Trademark and Business Law

Trademark Services and Legal Counsel for Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

When you’re working for yourself things happen fast.

And when it comes to legal protection, you’ve kind of just been squeezing your eyes shut and signing.  Or creating something yourself and hoping that it covers your assets.

It may be because you don’t think you have the money to retain a lawyer.  It might be because you don’t think you have the guts to negotiate the terms of your agreements.  It’s perhaps because you don’t think you have the time to stop working and deal with paperwork.

But here’s the truth: you don’t have the money or time not to.

The Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf provides affordable and convenient trademark services and legal counsel for small to mid-sized businesses and startup companies.  Whether you are just starting out or you have an established business, we can help.  We’re here to make sure your big wins don’t turn into big losses.  Because you may be a small business, but you’re doing big things, and you shouldn’t be going unprotected.

We offer services to startups, entrepreneurs, and other small businesses in the following areas:

  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Business Entity Formation
  • Contract Review
  • Employment Law

Let us get to work so that you can get back to doing what you do best.

Trademark Services

You’ve spent a lot of time and money branding and marketing your company name, product name, logo, and/or slogan. These are perhaps the most valuable assets that your company owns.

For this reason, it’s important to protect those assets by filing for federal trademark registration.  At The Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf, we work specifically with startup companies, entrepreneurs, and other small to mid-sized business owners in New Jersey to register their federal trademarks.

A trademark protects your brand, whether that be the name of the company, the product you’re selling or both.  They also allow consumers to know what they are buying – they identify the source of the product or service.  A trademark, unlike a copyright or patent, has no expiration date – as long as your company exists you have the protection of a trademark.  Once you have been awarded a trademark, you have a legal presumption of ownership and the exclusive right to use that mark in connection with the goods and services listed on your application nationwide, and, with further registration, worldwide.

We make protecting your trademarks not only simple, but also affordable.  We strive to make the trademark application process as cost-effective as possible by offering a flat-rate, affordable fee for our trademark registration services.

Our $950.00 flat-rate trademark search and filing services include:

  • A basic trademark search, which will identify potential conflicts with other trademarks;
  • A search report and a written opinion letter;
  • Attorney consultation;
  • Preparation and filing of your federal trademark application;
  • USPTO filing fee of $325.00; and
  • Monitoring of your trademark application until it registers.  

In addition to trademark registration services, we also provide trademark enforcement and litigation services.

Ready to get started? Contact us today at (732) 741-1785 or send an email to info@redbanklaw.com.

Copyright Services

In the digital age, it’s easy for your work to be copied and distributed throughout the world.  Thus, it’s important to protect your creative works by registering your copyright.

At The Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf, we work specifically with startup companies, entrepreneurs, and other small to mid-sized business owners in New Jersey to handle all aspects of copyright law including providing legal advice on which works are copyrightable, drafting and filing copyright registration applications, drafting copyright licenses, advising on copyright infringement, and handling copyright litigation.

What is a copyright?

Copyright is an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  There are 8 categories of works, which the law protects under 17 U.S.C. § 102:

  1. Literary Works;
  2. Musical Works, including accompanying words;
  3. Dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  4. Pantomimes and Choreographic Works;
  5. Pictorial, Graphic, and Sculptural Works;
  6. Motion Pictures and other audiovisual Works;
  7. Sound Recordings; and
  8. Architectural Works

A copyright’s term depends, it is either the life of the author plus 70 years, or if it is a work made for hire the term is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation – whichever expires first.

Why Copyright Material?  

It is important to understand that a copyright exists as soon as your work is “fixed in a tangible medium of expression.”  Without federally registering your copyright, however, you cannot sue anyone for copyright infringement.  Moreover, if you wait until someone infringes on your copyright before you federally register your copyright, you will not be able to obtain protection that would not otherwise be available, such as treble (triple) damages and attorney’s fees.

Recordation

If you are assigning a copyright to someone else or if you are granting a license for a copyright, either exclusive or non-exclusive, it should be recorded with the copyright Office in order to put others on notice of the action.

Patent Services

A patent is a bit different then other kinds of property law because, instead of giving you the right to do or own something, a patent actually only gives the owner of the patent the right to exclude others from using their invention. There is no requirement that the invention being given the patent is used by the owner of the patent. This is unlike a trademark for example, where the trademark must be used in order to retain ownership of the mark.  A patent is valid for twenty (20) years from the date of filing of the patent application.

While we do not handle patent prosecution (filing the patent application), we can refer you to the right attorney for that.  We do, however, handle patent litigation and other patent infringement issues.

Business Entity Formation Services

Launching a new business can be both an exciting and daunting task.  The Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf can help by making the process as easy and as painless as possible with our business entity formation services, which are tailored specifically for startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.  We can also help by laying the foundation for a secure and successful future.  Moreover, our business entity formation services provide you with everything you need for a flat fee, fixed price.

One of the first things you will need to do when you launch your business is to choose a legal entity.  There is no one business entity is best for all startup businesses.  Choosing the right form now will save you time and money down the line.  Each of our business formation services includes legal advice on which business entity structure best suits your operation.  Business entities to choose from include:

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • General Partnership
  • Limited Partnership (LP)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Professional Limited Liability Partnership (PLLP)
  • Incorporation (S-Corp or C-Corp)
  • Professional Service Corporation (PC)
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Professional Service Limited Liability Company (PLLC)

Our flat-rate fee to form a Limited Liability Company is $650.00 (price includes state filing fee).  This service includes:  

  • Name search: We will check to ensure that your desired business name is available with the state.  If it is unavailable, we will contact you for alternate choices and keep working until we get an available name.
  • Preparation and Filing of Articles of Organization: We will complete all of the necessary paperwork to create a new business entity and submit the documents to the state for processing on your behalf.
  • Personalized Operating Agreement for Single Member LLC: We will prepare a personalized Operating Agreement, which contains important provisions regarding your LLC’s operations.  Additional charges for the operating agreement apply for a multiple member LLC.
  • Company Resolution: We will prepare your Company Resolution for banking.

In addition, for a flat rate of $650.00 (price includes the state filing fee), our Incorporation services include the following:  

  • Name Search: We will check to ensure that your desired business name is available with the state.  If it is unavailable, we will contact you for alternate choices and keep working until we get an available name.
  • Preparation and Filing of the Articles of Incorporation: We will complete all of the necessary paperwork to create a new business entity and submit the documents to the state for processing on your behalf.
  • Personalized Organizational Meeting Minutes: We will prepare personalized Organizational Minutes so that you can properly organize your new corporation.
  • Personalized Corporate Bylaws: We will prepare your Corporate Bylaws.

Our Sole Proprietorship/Partnership fee is $350.00 (price includes state filing fee).  This service includes:

  • Preparation and Filing of the DBA: We will prepare and file your DBA with the appropriate state or county agency.
  • Publication:  If necessary, we will complete all of the paperwork necessary to meet any publication requirements.

Looking to dissolve your business?  Our rate for Voluntary Dissolution is $350.00 (includes state filing fee).  Services include:

  • Tax Clearance: If necessary, we will obtain a tax clearance.
  • Filing a Certification of Dissolution/Articles of Dissolution:  We will complete and file the application for dissolution with the appropriate agency. 

Ready to get started?  Contact us today at (732) 741-4448 or send an email to info@redbanklaw.com.

Contract Review Services

Without care, bad contracts can sink a business.  And yet, they’re your key to getting what you deserve, on time, and within your terms.

The experienced contract review lawyers at the Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf represent entrepreneurs, startup companies, and other small to mid-sized businesses in a broad variety of contract matters.  Our services include contract review, drafting, and negotiation related to various business activities, including:

  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Leases
  • Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Software Development Agreements
  • Subcontractor Agreements
  • Releases and Waivers
  • Various Employment-Related Agreements
  • Consulting Service Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Operating Agreements

Frequently, small businesses assume that attorney review of a contract is expensive or time consuming.  When attorneys bill by the hour, it usually is.  For many of our contract review and drafting services, however, the Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf offers flat-rate pricing.  In doing so, we hope that small businesses will benefit by retaining counsel for more of their contracts.  Call us today to see if flat rate pricing applies to your project.  

Often times, small businesses also incorrectly assume that contracts must be signed “as is,” i.e. they are non-negotiable.  As a result, they frequently sign agreements without reviewing them, thereby accepting unfair provisions.  In reality, most clients expect proposed alterations to their contracts. So, don’t let your excitement with a new deal force you to overlook contract language or to think that a contract is non-negotiable.

Not only are most contracts one sided, heavily favoring the drafting party, but one size does not fit all.  Moreover, in the unfortunate event of a dispute or a termination, you need to ensure that your interests are protected.   Perhaps most importantly, this means making sure that you get paid for the work you have already done, as well as making certain that you have the freedom to do business in the future for other clients, without interference from the former client.

Also, you want to confirm that your agreement addresses important issues that may arise throughout the course of your relationship with the client.  For example, if the agreement is terminated early through no fault of your own, what are your rights?  Does the agreement specify whether or not travel or overhead expenses are covered?  Are the terms of the non-solicitation provision fair? 

Don’t wait issues like this to arise before it’s too late.  By having an experienced contract review lawyer review and negotiate changes to your contracts, you will have a much better chance of feeling just as good at the end of an assignment as you did when you first landed it.

How does flat-rate contract review at The Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf work?

Our flat fees to draft or review and propose changes to your contracts are as follows:

  • Documents 1 – 10 pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500.00
  • Documents 11 – 15 pages . . . . . . . . . . . . $750.00
  • Documents 16 – 25 pages . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000.00
  • Documents 26+ pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Contact us for pricing

What does a contract review provide?

A contract review includes: (1) an initial consultation; (2) a draft of your contract or a thorough review of your contract where we edit and negotiate changes to it; and (3) a discussion of any issues identified after the review.

Thirty (30) minutes of attorney consultation is included.  Consultation covers your goals and priorities as well as a discussion of the issues to be identified after the review.  Findings include an identification of any errors and/or issues within the contract.  This could include typos or logical or legal defects within the contract. It also includes an identification of any potential legal or business risks.

Need help drafting or reviewing a contract?  Contact us today at (732) 741-4448.

Employment Law Services

You’ve built a thriving business.  With growth, however, comes additional legal questions.

To the extent that you have employees, you should inform yourself about basic employment law issues such as illegal discrimination and workers’ compensation as well as the overall hiring process.

With respect to hiring employees, we can teach you how to:

  • Create a job application that does not include illegal questions;
  • Check references and/or make pre-employment inquiries without seeking illegal information or violating privacy laws; and
  • Ask interview questions that are both useful and legally permissible.  

We also review, draft, and negotiate various employment law related contracts and other documents, including:

  • Employment Contracts
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Subcontractor Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Compensation Agreements and Arrangements
  • Executive Employment Agreements
  • Termination/Severance Agreements
  • Garden Leave Agreements

Have any employment issues law questions that you need answered?  Contact the Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf today at (732) 741-4448 or email us at info@redbanklaw.com

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