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The Medium Rules: Finding an Audience with the Creators of Netflix Series Somebody Feed Phil

Podcast Episode 4 Now Live!

Finding an Audience with the Creators of Netflix Series Somebody Feed Phil

The new episode of The Medium Rules is now live on iTunes and on YouTube.  Host Alan Baldachin sits down with John Bedolis and Rich Rosenthal of the hit Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil, starring Phil Rosenthal, to discuss the show’s origin story, the show’s migration from PBS to Netflix and finding audience in the world of OTT.  This is a great episode, we hope you will listen, watch, subscribe and rate!

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The Laws of Style – Episode 1 – Willy Chavarria

Podcast Episode 1 Now Live and On Our New Channel!

“Fashion ultimately is judgment in comparison to something else.” – Willy Chavarria

Fashion Lawyer and Law Professor Douglas Hand interviews inimitable designer Willy Chavarria about his burgeoning eponymous brand, the distinction between fashion and style, streetwear activism, and more. If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to give a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel for more intimate conversations between fashion industry leaders.

 

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The Laws of Style – Episode 1 Trailer – Willy Chavarria

Podcast Episode 1 Trailer, Now On Our New Channel!

“Fashion ultimately is judgment in comparison to something else.” – Willy Chavarria

Check out the trailer for the first episode of “The Laws of Style” on our new YouTube channel, HBA Studios Podcasts!

Fashion Lawyer and Law Professor Douglas Hand interviews inimitable designer Willy Chavarria about his burgeoning eponymous brand, the distinction between fashion and style, streetwear activism, and more. Full episode to be released on Monday, August 13th!

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Beware Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

Example of trademark scam letter.

Trademark registration holders have increasingly been receiving deceptive notices soliciting money for services related to the renewal or monitoring of their patent and trademark registrations.  Scammers attempt to make such notices look like authentic government documents and they use official-sounding names like the International Patent and Trademark Register, the U.S. Trademark Compliance Office, and the World Organization for Trademarks.  Some organizations offer useless services like filing a patent or trademark in their own private registry while others do not perform the promised services at all.

Since trademark and patent registrations list applicants’ addresses as public information on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website, scammers can easily access who has filed for intellectual property protection and when their trademark or patent is ready to be renewed.  Therefore, the information on these solicitations is often accurate which can make the documents appear legitimate and, indeed, many sophisticated businesspeople and attorneys have been fooled by these scammers.  (To save clients the confusion, HBA always uses our firm’s address rather than clients’ addresses on trademark applications so that fraudulent solicitations are sent to us directly.)

While some of these solicitations have fine print that disclaims any affiliation with a government entity, others do not, like the example below.

Several federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the U.S.  Postal Inspection Service, have investigated these widespread scams, but scammers with sophisticated operations can be difficult to track down.  Recently, the Department of Justice successfully convicted five individuals for carrying out a mass mailing scam targeting trademark holders.

Please be advised that any legitimate correspondence about your trademark and patent registrations will either be from your counsel or  from the United States Patent and Trademark Office located in Alexandria, Virginia, and all emails will be from the domain @uspto.gov.   The USPTO will remind registrants of renewal deadlines, but they will not ask for money in these notices.  Never pay money or send anything to someone you have not previously dealt with directly.  If you are not sure whether a notice is authentic, please reach out to our office or another attorney, file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, or consult the Trademark Assistance Center.  The USPTO also maintains a list of confirmed fraudulent organizations on their website.

The Laws of Style – Episode 1 – Willy Chavarria

Podcast Episode 1 Now Live!

“Fashion ultimately is judgment in comparison to something else.” – Willy Chavarria

Fashion Lawyer and Law Professor Douglas Hand interviews inimitable designer Willy Chavarria about his burgeoning eponymous brand, the distinction between fashion and style, streetwear activism, and more. If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to give a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel for more intimate conversations between fashion industry leaders.

 

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The Medium Rules: Long-Term Trends In Media and Technology – Episode 3 – Tom McLaughlin & David Wodka

Podcast Episode 3 Now Live!

Masternodes and the Future of Crypto Mining, with guests Tom McLaughlin & David Wodka.

As blockchain technology evolves, more and more blockchain networks are adopting a “proof of stake” concept with respect to operation and governance as opposed to a “proof of work” concept. But what does this mean, and why is this important? And, further, how should we think about these two modalities in terms of the broader blockchain ecosystem whether it be from a technical perspective or from the perspective of an investor.

In this episode of The Medium Rules, Alan Baldachin sat down with two of the four co-founders of the New York City-based startup Blockstake, Inc. to canvas a variety of topics related to the blockchain in general and proof of stake mining in particular. Blockstake is a crypto mining startup solely focused on blockchain networks based on proof of stake, whereby network participants can earn rewards in the form of more network tokens based on “staking” a certain amount of tokens up front. In exchange for staking, these trusted network participants earn the right to run “masternodes” which perform a variety of functions on the network, including transaction verification as well as governance. Tom McLaughlin is the CEO of Blockstake and David Wodka is the COO, and both Tom and David bring a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise to bear in a lively and wide-ranging discussion covering the basics of blockchain technology (hint: think of a decentralized version of the early aughts Napster network), masternodes and proof of stake mining versus proof of work mining, as well as the origin story of how Blockstake got its start. At the end of the podcast, we try and take a step back and look into the future to identify long-term trends with respect to the blockchain, as well as emerging projects that are of interest to Tom and David.

 

Show Resources:

The Masternode Manifesto by Tom McLaughlin – https://medium.com/blockstake/mastern…

Blockchain Compliance Alliance Mission Statement – https://medium.com/blockchain-complia…

The Crypto Bear Market Manifesto – https://medium.com/blockstake/crypto-…

 

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