In November, Moore ROI hosted an on-campus panel discussion on Creative Business Contracts with a full house of current students and recent alumni. We hosted a panel that included business owner Ali King of Groundswell Greetings, attorneys Elizabeth Sigety of Fox Rothschild and Corinne Militello of Ballard Spahr, and moderated by Holly Flanagan of Gabriel Investments.
The conversation was lively and covered a range of topics, from how Ali started her business and how she works with artists and contracts, to do's and don't's of contracts, and intellectual property and copyright law.
Listen below for audio of the conversation, and to read more about our guests.
And keep an eye out for information about an upcoming Moore ROI spring event!
About our guests:
Elizabeth Sigety, Attorney at Fox Rothschild
Elizabeth Sigety is an attorney at Fox Rothschild law firm. She focuses on a wide variety of corporate, venture finance, franchising, licensing and distribution matters, including startup companies and entrepreneurs, handling business and financial transactions such as venture capital and angel financing, mergers and acquisitions, franchising, securities, private placements, franchise regulatory matters and franchise agreements. Liz serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Fox Rothschild’s firmwide Women’s Initiative, and she was named to the list of 2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania by the National Diversity Council. Liz is Co-founder and Managing Director of Delaware Crossing Investor Group, a regional angel investor network. She has a B.A. from Yale College and law degree University of Chicago Law School.
Corinne Militello, Attorney at Ballard Spahr
Corinne Militello advises on trademarks and copyrights, advertising, and internet issues, as well as on privacy and data security matters relating to the collection, use, sharing, and safeguarding of data, including information of consumers, patients, and employees. She advises on all aspects of brand protection—from trademark clearance through registration and enforcement, domain name strategy and protection, and the drafting and negotiation of trademark license and settlement agreements. She drafts and negotiates agreements involving copyrightable works, independent contractors, non-disclosure issues, and licensing. She also counsels clients on data privacy and security matters. Corinne is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School and Vassar College.
Ali King, Owner of Groundswell Greetings
Ali King launched Groundswell Greetings in 2017, which sells artful, playful, and culturally relevant cards. Their mission is to provide a diverse base of customers with affordable, convenient, and meaningful alternatives to the often overstated and underwhelming cards found in typical card aisles. Groundswell Greetings is powered by a growing team of more than 30 local artists and illustrators, and take great pride in creating and printing cards in our hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Ali is a Haverford College '09 and Temple University Fox School of Business '16 alumna. With experience in arts administration and user experience research, Ali is inspired by opportunities to collaborate and grow in Philadelphia's creative economy. In April, Ali was invited to join the 2017 cohort of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator, housed at Philadelphia Media Network and funded by Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ali loves going on adventures both in and outside Philadelphia.
Holly Flanagan, Managing Director of Gabriel Investments (Moderator)
Holly is Managing Director of Gabriel Investments, an early-stage investment group that supports companies in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas by providing capital for high-potential business opportunities. She is responsible for business development and due diligence efforts, as well as actively working with a portfolio of companies on growth strategies and tactics. Holly is an "Aunt" in the Circle of Aunts and Uncles Investment Group and has been a member of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs and the Forum of Executive Women. She is an Eisenhower Fellow, recently studying entrepreneurship, investment, and the impact of those factors on women entrepreneurs in China, and she just returned from a trip to India where she mentored a large group of women entrepreneurs. Holly holds a BA and MBA from the University of Delaware.
Published December 11, 2017
Intellectual property is a hot topic in business. How do you protect your ideas? Should you trademark or copyright? Or are you possibly infringing on someone else's rights with what you're producing?
Our friends at the University of Pennsylvania Law School are offering to assist with some of these questions through The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic.
Cynthia L. Dahl, Esq., tells us Penn Law provides intellectual property consulting for free twice a year, and they have helped over a hundred start-ups, artists, and arts nonprofits in Philadelphia. Visit their website to see if your questions can be addressed, whether that be how to protect your trade secret or other legal concerns.
Published August 16, 2017
Whether designing your new logo, using another artist's work as inspiration or simply protecting your creation, it can be a tricky endeavor to tread the legal landmines of fair use, copyright infringement and the various protections offered by state and local entities. Moore has hosted attorney Melissa Dolin to address these topics, and the podcast of the talk can be found here. Know your rights, and know your limits.
Published: June 21, 2017