DMCA safe harbor

Do you have a website? Do you allow third parties to post or store anything on it? Then, you need to have a copyright take down policy, and you need to register an agent with the Copyright Office.  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for online service providers. To qualify for safe harbor protection, service providers must designate an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement. 

IP master class

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Want to grow the value of your business? Just getting started? Then, join the IP master class. You'll get access to the library of essential IP agreements that Chris Paradies, founder of Paradies® law, has created for you to own all of the intellectual property created for your early stage startup. You won't find these agreements anywhere else, and our online video training takes you step by step through customization and use of each agreement at an affordable price that you can afford. How does $9.00* sound? Impossible? No, I'm giving you no excuse to delay. Take action now... master your IP and control your future!

*monthly pricing for a limited time only

As part of my passion for helping small businesses succeed, I facilitate co.Starters cohorts.

What is co.Starters?

Co.Starters is a 9-week facilitator-led course, offered one day a week for three hours.  This cohort-based program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor!   

What is covered?

Week 1: Knowing Yourself:   Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles

Week 2: Knowing Your Customer: Problem. Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer

Week 3: Getting the Relationship Right:  Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Week 4: Building the Model to Scale:  Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price

Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure:  Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring

Week 6: Discovering the Bottom Line:  Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed/Variable Costs, Break-Even Point

Week 7: Accounting for Growth:  Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting

Week 8: Planning for the Future:  Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep

Week 9: CELEBRATION NIGHT!  Sharing your story.

If you're near St. Pete and want to participate, keep an eye on for more information. Otherwise, search for a program near you.

Disclaimer: co.Starters provides a facilitated program for entrepreneurs and does not provide legal services or legal advice for your particular circumstances.

about Paradies® law

I'm Chris Paradies, and I founded Paradies® law to combine a boutique law firm experience with fair, flat fee pricing for entrepreneurs and small businesses. I like to work with entrepreneurs, inventors and creators, like you. I've seen how small businesses can change lives, of the owners, employees and customers. Small businesses are nimble and responsive to customer demands. This is where innovation happens. I'm located in the Tampa/St. Petersburg region of Florida, and our team of legal professionals helps Florida businesses and our national and international clients to own, protect and grow the value of your intellectual property or "IP"!

Other lawyers focus on other areas of law, such as real estate, government regulations, trusts & estates, tax, family law, criminal law, construction litigation, business law or securities law. Only registered patent attorneys can prepare, file and prosecute patent applications before the USPTO. I'm a registered patent attorney and prepare, file and prosecute applications before the USPTO, but I will challenge you to look at protecting your business using trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and trade dress, also. As an intellectual property attorney, I want to know as much a I can about your business. Then, I can help you prioritize protection of your IP.

I probably have some experience in your industry or field, and I'll learn everything that I can about it. Selecting the right attorney to work with you is a decision that should not be based solely on any website or advertisement. You want someone that you can trust. An attorney that understands the big picture and helps you to reach your goals. 

Too many business owners find out too late that they don't even own the IP created for their business.  Sometimes small business owners get no legal advice. Sometimes they get bad legal advice from the "grape vine." I'm an intellectual property (IP) attorney and U.S. registered patent attorney, and I am making it my mission to see that you have the information and resources that you need. That's why Paradies® law is constantly innovating and seeking to improve responsiveness and to reduce costs of legal services provided. Becoming educated helps reduce your legal costs. 

If you don't own your IP, then somebody else does!  -- Chris Paradies, creator of the

As a small business, you have to make sure to protect your trademarks, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets and patents. If done right, registering your IP rights, using these tools, will add value, build equity in your business and reduce your risk of losing your rights. This will give you peace of mind and allow you to recruit others to help you grow your business.

  • Trademarksservice marks and trade dress identify your company as the source of goods and services.
  • Copyright registration can give you important extra rights including statutory damages and attorneys' fees. 
  • Domain names are not traditional IP but can be protected as IP rights.
  • Trade secrets are defined by state and federallaw and require reasonable care in protecting your commercially valuable information from public disclosure.
  • Patent rights give the owner the right to exclude others from practicing the ideas captured in the claims of an issued patent for 20 years from the date of filing of a valid, unexpired U.S. patent.

Our Services

Paradies® law's legal services span from helping you to determine if a trademark or service mark is available for use to global protection of your patent and trademark rights. My team of legal professionals will help you with ownership and registration of copyrighted works, agreements for protection and licensing of trade secrets, searching, counseling and registration of trademarks, preparation and filing of patents, and other legal issues that arise. I focus on intellectual property, your most valuable asset! 

Our services provide you and your innovators with a competitive advantage in your industry. Whether computer software, biotechnology or professional services, regardless of your field, legally protecting your brand and innovations add value to your business. Our value-based flat fees provide businesses with a predictable budget for building your portfolio of brands, works of authorship, designs, know-how and inventions.

Registered trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, and patents provide intangible rights that grow the value of your business, if you know how to capture and protect these assets.

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