How to Handle Client Contracts, Copyrights and Other Intellectual Property Issues

These are IMPORTANT intellectual property legal/business tips everyone doing business online must know. I share 13 different contract terms and provisions, 35 years of litigation and trial experience, and valuable legal intellectual property tips from top legal experts Pete Salsich III, Karima Gulick and Francesca M. Witzburg.

This presentation was originally given during the virtual global AgoraPulse Agency Summit. It’s titled, “How to Handle Client Contracts, Copyrights, and Other Intellectual Property Issues.” You can learn more about AgoraPulse via my brand page here.

I believe that this 40 minute long value-packed presentation includes some of the best tips I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing from the stage to help online businesses and social media/marketing agencies, protect their business, legal rights and be successful.

During my presentation, I shared the expert advice of three friends including:

Pete Salsich III, Intellectual Property Attorney and Chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice Group at Capes Sokol who answered this question at the 5 minute mark:

“What legal proceedings, equitable relief, and damages should an agency, creator, or brand be aware of or concerned with when it comes to an alleged copyright violation and subsequent litigation?”
[connect with Pete here]

Karima Gulick, an Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Lawyer, Aerospace Engineer, and private pilot who shared her thoughts in response to this question at the 15:50 mark:

“What steps should an agency or creator take to protect the copyright of the content they create?”
[connect with Karima here ]

Francesca M. Witzburg, an Intellectual Property Lawyer and Partner at Loza & Loza LLP, who answered this question at the 25:36 mark:

“What happens when someone violates your trademark. What are the consequences?”
[connect with Francesca here]

I am a big fan of AgoraPulse and would like to thank Mike Allton and his talented team for putting on this top-notch and much needed event.

Please reach out with any questions!

 

 

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Three Ways to Find a Good Lawyer in Your City and State

Rent, COVID, divorce, and business related matters are just a few of the legal issues consumers are experiencing in today’s upside down world. Finding a good lawyer who you can afford and trust is challenging. In this podcast, I share my favorite 3 ways to find a lawyer in your city and state.

I hope this helps.

New ABA Article: “How lawyers are using the Clubhouse app to build their businesses and make new connections.”

Enjoy this new ABA Journal article: “How lawyers are using the Clubhouse app to build their businesses and make new connections.”

It’s an honor to be mentioned along with friends, Francesca M. Witzburg and Carol Williams. Thank you Lyle Moran for including us in your article!

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Our Clients’ Little Dog Was Hit By a Man with a Baseball Bat. This is What Happened Next.

The defendant struck our client’s little dog with a baseball bat knocking it down a hill, tumbling, and slamming into a tree. Hearing their dog howling in pain from a broken leg, my clients knew something terrible had just happened.

This wasn’t the first time my clients had been harassed by their neighbors, but it was going to be the last—the name-calling, stalking, and physical threats needed to stop.

Members of the family were referred to our office for help. As a result, we filed a lawsuit against the adult neighbors. We litigated the case and took it to trial. The jury awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars against the defendants.

In addition to money damages, the jury also helped create new California law. It found that a California pet owner suffering emotional distress damages because of somebody else’s intentional wrongful conduct causing harm to their pet could bring a claim against the responsible party for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

This legal theory made sense to us, but it had never been tested in court to the best of our knowledge. We obtained our clients’ permission to take a risk and allow us to include this particular cause of action in the case. The defense attorney fought us hard at each step, but in the end, everything worked out the way we were hoping it would.

The defendants appealed our jury verdict, and we handed the appeal over to an experienced appellate lawyer to help protect the judgment. If you’d like to see the details and read the court’s rationale, click above or 208 Cal.App.4th 1590 (2012), 146 Cal.Rptr.3d 585.

For helping this wonderful family and creating new California law, I was honored to receive a 2013 California Litigation Lawyer of the Year (CLAY Award). Above is a picture with the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, who presented me with the award.

Today because of this case, California pet owners have rights when someone intentionally harms their pet and the owner experiences emotional distress and damages. On a side note, I think this case also serves as a good reminder that as neighbors, let’s treat each other with empathy and kindness.