PNW Startup Lawyer

Helping founders navigate corporate law, venture capital, and intellectual property.

Design Patents for Bits and Atoms

Design patents protect the appearance of a design for 15 years. They are a cheap and surprisingly effective legal tool to protect both digital and industrial design.

Fair Use Illustrated in Appropriation Art

Examples of copyright law and fair use in action.

Pre-Incorporation Startup Law

Curated links to help founders get their ducks in a row without losing momentum.

Blog Like a Hacker: Lawyer Edition.

Jekyll and Github reflect our values as a firm - simplicity, efficiency, and open source collaboration.

Startup Law Wisdom from a Hacker News Secret Asset

A collection of essays from the veteran Silicon Valley attorney George Grellas.

How to Register a US Trademark: Legal Background

The basic trademark law you need to know to pick a name and register a trademark.

How to Register a US Trademark

An illustrated walkthrough of the USPTO trademark application process.

How to Read a Patent

A quick-and-dirty guide with with annotations and explanations.

Law Students Fend Off a Patent Troll

Brooklyn Law School's BLIP Clinic students win a great case.

Who Owns Employee Innovations?

Untangling the patent, copyright and noncompete rules governing employee side projects.

Summer Patent Troll Recap 2014

The Supreme Court decides 5 big patent cases. What does it mean for tech startups?

A Game of Clones: Video Game Litigation Illustrated

Copyright and the idea-expression dichotomy as explained by Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

USPTO Issues New Guidance on Software Patents.

The Patent Office issues new guidelines for reviewing software patent applications in light of Alice v. CLS Bank.

The Supreme Court on Software Patents.

Alice v. CLS Bank may make it easier to invalidate software patents. Patents on 'abstract ideas' are invalid--but when is software just an abstract idea?

The Supreme Court on Abusive Patent Litigation

Octane v. Icon makes it easier for judges to punish plaintiffs that file outrageous patent lawsuits. Will this deter patent trolls?