It takes guts to compete against Uber and Lyft, the giants of the rideshare universe, but a company in Phoenix is offering personalized ride share services at better prices for the consumer while providing above-industry incentives to qualified new drivers to join. TripStars is such a company. An immigrant-owned rideshare enterprise serving the metro-phoenix area, Tripsart has a passion for doing things differently. How can a company compete the tech giants?  By offering better, local services
Investors have a new tool to develop certain areas where poverty and unemployment drag the community down.  This tool is called Opportunity Zones (OZ). Opportunity zones are designations that bring investors, state and federal governments together to benefit certain areas overlooked by investments thanks to a legislation created in 2018 called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines OZ as economically distressed communities where new investments may be eligible for preferential tax
Bad guys are always looking to profit from other people’s properties and intellectual property (such as trademarks) is not the exception. You may be surprised that, yes, people steal businesses names, logos, copyrighted material, and that bad actors are getting more sophisticated in the way they take advantage of the owners. They are going high-tech. Just last week, mid-October 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an e-mail alerting trademark owners of
The music industry scored a major victory last week with the help of the current administration, when President Trump signed a long-awaited bill called The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551) on Thursday, October 11th, 2018. Surrounded by well know musicians, president Trump updated the intersection of Intellectual Property, streaming services, and music, reforming the licensing landscape and finalizing landmark reform to the United States copyright law. This new bill adapts the law to the digital
The famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has won a preliminary injunction in federal court against small teahouse for what it was described as the deliberate use of a similar name and logo in order to confuse the public. Ouch! The Lower East Side establishment was forced to change its name from MoMaCha to MaMaCha and has posted a disclaimer noting that they are not affiliated with the MoMA. Museum lawyers alleged
A new Big Brother era may be coming to a store near you and even be part of your work environment soon. This month Walmart was awarded a US patent for a new listening system for its stores that could pick up communications from shoppers and workers alike, raising privacy concerns. According to the filing with the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USTPO), the system would capture sounds in the store, monitoring employees' performance and