A company’s trademark, service mark and/or logo can be one of its most valuable business assets. Trademark selection is a vital first step to obtaining trademark protection. When choosing a trademark or service mark it is important to adopt a name that will be afforded trademark protection. A mark that is considered weak may not serve as a good identifier of source and as such would be entitled to only a narrow scope of protection. By helping our clients identify and select strong marks, we assist them in developing a single brand or a strong trademark portfolio that can become valuable business assets.
A financial institution’s employee ran a Ponzi scheme for 10 years. Without the institution’s knowledge or authorization, the employee issued false securities to investors through brokers in exchange for funds, which were transferred to an account controlled by the employee. While purportedly underwritten by the institution, and seeming so on face, the institution denies having anything to do with the securities and asserts that they were completely fraudulent, phony and unauthorized. The employee’s last set of investors incurred losses when the scheme collapsed. The employee is now unable to repay those investors and the financial institution refuses to do so. Will the institution’s fidelity insurance bond cover the losses suffered by the third-party investors?
LEVIN GINSBURG is pleased to announce that Harry E. Bartosiak has joined the firm. Mr. Bartosiak is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1992) and Loyola University of Chicago (B.S.,1989), and has joined the firm as a Partner in its Corporate, Real Estate and Health Care Practice areas. He was previously a partner with Tressler LLP and Schain, Burney, Ross & Citron, Ltd, served as in-house counsel for a national health care company, and maintained a successful private practice.
Harry represents physicians and physician’s organizations and other medical providers in connection with all aspects of health care law, including practice organization and development, Medicare and Medicaid regulations, fraud and abuse issues, employment matters, shareholder agreements and compensation structures. In addition to representing closely held corporations and their owners in all aspects of business planning and development, Harry also representing clients in the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of commercial properties including drafting and negotiating lease agreements.
How Does the National Labor Relations Act Impact the Nonunion Workplace, by Jonathan M. Weis, was published in the April 2012 edition of the Illinois Banker, the publication of the Illinois Bankers Association.Michael L. Weissman has completed the book Documenting Commercial and Industrial Loan Documentation published by IICLE Press, January, 2012, which is available through that organization.
Watch for Mike’s monthly articles under the caption “Tales of Whoa” in The RMA Journal. Some of his recent articles for this publication were:
Also watch for Mike’s monthly articles in Flashpoints for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. His recent articles include: