In this episode of Worth It, Dustin and Danielle have a special guest: Joey Vitale. Joey is an attorney, speaker, and educator for entrepreneurs. He focuses on the legal aspects of creative businesses so the owners can focus on what’s important — their work. On top of working with clients, Joey has also created an expert brand for himself with Indie Law, where he provides a ton of resources for creative entrepreneurs who are looking to either “DIY” their brand protections or work with his expert team.
During their chat, Dustin, Danielle, and Joey dig into what trademarking is, what it’s not, and why it’s so important for creatives and new business owners to really put on their “legal hat” when thinking about their business, their content, and the future.
This episode of Worth It answers a lot of the questions we all have about trademarking:
Joey also sheds a little light on the importance of LLCs and incorporating your business so that you can better protect it against lawsuits, copyright infringements, and more. Of course, there’s no one size fits all for every business or brand, but Joey dives into what a few scenarios could look like. He also shares a few resources that can help listeners either “DIY” their trademarking or enlist the support experts at Indie Law, so don’t miss those.
Much of the episode is dedicated to talking about how to use business names properly, and Joey walks listeners through a few basics to make sure trademark law is a little clearer. He also talks about things like slogans, catchphrases, and even logos and how that falls under trademark and copyright law. When it comes to our current online landscape, it’s important to know what you can take inspiration from, what’s protected, and what’s illegal.
Joey also explains the popularity of trademarking phrases, especially in the apparel and art world, and how that impacts content creators and business builders. If you’ve ever wondered if you can send a “Cease and Desist” letter to someone turning your tweets into memes, this is for you.
Like most creative entrepreneurs, Joey is about more than just trademark law. He’s also building a community of experts who support entrepreneurs as they scale their businesses. He works with people to create contracts, establish LLCs or corporations, and (you guessed it) file for trademarks. Indie Law also offers a unique Trademark Watch service, which includes quarterly reports and monitoring for anyone who is creating something too similar to your name, branding, products, etc.
Indie Law and Joey also work with creative entrepreneurs to continually consider the trademark side of their slogans, new designs or logos, and products they create. This can all change as your business builds, so you may need to update trademarks, contracts, or legal coverage over time. He’s also launching an online course for entrepreneurs who want to learn what trademarks are, what they protect, and how to do a proper search. Another program is also on the way, called LLC on the Weekend, so you can DIY your LLC if you want!
Follow Joey on Instagram @joeycvitale if you want to see more of his expertise (check out his IGTV videos) and to learn more about his upcoming courses and membership programs to really up your legal game.
This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific legal advice or recommendations for any individual.
Joey Vitale is not affiliated with LPL Financial.
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