Hey Legal Eagles!
Welcome to Episode 24 of the Legal-EASE for entrepreneurs podcast. I’m so friggin’ excited about today’s guest. As you can tell from the length of the episode – we couldn’t stop talking.
Today’s guest is Patrice Perkins, an intellectual property lawyer who turns creative dreams into reality. While in law school, Patrice saw a need to make intellectual property law accessible and approachable for creative entrepreneurs. So in 2010, she founded Creative Genius Law to partner with creative professionals with vision who need legal guidance to protect and leverage their intellectual property.
Patrice also structures and negotiates talent deals, licensing, and joint ventures. She is well versed US Copyright and Trademark Law, the Madrid Protocol registration, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board defense and among many accolades, Patrice is recognized by the American Bar Association as a legal rebel – a leading innovator in the legal industry.
Her clients include artists, television personalities, best-selling authors, culinary entrepreneurs, apparel companies, game developers, content producers startups, and creative agencies.
As a matter of fact, some of Patrice’s most notable clients are Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvie, Tees in the Trap, by Arsha Jones, Kim and Tim Lewis of CurlMix, Lauren Ash of Black Girl In Om, Jetta Bates-Vasilatos of Bravo’s Tour Group and Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes – just to name a few!
Want to be in the know? Follow her Instagram page at @creative_esq to witness her tremendous expertise in action. She has become the go-to lawyer for entrepreneurs who want a breakdown of the latest trademark and copyright disputes and court decisions.
Patrice and I talk about how she started her firm, the ins and outs of trademark law; like naming your business, applying for a trademark and why DIYing your trademark application or using LegalZoom is a bad idea. We also discuss more complex strategies on how to structure your trademarks, licensing agreements, using the likeness of celebrities on your products, copyright issues with tee-shirts, and some popular celebrity trademark issues.
You can sign up for Patrice’s course on how to pick a strong trademark-able name for your business HERE.
Legal disclaimer: All information on this podcast and on this website or www.creativegeniuslaw.com – including downloads or any email courses, are for informational and educational purposes only. Your listening to this podcast, or downloading the worksheets does not create an attorney-client relationship with me, Patrice Perkins, my law firm or creative genius law. If you have any specific questions, please consult with an attorney authorized to practice law in your jurisdiction.
Patrice’s social media: Instagram and Twitter: @creative_esq
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