Are you a SAVaGE?

What is a  SAVaGESM ? We practice business and innovation law.  Our clients range from start-ups to established small/mid-sized innovation-based companies, venture capital firms, and even a few larger companies. A significant element of our clients are software, app and/or video game developers, investors, resellers, distributors, service technicians, or entrepreneurs.  To describe these types of companies, […]

Survival Mode: “SAVaGE” Law

Presentation discussing the legal issues software, app & video game entrepreneurs (“SAVaGEs”) face. SURVIVAL MODE: SAVaGE Legal Issues from CHESTER

SAME SERVICE, SHORTER NAME.

Chester Siekierski LLP is now Chester PLLC.   The assets and interests of Chester Siekierski LLP were recently acquired by Chester PLLC (one of the owners of Chester Siekierski LLP).     According to managing attorney Jim Chester, “While this represents a change in legal structure and organization of the firm, practically speaking nothing has […]

What about My IP? The Impact of BREXIT

By Tim Pullin, JD The historic June 24th 2016 vote in the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU), (known as Brexit), has left countless people and companies across the globe with many unanswered questions. Until now, the EU was comprised of 28 countries and continues to act as a single political and […]

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.22c -M&A: IP Due Diligence

These days, the most important group of assets of a company is often its intellectual property (“IP”), which includes patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names and other proprietary information and materials. Due to its mercurial nature, IP requires special consideration and attention in acquisition transactions, whether as part of an asset purchase, […]

SE-KB.3 -Protecting Intellectual Property: Overview

For US businesses in the entertainment or high-tech industries, the value of intellectual property (“IP”) is obvious. They realize that their entire business relies on the protection and exploitation of their IP assets. However, all businesses have IP – though many do not adequately identify or protect theirs. What is IP? Technically speaking, IP is […]

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 […]