Category: Industry News

Join us at Friday Coffee Meetup in Pasadena on August 11th

Join me on Friday August 11th at Cross Campus Pasadena to learn how to network with investors – the right way.

For more info and RSVP, click here:

Friday Coffee Meetup - August 11


Statements of Information for LLCs in California can now be filed online

The California Secretary of State’s office announced this week that statements of information for California limited liability companies (LLCs) can now be filed online.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the goal with implementing this online service for LLCs is to streamline the process so that “entrepreneurs can focus less on red tape and more on growing their business.” Corporations already had the ability to file statements of information online, but previously the statements of information for LLCs had to be mailed into the Secretary of State’s office.

As a reminder, statements of information are due 90 days after initial formation and every 2 years thereafter. They also require interim statements of information if any information needs to be updated.

The new online form can be accessed here:


See the full press release here:


Matt Crowley quoted in SFVBJ article: “Trump Bump for M&A?”

Honored to be included in this article by Mark Madler for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.


Click each link below for access to the full article:





Last Call: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop on Saturday!


Sign up now to learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how Venture Capitalists screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need each of them
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

Date:     Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy 
               15840 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 311
               Encino, CA 91436

For more information and how to register, visit: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

CLIENT BULLETIN: USPTO plans Trademark application fee increases

Trademark application fee increases scheduled for January 14, 2017

As 2017 is fast approaching, we wanted to make sure you are aware that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is increasing some of their fees in 2017.

Effective January 14, 2017, the fee for a trademark application using the online TEAS Regular application will increase to $400 per-class of goods/services (a $75 increase).

It also looks like the USPTO is trying to dissuade people from using paper filings – as those costs are significantly increasing across the board – the fee to file a paper application is increasing by $225 to $600 per-class!

The good news, however, is that if you are requesting an extension of time to file a statement of use with regards to a trademark application, the per-class fee for electronic filings is being reduced by $25 to $125.

We generally try to use the TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) application whenever possible to submit trademark applications for our clients. The USPTO fee for a TEAS RF application will remain at $275 per- class.

As a reminder, the TEAS RF requirements are:

  • Provide a valid e-mail address
  • Authorize the USPTO to send e-mail correspondence concerning the application
  • Agree to use the Trademark Electronic Application System when filing any relevant application-related submissions.

Failure to comply with these requirements will incur an additional processing fee of $50 per class.

For the full list of USPTO price increases, visit:

Great time at LAVA’s Meet the VC event

Last night we participated in and sponsored the LA Venture Association’s 8th annual Meet the VC event. The event is a great way for startup founders to learn more about what VC and angel investors look for in potential startup investments. The startup founders and investors all seemed to have a great time during the event itself and at the LAVA at the Beach open networking part of the evening that immediately followed.



EXIT RAMP: How Acquisitions are Driving Innovation in the Enterprise

I’m pleased to announce that I will be moderating a panel at Silicon Beach at the University of Southern California next Friday, October 14th.

The panel is called “EXIT RAMP: How Acquisitions are Driving Innovation in the Enterprise” and is focused on how early stage companies are increasingly targets of acquisition for Fortune 1000 companies. What is driving this trend? How do large corporations identify startups that provide strategic value – and what does this mean for entrepreneurs?

For more information, including the full schedule for the day and tickets, visit: 2016 Silicon Beach at USC.