Jayaram Law Blog

A column where Jayaram leadership discuss their philosophy on practicing law.   There are literally thousands of lawyers who practice in the same areas in which we practice. They advise founders, investors, and brands on things like intellectual property and corporate law. Like us, these lawyers put together deals, tactfully handle disputes, and advise their clients on a wide range of compliance issues. But what, then, makes our approach unique, and why do scaling entrepreneurs repeatedly and specifically seek out our counsel? Vivek, Wendy and Heidi discuss below. VJ: Founders need lawyers who are helping move their business forward towards…
We often are asked what a normal day looks like for our lawyers. Normal is something most of us don’t know much about, but in this new column – HOURS – we unpack the daily routines of our teammates.  5:00: Wake up! I have been an early riser for as long as I can remember.  I used to think that meant there was something wrong with me, but I’ve grown comfortable listening to my circadian rhythm which usually tells me to sleep and get up early.  5:00 — 7:00: Among my favorite times of the day.  It’s quiet, often dark, and the best…
Maria Derchi  has been a friend of the firm for years. Through her work with the University of Miami, Global Ecosystem Director at The Venture City, Executive Director of Refresh Miami, and now with Florida Funders, Maria has been a key connector to the firm’s tropical network in Miami. We talked with Maria about #miamitech, Miami’s extraordinary immigrant communities, and – naturally – cafecito. JL: Hola Maria!  What is Refresh Miami and why am I hearing so much about it these days? MDR: Refresh Miami has served as the hub of Miami’s tech and startup community since 2006. We are your one-stop…
Cassie practices with our corporate team on deals, structure and general governance. Shoot her a note at cassie@jayaramlaw.com. photo by Anjali Pinto Historically a defender of intellectual property protections, the US government shocked many when it announced its support of temporary patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccines at a World Trade Organization meeting on May 5, 2021. With the goal of expanding vaccine distribution to developing nations, South Africa and India first pushed for the legal right to manufacture generic versions of the COVID-19 vaccines. Since then, the idea to temporarily waive patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines has sparked a world-wide…
How people listen to music continues to evolve in the pandemic and post-pandemic world.   I recently caught up with my old pal Harry Clarke, who clerked at the same time I did back in 2005 for a Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Since that time, we’ve worked together, gone to shows in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Miami together, and still manage to ping each other when we are blown away by a new record we’ve discovered. Here’s an excerpt of my chat with Harry about Spotify, artist compensation models, and…
Zahreen is a litigator at Jayaram with a background in the education industry: working both as a teacher and as an attorney for an education organization. Shoot her a note at zahreen@jayaramlaw.com. As with so many industries, the Covid-19 pandemic completely disrupted the field of education, requiring K-12 districts and higher education institutions to rethink how they were going to provide high-quality educational services to students without the traditional face-to-face educational model.  A field that has been slow to adopt new technology was suddenly forced to and EdTech rose to the occasion, providing innovative solutions to both old and new…
Wendy Heilbut sat down with Chris Bordeaux to discuss his new cutting edge talent acquisition platform and the importance of a network. Read on to understand how he is developing something new in a static industry and why he feels so excited about it. WH: So what’s the Hunt Club all about? What does it do? Where’s it based? CB: TALENT. Hunt Club is all about hiring the best talent. It’s a new category of search firm with a modern approach to recruiting. We help growth startups, innovative mid-sized businesses, and transforming enterprises find the best people with our tech-enabled, white glove…
Danielle is an experienced trademark attorney and Counsel at Jayaram. Shoot her a note at dmaggiacomo@jayaramlaw.com. While the world wonders about his identity, Banksy’s graffiti art is no secret to any of us. Banksy rose to fame in Bristol during the 1990s, and shortly after gained international recognition. Whether or not Banksy was simply trying to avoid charges of criminal property damage, his mysterious persona has enormously contributed to his success. With fame came opportunistic infringers, and Banksy needed to protect his intellectual property in a way that felt authentic. Over the years, Banksy has been critical of copyright, declaring…
Danielle is an experienced trademark attorney and Counsel at Jayaram. Shoot her a note at dmaggiacomo@jayaramlaw.com. While the world wonders about his identity, Banksy’s graffiti art is no secret to any of us. Banksy rose to fame in Bristol during the 1990s, and shortly after gained international recognition. Whether or not Banksy was simply trying to avoid charges of criminal property damage, his mysterious persona has enormously contributed to his success. With fame came opportunistic infringers, and Banksy needed to protect his intellectual property in a way that felt authentic. Over the years, Banksy has been critical of copyright, declaring…
The NFT market is exploding globally, and places like Miami—which has become a hub for both contemporary art and crypto enthusiasts over the past couple of decades —have given birth to dozens of NFT makers and entrepreneurs. We sat down with artist and blockchain entrepreneur Kerry McLaney to discuss NFT and its impact on the art world.  Kerry was born and raised in Haiti and is currently living and working in Miami.  Her art practice is a blend of analog and digital photography. She is currently developing an all-in-one management platform to help artists organize, track and sell art by leveraging blockchain…
Palak is an associate in our litigation department, she’s particularly excited about all things IP. Shoot her a note at palak@jayaramlaw.com. In March 2021, Lil Nas X released his latest song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” As an extension of the religious symbolism and iconography in his music video, Lil Nas X announced the release of his limited edition “Satan Shoes.” Lil Nas X collaborated with MSCHF Product Studio to create 666 pairs of custom black Nike Air Max 97s. The shoes feature a pentagram pendant, a bible verse on the sole, and an air bubble sole containing red…
A: Winter or Summer? B: Phoebe Bridgers or Taylor Swift? C: Drake or Kanye? D: Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs?  E: Audiobooks or paper books? Danny O’Neill:  A: Summer!! B: Tay Tay C: Kanye all day! D: Tough one. Pulp Fiction E: Paper, when I have the time! Erica Kerman A: Winter B: T Swift C: Drake D: Pulp Fiction E: Paper! Priya Gianino A: Summer! B: Taylor Swift, 100% C: Gotta go with Drake because of my answer to b D: Yikes, neither! E: Paper books always Meghan Niego A: Summer, by far! B: I’m not a Taylor Swift fan, but haven’t heard of…
A touch more about who Liz is and what makes her an incredible partner. JL: Hi Liz, those pages about you have been great, but here’s where we cut loose a little. First up, an easy one, what’s the one movie you love more than any other – and why? LA: I’m not someone that generally rewatches movies, but we play The Last Waltz on repeat every Thanksgiving, so I have a lot of good memories associated with it.  JL: Next; travel. Where would you most love to visit? Could be near or far, up to you, doesn’t matter, but give us a reason.…
Liz Austermuehle is our newest partner; she leads our litigation team. I started at Jayaram on March 2, 2020. Maybe at that point, some people anticipated Covid-19 and how it would impact our lives, but I certainly didn’t. I arrived at our office on my first day, and Vivek asked me to start drafting a motion for summary judgment. We were off to the races!  However, before that motion was ever filed, the world changed and instead of getting to know my new colleagues over lunches and drinks after work, I was working from my bedroom while my husband and I…
Zahreen Ghaznavi is a litigator in New York. She handles IP and commercial litigation for the firm’s clients. Education Columbia Law School, Yale University Former Gigs Success Academy Charter Schools, Kirkland & Ellis Area(s) of law you enjoy most Lucky for me, I enjoy IP litigation because the clients are cool and the problems are interesting but self-contained; otherwise, it would have to be M&A/deal litigation because the cases move fast and the judges in Delaware Chancery Court are super knowledgeable. Area you don’t work in but are curious about I would have to say family and juvenile law and…
On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”). While much of the Act focuses on COVID-19 relief and other tax and appropriation provisions, included within the Act were important updates to the federal trademark and copyright laws. The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 First, the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (the “TMA,” Division Q, Title II, Subtitle B of the Act), introduces significant changes to the Lanham Act. The TMA includes various provisions that seek to modernize the trademark examination procedure and address fraudulent trademark applications. For example, it formalizes the process…