In Episode #9 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Chris Draper of Trokt, a cloud-based platform founded in Des Moines, Iowa. The company’s service, primarily tailored toward law firms, utilizes blockchain technologies to trace original documents via “thumbprints,” ensuring a document’s origin and contents remain undisputed throughout the document’s lifetime. “What is blockchain really?” This episode is for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, as Chris explains blockchain in the way we all truly need: understandably. Prepare to…
In Episode #8 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Professor Christina Bohannan about innovation in Iowa and how to keep innovators, younger generations, and startups in Iowa. You won’t want to miss this new episode of our podcast co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli. Beyond Juris is Iowa’s only syndicated legal podcast in the market. LISTEN NOW. You can also stream it on the new podcast page of our website or find it on your favorite app:  …
Step One: Secure your trademark Step Two: Enforce your trademark Many start-up companies in the initial stages of developing their brands understand the importance of engaging in Step One and securing their trademark(s). They invest real time and money in creating their brand name, surveying state and national ledgers to ensure their desired trademark is not already actively used, securing a domain name for their online presence, designing and purchasing advertising materials containing their new…
In Episode #7 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Nate Battles of ZebraHost, a cloud and web hosting company in Des Moines, Iowa. Tune in to learn about the underworld of Kansas City’s SubTropolis, tips to protect your business from data breaches, and what companies like ZebraHost are doing to prevent an impending energy crisis. You won’t want to miss this new episode of our podcast co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli.…
Join us for Episode #6 of our podcast as we speak with Justin Brady of the Justin Brady Show and Cultivate about turning ideas into executed successes, positive PR for start-ups, and the importance of listening, empathy, and trust in effective business leadership. Co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli, Beyond Juris is Iowa’s only syndicated legal podcast in the market. You can stream it now on the new podcast page of our website or find…
As a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Dickinson Attorney Andrea Rastelli has been selected to serve on the Privacy Bar Section of its Advisory Board. Comprised of legal-focused privacy professionals, the section leads and develops content for the organization, provides guidance and strategic input on how the IPP can best serve professionals working in privacy law and related fields, and serve as leaders in promoting programs and activities. Rastelli was also…
Join us for Episode #5 of the Beyond Juris podcast as we speak with Jeff Quint, CEO and co-founder of Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery. Cedar Ridge is the first whiskey distillery in Iowa since Prohibition was lifted in 1933, and its award-winning bourbon whiskey is taking the industry by storm. Quint discusses his experience running a company in a highly regulated industry and provides helpful advice to fellow start-up founders. You won’t want…
Join us for Episide #4 of the Beyond Juris podcast as we talk with CEO Jason Bogart and Founder Nort Salz from Deep Customer Connections, Inc. (DCC) about how they achieved a successful owner/leadership transition. You won’t want to miss this new episode of our podcast co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli. Beyond Juris is Iowa’s only syndicated legal podcast in the market. You can stream it now on the new podcast page
If you have been considering federal trademark registration for your brand, acting now may be better than kicking the can into 2021.  The USPTO officially published its plans to increase and add fees for trademark registration beginning on January 2, 2021, via Final Rule dated 11/17/2020. The Rule increases fees for all filing types, some existing fees increasing by as much as $150. In addition, the Rule imposes six new filing fees including a…
Episode #3 of Beyond Juris is now available featuring a conversation with entrepreneur Taufeek Shah, CEO and Founder of cult favorite Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce.   Hosted by Attorneys Andrea Rastelli and Grace Bogart, this episode focuses on how Shah grew from selling hot sauce using his mother’s recipe at local farmer’s markets to stocking products at thousands of retail and grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Target, Costco, Kroger, Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, and more.  Don’t miss this…