Joint Ventures

We have all heard of joint ventures, but what exactly are they? Is it another name for a partnership, or a just temporary collaboration on a project? These questions, along with other inquiries that you may have, can be answered in the sections below.   What is a joint venture? Joint ventures, as with partnerships, […]

Protecting IP: Copyrights

Authors, artists, and creatives of all kinds have likely created something that is original and subject to protection under the Copyright laws of the United States. Once you create something original you possess some level of copyright ownership to the work. However, to protect that work and use the laws to enforce the work, you […]

Raising $$: Equity

*This article is part of an on-going multi-part series on venture financing. Just like the Monopoly man, sometimes you turn your pockets inside out and find that there is nothing inside them. You’re only partially through the initial stages, you are just getting started, and have hit another major roadblock that always seems to come […]

The Art of Video Games

They thrill, exhilarate and inspire. In just four decades, video games have become an increasingly popular form of mass entertainment, a powerful and exciting platform for innovative art and a multibillion dollar industry. Super Mario Brothers 3: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroshi Yamauchi, directors; Satoru Iwata, executive producer; Konji Kondo, composer, Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990, […]

WIPO Study: Report on Multi-National of Video Game Laws

Due to their complex and cross-cutting nature, video games present a number of questions and challenges in terms of copyright. The current landscape of the legal protection of video games appears extremely complex indeed.  Although Article 2 of the Berne Convention provides a solid basis for eligibility for protection of video games by copyright, they are in […]

SE-KB.24 – International Business Transactions

In the modern global economy, even relatively small companies are aware of the savings and opportunities available by sourcing or exporting products outside the United States. Of course, these opportunities often involve additional risks, as well. Although companies can take a number of precautions to limit their risks in international transactions, the primary legal tool […]

SE-KB.4 – Protecting IP Rights in Software

Over the past few decades, intellectual property (IP) has become an increasingly larger portion of the capital investment and assets of U.S. companies. For software companies, in particular, IP legal protection is crucial to secure their assets from theft or copycats. Pros and Cons of Software Patents. For many software companies, patents serve as a […]

CJLLP Founder’s Article Featured in Nov Issue of TEXAS BAR JOURNAL

 Dallas, Texas, 17 November 2014.– Jim Chester, a founding partner in Dallas-based business & innovation  law firm Chester & Jeter LLP, was featured in the November 2014 issue of the Texas Bar Journal, the official publication of the State Bar of Texas. A recognized expert in business, technology and intellectual property law, Chester was asked to write […]

Chester Featured in September 2014 Issue of Texas Bar Journal

 Dallas, Texas, 16 September 2014.– Jim Chester, a founding partner in Dallas-based business & innovation  law firm Chester & Jeter LLP, was featured in the September 2014 issue of the Texas Bar Journal, the official publication of the State Bar of Texas. A recognized expert in business, technology and intellectual property law, Chester was asked […]

Washington Resdkins Trademark Registrations Canceled by USPTO

In a recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the administrative appellate body of the United State Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), the USPTO cancelled the registrations of a handful of trademarks owned by the NFL’s Washington Redskins. The ruling held the name “R\redskins” to be disparaging, with the TTAB stating: “. […]