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Own Your Genius with LaConya Murray

Own Your Genius with LaConya Murray

By LaConya Murray, Esq.
The Own Your Genius podcast is the perfect mix of business, law, and mindset to help black entrepreneurs succeed in business and life.

Join Attorney LaConya Murray each month as she and her guest share their entrepreneurial journey, tricks of the trade, and their secrets to getting out of their own way to succeed.

Inspired by her grandmother, the community bootlegger Attorney Murray‘s passion for helping entrepreneurs started early. Today she helps entrepreneurs throughout the country protect their brand, content, and ideas through trademarks, copyrights, and business development.
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94. Trademarks and Petty Don't Mix. What You Can Learn from Dancing Dolls Trademark Drama
There is a time and a place for pettiness. Trademark registration ain’t it! When you’re growing your brand, it is important to be informed of common law stipulations and trademark availability. This helps prevent petty legal situations like the one between 'Bring It' dance coach Dianna Williams and the HBCU Southern University.  Listen to this week’s podcast as Attorney LaConya Murray uses the current situation between SU and Dianna Williams, the dancing coach of the Dancing Dolls to emphasize the importance of clearing your brand name before growing your business and the consequences of bringing pettiness to legal registration.  Mentioned in this episode:  Velcro Law Firm Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
22:09
June 01, 2022
93. Class Is In Session: Why It Is Important to Know Your Trademark Classes
Class is in session!  Filing your own trademark is not impossible, but when paperwork comes around, you have to know which class you are registering your mark as. What is a class? What qualifies as a good?  What qualifies as a service? You need to know! If you don't, you could end up limiting how you can use your mark and have to redo the entire trademarking process. Want to save your time? Listen to Attorney LaConya Murray explain what a trademark class is and why it is important to be aware of how you classify your trademark on the application.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
13:09
May 05, 2022
92. How to Protect Your Business Ideas
Trademarks don’t protect ideas. It's important for business owners to know how to protect their intellectual property, ideas included. Getting excited and jumping the gun on sharing valuable information can have long term consequences and cause you to miss opportunities. Steve Harvey’s Little Big Time podcast shares a prime example. Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray explains how to protect your business ideas by using written contracts instead of believing the taboo of trademarks doing the job. Mentioned in this episode: Earn Your Leisure podcast with Steve Harvey  Service Agreement Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
17:25
April 06, 2022
91. Your One Registered Trademark Isn't Enough
How many trademarks is enough?  You don’t have to be a big brand in order to protect your business like you mean it. Your brand matters and deserves to be protected as such. Trying to fit all of your intellectual property under a single umbrella trademark could do more damage than good. Still not convinced? Listen as Attorney Murray share three reasons of why one trademark is not enough to protect your brand.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
18:07
March 02, 2022
90. 5 Clauses Every Contract Should Have
Write. It. Down.  What are you agreeing to when you sign a contract? What rights are you signing over? What services are you promising to provide?  Contracts, as discussed in last month’s podcast, have the power to make or break a business. It is important to know what you are signing and agreeing to. Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray breaks down what every contract should consist of to ensure healthy business agreement’s between parties. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
18:42
February 02, 2022
89. The Problem With Building a Personal Brand
Should you build a brand around your name?  It’s the beginning of a new year and many are stepping into a season of innovation and entrepreneurship. Whether to build a personal brand or a separate brand is one of the most common questions buzzing around. Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray gives the inside scoop on the dangers of building a personal brand and explains the best ways to protect your legacy.   Mentioned in this episode: The Founder McDonald’s Founding Family article Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
21:17
January 05, 2022
88. Trademark Overview: 3 Steps to Speeding Up the Trademark Process
What is a trademark? How long is the trademark process? Is there any way to speed up the process? Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray discusses this month's topic and answers your general questions from the Genius Insider relating to business or law.  Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here.  Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here-- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
23:50
August 18, 2021
87. Woman to Woman: The Power of Being Your Authentic Self w/ Jasmine Powers
Every Path Looks Different. Jasmine Powers is the CEO of Join the Citizens, an agency providing multimedia content and strategy for companies recruiting and aiming to keep diverse talent. She is sought out for product launches, sales enablement, and demand gen for entertainment, nonprofit, education, finance, tech, and e-commerce brands. Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray talks with this Compton, CA native about her entrepreneurial journey and the importance of showing up as your most authentic self.  Mentioned in this episode:   Jasmine Powers  Join the Citizens  Mommy Millionaire  Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike  Join the Genius Insider  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
58:54
August 11, 2021
86. Legal Tea: Kim Kardashian’s Rebrand Comes with a few Trademark Challenges
Who was first? The recent buzz around the three way claim for a skincare industry trademark has the media in frenzy and wanting to know more about trademarks. Kim Kardashian, Lori Harvey, and the business Beauty Concept LLC have all filed trademarks for a variation of the word ’Skin’ to represent their skincare and beauty businesses. Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray detangles the trademark situation and explains the legal consequences of completing a below average trademark search. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
16:47
August 04, 2021
85. Own Your Sh*t
Run your business like you care about it. Too often business owners are forced to rebrand due to not reading contracts and their lack of knowledge pertaining to intellectual property. Listen, you spend too much time and invest too much money in your brand to lose it over a lack of understanding or communication. Listen as Attorney Murray explains what you need to know in order to prevent you from losing your intellectual property.  Mentioned in this episode:   Bakery Lawsuit Article  Copyright Assignment Agreement   Keisha Jones: Not For Play Play  Join the Genius Insider Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
10:23
July 28, 2021
84. What Clauses Should You Include in Your Operating Agreement?
‘Should I add a cyber security clause to independent contractor agreements when hiring vendors?’ ‘What kind of language should I use in my business contracts?’ Listen as Attorney LaConya Murray answers your general questions from the Genius Insider relating to business or law. Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here.  Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here 
19:46
July 21, 2021
83. How to Choose the Right Business Structure
You have options people. Determining the type of business structure you need requires knowledge concerning the risks and requirements associated with each choice. It is important to know the what, the when, and the how pertaining to establishing a business structure that best suits you. Listen as Attorney Murray explains how to choose the right business structure for your business to strive. Mentioned in this episode: Launch Legally Handbook Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
10:47
July 15, 2021
82. Is An LLC Really Your Best Friend?
LLC’s are not always the answer. In today’s age of technology and sharing information, it is vital that you check the legitimacy of the “facts” you come across on social media. There is a lot of misleading information circulating around regarding the different aspects of entrepreneurship. Listen as Attorney Murray dispels the myths behind the memes regarding LLC’s. Mentioned in this episode: the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.
14:04
July 07, 2021
81. Overcoming Fear: Behind the Scenes of Off the Mark
The only thing constant in life is change. Innovation is the key to your business succeeding. Here at Off The Mark, we are overcoming fear and changing our business model. We are moving from one on one services to legal subscriptions in order to better provide services related to trademarks, copyrights, and business development services. Listen as Attorney Murray discusses our business mission, the changes being made, and the services we offer. Mentioned in this episode: Genius Insider Subscription Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
18:06
June 30, 2021
80. Copyright vs the Right of Publicity, Who Controls Your Brand Photos?
A woman walks into a brand photoshoot. The photographer shoots her–with the camera of course. The woman later sees her images used in advertisements promoting the photographer’s services. Is there an issue? Listen as Attorney Murray discusses the rights of copyright owners and the usage of their content.   Mentioned in this episode: Copyright Assignment form                                          Talent Release Agreement Form Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
18:29
June 23, 2021
79. How to Defend Your Intellectual Property Against Infringement
Your Intellectual Property is Valuable. There are various methods to ensure the protection of your intellectual property such as utilizing Google’s services or hiring a business attorney. Do you know how to defend your business brand? Listen as Attorney Murray discusses ways to protect your intellectual property and how to properly handle cases of business infringement.  Mentioned in this episode: Velcro Trademark Song Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
19:29
June 16, 2021
78. 3 Ways to Make Growing Your Brand a Priority
Prioritize your brand’s growth. Expanding your business brand requires time and effort. In order for your brand to grow, you must invest in the right areas, such as completing thorough market research. Are you serious about growing your brand? If the answer is yes, listen as Attorney Murray lays out three necessary steps to successfully growing your business.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
08:24
June 09, 2021
77. Does Owning a LLC Protect You From Trademark Infringement?
Is owning the domain name equivalent to owning a trademark? What is the difference between a catch phrase and a tagline? Does the trademark have to match the business name? Listen as I answer your general questions from the Genius Lounge relating to business or law.  Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here.   Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people.  Visit the Genius Lounge.  Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.  Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course?  Register here-- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
16:28
May 05, 2021
76. 8 Tips to Building a Strong Business
Follow your vision. When faced with different definitions of what a strong business encompasses, it is important to draw your own blueprint. The facets of a strong business can appear to be complex to entrepreneurs. Listen as Attorney Murray shares her gems to building a strong business. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge  Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
14:34
April 14, 2021
75. It’s Not Personal, It’s Business
Hiring an attorney can LITERALLY save the life of your business.  Dismissing the intimidating connotation around attorneys can be the difference in you overcoming legal issues that can wipe out your business, financially and legally. Listen as Attorney Murray discusses the benefits to having an attorney for your business and knowing when to schedule a consultation. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have.  Visit the Genius Lounge  Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray?  Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here 
15:49
April 07, 2021
74. How to Protect Your Brand on a Budget
Do you need an attorney to file your trademark? Can you diy it? Do you file in use or intent to use? Listen as I answer your general questions from the Genius Insider relating to business or law.  Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here.  Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Ultimate Trademark Blueprint   Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge.  Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.  Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
26:29
March 17, 2021
73. Lydia T. Blanco: Power of Pouring into Your Own Cup
Stop pressing the snooze button on yourself. Today’s guest is Lydia T. Blanco, thriving intrapreneur, journalist, and podcast host of The Get My Life Tour. Listen as Lydia shares her journey of how embracing her worth allowed God to open doors for her to expand in her field of genius. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Lydia T. Blanco Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter The Get My Life Tour The Alchemist Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
35:50
March 10, 2021
72. The Business Behind the Law with Attorney Chuck James
Plant your seeds and your harvest will be plentiful.  Today’s guest is Attorney Chuck James. Managing member of Serious Injury Law Group, a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm based out of Montgomery, Alabama. Listen as Attorney James shares his experience and insight on what law school did not prepare him for as an attorney managing a firm. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Serious Injury Law Group Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.  Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here--
47:10
March 03, 2021
71. Copyright vs Copywrite: Will Either of These Protect My Phrase?
How can artists define commercial use and business use for copyrights? Are short phrases protected by copyrights?  Listen as I answer your general questions from the Genius Insider relating to business or law.  Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here.  Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.  Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here-- 
26:18
February 24, 2021
70. How Embracing Her Money Mindset Allowed Money Expert, Shannah Game, to Thrive Entrepreneurially
What’s your Money Mindset? Today’s guest is Shannah Game. Thriving entrepreneur and host of Millennial Money, an educational podcast on all things money-related. Listen as Shannah shares how she cultivated her entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to prosper authentically as she pursues her various passions.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Millennial Money Podcast Money Mindset Journal ‘The Wealthy Gardener’ Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
32:19
February 17, 2021
69. Gorilla Glue vs Gorilla Snot, how does the USPTO determine likelihood of confusion.
Welcome to another episode of the Own Your Genius podcast. Today we’re spilling a little Legal Tea. This tea is hot make sure your cup is ready. Tessica Brown’s recent mistake of using Gorilla Glue, the industrial adhesive, in place of the hair gel, Gorilla Snot, has raised many questions amongst consumers. What is brand confusion? Do trademarks not protect against the use of similar names? Listen as I discuss her situation from a legal perspective, breaking down the Dupont Factors applied by USPTO when assessing the likelihood of confusion when filing a trademark. Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here-- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
34:13
February 10, 2021
68. Can A Slogan Be Trademarked?
When you trademark a business name, does it protect your from variations? Can slogans be protected? What comes first: the LLC or the business plan? Listen as I answer your general questions from the Genius Insider relating to business or law. Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here.  Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
40:52
January 27, 2021
67. SpelHouse Trademark Drama: Culture Vulture or Opportunist?
Where is the line between a culture vulture and an opportunist? Today’s guest is Panama Jackson, the Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas. Listen as we discuss the trademarks filed for ‘SpelHouse’, the portmanteau of two predominant HBCU’s, Spelman College and Morehouse College. Should the college student behind the company ‘Legacy History Pride’ be able to own the trademark or should it preserved for the college institutions to claim? Let’s continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and the questions it raised for you. Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Visit the Genius Lounge. Visit Very Smart Brothas & Connect with Panama Jackson on Twitter Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here-- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
36:40
January 20, 2021
66. How Taking The Leap of Faith Allowed Brittany Sharp to Become the Owner of Not One But TWO Successful Businesses
Take the Leap of Faith. Today’s guest speaker is Brittany Sharp, founder of The Sharp Standard, a full service event planning company and cofounder of The Modern Mold Agency, a Public Relations, visual, and image consulting firm. Listen how she shares how her obedience and strong discipline led her to fully embrace the call God had on her to be a prosperous entrepreneur. Let’s continue the conversation over in the  Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have.  Before you head over there, make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Connect with Brittany Sharp on Facebook , Learn More about The Sharp Standard , Learn More about The Modern Mold Agency  Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Laconya Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here
39:33
January 13, 2021
65. Bonus Episode: Murray’s Law, Can a Domain Name be Trademarked?
Can a domain name be trademarked? What is the difference between a trademark, service mark, and a trade name? Is it true that it’s first to file for a trademark? Listen as I answer your general questions from the Genius Insider relating to business or law. Would you like to submit your own questions to be answered during next week's Murray's Law? Submit here. 
16:51
December 23, 2020
64. 2020 Reflection: Life Lessons In Unexpected Places
2020. The year of unexpected lessons and blessings.  As this season comes to an end, it’s a perfect time for reflection of what this year taught us. For me, many of the lessons and blessings I received came from unexpected sources. I learned that the real change comes after the push. Listen as I explain the various lessons I’ve gained despite being in quarantine. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
11:55
December 16, 2020
63. How Embracing Her Passion Allowed Coach Mimi Jay to Overcome Obstacles, Serve Her Community, and Achieve Her Goals
Boss up and Hustle. Today’s guest is Coach Mimi Jay, founder of RBG Royalty, a career development business with the goal of empowering women in her community through career advancement. Listen as she shares her experiences of overcoming challenges by embracing her passion and keeping her eyes on the prize. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Connect with Coach MiMi Jay on Facebook, Learn More about RBG Royalty, Participate in the Professional Initiative Course Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.  Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
20:49
December 09, 2020
62. How Facing My Childhood Trauma Allowed Me to Transform into a Genius Receiver
False beliefs can block you from receiving the opportunities created for you.  Are you a good receiver? Genuinely? It’s important we take the time to do the work to understand and acknowledge the impact our past traumas have on us so we don’t end up getting stuck down the line. When we confront our wounded mindsets, we are open to receiving the opportunities we prayed for.  Listen as I explain 3 ways you can transform those false beliefs and become a better receiver. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
14:55
December 02, 2020
61. Top 3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs When Starting Their Business
 Owning your Genius enables entrepreneurs to serve their community while make money doing EXACTLY what they love.  As exciting as it is to run your own business, I found many are diving into branding without understanding their audience and their consumer needs. In order to properly serve the community, it is essential entrepreneurs take their time creating a marketing plan that identifies the problems they are resolving by creating their business before rushing into operating mode.  Listen as I explain the 3 mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid and breakdown the 6 components every business plan should consist of in order to create your Genius brand. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action  Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
16:19
November 25, 2020
60. The Danger of Misclassifing an Employee as Independent Contractor
 The misclassification of employees is a huge problem among entrepreneurs. There are several responsibilities and obligations to consider when hiring for your business that should NOT be avoided for the sake of cutting corners to save time or money.  It is vital for entrepreneurs to understand the difference between an employee and an independent contractor in order to make the proper hiring decision for their business.   Listen as I explain the various aspects every entrepreneur should consider when determining to hire an independent contractor or employee for their business.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have.  Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
11:58
November 18, 2020
59. How Being Exposed to the Gender Wage-Gap Pushed Jacqueline to Embrace Her Genius and Empower Women in the Workplace
Know your Value. Today’s guest is Jacqueline Twillie. Founder of ZeroGap, a women’s leadership development firm based in Dallas, Texas. Listen as Jacquiline shares how her experience in male-dominated industries sparked her initiative to combat the gender wage-gap by empowering women to negotiate and advance in leadership roles. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Resources and links mentioned in this episode: Connect with Jacqueline on LinkedIn Learn more about ZeroGap Get the best-seller "Don't Leave Money on the Table" Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
25:11
November 11, 2020
58. What Does Your Trademark Really Protect?
Protecting Your Genius. Everywhere I turn, business owners are talking about trademarks and staking their claims. No entrepreneur wants the goodwill of their company to be siphoned by someone using their trademark or something similar to their brand.   Trademarks allow the owner to create their unique position in what is usually a crowded market and protect their brand against infringement or consumer confusion. But what is it really protecting?  Listen as I explain what trademarks really protect. Hint, it's not just your name or logo.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
12:01
November 04, 2020
57. Distraction vs Opportunities: How Putting Your Genius First Paves a Thriving Road
Every entrepreneur’s goal is to see the growth and success of their business come to fruition. Sometimes we allow ourselves to become distracted by offers that sound more beneficial to us than the reality is. Learning to prioritize our true intentions and decipher between the opportunities and distractions that approach us is key to excelling in your genius. Listen as I explain the ways I’ve learned to tell a distraction from an opportunity and keep business growing in the right direction.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
12:01
October 28, 2020
56. Create the All-Star Business Team You NEED, by Avoiding These 4 Common Mistakes
As an entrepreneur I can tell you: Running a business is no simple task. The ceaseless workload can feel overwhelming when we try to face it alone. Every business needs a team dedicated to their brand, willing to operate within their own realms of genius to accomplish the set goals and mission.  Listen as I explain the 4 major hiring mistakes to avoid to build your own All-Star team for your business to flow efficiently facing productive demand.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
15:53
October 21, 2020
55. How being fired pushed Melissa into her purpose and allowed her to double her salary in less than a year
Delayed is not denied. Today's guest is Melissa Newton. Co-owner of Iron City Social a branding, marketing, and Pr firm based in Birmingham, AL. Listen as Melissa shares how she went from slanging rocks to sitting unfulfilled in a cubicle for 10 years before fate pushed her into her purpose.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have.  Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people.  Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
31:18
October 14, 2020
54. How Finding My Genius Helped Me Have My Best Months, All While Enduring The Pandemic, Virtual School, and Working for Home.
2020 is not canceled. There is still a lot of time left in 2020 for those of us who are fortunate enough to make it until the end of the year. I chose to make the best of it. Who knew not doing all of the things was exactly what I needed to surpass my 2020 goals? Listen as I explain how finding my "Genius" helped me have the best months ever. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
25:14
October 07, 2020
53. Everyone Doesn't Need A Trademark
Everyone doesn’t need a trademark.  When you have an idea that can potentially change your life, the first thing you want to do is make sure someone doesn’t steal it from you. Sometimes that results in prematurely making investments you aren’t ready for. If you haven’t validated your idea and aren’t willing to do the work necessary to bring the idea to life, do not file for trademark registration. I mean if the mark you want to register isn’t associated with a good or service, not available in interstate commerce and isn’t unique you don’t have a trademark anyway.  If you enjoyed this episode of the Own Your Genius podcast let me know by rating the podcast and leaving a review. I read the reviews. I love knowing that you all are picking up what I’m dropping.  When you’re ready to protect your brand contact my office by visiting offthemarkipsolutions.com to get started.  Until next time, keep building your business, growing your brand, and owning your genius. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://offthemarkipsolutions.com
07:56
May 02, 2020
52. The Parallel Between Business and Fitness
Fitness parallels business and life. Don't believe me? Today's guest, Tamara Brown, Not Your Average Trainer discusses her journey into fitness, recognizing support when it looks different than expected and showing up for your million dollar client. What are you doing to keep your health in check? Let’s keep the conversation going. Head over to the website and let me know your fitness, mindset, and or nutrition routines. If you're ready to make an appointment with your million dollar client, contact Not Your Average Trainer at www.notyouraveragetrainer.com You can also find Tamara @notyouraveragetrainer on social media.  Make sure to rate the podcast. Until next time, keep building your business, growing your brand, and owning your genius. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
47:04
April 24, 2020
51. Owning Your Genius While Working With Other People
Today’s question: I have a meeting scheduled with a potential consultant to discuss helping me flush out my ideas and turn them into products and services. If we work together, it could result in the creation of multiple forms of intellectual property. How can I protect my ideas and my interest while working?  Working with a consultant or coach is only one example of where you need to share your ideas with a third party. If you need to hire a developer, an assistant, or an employee, you’ll want to keep listening. How comfortable are you when it comes to working with third parties. Let’s keep the conversation going. Head over to the website and let me know what your reservations are when it comes to working with third parties. If you need a business plan or need to make sure your contract protects your interest, head over to the website, LaConyaMurray.com. Make sure to rate the podcast. Until next time, keep building your business, growing your brand, and owning your genius. Business Plan Workbook Own Your Genius Challenge
15:54
April 17, 2020
50. Is Your Streamed Church Service Violating Copyright Laws
Growing up it was common for churches to sing popular gospels songs. Well with the shift in our new normal, the question is how churches today are able to perform songs without violating the copyrights of the artist and producers. Excellent question. To answer it we’re going to start at the bottom and work our way up.  Let’s keep the conversation going. Are you attending church online? If so,  Head over to LaConyaMurray.com/blog to share the link, someone may be looking for a church home. I’ll share mine there as well. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
11:50
April 03, 2020
49. Now's Not The Time To Quit
There are so many messages on how small business owners should be operating in this time. To sell or not to sell is the question some have. I think that question stems from another, how do we help our clients in this time.  Considering giving your products or services for free or not offering them at all isn’t about you at all. It’s out of consideration for your clients/customers. You want to be of service in this time and haven’t figured out how. Today I’m going to give you 5 ways you can be of service to your clients and community during this time. I want to hear from you. How are you serving your community during this time? Head over to laconyamurray.com and let me know. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
15:31
March 27, 2020
48. How to Determine if Rebranding is Necessary
The ‘R” word is difficult for many entrepreneurs to swallow because they have worked hard to create and grow their brand. The decision to change your brand is personal (some times). In today’s episode I discuss three reasons you should consider rebranding. Let’s keep the conversation going. Have you rebranded? If so, why and how did you feel about it. Do you think you need to rebrand? What’s stopping you? Head to laconyamurray.com to join the conversation. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
14:48
March 19, 2020
47. Did Kobe Trademark Mamba And If So What Happens Now
Is Mamba free game after the passing of NBA star, Kobe Bryant? Will the league change the logo to honor the basketball legend? Do you have questions about how the information applies specifically to you? Schedule a consultation to speak with me laconyamurray.com/consultation Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
13:29
February 10, 2020
46. U.S Lawyer Files Trademark Application For Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's Sussex Royal
TMZ interviewed Attorney Jarred Fogleson after learning he filed a trademark in the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Sussex Royal. He says he did it to teach them a lesson not to overlook such matters but who's schooling who? Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
24:16
January 27, 2020
45. Target is Sued by Small Business Owner For Trademark Infringement
Happy New Year! Last episode we discussed small business infringing on big businesses but what happens when it is the other way around? Visit laconyamurray.com for your trademark, copyright, and contract needs! Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
13:37
January 03, 2020
44. My Dad's Friend Went To Jail For Copyright Infringement
My dad called me last week to tell me about his friend who just got out of jail for copyright infringement. So many people think that it will never happen to them. Take the free #ownyourgeniuschallenge to learn more about trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets  laconyamurray.com/challenge Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
13:43
December 09, 2019
43. Kylie Jenner's Rise and Shine Trademark Application
Welcome to another episode of the Legal Tea.  Kylie Jenner filed a new trademark application for the phrase Rise and Shine after a video of her singing to her daughter went viral. This move has a lot of people asking, how can she trademark a common phrase. Our top takeaways from today's episode are: Know when you can and can't prevent others from using a mark File your trademark as soon as possible to prevent others from benefiting from your good will Common phrases can be trademarked if used in an uncommon way Don't forget to leave a review of the Legal Tea on your favorite podcast platform and share it with your tribe. Have questions? Schedule an assessment to learn more about my services and schedule a consultation. Book Your Assessment
14:35
November 09, 2019
42. Lizzo Accused of Plagiarism But Is It Really? Truth Hurts
Over the last few weeks several people have accused Truth Hurts singer of plagiarism over the opening line of the hit song. Today we'll discuss what plagiarism is its consequences. Visit laconyamurray.com to learn more about Attorney Murray and her services. 
13:12
October 28, 2019
41. What's the Real Scoop on Megan Thee Stallion's "Hot Girl Summer" Trademark?
In today's episode we discuss Megan Thee Stallion's Hot Girl Summer trademark. Is it really approved? You'll also get the tea on Ariana Grande's 10 million dollar lawsuit against Forever 21 and LeBron James' Taco Tuesday trademark.  Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here. Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
14:27
September 24, 2019
40. The Takeaway From The TFUE v FaZe Clan Contract Dispute
A friend sent me this story months ago, and I'm so glad she did. So many people believe that contracts are reserved for big businesses, but that isn't the case. People enter into contracts everyday without any consideration for how it will affect them in the long run. Let's continue the conversation over in the Genius Lounge. Let me know what you thought of the episode and any questions you have. Visit the Genius Lounge Before you head over there make sure to share this episode with three people. Want to schedule a time to speak with Attorney Murray? Do that here.
16:13
September 16, 2019
39. Is Faceapp out to get all of your private information?
Here’s something else for you to sip on. If the terms and conditions of the FaceApp bother you, you should definitely review the terms and conditions of your favorite social media platforms and other apps. I’m just saying. Today’s top takeaways are: 1. Terms and conditions are legally contracts not just some inconvenient hurdle between you and that app you want to download 2. The time to ask questions about what you’re giving in exchange for using that app, website, software, etc... is before you agree to the terms and conditions not after 3. Read the terms and conditions. I know it’s boring but do it anyway visit laconyamurray.com for more
12:25
August 05, 2019
38. It's Update Time! Kim Kardashian, The Marathon Continues, and Cardi B
Update episode! Cardi B faces challenges with her 'Okurr' trademark application while Kim Kardashian and Crips LLC both have a change of heart about their applications.  Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
18:56
July 14, 2019
37. #KimOhNo Kim Kardashian files for Kimono trademark
Kim Kardashian’s filed a trademark for Kimono. While the Internet yells cultural appropriation, it’s uncertain whether her applications will be approved in the first place. #KimOhNo Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
23:54
July 03, 2019
36. Why Blacc Sam's "The Marathon Continues" trademark application is better than Crips LLC
What's going on with Blacc Sam's "The Marathon Continues" trademark application and why he'll probably come out with the registration. Top 3 Takeaways Don't wait to protect your brand Use an attorney when at all possible Protecting your brand is a process, a process that takes time. Take the #ownyourgeniuschallenge Not registered in the Protect Your Brand Startup Guide Mini-Course? Register here -- https://laconyamurray.com/freecourse
22:11
June 27, 2019
35. Kawhi Leonard Files Lawsuit Against Nike for Copyright Infringement But Does He Have A Case?
Kawhi Leonard files lawsuit against Nike for copyright infringement. The lawsuit was filed after receiving a cease and desist letter from the company relating to a logo he alleges he temporarily let Nike use. Top Three Takeaways 1. Register your work immediately 2. Have an attorney review your contract for terms you may have missed or don't understand 3. Have a basic understanding of intellectual property even if you work with an attorney.
14:49
June 13, 2019
34. LA Crips May Have Some Trouble With Their " The Marathon Continues" Trademark Application
  Two weeks ago, the LA. Crips filed a trademark application for The Marathon Continues. Yes, La Crips as in one of the most prominent gang organizations of the 80s and 90s are out here owning their genius! Three top takeaways Own your genius Every good and service must  be in use in interstate commerce when you file your in use trademark application Your trademark application is filed under oath. Lying on your trademark application can result in a fine or imprisonment. Visit laconyamurray.com to schedule a consultation. Own your genius challenge Upload your trademark, copyright, and/or patent certificate blur out the sensitive information Tell us what owning your genius means to you use #ownyourgenius and tag @laconyamurray
18:08
June 01, 2019
33. What John Singelton's Passing Teaches Entrepreneurs About Preparing For Death
Before John Singleton's death on April 28, 2019,  his family had already begun fighting over control of $35 million dollar estate. I invited Attorney Rodney Davis to discuss what entrepreneurs can learn about business succession from his passing. Top 3 Takeaways Plan for how you want your business affairs handled at death Communicate your intentions with your business partners and family Work with an attorney to put your intentions in writing Attorney Rodney Davis Law Office of Rodney Davis https://rdavislawoffice.com/ https://www.facebook.com/rodneydavislaw/
30:47
May 15, 2019
32. LL Cool J Wins Trademark Lawsuit But Not For The Reason You Think
In late April of this year, LL received a default judgment against Guerrilla Division after they failed to respond to the lawsuit. I’m excited for the win but I don’t want you to leave here thinking that LL had some sort of priority because of his 1985 hit, Rock the Bells. 3 top takeaways 1. Respond to mail you receive from the court. It could cost you a lot more than access to email accounts. 2. LL Cool J’s trademark rights were established through use of the mark in association of goods and services not his song. 3. Trademark registration is only the beginning of protecting your brand. You must police and enforce your rights.
10:37
May 04, 2019
31. Beyoncé and The Crayon Case, A Lesson In How To Make Your Intellectual Property Work For You
  Last week I was tagged on a Facebook post where a Crayon Case fan posted pictures of school supply themed make up that was for sale in Sephora. That’s right big brands Moschino and Sephora teamed up to rip off the black owned cosmetic brand. I was heartbroken when I saw the pictures. Now what I do know is that Supa’s customers are super loyal to her, so they won’t be jumping ship to purchase these knock off product but it’s bigger than that.     Here are the three points I want you to take away from today’s episode: 1. Protecting your intellectual property puts you in position to earn more money by leveraging your assets. Look how Beyoncè flipped a 5-million-dollar performance into over $20 million 2. Trademarks protect more than just words and logos. Trademarks also protect sound, smell, color, and shapes 3. While common law trademarks offer some protection you need a federal trademark to exercise your authority to exclude throughout the United States You can register for the free masterclass  Listen to episode 13 here Schedule a time to speak with me here
15:28
April 26, 2019
30. 50 Cent's Trademarking of Teairra Mari's "I Ain't Got It" Makes Him the King of Petty
 Sooo 50 Cent out here taking petty to whole other levels. Teairra Mari release a diss track, “I ain’t got it” referring to the 30k she owes him. Fifty swooped in and bought the domain name and filed for the trademark before she had a chance to make any money from it. #gottabequickerthanthat Before you strive for this level of pettiness make sure to listen to today’s podcast. Top three takeaways 1. Purchasing a domain name does not constitute trademark use 2. Before your trademark application can be approved for registration you must submit proof that you are using the mark in commerce 3. That willful false statements and the like are punishable by fine or imprisonment under 18 United States Code Section 1001 Visit laconyamurray.com to schedule your consultation or book her to speak at your next event
12:33
April 18, 2019
29. Stop Bullying Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Magazine is sending cease and desist letters to businesses using the word entrepreneur. That's not how this works. It's not how any of this works. Top 3 Takeaways  Trademark registration does not necessarily give you absolute ownership of the registered mark. Trademark protection is limited to how your mark is used. Entrepreneurs have to know your rights as it relates to intellectual property. Don't forget to rate and subscribe to the Legal Tea. Visit laconyamurray.com 
10:05
April 08, 2019
28. Cardi B teaches us a thing or two about trademarking cute words and phrases, okurr
Cardi B said that while she is here she’s gonna secure ALL the bags! She went on Instagram last week for the folks  who were mad that she filed to trademark Okurr, her signature catchphrase. Some people are like how? Some  people are like but the Kardashians did it first. So gather around as I spill the tea.
20:49
March 29, 2019
27. I Don't Own The Rights To This Music
According to the Verge.com, Peloton is being sued for copyright infringement by several members of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) for using music that they do not have the rights to. Peloton is not the only one guilty of this. Everyday 100s of 1000s of people commit copyright infringement  on social media and in their business and try to absolve themselves by using the disclaimer " I don't own the rights to this music" Top 3 Takeaways   Artist have a right to say what happens to the music they create A disclaimer and giving credit does not prevent infringement  Avoid infringement by seeking permission from the artist  Remember, if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
09:03
March 23, 2019
26. Beyoncé and Jay-Z Teach Us About Bonafide Intent
  It’s March 18, 2019, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first born, Blue Ivy Carter is 7years old and her parents are still battling to secure her trademark. The couple first filed for trademark protection in an intent to use application in January of 2012. An office action was issued for likelihood of confusion with another company however the problem was rectified when the Carters amended their application. This application was approved for use, which gave the Carters’ six months to began using the trademark in association with the goods listed in their application. There were so many lessons to pull from. Our top 3 takeaways are 1. You can’t file a trademark application to prevent other people from using the mark 2. Don’t file an intent to use trademark application unless you truly intend to use the mark in commerce 3. The intent is more than a someday type of thing. You must be able to provide proof that you are working on bringing the product or service to the market Remember, if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
18:60
March 20, 2019
25. AT&T hit with false advertising lawsuit by Sprint for 5G claims
False Advertisement is a thing and its not just reserved for brand ambassadors. Under the Lanham Act, the same act that governs trademarks and services marks, businesses are prohibited from creating an unfair competitive advantage through misleading advertising or label.
15:16
March 09, 2019
24. Huge Ass Beer Has A Giant Trademark Problem
Nicholas Karno, Inc. filed for trademark protection of the Huge Ass Beer mark in 2013 after using the mark in commerce since 1996. His beer became well known because of the gigantic 32 oz container the beer is sold in. According to Karno, the infringement began after a business relationship went south. At which time the Olano family began selling Gaint Ass Beer in several of their business establishments. Talk about petty. Today’s top 3 takeaways 1. Trademarks protect not just same but also similar marks 2. Conduct a trademark clearance search before you commit to a mark 3. Conduct a trademark clearance search even if you’re only doing business in your state. Remember federal trademark protection covers all of the United States If you need a trademark clearance search conducted schedule a time to speak with me by visiting iprotectbrands.com If you have a registered trademark and you want to make sure no one is infringing on your mark, let’s look into monitoring your trademark.  Remember, if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
10:17
March 02, 2019
23. Duh, Of Course The Carlton Dance Isn't Protected By Copyright
Today’s episode is an update. In episode 7 of season 1 of the legal tea with discussed Fornite’s problematic behavior. Where the company was using dances made popular by black artist in their game without permission, credit or payment. We talked about copyrights as they relate to dance and the likelihood of someone succeeding on a copyright infringement lawsuit. In episode 15 of season 1 we discussed the lawsuits filed by 2 Milly and Alfonso Riberio against Fornite for copyright infringement and right to publicity. It was really just a matter of time. Well since then there have been some major movement in those two lawsuits. Plus we had a listener ask, how do you get right to publicity? I figured the best way to answer this question and to further explain why the case against Fornite really isn’t about copyrights is to discuss the EA Sports lawsuit from a few years ago.   Top 3 takeaways 1. Right of publicity gives you the right to exclude others from making money off of your likeness without your permission.  2. Everybody has this right. It is not reserved for celebrities and high profile people 3. It is a up hill battle trying to copyright dance moves that involve only a few steps Visit thelegaltea.co and tell me what you think Visit iprotectbrands.com to schedule a time to discuss your legal needs.
15:30
February 22, 2019
22. Figi Water Girl Sues Figi For Unauthorized Use of Her Likeness
 Fiji Water hired Kelleth Cuthbert as a model to promote their product at the Golden Globes. After becoming a social media hit, Cuthbert sued Fiji Water for creating an unauthorized marketing campaign based off of the Golden Globe moment using her likeness. The company created cardboard cutouts of Cuthbert and used them in offline marketing campaigns. She believed this alleged unauthorized use of her likeness has generated millions of dollars for the company.  Top 3 Takeaways 1. Destroying the agreement does not make it void 2. Negotiate before entering a contract, you don’t want to end up with buyer’s remorse. 3. Actions matter just as much as words. What do you think of this situation? Does it make you want to tighten up your written agreements or start using them in the first place? Visit thelegaltea.co and let me know in the comments.  Also, if you need contract help, visit iprotectbrands.com to contact my office.
13:03
February 15, 2019
21. Just because you pay for it doesn't make it yours
Gigi Hadid is being sued for copying a picture of herself and posting it to her Instagram account.  As business owners it is very important that we understand copyright laws. Especially today when we’re able to scale our businesses through outsourcing rather than hiring employees. Our three top takeaways are 1. The person who brings the work to life is the person who owns the work unless they are an employee doing the work in the scope of their employment 2. Just because the paparazzi can take a picture of someone without their consent doesn’t mean that you can do the same. Don’t use celebrities likeness to promote your business without their consent. This is not just a right to publicity issue but it is also a truth in advertising issue which is monitored by the feds.  3. Just because you pay for something doesn’t make it yours Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
12:07
February 06, 2019
20. Samsung's 1.6 Million Dollar iPhone Problem
Samsung is suing one of their brand ambassadors for breach of contract in the amount of 1.6 million dollars. One of our favorite Sex in the City girlfriends is also being sued for not fulfilling her duties as brand ambassador.  Today's episode will discuss why written contracts are a must, especially when working with influencers. Top Three Takeaways  1. Use Written Agreements 2. Use Written Agreements 3. Use Written Agreements Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
09:21
January 26, 2019
19. What we can learn about trademarks from Game of Thrones, Rihanna, and McDonald's
Winter is here but April is not  however that doesn't stop us from noticing the significance of branding even in the early modern period. Rihanna is suing her father for brand confusion, and McDonald's lost their trademark overseas. Seems we a learn a few things about trademarks from Game of Thrones, Rihanna, and McDonald's.  Top three takeaways 1. Trademarks have been around for a long, long time 2. If you don't use your mark, you'll lose your mark 3. Registration is just the beginning Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
14:32
January 19, 2019
18. Surviving R. Kelly's Defamation Lawsuit
Thursday night Lifetime debuted a documentary series titled, “Surviving R. Kelly” It is a multi-night event giving voices to the women who have alleged to been victims of R&B singer R. Kelly’s alleged predator behavior. The documentary includes over 50 interviews of not only alleged victims but also family members, musicians, and creator of the me too movement, Tarana Burke. For its efforts to provide a voice to women where they have previously been unheard, Lifetime received a scathing cease and desist letter from R. Kelly’s legal team. They alleged that they have proof that Lifetime knows that some of the women being interviewed are lying. In today’s episode of the Legal Tea we are discussing defamation. What it is and the burden of proof. Remember the content in this podcast is not legal advice and is provided for informational purposes only.  Top three takeaways from today’s episode are: 1. Libel and slander while both defamation, are different. Libel refers to written defamation while slander refers to oral 2. Defamation is not just about false statements. It is about the intentional, reckless, or negligent communication of false statements 3. Defamation is not a federal matter and is defined specifically according to each individual state’s law Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
19:01
January 07, 2019
17. Love Is Abrupt Cancellation, Admission of Guilt or Nah
Today we are going to discuss the OWN’s network series, Love Is and how creatives can protect themselves when they are pitching their ideas to third parties.  After being renewed for a second season, the show was abruptly cancelled amid allegations of domestic violence and copyright infringement from one of the show’s creators.  Our focus today is on the copyright infringement allegations. One of our amazing listeners posed the following question: is cancellation of the show the best option for a network to cover themselves while one of their show producers and creators is being sued for possible intellectual theft? Top Three Takeaways 1. Copyrights protect the execution of ideas not the ideas themselves.  2. Don’t trust people with your work especially if you haven’t protected it through copyright registration 3. Non Disclosure Agreements can protect your ideas that haven’t been executed. Meaning if you have an idea for a script but haven’t written it, this written contract can protect it. If the other party will sign it.  Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co 
15:04
December 25, 2018
16. Offset's Stage Debut, Love or Abuse?
Did you see Offset's latest attempt to win his wife back? Join me and my guests, licensed therapist Ce Anderson and domestic violence attorney Adele Baker Underwood as we discuss the non- physical form of domestic violence and legal remedies for relief. Our top 3 takeaways 1. Domestic violence is not always physical. 2. Vet potential love interest before you become emotionally invested in them. 3. Sometimes it is better to resolve domestic violence situations through the civil courts rather than criminal. That's all I have for you today. Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co You can connect with Attorney Baker Underwood on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thebulawfirm You can purchase your copy of Love Taps http://a.co/d/fJkdEGe Connect with Ce Anderson on Twitter and Instagram @CeAndersonlive
38:38
December 20, 2018
15. Cardi B, Fornite Dance, and Nickelodeon Trademark/Copyright Update
Welcome to episode 15 of the Legal Tea. Today's episode is an update of previous issues we've talked about in the past. Did Cardi B give Fashion Nova written consent to use her name for their trademark? What artist finally sued Fornite for using their likeness? How did Nickelodeon respond to the cease and desist to their use of Double Dare? Our top 3 takeaways 1. Maintain your trademark registrations or risk a finding of abandonment. 2. File for your trademark as soon as you can to avoid delays in your application and spending additional money 3. Recognize the value you bring to others and don’t allow them to benefit from your hard work without your permission That's all I have for you today. Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co
11:07
December 11, 2018
14. LL Cool J and Prince Battle Alleged Cybersquatters
A couple of weeks ago when we’re discussing Prince's estate trademarking the color purple, I mention the estate filing a lawsuit against for Domain Capital for cybersquatting. Long story short. Domain Capital loaned money to the previous owner of prince.com. (The previous owner was not Prince) The previous owner defaulted on their loan payments and Domain Capital took over the domain. It's very interesting to note that the domain has been registered since 1995 and Prince in his lifetime never attempted to purchase the domain. Last week I learned that LL Cool J is bringing legal action against the founders of Rock the Bells music festival. He is suing them for trademark infringement, false designation of origin affiliation or association, cyberpiracy and unfair competition. He is also requesting an injunction. Ladies Love Cool James has a lot of claims in his complaint but today we are going to focus on one. Cybersquatting. Cybersquatting is the practice of registering names, especially well-known company or brand names, as Internet domains, in the hope of reselling them at a profit. Top 3 Takeaways 1. Purchasing domains with the intent to sell to the highest buyer is cybersquatting. 2. Register your trademarks with USPTO to strengthen your cybersquatting claim and overall complaint. 3. Ask before you leap. Contact the domain owner before you pursue litigation. The domain owner could have a legitimate purpose for the domain.
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December 04, 2018
13. Black Owned Cosmetic Line Overcomes Trademark Issues With Big Brand To Make 1 Million D
Hey ya'll what's poppin? Thanksgiving has come and gone. Turkey leftovers have been transformed to turkey soup, casseroles, sandwiches, lol. Inboxes have been blowing up with sale notifications left and right for black Friday and Cyber Monday. We even had our on holiday sales going on. But the person that came out on top without any doubt is Supa Cent. Owner of the black owned cosmetic line, The Crayon Case. This sista from Louisiana earned a million dollars in only 90 minutes! 90 minutes! I was seeing this success story all over my timeline but one of our lovely subscribes shared some tea with me. Prior to launching her brand, Supa Cent was sent a cease and desist letter from Crayola for infringing on their trademarks. This made me very curious because I knew that the word crayon is generic and not owned by crayons so what was the issue. Our three top takeaways from today's show are: 1. Look before you leap. Mark sure to complete a trademark clearance search to avoid trademark infringement. 2. It is your responsibility to protect your brand no matter how big you get. Remember the bigger you are the harder you fall. This doesn't mean that you have to punch em in the face when you see someone infringing. They may not even know. 3. If the packaging of your product is unique consider protecting it to avoid replicates and brand confusion. Make sure you check out thecrayoncase.com That's all I have for you today. Remember if you found this information useful, share it with your friends, subscribe, and leave a review. If you see a story you want to share send it to podcast@thelegaltea.co
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November 27, 2018
12. New Edition Members Battle Over Right To Name
If you follow our Facebook business page for a while you might remember a few months ago I told ya'll that Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant of New Edition filed for and received a federal trademark for the group's stage name. For those of you who missed it here's the gist of the conversation. Well in May Ronnie, Ricky, Bobby, and Mike filed to cancel the trademark. Cancellation occurs after the trademark application has been approved for registration. Although trademarks are published to the public prior to final approval, many business owners miss the opportunity to object to the registering of a competing mark because they aren't monitoring their trademarks. Top Three Takeaways 1. If you are a business owner your trademark is an asset that is owned by the business. 2. If you lie on your application it will be void. If your application is void it is like it was never filed. 3. Monitor your mark to stay on top of the registration of conflicting marks. It is easier to defend your mark if the conflicting mark is less than 5yrs
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November 20, 2018
11. Stay Out Of My Crayon Box!
Today we're talking about the Purple wonder himself, Prince. As we all know, this legend understood the importance of protecting his intellectual property and was no stranger to defending his rights through legal action when necessary. Remember the time he sued 22 Facebook users for linking to bootleg copies of music. How about the time he changed his name to a symbol as a result of contract dispute with his record label. Causing fans to refer to him as the artist formally known as Prince until the matter was resolved years later. Bottom line, he has had rights and he knew how to enforce them. Which is really important when you are creating your own portfolios. It doesn't matter how many trademarks or copyrights you register if you don't take the extra step to monitor and enforce your rights. You will lose what ever rights that are granted to you through registration if you fail to keep people of your mark or off your work. Prince's propensity to protect his brand did not stop at his death. On October 15 of this year, his estate filed a trademark application for a unique shade of purple that was created specifically for him when he was using the symbol rather than his name. The color is Love Symbol #2 and was created by Pantone in 1993 for him. This story was shared to me on Instagram by the financial rebel. In the comments, some people were outraged by this moved. I'm pretty sure this is because they don't really understand what this registration means for their use of the color purple. So let's talk about it. Today's top three takeaways are: 1. If you don't protect your mark you will lose it 2. obtaining a registered trademark for those aspects that make you standout in the market is good for business 3. Prince's registration of the unique shade of purple that was created specifically for him will not prevent us from using the color purple in our normal personal lives
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November 13, 2018
10. Gee's Bend, A Story Of Poverty, Ignorance, Fame And Copyrights
We're talking copyrights and today's story comes from my own backyard. Boykin, AL which is located in Wilcox County only about 2 hours from Montgomery and known to most people as Gee's Bends. Gee's Bend has a population of under 700. The town became known for the unique quilts made by members of its community. These quilts were created out of necessity, not art. Despite this fact, the quilts caught the attention art collector William Arnett after he spotted them in a Civil Rights era photography book. Arnett bought several quilts and began showing them around the country. The quilts became so popular that the patterns began showing up commercially. Leaving a few quilters scratching their heads. Today's top three takeaways 1. Copyrights do not protect useful articles. 2. Derivatives are work that is created from a preexisting work 3. The first sale doctrine is an exception to copyright law which grants the buyer of copyright-protected work the authority to resell, display, or otherwise dispose of that particular work. Remember if this episode made you say, mmm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.com.
17:57
November 05, 2018
9. Seeking Forgiveness Can Cost You
We know when it comes to using someone’s intellectual property the rule is always seek permission. Well, this week I’ve read two cases of artists who did, in fact, seek permission BUT when their request was met with denial they moved forward anyway. Choosing to ask forgiveness instead. Case 1. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All The Stars music video uses visual artist Lina Iris Viktor. Viktor stated in an interview with the New York Times that she was contacted twice by Black Panther representative about using her work in the promotional material for the film however she didn’t like the terms and declined. Fast forward one month. She noticed her signature gold patterned style in a 19-second scene in the All The Stars video. Case 2. Nicki Minaj leaks her track with Nas that uses Tracey Chapman’s Baby Can I Hold You. The song was supposed to be on her new album but was pulled because she couldn’t clear the sample. Fast forward a few months and Nicki allegedly leaked the song to Funkmaster Flex who teased it on his social media before playing on air that night. After that it was a wrap. The song was picked up on another station and soon made its way around the internet. This brings us to the Atlanta rap group Migos is being sued for copyright infringement for their song "Walk it Like I Talk it" by rapper M.O.S. He claims the group stole the hook from a song he wrote and published 10 years ago. It’s important to note that after he heard Migos version of the song he filed his copyright. Then he filed his lawsuit. Remember, you cannot file a copyright infringement lawsuit without a federally registered copyright. Top 3 Takeaways 1. File your copyright before you publish if possible but definitely before the infringement. 2. Moving forward using someone's copyrighted work after they told you no is evidence of willful infringement. 3. Willful infringement can hurt your pockets and get you locked up Remember if this episode made you say, mmm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.com.
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October 26, 2018
8. Rihanna's Trademark Woes
Rihanna is being sued over her use of Fenty University’s FU design. Freedom United claims that Rihanna through her partnership with Puma is knowingly committing trademark infringement and engaging in unfair competition through the use of their similar design. Top 3 Takeaways 1. If you have a clothing brand, make sure to use your logo as a brand identifier, not just a design. 2. Trademark infringement is in essence unfair competition. Most states have laws against unfair competition which means you could be liable for damages on a state level. 3. If you are sued for unfair competition or trademark infringement the trademark owner could sue for the profit you made from the infringing mark. Remember if this episode made you say, mmm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.com.
13:54
October 20, 2018
7. Soulja Boy Cannot Copyright His "Superman" Dance
Although free to use, Fornite charges users for everything else in the game including popular dance moves. They call the dance by other names however the majority of people know the origin come from. Artist and others are calling out Fornite for not giving the artist compensation or credit. One Twitter user asked the twitter world why Soulja’s boy dance “Superman” hadn’t been jacked. Ask and you shall receive an answer even if the answer isn’t correct. Soulja Boy answered, claimed Fornite couldn’t touch his dance move because it's copyrighted and Fornite would have to cut him a check to use it. His response has people everywhere shooked. Can you copyright dance moves? Let's dive in. Top 3 Takeaways • Copyrights protect choreography • Individual dance steps, health moves such as aerobic dances and yoga poses are not protected • The artist may have a claim under right of publicity Remember if this episode made you say, mmm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.com.
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October 12, 2018
6. Jimmy Choo's problem with Amazon
I recently read an article theFashionlaw.com sharing the American Apparel & Footwear Association believes that the e-commerce retail giant is not consistently doing enough to fight fakes. Members of the AAFA include Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and others. As a result of Amazon’s inconsistent handling of copyright and trademark infringement claims the association is requesting that some of Amazon’s international sites be added to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Black List. The list aka Notorious Markets is an annual list which reviews both offline and online businesses that are known for infringing on the intellectual property rights of American companies on a worldwide basis. Top 3 takeaways 1. The person who creates the work owns the copyright to it unless they are an employee during the work in the scope of their employment 2. If something looks too good to be true, it's probably fake. Check the reviews and carefully look at the product description. 3. As a business owner, you do have resources available to you to enforce your intellectual property rights. Remember if this episode made you say, mmm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.com.
15:24
October 05, 2018
5. Consent People Consent
In today's episode, Attorney Murray discusses Fashion Nova's 4 attempts to register trademarks on the reality star turn rapper Cardi B's name. Today's top 3 takeaways are: 1. You must have consent if you are the filing a trademark for someone's likeness. Even if that someone is you. 2. It's vital that you protect your mark as soon as possible to avoid possible delay from a similar mark which might beat you to the punch. 3. Monitor your mark to stay on top of unauthorized used. Remember if this episode made you say, ummm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.
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September 28, 2018
4. Fitzmagic Trademark Drama. But Why You Mad Though?
Former University of Alabama player and 1st round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick filed a trademark application for his nickname, Fitzmagic and some people just aren’t happy about it. There are some people who think that the Rookie Fitzmagic stole the moniker from the veteran player, The trademark application was filed on September 12th and will sit in the USPTO database for three months before it is assigned to an examining attorney for review. Top 3 Takeaways 1. If the trademark references a person you must have their consent. 2. If the examining attorney does not see a problem with the application, it will be approved for publication. During this time third parties who believe that will be harmed in some way by the registration of the mark can object to the registration of the proposed mark. 3. An intent to use application is filed when the applicant is not currently using the mark in commerce.
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September 21, 2018
3. WTF Procter and Gamble
Welcome to episode 3 of Off the Mark w/ Attorney. In today’s episode we are discussing Procter and Gamble’s latest trademark filings which include WTF, LOL, NBD and what it does and doesn’t mean for you. Plus Beyoncé scores a big trademark victory for her clothing brand, Ivy Park. Top 3 Take-Aways: 1. Trademarks must be associated with a good or a service. If there is no good or service there is no trademark. 2. Avoid building brands around popular trends. At the end of the day, no one is going to hear/see the trend and think of your product or service. 3. Trademarks are considered in their entirety (sound, meaning, appearance). You will not avoid trademark infringement by making small changes to an already existing mark. Remember if this episode made you say, ummm I didn’t know that make sure to subscribe, rate, and invite your business besties and tribe to catch next week’s episode. Have a story you want me to discuss? Email it to podcast@offthemarkipsolutions.com
18:50
September 18, 2018
2. Just Do It, Infringement or Satire?
Nike dropped a fire campaign last week showcasing Colin Kaepernick as the new face of their Just Do It campaign. People went crazy recreating the ad which leads to the question is the recreating of the ad trademark infringement? The top 3 takeaways from today's episode are: 1. Infringement cases are not a one size fits all, they are judged on a case by case basis. Before you use anyone’s mark for anything please consult an attorney for advice on how to proceed. 2. Satire is not a excuse or exception for defamation or slander. You can’t be spreading lies orally or on paper and think that its okay. 3. Using someone else’s mark or something similar to their mark to promote your business is infringement. So if you are anyone you know are using Nike’s campaign to promote your business, you are definitely Off the Mark. Remember, if you found today’s podcast informative or educational do me a favor subscribe, rate, and invite 3 friends to listen to next week’s episode. Found something you
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September 13, 2018
1. Intro to Off The Mark w/ Attorney LaConya Murray
Hello and welcome to the first episode of Off The Mark w/Attorney LaConya Murray. This first episode is a brief introduction to me, what to expect from the Off The Mark podcast and why you should listen and share with your business besties and tribe. I am a licensed attorney who absolutely LOVES helping my clients protect their business's greatest asset, their intellectual property. I take pride in making sure my clients make informed decisions. I take the time to explain the process, educate and inform which empowers all that work with me (and want to work with me in the future). I found that using real-world examples provides that ah-ha moment business owners need to make complex concepts make sense to them. So that's what I'm doing once a week. Discussing pop culture from a legal point of view. If this sounds like something you can get down with, make sure to subscribe and share with your business bestie and tribe.
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September 13, 2018