Your Creativity is Your Intellectual Property
Building your brand is only one piece of the puzzle: protecting your brand is a major key. We register, protect, license and enforce some of world’s most iconic brands, in both Jamaica and the United States. We provide trademark searches, clearance, prosecution, registration, strategy, enforcement, and licensing, along with brand development and counseling.
Whether you are a visual artist, fine artist, graphic artist, photographer, author, musician, composer, producer or performing artist, your copyrighted material is your stock in trade. We can help you protect and monetize your intellectual property through copyright counseling, registration (Jamaica and US), licensing, and enforcement.
The digital age of music has resulted in a sea change for the recording industry as a whole, and it is important to have an attorney that understands digital distribution, licensing, streaming platforms, and the associated royalty streams.
We understand the Jamaican music industry and its unique customs and methods of production, as well as the International best practices. We help veteran artists and emerging artists, producers, record labels and managers navigate all aspects of their careers, including: recording artist agreements, side artist agreements, publishing agreements, master use and synchronization licenses, producer agreements, booking agreements, distribution agreements, endorsement contracts, and management agreements. We have represented clients in deals with major labels, major independent labels, major independent publishers, as well as labels and publishers specializing in Jamaican music.
Small businesses and start-ups have a variety of legal needs, without the budget for a full-time lawyer on staff. Our Outside General Counsel services include corporate formation, drafting shareholders’ agreements, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, employment and contractor agreements, releases, and other commercial agreements, as well as strategic advice and counseling.
Our expertise in both Jamaican and US law allows us to assist with cross-border transactions and matters spanning both countries. We have assisted US firms to find Jamaican legal experts to provide affidavits in US court proceedings and can help US counsel and clients find reputable local counsel with specific expertise. Conversely, our relationship with Select Counsel gives us access to a network of top US attorneys with big law backgrounds, training and expertise, who now work at boutique firms.
We can also assist with music and sample clearance, specializing in Jamaican music, through our network of relationships locally and internationally.