Non-Compete Agreements Explained
This is the first in our 3-article series on restrictive covenants. Read our second article on Non-Solicits here, and read our third article on Non-Disclosures here. If you are an employer, you have probably asked your employees to sign an agreement containing a non-compete clause. If you are an employee, you have likely signed an agreement containing a non-compete clause. However, just because someone signed a Non-Competition clause doesn’t mean the non-compete provision is enforceable. Non-Compete agreements must meet certain legal requirements to be binding. Is My Non-Compete Provision Enforceable? The law generally disfavors restrictions on commerce. Covenants not to Continue Reading
Want to Get Involved in the Cannabis Industry?
This article provides an overview of new Illinois laws governing the sale and distribution of cannabis. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act legalized recreational cannabis in Illinois on June 25, 2019. Since January of 2020, customers have been legally able to buy their recreational cannabis from dispensaries. Under the Act, the legal age to purchase cannabis is 21 years old. In Illinois, there are currently 56 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, 34 of which are also permitted to sell recreational cannabis. These numbers are likely to increase in the future, making cannabis more accessible than ever. Q: Who can apply for Continue Reading
Quarantine Entrepreneurs: Why This Is a Great Time to Start Your New Business
With many states enforcing “stay-at-home” orders and social distancing policies, 26 million Americans have found themselves underemployed or unemployed. Here in Illinois, over 500,000 people have filed for unemployment in the last two months. Self Employment Increases During Difficult Times Entrepreneurs are often born in times of hardship. Indeed, a 2009 study (the year after the last great recession) found that 57% of that year’s Fortune 500 firms had gotten their start during previous recessions or bear markets. Examples of companies started in the wake of the 2008 recession include Square, Venmo, Groupon, Slack, WhatsApp, Uber, Pinterest, and Instagram. Of Continue Reading
Photos and recap from “Style at Saper” Seminar!
Saper Law’s Fashion Practice hosted another Style Seminar on April 16, 2019. The event was held at the AZEEZA Flagship showroom at 900 N Michigan Avenue. Designer Azeeza Khan is a longtime Saper Law client. During the event, attendees perused Azeeza's 2019 Spring/Summer collection, networked with other professionals, and learned about style tips and wardrobe trends from internationally renowned stylist, Tali Kogan of Tel-Aviv Couture. Daliah Saper also presented on social media law, discussing the legal pitfalls associated with user-generated content and utilizing images posted by influencers. She also covered related trademark, copyright, and rights of publicity issues. Follow Azeeza Continue Reading
Daliah Saper To Present at “Trademarks and Copyrights 101” Workshop at Score Chicago
Daliah has been presenting to new and aspiring entrepreneurs at SCORE’s Chicago office for over 13 years. Her lectures primarily focus on start-up business and intellectual property legal issues. During the June 10th workshop at SCORE Chicago, Daliah Saper, Principal Attorney at Saper Law, will answer the following questions: What is a Copyright? What is a Trademark? How do Trademarks and Copyrights compare to Trade Secrets and Patents? What is involved with the registration process for copyrights vs. trademarks? How much does trademark and copyright protection cost? How long does protection last? When do you use an SM, TM, or ®? Continue Reading
Daliah Saper Presents Trademarks and Copyrights Seminar at Score Chicago
Daliah has been presenting to new and aspiring entrepreneurs at SCORE’s Chicago office for over 13 years. Her lectures primarily focus on start up business and intellectual property legal issues. During the September 24 workshop at SCORE Chicago, Daliah Saper, Principal Attorney at Saper Law, will answer the following questions: What is a Copyright? What is a Trademark? How do Trademarks and Copyrights compare to Trade Secrets and Patents? What is involved with the registration process for copyrights vs. trademarks? How much does trademark and copyright protection cost? How long does protection last? When do you use an SM, TM, or Continue Reading
Daliah Saper to Judge Innovate! Celebrate Startup of the Year Competition in Boston
Join Daliah Saper October 15-17, 2018 for the Startup of the Year competition in Boston, MA. Daliah will join a panel of industry leaders and experienced entrepreneurs as a judge and mentor to discover and support the most promising and innovative startups from around the world. The Startup of the Year competition is a 3-day conference celebrating technology, innovation & entrepreneurship, with the global competition featuring 100 vetted startups. The competition provides networking, hands-on learning opportunities, product demos, mentor sessions, pop-up panels & more. Startup of the Year competition will take place October 15-17, 2018 at the Revere Hotel Boston Continue Reading
Daliah Speaker to Speak at the North American Entertainment, Media, and IP Law Summit in Grand Cayman
The North American Entertainment Law Summit delivers a four day continuing legal education conference, focused on constantly evolving topics within the entertainment, sports, media, and intellectual property law fields. On November 10, 2018, Daliah Saper will once again serve as a panelist at the 30th Annual North American Law Summit. The last few years she has discussed social media law but this year she will join a panel of high profile speakers to discuss the pros and cons of appearing on national news broadcasts. Her session is titled: Legally On TV: On Air Personalities. For more information click here.
RSVP for July Seminar at Saper Law: Trademarks and Copyrights 101
By popular demand, Saper Law is once again hosting a seminar on Trademarks and Copyrights. If you recently created a new business entity and have yet to register your trademarks and copyrights, this seminar is important for you to attend. If your company is more established, this seminar will teach you how to maintain, protect, and enforce your existing trademark portfolio. During the July 31 lunch time seminar, Daliah Saper, Principal Attorney at Saper Law, will answer the following questions: What is a Copyright? What is a Trademark? How do Trademarks and Copyrights compare to Trade Secrets and Patents? What is involved with Continue Reading
Saper Law Client Spotlight: Puppetsandme.com
Thanks to Saper Law Offices, LLC client Nitsana Lazerus of www.puppetsandme.com for introducing the second graders in Room 214 to so many different kinds of puppets! Nitsana has spent over 30 years as a professional puppeteer and has performed original, educational, values-based puppet shows for thousands of children nationwide. Saper Law offers expert legal services for creative professionals of all kinds. Click here to read more about our entertainment law practice.