Entries by Yuri Eliezer Esq.

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Press Release: A New Face at SmartUp Legal

Founders Legal (Bekiares Eliezer LLP) and SmartUp®, pioneers of technology-based law, welcomes Lauren Hawksworth as Marketing Administrator. As Marketing Administrator, Lauren will optimize the company’s digital messaging and presence, expand the brand into new marketing territories, and support the company’s ongoing growth within today’s digital climate. “You know you’ve found a remarkable company when each […]

US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Filling Extensions Update

COVID-19 continues to cause numerous cities and states to issue “stay at home orders” disrupting many business’ ordinary operations. As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) has extended certain filing deadlines for selected patent and trademark documents. Specifically, […]

The Benefits of the GDPR Two Years In

The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), promulgated by the European Commission, was adopted in April 2016 and became effective in May 2018. Rarely mentioned with positivity in the past two years, the GDPR standardizes data protection laws across the European Union and applies to companies located outside of the EU that offer goods or […]

Part Two: Managing Equity Incentive Plans in a Volatile Market

This blog post is part two of two discussing equity incentives and ways for employees to liquidate a portion of their shares while the company remains private. Part One discussed the issuance of equity incentives to employees and other key personnel. Focusing now on already issued and vested equity incentives (for illustrative purposes hereof, we […]

Part One: Managing Equity Incentive Plans in a Volatile Market

This blog post is part one of two discussing equity incentives and ways for employees to liquidate a portion of their shares while the company remains private. Most companies are in the middle of granting 2020 annual equity awards. This granting of equity awards is happening simultaneously with the COVID-19 outbreak and the larger volatility […]

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CAN MY VENTURE-BACKED STARTUP BENEFIT FROM A PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN?

With so many companies’ runways depleting in these unprecedented times, many companies are seeking relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). One attractive program falling within the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Section 7(a) loan program is called the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), where a business can receive […]

US and Foreign Patent Office Updates as of March 31, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread and disrupt industries across the globe, patent offices in Coronavirus affected countries are, for lack of better term, not immune. These patent offices are responding by implementing deadline extensions, office closures, and delays in services.  Below is a list of relevant patent offices divided by region and their respective statuses […]

Patent Office Updates

As COVID-19 continues to spread and disrupt industries across the globe, patent offices in Coronavirus affected countries are, for lack of better term, not immune. These patent offices are responding by implementing deadline extensions, office closures, and delays in services. Below is a list of relevant patent offices divided by region and their respective statuses […]

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How Do I Add Details to My Invention After I Filed for a Patent?

I’ve added additional details to my invention/idea but I’ve already filed for patent. Can I modify my patent application after I’ve already filed it? A very common question indeed. The break down is quite easy to understand when following this logic:   ADDING NEW SUBJECT MATTER Any Patent-Pending Application, whether it is Provisional or Non-Provisional, cannot […]

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Can I Get Trademark Protection For A Board Game?

Most savvy entrepreneurs know to apply for trademarks on their product names, company names, logos and slogans. Of those, inventors who make board games often go straight to patent filings and forget about the trademark analysis, as explored in my article here: This article considers a sub-category of trademark law that allows for some interesting […]