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 …

Know the Hurdles Before Building a Rock Climbing Gym or Other Facility

Opening a rock climbing gym can be a huge, but inspiring endeavor. Designing walls and flooring and engaging contractors to perform the build out. Selecting holds, ropes, shoes, belaying equipment, and crash pads, and then contracting with various manufacturers and industry players for this equipment. These are the many decisions and hurdles a climbing start-up …

The Road Ahead: Recent Amendments to the Colorado Vehicle and Powersports Franchise Laws

The distribution of on-highway motorcycles and powersport vehicles, such as off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and PWCs (Personal Water Craft) is regulated by various franchise state laws. These laws address a range of issue in the franchise relationship. For example, termination, cancellation, or nonrenewal of the dealership; relocations; and limitation on a dealer’s power to transfer …

Skechers Kicks Adidas’ Claims In Sneaker Patent Case – Law360

When it comes to shoes, patents and trademarks are a good fit when it comes to protecting one’s intellectual property rights.  This article is noteworthy, not because the Plaintiff did not prevail on its patent claims, but because it reminds athletic clothing/footwear brands that that protection is not all about trademarks….utility and design patents can …

Trade Dress – Another Weapon in Your Intellectual Property Arsenal

YETI®, a well-known manufacturer of high-quality coolers and insulated tumblers, recently settled several lawsuits against cooler competitor RTIC involving allegations of trade dress infringement, patent infringement and other claims stemming from RTIC’s manufacture and sale of look-alike coolers and insulated drinkware products. Among other rights asserted in the lawsuit, YETI relied on trade dress rights …