Mitigating the Risk of Infringing Goods by Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A company’s brand is among its most valuable assets. Therefore, protecting a company’s trademarks is critically important. The importation into the United States of infringing goods presents a substantial brand risk to trademark owners. Few people are aware of the role that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays in enforcing intellectual property rights …

Senior Tax Partner Informs Outdoor Retailer Crowd of Tax Reform Impact on Domestic Manufacturers

At Outdoor Retailer, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Senior Tax Partner Jim Walker updated the Outdoor Industry Association’s Made in America Working Group on the impact of federal tax reform on domestic manufacturers. The new rules providing for the immediate expensing of the cost of qualified property is guaranteed to have a major impact on any …

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show Kicks Off in Denver This Week

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, the largest trade show in the outdoor industry, is set to kick off in Denver this week. Some 1,000 outdoor-oriented brands will be exhibiting in the Colorado Convention Center during the four-day event while the Outdoor Industry Association, a lead sponsor of Outdoor Retailer, hosts educational forums, presentations, and entertainment …

Intellectual Property Partner Summits Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson

On Christmas day, intellectual property partner, Gary Nelson, capped his holiday journey to “ground zero for adventure tourism” by summiting 16,050 foot Mt. Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. Nelson, who has now scaled six of the “Seven Summits” – the highest points on each continent – was interviewed by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal about …

National Park Service Proposes Entrance Fee Increase for Several Popular Parks

The National Park Service (NPS)  has announced a proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Currently, the fee for private vehicles is between $25 and $30, while the fee for motorcycles is $15-25 and $10-15 for pedestrians and bikers. Under the proposal, the fees would increase to $70 (in peak season from May …

Making Your Passion Your Paycheck: Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs

Whether your passion is rock climbing, camping, skiing, yoga or scuba diving, starting a company that combines your passion with the opportunity to pay your bills can be exciting and overwhelming. Perhaps the scariest part of any such endeavor is that we simply cannot know what we don’t know. One place where entrepreneurs struggle to …

Perils of Using Social Media to Run Promotions

Social media has become a preferred medium for operators to disseminate information and sell their products/services, connect with their customers and strengthen their brand. With this availability and convenience, also comes numerous unforeseen opportunities to run afoul of the law (e.g., violations of gambling prohibitions, FCC/FTC guidelines, necessary official rules provisions and state registration/bonding requirements). …

Drafting and Negotiating Distribution Agreements: Common Mistakes that Lead to Litigation

Distribution partnerships, like marriages, are entered into during a period of optimism and excitement. You have a great product and you found the right partner who will help you take it to the masses. It’s a relationship that will last a lifetime, right? Maybe. As with any relationship, failure to communicate expectations or poorly communicating …