Category Archives: Law & Technology

What’s in a Name – CLE on Selecting, Identifying & Protecting Trademarks

For many entrepreneurs and business owners, the intellectual property of the company is the last thing on their mind when starting and running their business. They are more concerned with getting their business off the ground, hitting sales marks and growing their business. However, intellectual property is often the most valuable asset of the business and it must be properly protected – especially trademarks because they are what consumers recognize in the marketplace.

Selecting a Trademark

 A strong trademark or service mark can make the difference between a wildly successful business – and its not-so-successful competition.

In this CLE course Christian Fenton teaches you how to counsel your business clients when selecting, identifying and protecting trademarks for their businesses, brands, products and services. Christian will mainly discuss the foundations of trademark law, identifying & searching for a conflicting trademark and the main benefits of federal trademark protection. To access this course please click here: What’s in a Name: The Fundamentals of Trademark Law.

These topics are also covered in this CLE course:

  • Types of trademarks
  • The main goals of trademark protection
  • The origins of trademark law
  • The federal trademark statute
  • Continuous use of the trademark
  • Identifying a strong mark
  • How to search for conflicting trademarks
  • Trademark infringement
  • Duration of the mark

Christian is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and California, is a registered patent attorney and has been litigating cases for nearly 10 years. Throughout that time, Christian obtained a broad base of legal experience, including that obtained from having been a managing attorney at a large San Diego law firm. Christian’s practice focuses on intellectual property prosecution and litigation, as well as other business litigation.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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Attorney Credits: New Webinar Series for Lawyers

We know that running the business side of a law firm is just as important as the practice of law itself. Therefore, we have started a new webinar series that’s dedicated helping you run a better law firm. Although you cannot get CLE credit for completing these webinars, it can definitely help you run a more profitable law firm.

List of Webinars:

  • Master Your Domain: On-Site SEO Best Practices
  • The Most Common Fatal Mistakes Found In Your Lawyers Professional Insurance
  • How to Get New Business from Your In-Person and Online Marketing Part 1
  • How to Get New Business from Your In-Person and Online Marketing Part 2
  • How To Become A Local SEO Superhero

These webinars focus on a number of topics and we are going to continue to produce a new webinar every month.  Let us know your thoughts and future topics you would like to see. To check out our webinars on our YouTube channel please click here: Attorney Credits Webinars.

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Webinar: On-Site SEO Best Practices for Attorneys

At Attorney Credits we know that running the business side of a law firm is just as important as the practice of law itself. You can’t help clients if they can’t find you to ask for your help. And nowadays, like any other goods or services, clients are finding attorneys and legal services online. But are your law firm’s web pages fully optimized for SEO? Do you even know what SEO means??

Webinar Topics Covered:

  • Keyword research & placement
  • Webpage content best practices
  • Internal linking & schema optimization
  • Why is “Technical SEO” so important?

If you need help with your SEO please join Chris Dreyer, CEO & Founder of Rankings.io on Friday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. PST for a highly informative website on how to improve your law firm’s google page rankings. In this one-hour webinar presentation, Chris will discuss the key strategies and best practices to truly master your on-site SEO. To register for the webinar please click here: Master Your Domain: On-Site SEO Best Practices.

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CLE Course: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll – How Modern Lifestyle Industries Push the Limits of IP Law

Can a rock band named the “Slants” get a trademark on their band name? Can Apple get a patent for a device that can be used to vaporize marijuana? Does the owner of a “tube” website featuring adult content get immunity from user uploaded videos under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?

While most of us have a basic understanding of copyright, trademarks and patents, we don’t always think about how intellectual property law can protect our client’s products, brands and services in the context of modern lifestyle industries.

This CLE course is a fascinating review of the specific rules that are triggered by clients who are in industries that push the edges of social norms – such as medical marijuana, adult content and the Rock n’ Roll music industry. Peter Afrasiabi also addresses the fascinating morality standards that apply and are deployed in the trademarking and patenting process to limit the scope of trademarks and patents in matter that is deemed scandalous by the government. To access this please click here: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Modern Lifestyle Industries Push the Limits of IP Law.

We will start with an IP overview for the general practitioner and then explore the copyrighting, trademarking and patenting rules that are being tested by these industries.

From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to fair use disputes with the Eagles’ Don Henley to protecting such iconic brands as Bettie Page in trademark and trade dress disputes, Peter R. Afrasiabi primarily handles copyright, trademark, and entertainment disputes. He is also the Chair of the Appellate Practice Group for One LLP and co-director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New CLE on Patent Protection in the United States

A well-known phrase amongst IP practitioners is that patentable subject matter may include “anything under the sun that is made by man.” However, it should come as no surprise that not every invention is patentable – even if it falls within the four classes of “statutory subject matter.”

Abraham Lincoln

“The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”

To learn more about what qualifies for patent protection in the United States, join Vish Mohan for an excellent review patentable subject matter. Vish mainly covers the hallmarks of patent law and then details the standards determined to issue patents – patent eligible subject matter, useful, new, nonobvious and adequate written description. The following hallmark cases are also discussed: KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc., Diamond v. Chakrabarty, Bilski v. Kappos and Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. To access this course please click here: Anything Under the Sun: A Primer on Patent Law Protection.

Additional subjects addressed include:

  • Utility, design & plant patents
  • How you get a patent
  • The four classes of patentable subject matter
  • Substantial & credible utility
  • Public use
  • Described in a printed publication
  • “On sale”
  • Otherwise available to the public
  • The best mode

Vishwanath (“Vish”) Kootala Mohan is an intellectual property associate at One LLP in Costa Mesa, California. Coming from a Mechanical Engineering background, his practice focuses on intellectual property law, including patent and trademark prosecution and IP litigation involving patent, trademark, and copyright issues.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CLE COURSE: DIGITAL FORENSICS FOR ATTORNEYS 102

Just because a person installs some software on the neighbor’s computer does not make them a digital forensics expert. And when your client is looking at 30 years in prison, this is not the person you want to retain as the digital forensics expert in your next case.

Digital Forensics

There is a tremendous knowledge gap in our legal system today when it comes to matters involving digital evidence. In our years of experience in working with attorneys as digital forensics experts, common questions arise again and again: What do I ask for? Is the evidence relevant? What does this item in the forensic report mean? What should I ask the other expert? What should I ask you? Can you explain that to a jury?[1]

Digital forensics is a highly technical field. The expert you select must have the proper investigative and technical background – in addition to being able to understand their place in the legal system. If you need help selecting a digital forensics expert for your next case join Lars Daniel as he covers how to select the best expert, discovery & usage of digital evidence and challenging digital evidence. To access this course please click here: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 102.

Lars also discusses:

  • Computer experts vs. forensic experts
  • Key points to selecting an expert
  • Forensic & non-forensic certifications
  • Forensic tools
  • The expectations of the digital expert
  • The Brad Cooper murder trial
  • Spotting the problem expert
  • United States v. Bryan James Gardner
  • Browser caching
  • Challenging text messages
  • Macrium images

Lars Daniel has numerous digital forensics certifications. The co-author of the book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals, Lars has attended over 250 hours of forensic training and has worked on over 500 cases involving murder, child pornography, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, intellectual property, fraud, wrongful death, employee wrongdoing and large scale e-discovery collections.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] Excerpt from Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals: Understanding Digital Evidence From the Warrant to the Courtroom

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CLE Course: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 101

A wife is murdered in her own home. The husband claims he tried to stop the intruder but the large man over powered him and tied him up to a chair. But the wife’s Fitbit tells a different version of the story than the tale that the husband presents. As the police investigate the case and harness the digital information created by the wife’s Fitbit, it becomes instantly clear that the husband’s story does not match up and he is arrested and charged with murder.

Digital Forensics

Welcome to our brave new electronic world where cameras, cell phones, Fitbits – and even video game systems – are used as crucial evidence in civil and criminal trials.

Digital information and digital forensics has become crucial in many cases – from child pornography to fraud. Learning where to look for the digital evidence and how it can be deployed at trial is crucial in the 21st century practice of law. In Part one of this two part introductory series Lars Daniel mainly covers the various types of digital evidence to consider in your cases, the evolution of digital evidence, what digital forensics encompasses and the acquisition & preservation of digital evidence. Lars also specially addresses harnessing digital information from Google searches, Facebook Chats, “Private” Browsing, Connected Devices, Chrome, Firefox and jump lists. To access the course please click here: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 101.

This CLE course also covers:

  • Our new online lives
  • Digital footprints
  • Digital media in legal cases
  • The four primary areas of digital forensics
  • Sub-disciplines of digital forensics
  • Extracting forensically sound evidence
  • How data is organized and the fragile nature of digital evidence

Lars Daniel has numerous digital forensics certifications. The co-author of the book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals, Lars has attended over 250 hours of forensic training and has worked on over 500 cases involving murder, child pornography, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, intellectual property, fraud, wrongful death, employee wrongdoing and large scale e-discovery collections.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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New CLE on Ethics & Records Implications for Lawyers

Social Media presents numerous challenges for law firms, attorneys and the business clients they represent. From maintaining confidential information to preserving important digital content, attorneys now must be aware of the novel ethical issues posed by social media websites like Facebook & Twitter, blogs, ISP services and applications like SaaS.

Lawyer, Social Media & Ethical Conduct

In this CLE course John Isaza walks you through the key legal ethics implications that arise from a social media presence, including best practices on how to address those ethical concerns.

In this course, John Isaza highlights the main legal ethics implications that arise from attorney’s social media presence and the companies they represent – including best practices on how to address the primary ethical concerns. John also discusses the following Model Rules: Competence, The Advisory Role, The Advocacy Role, Transactions with Non-Clients, Marketing and the Integrity of the Profession. To access the course please click here: Social Media: Ethics and Records Implications for Lawyers.

Additional topics addressed:

  • Pertinent ethical questions
  • Inadvertent communications on social media
  • Jury tampering
  • Ex parte communications with the court
  • Applicable ethics provisions
  • Key policies that should be in place
  • Policy considerations
  • Social engineering
  • Sources of ethical information
  • The big picture
  • Records in social media
  • Marketing materials in social media
  • European data laws
  • High level considerations

John Isaza, Esq., FAI heads the Information Governance & Records Management practice at Rimon. Mr. Isaza is internationally recognized in the emerging legal fields of information governance, as well as records and information management (RIM). He is one of the country’s foremost experts on RIM issues, electronic discovery, and legal holds.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: NY CLE.

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CLE Course: Intro to Examination of Altered Documents

A client walks into your office in a major panic!  She just got off the phone with the bank… who just told her she doesn’t own her own home.  They have a deed that transfers the property out of her possession – that’s now owned 100% by her ex-husband – and it’s even been recorded by the county recorder. How can you possibly help this client?

Forensic Document Examiners 

  • Forensic document examiners are retained to determine whether a document has been altered.

By reviewing a series of case examples, Mike Wakshull provides an overview of the different types of alterations encountered by document examiners in legal cases and the methods used to detect these alterations. Mike discusses alterations to the following documents: a real estate deed, a birth certificate, a falsified mortgage document, a transfer of property agreement, an employment contract, an altered receipt, a holographic will, an altered PDF and an altered email. To access the course please click here: Introduction to Examination of Altered Documents.

Mike also addresses:

  • How document examiners use Photoshop
  • Examining ink on a document
  • Discovery of cut-and-paste signatures
  • The tools used by document examiners
  • Digital microscopes vs. stereo microscopes
  • Pixilation
  • Examining signatures written on digital tablets
  • Examining word documents
  • The future of forensic document examination

A court-qualified forensic document examiner, Michael N. Wakshull has been involved in the Forensic Document Examination arena since 1983 and belongs to a number of Document Examination Associations.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New CLE: Using Clio to Streamline Your Legal Practice

We live in the 21st century.  Practice and case management software now provides attorneys with a convenient method of effectively managing client and case information – from conflicts and calendaring to documents and billing.  It can be used to share information with clients and other attorneys in the firm via the cloud and it is also scalable so you can choose the best fit for your firm.

Practice Management Software

How do you choose between MyCase, Clio, Rocket Matter or one of the many other service providers?

This CLE course will review how Clio practice management software can help you run a more efficient law firm by attorneys who have implemented Clio at their law firm. Eric Hanscom, Ian McDaniel and Ryan Pickett of Hanscom Alexeev & McDaniel LLP mainly address tracking client information, managing conflicts of interest, calendaring and document management. This course will focus on how Clio can be used in an Intellectual Property and business law firm context. To access the course please click here: Using Clio to Streamline Your Legal Practice.

The panel of speakers also address:

  • The advantages of cloud based software
  • Costs & savings
  • Tracking renewal fees
  • The client intake process
  • Invoices
  • Integration with other applications and programs
  • Electronic signatures

Before beginning his own practice, Eric Hanscom utilized his science background and law degree to gain experience in multiple facets of patent, trademark and copyright law.  Ian McDaniel focuses his expertise on advising emerging companies and small and mid-size businesses in corporate and securities transactions and general counsel services. A graduate of the University of San Diego Paralegal Program, Ryan Pickett will be enrolling in law school in 2018.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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