. Business people often shake hands and enter into arrangements blissful and starry-eyed and ask me to give a quick once-over to the documentation of their relationship.  Call me jaded, but I ignore the declarations of complete faith the business ...