Contracts: Make Sure There is an Intellectual Property Ownership Clause

If you own a business, you have undoubtedly entered into contracts with others for various purposes. However, you may not be aware of or fully appreciate their legal implications on your company’s valuable intellectual property assets, such as trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. These “intangible property” rights and interests may be of considerable valueRead More

Why Seniors Should Engage in Estate Planning

When it comes to establishing wills and estate plans, older Americans outpace their younger counterparts. Still, according to survey data, a significant number of people between 53 and 71, lack any type of estate plan. Although managing these details can seem daunting, and even depressing, the task becomes far less unpleasant with proper understanding andRead More

Initial Divorce Consultation: When to Hire an Attorney and What to Bring to the Consultation

As an attorney practicing family law exclusively for the majority of my career, I have grown to appreciate the importance of the fit between a client’s personality and the lawyer’s style.  The decision to divorce or separate is often one of the most traumatic and difficult choices a person makes in a lifetime, and findingRead More

Protecting Your Right to Get Paid

Thanks to two Maine statutes, contractors in Maine can greatly increase their ability to get paid for their work by adhering to rather simple procedures. With limited exceptions, Maine’s Prompt Payment Act gives contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers the ability to recover not only sums owed to them, but also statutory interest, penalties, and attorney’s fees.Read More

USPTO & Changes in Hemp Regulations

On December 20, 2018, Pres. Trump signed into law the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). The new law provides important agricultural and nutritional policy extensions for five years.  The most interesting changes involve the cannabis plant, and its potentially significant impact on the application for and registration of trademarks used inRead More