Category: Industry News

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.


Startup Law Unplugged with General Assembly

Join us in Downtown, Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 28th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm for our “Startup Law Unplugged” event with General Assembly!

This event is designed to be more of a workshop for attendees than just a speaking event, so we will open the floor to questions from attendees – right from the start! If there are no questions up front, we will speak on topics our entrepreneur clients encounter along the way.


  • 10 minute introductions
  • 50 minute Question & Answer session / discussion on common topics for entrepreneurs
  • 30 minute networking afterwards

Sign up here:



Mottek on Money interview

I am please to announce that I was interviewed last week by Frank Mottek for his  radio show, ‘Mottek On Money’,  which airs on KNX 1070. I spoke about our first time entrepreneurs workshop with the LA Venture Association (LAVA), as well as recent trends for technology startups in Silicon Beach.

Click below to listen to the podcast of the interview (I’m at the 19:25 mark).

Mottek On Money (Sept. 10, 2016)

“Mottek On Money” airs 11am on Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays on KNX1070.