January 23, 2023
Note: I, your human correspondent, didn’t write the text below. I input the question “Can I Use AI To Come Up With a Trademark?” into ChatGPT and this is what came back. Yes, you can use artificial intelligence (AI) to generate potential trademarks. There are various AI-powered tools available that can suggest trademarks based on certain inputs, such as keywords or industry. However, it is important to note that while AI can assist in generating potential trademarks, it is not a substitute for a human attorney who can evaluate the legal availability, registrability and enforceability of a trademark. It is…
January 11, 2023
A few years ago I wrote a blog post titled “D&D & IP” in which I discussed the Open Gaming License that allows (allowed?) anyone to use elements of Dungeons & Dragons, for free, to create their own products. To recap: WotC wants to encourage D&D enthusiasts to create and sell products that fit within the game – within certain limits. Those limits are defined by WotC’s Open Gaming License (“OGL”). This link directs you to the most recent version of the OGL. If you want to create and sell content within the D&D universe, you must obey those rules….
December 6, 2022
Why Should I Form an LLC or Corporation? People often ask why they should consider creating an LLC or corporation for their business. Of course, every business is different, but here are some general factors that U.S.-based entrepreneurs should consider. The primary reason why businesses organize themselves as LLCs or corporations is to minimize liability. If you are operating a business, and it’s not a corporation or an LLC, then you are either a sole proprietor (if it’s a one-person business) or a partnership (if more than one person is an owner). These are the default modes. Sole proprietor or…
October 25, 2022
Many businesses will form a corporation or LLC in the state where the company is headquartered and then assume they’ve done all they need to do. They may be overlooking an obligation to register their business in one or more additional states. Do you need to register your business in multiple states? The first matter to consider is where your business was initially formed or registered. Your company is a “domestic” corporation or LLC in that state. So if you live and work in California, and you have a California LLC, you may not need to register in any other…