Thomas J. Schlegel is a shareholder in the Firm’s Real Estate, Land Use & Development and Corporate, Business & Banking Groups. Mr. Schlegel’s practice includes land use, development and zoning, the sale, purchase and leasing of real estate, business and commercial law including financing, contracts, and shareholder dispute resolution, banking law including front-end loan documentation and back-end workout, intellectual property law including trademarks and copyrights, Pennsylvania oil and gas law, and Pennsylvania liquor law.
The old football player always seems to come out of me when advising clients about the interplay between intellectual property (IP) law and daily business. Every successful football team is strong in the basic “blocking and tackling” fundamentals of the game. I’ve written before about basic “brand-centric” intellectual property law, specifically how pursuing federal trademark […]
When building a distinctive business brand, business owners should consider the importance of trademark protection. Federal trademark registration has everything to do with enhancing existing state rights that arise from using a distinctive name, image or logo. There are numerous benefits of federal registration. Perhaps most importantly, nationwide priority from federal trademark registration protects an […]
The U.S. Department of Justice revised and expanded regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), effective March 15, 2011. The revisions may have far-reaching implications for owners and operators of businesses, developers, lenders, commercial landlords and tenants. Compliance with the new regulations is mandatory by March 15, 2012. Critically, the revisions change Title III […]