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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Well You Must Be Doing Something Right...
I just received news that, for the second year in a row, Small Business Monthly has awarded me the
title of the “Best Patent Attorney in St. Louis”. It is a real personal honor for a couple of reasons.
First, it comes straight from the hundreds and hundreds of votes from the clients, colleagues, and community organizations
I serve each day. It doesn’t come from a PR department at big firm or just a few people on one magazine
editorial staff. We started CreatiVenture Law when the great recession hit, and so many people were forced out
on their own as entrepreneurs. I took clients whom my former large firm, where I was a partner, would not take because
they were not big enough fish. I believed in them and they believed in me. I got to be involved with some real
success stories, thanks to those little fish. And it turns out the bigger fish I work with love that approach too.
I hope it is a reflection of who we ARE here at not just the work we do at CVL.
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it means we must be doing something right both with our people and our product. I suppose we were entrepreneurs
when it wasn’t the trending buzz word it is today. I really like people. I really like geeking out on their
ideas. Just ask my wife, who has to tell me to “put the laptop down Dennis” and take a break, when
I am especially engrossed in a particular technology or patent I am writing. I care what happens to their business
long after I finish the work. I can’t help myself. It is more to me than just filing documents by the hour and
sending out a bill. It takes patience. It takes listening (and yes a little of that geek thing). It also
takes making sure our patents, trademarks, agreements and opinions are as airtight as we can possible make them. I have
seen many clients come in the office with things not done well (at high costs) who need me to help them fix it.
There are no guarantees in IP law, but I like to go to bed knowing I have done the best possible job. It makes the long
hours and extra effort worth it, regardless of a title. But hey this “Best Patent Attorney” think is pretty
great. So thanks all you for believing in me!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The Best Part Of Being "The Best"!
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By Dennis Donahue.
2016 is off to a great start professionally and personally
for me. St. Louis Small Business Monthly is honoring me in its January edition as one of "The Best Patent Attorneys
In St. Louis". The magazines polls its readers to come up with a short list of attorneys who shine as the
"best advisers for business in St. Louis". Professionally, that means we here at CreatiVenture Law are top
notch in the services we provide, right along side other great practitioners in both small and large big-name firms.
But it means even more personally, because it affirms the mission I had when I left a partnership in big firm to start
CreatiVenture Law. You see, I am a technology geek with an entrepreneurial spirit. I was a working engineer for
a decade. Then I was the guy who sought out those creative work-arounds and unrecognized inventions from the regular
people making airplanes at a major aerospace company. As an attorney and partner at a big law firm, the geek in me wanted
to do more than just rack up billable hours writing patents and other documents. It was hard to not be able to service
the small business owner, inventor, or would-be entrepreneur who might not be able to be that "big account."
So I took the leap, as many of my current clients have done, to start my own business and focus on the entrepreneurs and the
people who are becoming the backbone of our economy. And what a great group they are. I have some great relationships
with my clients, because I really do enjoy the things they bring to me. I have an eye for things they may not have thought
was worth protecting. I love go to their entrepreneurial events. I geek out not only on their ideas but on the
plans we come up with for smartly turning those things into profit and a better life. It also such a great feeling to
keep away the bad guys who would seek to infringe upon those ideas. It means a lot to me when the professionals who
work with me and my business know me, fight for me, and actually care. And what a great feeling it is to know I can
do that for others! Mission accomplished.
You can pickup Small Business Monthly at one of the St. Louis Small Business Monthly pickup newstand locations
or go to their website at www.sbmon.com
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Meet the new Biz Kids on the block & be one too. --Startup Connection 2015!
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By Dennis Donahue
“When one door closes, another door opens”. That’s
an old saying that rings true now more than ever in St. Louis, as I meet and counsel with people who have started up new businesses
in recent years. Whether they were forced to by our nation’s economic downturn or were just moved
at the thought of doing something out of the box, these people are creating their own “open doors”.
I am actually one of them and I’ll never regret taking the leap. It is really inspiring, daunting,
and adventurous all at the same time. According to the 2015 Kaufmann Index, new business startups are up
nationwide, and we want to see St. Louis rise with that trend as well. So are you one of those entrepreneurs
in the making, and do you want to see who is out there and how it’s done? If the answer is yes, please
join me on for the Startup Connection on November 18th at Washington University. It is the largest showcase of startups in St. Louis, and we are a proud
sponsor. There will be great people to talk to and resources to find… even some cool giveaways!
These are the types of events that be the breakthough for businesses in the making. I will be at our CreatiVenture Law exhibit and would love to talk to about how we can help you get things going and keep things growing. Hope
to see you there!
Click this link to get detail and sign up: http://www.startupconnection.org/
Friday, September 26, 2014
When Is Doing Jello Shots a Great Idea?
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Jello is not something I eat on a regular basis. But when you turn it into a Jello shot,
well that is another story! And the pursuit of making a great Jello shot is the reason one of the simplest inventions
to cross my desk as a patent attorney is also one of my favorites. The Jellinator is the brainchild of my client
Trish Piazza, who found herself frustrated by the mess involved in filling party-perfect shots for a community fund raiser.
So she and her husband put a small valve at the tip of a tube to control the flow. No one had done it quite that way
before. A problem was solved, and a business was born! The Jellinator has been successfully selling nationwide
online and is now in available stores. It has also just been nominated for Martha Stewart's "American Made"
contest. (Check out this recent article about it http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/gutcheck/2014/09/the_jellinator.php) The Piazzas are a terrific example of regular people who had not just a great idea, but the courage to get that
patent and work like crazy to get it out there for people (ah, party goers) like you and me to enjoy. So great to be
a part of that! Congrats! www.Jellinator.com
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Gotta Get It
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Recently, I went to a large home and bath retailer during the college back to school season.
My simple quest to buy a cell phone cord turned into a journey through "cool product wonderland", with isles of
new takes on the old dorm necessities stacked alongside gadgets I had never seen before. Somehow, someone took some
pretty simple ideas and got them to just the right place at just the right time for just the right people. As a patent
and licensing attorney, I know that it actually it takes many "someones" and a lot of good decision making to turn
a new product or business idea into that money maker we dream of. So beyond the patent and the prototype, then what?
I will be answering some of those questions in a special presentation for entreprenuers on Oct. 1st.
If you want some good advice for protecting and prospering your new adventure, sign up for this one!
"Protecting Your Intellectual Property"
Donahue and Linda Lewis, CreatiVenture Law
Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
– 7:00 p.m.
Location: Helix Center • 1100 Corporate Square Drive • Creve Coeur 63132
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