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We help business owners buy and sell companies. It can be fun; it can be stressful. It always makes for a busy year end. Often, we first get asked about the deal once the buyer and seller have already found each other. Sometimes many of the terms are set. Great! Other times, a business owner comes to us and says, “I want to sell my business.” But they don’t know many details, like, to whom, for how much, or really, what is being sold. They do know they want it sold now though because they are tired. That is a…
During a time where almost everything is being done virtually, it is more important than ever that we inform ourselves on copyright law and the licenses and permissions needed to lawfully conduct our desired activities in a virtual environment. I don’t know about you, but I really miss going to live musical performances. Fortunately, I can still get my fill of musical delight through a variety of live streamed virtual events and performances. So, in hopes that it will encourage you to host your own events and further satisfy my craving, I am going to walk you through what’s needed…
I have been a fan of the library for a long time. If you don’t have a library card, I suggest getting one right away. The library, even in a small town like mine, is a source of amazing resources – books, music, online courses, software, and more (not to mention, free book delivery from numerous surrounding libraries). However, I’d be lying if I said I read as much for fun, as I’d like to. We read a ton for work, and over the past few years, I’ve found myself filling my free time (especially in the colder months) with…
The FifteenthNineteenth, and Twenty-sixth state that voting rights of U.S. citizens cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18. Therefore, we hope that you have been able to exercise your right to vote. Unlike Lewis the Cat, who has no such right.…
Brexit has been, well, let’s say bumpy. One thing that has seen a bit less turbulence than other areas of contention is trademarks. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that what I write below remains true as it has all year. For those not regularly pursuing international trademarks, a very quick primer: When registering a trademark in much of Europe, you have a choice. You can either register it in a singular country, or if that country is part of the EU, you can register it with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”). That covers all of the countries…
With Halloween approaching there are more scary things than usual sending chills down my spine. Some of these things are fun-scary, like playing spooky pranks on friends, covering my eyes for most of a horror flick, or taking witching hour strolls through poorly lit cemeteries. Then there are things like the current economic crisis sending a whole different type of chill down my spine. You know what really doesn’t help life amidst an economic crisis? A threat to your cherished and reputable brand or to the trademark you thought was safe merely because it is registered with the United States Patent and…
Words matter; but what you actually do matters more. When the words and actions don’t line up – trouble is brewing. This post is about Privacy Policies and why, just like other contracts, copying and pasting one from the Internet may not be the best idea. Read on for more information. Privacy Policies are notoriously copied; everyone knows it. Fortune 500 companies with an army of in-house lawyers copy them from each other, so you can imagine how many smallmedium”regular” sized companies are out there rolling with “hot” Policies…. On the one hand, I understand a little copying. As a…
We previously talked about why a company would want restrictive covenants, but it isn’t just the company acting.  The employees are agreeing to the non-compete, non-solicitation, or non-disclosure provisions, too.  As for employees, they need to understand: 1) what they can and cannot do during their employment and afterwards, and 2) why it matters.  Their willingness to follow the restrictions in 1 is directly related to their understanding and buy-in to 2.  If they think you are just trying to crush their ability to make their mortgage, then they will be more likely to test those boundaries.  Then you will spend more time,…
As an attorney fresh out of law school, I am all too familiar with the confusion and difficulty involved with starting something new, familiarizing yourself, and applying the intricate rules and procedures of whatever that new thing may be. For all the business newbies out there, today is your lucky day. Have you been banging your head over the thorny requirements for operating a corporation? Fortunately for you, I have been, too. So I am here to clarify a few things on the topic of annual shareholder meetings. To start, let us address what an annual shareholder meeting even is.…
We at OG+S are very excited to have two new employees this year.  They are smart, capable young women who make us a better law firm.  I wouldn’t trade either of them.  But, you know what, they take a lot of my time.  There is a boatload of training that goes into new hires.  They are learning our systems, our clients, our “secret sauce.”  They are also helping us build goodwill – especially as they (hopefully) stick around for years.    I’m not complaining. Not one bit.  I want our employees to be well-trained. I want our clients to love them.  What I am saying is…
On September 1, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control implemented a nationwide moratorium on residential evictions until December 31, 2020 (“CDC Eviction Moratorium“). Under the Moratorium, Landlords are prohibited from taking any action to evict a residential tenant for non-payment of rent. While the order does not extinguish a tenant’s responsibility to pay rent, it does provide tenants with the ability to avoid eviction while arranging payment. Additionally, the moratorium does not stop eviction for other reasons besides non-payment. If you are a residential landlord or tenant, information about the CDC Eviction Moratorium is a must know! More…
We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest attorney, Katie Mahoney! Katie is a recent graduate of the Law School of UW-Madison, and we are excited she chose to start her law career with OG+S. We are impressed with her passion for copyright and artists but even more so for her focus on communication. Her rescue dog, Snowy, did a fabulous job of staying quiet throughout the process of video interviews. The same cannot be said for other OG+S pets. So clearly good communication is a Mahoney family trait! Like the rest of us at the firm, she is…
This is a short post because the point is simple: If you choose to do business with individuals who do not like to run their business with written agreements, good governance, and sound policies – its to your detriment. We’ve written countless times about the need for all businesses to treat themselves “like a business” from day one. Truthfully, there is no magic time when your business suddenly becomes “real” and therefore needs all the things “real businesses” need. The rules of the road apply to everyone – big or small. As I wrote in a LinkedIn post back in
If you’ve read our blog religiously, you’ll know that I often write about intellectual property and video games (or, cartoons). Well, its been awhile, and in 2020, levity is required! So, today, we’re talking about the two most famous (fictional) apes of all time – Donkey Kong & King Kong – and the epic intellectual property battle between them. The year was 1982, and the arcade business was booming. In 1981 alone, arcades were a $5 billion dollar industry in the United States and Universal (“City”) Studios wanted a piece. In an effort to cash in, Universal sought to license…
Guess what often increases in the fourth quarter of every year? Buying and selling of businesses. Guess what else can increase during a recession? Yup, buying and selling of businesses. The first trend is not a surprise. You can close at the end of the calendar year, which is also the end of many a company’s fiscal year. But in a recession? Yup, we see a trend here too. Because some companies do really well during a recession (if you are selling PPE or do sanitation, you are kind of busy right now) so they have cash. On the other…
Things have been pretty exciting in trademark law over the last few years. The Slants won a case in the Supreme Court to protect their band’s name – overturning a longtime precedent of the USPTO barring trademark protection for “disparaging terms.” Now, the Supreme Court is at it again – ruling against the USPTO and their (somewhat) blanket rule of barring registration of generic terms with “.com” (or another TLD) added to them. Yes, I’m talking about “Booking.com.” This case is notable for a few reasons, read on for more information. The USPTO’s Basic Argument The…