Congress Attempting to Make Changes to Copyright Office, Seeking Control

In a move that shows the increased importance of intellectual property as an asset for companies and governments,  the US Congress is trying to make significant changes to how the Copyright Office is managed, seeking to exercise more control on the agency.  Last year, on March 23rd, 2017, the House of representatives introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, led by Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia and John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan. This…

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Is My Business Name Protected With the State Filing?

Many business owners feel accomplished when they form a corporation in their state or states where they do business, and rightfully so. Opening a business is the ultimate American dream. Some have a sense of safety that their business name won’t be stolen with the state filing and question the need to file a trademark at the federal level, believing their business name is protected from others using it. If you feel protected, let me…

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Ride Share Alternatives: Tripstars Offers Professional Services that Challenges Uber and Lyft

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…

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Investors Can Contribute to Economic Development Through Opportunity Zones

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…

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Client Spotlight: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Protects Her Valuable Brand

Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is an iconic figure in Arizona and nationally. She is a celebrated chef, a community and art activist who had transformed a rundown street into a destination for food and culture. She is nuestra patrona, our boss since we had the privilege to assist her with her trademark needs. Her food is Comida Chingona (TM). Yes, It is that good. Her flagship restaurant Barrio Café was created in a vacant space that…

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