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Attorney Carole Clark Isakson Speaks at Women Venture Event

On Tuesday January 9, 2018, BGS attorney Carole Clark Isakson had the pleasure of teaching a group of motivated women entrepreneurs about intellectual property issues in small businesses. Topics included trademark registration and use, software licenses, who owns the IP when you use a third party, and other topics relevant to small businesses in general. The seminar was arranged by Women Venture, a non-profit organization that serves women entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities area. It offers training, advice, loans and related services to women who complete various training and have a solid business proposal. To date Women Venture has served more than 1000 clients! Carole recently became a volunteer with Women Venture, and is excited to be part of such a great endeavor. Women..

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BGS Attorney Dave Schaps Presents Award at Roseville Area Optimist Club

BGS Attorney Dave Schaps  presented the Roseville Area Optimist Club’s inaugural “Optimist of the Year” award to Club President Don Salverda at the November 3rd Club meeting. Salverda is a former Ramsey County Commissioner from the Roseville Area and President of Don Salverda and Associates, a personal and professional leadership consulting firm.   Both Dave and Don are founding members of the Roseville Area Optimist Club, and worked to charter the organization in January.  The purpose of the club is to be a friend of local area kids by promoting activities that bring out the best in ourselves, the community and in our youth.  The 10 member  Optimist Club board, of which Dave serves as the Club Secretary, unanimously agreed that Salverda should receive the first..

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Employee Spotlight: Jackie Campbell, Legal Administrative Assistant

Jackie Campbell became a member of Barna Guzy & Steffen  in 2016 when two  attorneys  for whom she had worked for more than twenty-five years joined the firm. Over many years of working with transportation lawyers, including Jim Wills, Jackie became essential to the team and gained a base of impressive knowledge about the unique industry. Knowing the law isn’t as critical as knowing the way the system works and the intent of the regulations; Jackie would tell you it also has a lot to do with knowing who to call (and call.. and call!). In July of 2017, Jackie’s expertise was put to the test when she was called on to help an important Minnesota trucking client regain its illustrative safety rating. The company was..

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Lunch and Learning: Carole Clark Isakson Presents ACBA CLE Seminar

On Wednesday September 20, 2017, BGS shareholder Carole Clark Isakson presented an informative and enjoyable lunch seminar to attending members of the Anoka Country Bar Association. Carole has decades of experience handling business transactions, including those relating to intellectual property rights. She put her experience to use in crafting the seminar, entitled ‘7 Things Every Business Attorney Should Know about IP (But Probably Doesn’t)’. Her solid advice to business attorneys highlighted the actions that can and should be taken early on in the formation of a business to avoid issues in the future. For example, when an entity is created it is important to make sure that the entity owns (or licenses) all of the software needed to run the company. Social media accounts should..

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Totally overwhelmed by the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!

  These days, everything is subject to being overhyped – cars, diets, clothing, the next snowstorm.  When advertisers use words like “amazing”, “breathtaking”, and “life changing” we barely take notice. But having traveled to Nebraska to witness the total solar eclipse, I can tell you that those words, in all their glory, are not strong enough to describe the experience! Last Friday August 18th we began our eclipse road trip.  Seven us (me, my parents, husband, niece, teenage daughter and her friend) took two cars and headed to the tiny town of Mullen Nebraska, located in the totality. We booked our three rooms at the Sandhills Motel in Mullen A YEAR AGO.  The drive was gorgeous, through the sandhills, and we were delighted with the..

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