Looking Back at 2016 and Ahead to 2017

Happy new year!

Although Thanksgiving is the traditional time to count our blessings, I’m more inclined to do so at the turn of a new year, feeling gratitude for the gifts enjoyed during the year just passing and for the gift of all those possibilities the new year brings.

As we enter 2017, I want to thank each of you–clients, students in my workshops, readers of Digital Information Law publications, colleagues, and team members–for contributing to the growing success of my businesses throughout 2016, and, more importantly, to making 2016 my most fulfilling year yet. For that, I am most grateful.

Looking Back

My vision for my practice has always been to take an individualized and holistic approach to addressing the needs of a wide variety of clients, providing both legal and complementary services, such as training.

My legal clients in 2016 were varied indeed, consisting of both new and established businesses and entities, such as a local design firm on the verge of going national, the inventor of a phone app connecting users with live language interpreters in real time, the creator of an innovative tool providing virtual tours of local businesses, a for-profit university system, businesses in the hospitality and high-tech industries, and school districts.

The services I provided to them were also diverse. I was honored to help my clients protect and build upon their rights by: perfecting their ownership of copyrights and trademarks; preparing Terms of Use and copyright, privacy, other policies; assessing the risk of using potential trademarks and providing guidance to reduce risk; securing appropriate protection for trademarks and copyrights; licensing copyrights and trademarks; and preparing contracts and related documents for use with employees and contract workers.

I had the pleasure of providing both online and F2F workshops to educators and librarians across the country. 2016 also saw the completion of a second successful year of a totally new format and structure for Copyright & New Media Law (the quarterly journal purchased in 2014 by  Digital Information Law); readers expressed their appreciation for the expanded options for online access, more user-friendly design/format, and access to an ever-increasing collection of subscriber-only resources and benefits.

Looking Ahead

2017 looks to be just as exciting!

Training: In response to changing needs and developing technology, my talented team is in the process of creating what I hope will be a robust series of self-paced online courses, so that you can learn about copyright, trademark, and other legal issues that affect your professional life when and where it’s most convenient for you.

Legal Services: For my legal clients, I am excited to announce that my long-time super-assistant, Becky DeMont, is now a certified trademark paralegal. In this role, Becky will bring increased efficiency and effectiveness to the services we provide to our trademark clients.

Publications: Last but not least, we will continue our work to make Copyright & New Media Law an even more valuable publication through: (1) reaching out to current readers, as well as those not yet familiar with us, to learn how we can make CNML as helpful as possible to your professional practice; (2) continuing to grow the resources and benefits available to Premium Subscribers; and (3) recruiting even more experts to contribute to CNML.

 

I and my team wish you a joyful and successful new year 

and look forward to working with you in 2017!