Driven by her lifelong commitment to education, Dr. Marie Amoruso decided to forego her retirement in order to explore the impact of the controversial “Common Core” standardized curricula and tests that are used to assess K-12 student achievement. To this end, Dr. Amoruso, a public school educator for more than 55 years and a former adjunct professor at Teachers College Columbia University for over 14 years, enrolled in a course to learn the basics of filmmaking. Equipped with new technical skills, she filmed interviews with an array of parents, administrators, teachers and professors to create “More… than a score,” a poignant documentary that examines the Common Core in action in kindergarten classrooms. To make her film project take flight and reach her audiences, Dr. Amoruso needed assistance with contracts, copyrights and releases and incorporating her production and publishing company, Grandma Press.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin prides itself on providing high-quality legal services and rates that are tailor-made for the middle market, making the firm accessible to entrepreneurs like Dr. Amoruso. She was able to retain the firm and efficiently obtain assistance with the business and IP matters relating to “More… than a score” as well as a children’s book she co-authored, titled Grandma Needs a Nap.
TKD Intellectual Property chair Amy Goldsmith helped to incorporate Grandma Press and also drafted various licensing contracts for work with cinematographers, editors and musicians. In addition, she crafted releases for the film’s locations, interviewees and others who are featured in the film, including minor children. Finally, she created a template that protects Grandma Press’ intellectual property and filed copyrights for the film on behalf of Dr. Amoruso.
“Amy had the patience and knowledge to understand what had to be protected and how I could protect myself. I am grateful for her trusted counsel and leadership during this process. TKD delivered top-notch legal services at very competitive rates. They helped me bring my vision to fruition.”
Dr. Marie Amoruso
Client Story The Factory
Historically an industrial waterfront, Long Island City has become a site for luxury residential condominium and rental buildings in recent years, and is now becoming an active office district. The Factory is one of Long Island City’s newest and premier workspaces. A 1.1 million sq. ft. multi-tenanted industrial office and retail building owned by Atlas Capital Group, in partnership with Square Mile Capital and Invesco.
Atlas Capital needed a firm to help implement their long-term leasing strategy, which included leasing its office space to technology, advertising, media and information (TAMI) companies, or like-minded companies and pioneering entrepreneurs looking for an emerging commerce district.
Since completion of the renovation, our negotiations have led to leasing almost 300,000 rentable sq. ft. of the building to tenants including retailers, an insurance company, technology companies, and other service providers in less than two years. We assisted in leasing 147,000 sq. ft. to Macy’s. As one of the largest Long Island City leases in 2015, Macy’s will house its photography studio and set space at the property. We also assisted in leasing 60,000 sq. ft. of space to clothing brand J. Crew as well as leases with other major retailers.
The Hartz Mountain Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and sellers of pet products, needed a strategic-minded legal partner who understood its industry, the law involved and was willing to look at the matters from a holistic business perspective, not just as one-offs.
Through strategic counseling and a preventative business approach that has produced cost savings and a practical return on investment, and by training the marketing team on the characteristics of an effective trademark and brand, we have empowered Hartz Mountain to be proactive in protecting and promoting Hartz Mountain.
"As a global manufacturer with over 1500 pet products, our business is our brands. Maintaining them requires constant review and keeping up with the latest regulations, so we need a team that understands not just our business, but our industry. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has been a great part of our team. They respond quickly when issues surface but also help us anticipate the future."
William P. Fornshell
Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
Approaching its 12th year in New York City, Advertising Week realized the need for a law firm that could help them efficiently manage the volume of contracts for their events in New York, Europe and Asia as well as legally guide their digital presence.
"As a global thought leadership platform, we facilitate hundreds of conversations with and among industry leaders at Advertising Week, held annually in three major cities worldwide. Because we work with some of the world’s leading marketing, brand, advertising and technology companies, we needed contracts that could be tailored not only to the type of company but also could take into account the specific rules in each location. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin understood this challenge and provided a creative solution."
I LOVE SUGAR is much more than a candy store. The high-end retailer takes the candy we all love and delivers a magical experience. State of the art design, including custom fixtures and attention to details, is what the experiential retailer believes makes shoppers often refer to I LOVE SUGAR as "the Apple store of candy". Combine that with every type of candy imaginable, mix it with love and an iconic brand, I LOVE SUGAR was born. In a trade dress and trademark infringement case brought by their competitor, It’Sugar claimed that I LOVE SUGAR infringed their trademark and the overall look and feel of It’Sugar retail stores.
Defending I Love Sugar, our Intellectual Property Group quickly showed the trademark claims made by It’Sugar were questionable and weak, and that It’Sugar failed to create and maintain a recognizably consistent trade dress to afford itself protection. Through a practical approach and smart thinking, our team raised serious doubts about whether It’Sugar had ever successfully created an inherently distinctive trade dress for its stores and fixtures, or even an association between its dress and the consumers.
"As a retailer, the design of our store is a key part of our business strategy. We needed an IP team that understood trade dress issues. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin understood our challenge and developed a creative litigation strategy to protect our store concept and the I Love Sugar brand.”
David M. Oaknin
Founder and President
As an emerging and growing business, apple seeds LLC needed a business-minded legal partner who understood the challenges of being a middle market business. They needed help building the company from the ground floor up, and providing a solid foundation for future growth.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin guided the start-up process from name selection and limited liability company structuring, to drafting and negotiating the operating and loan agreements. As apple seeds grew, our team grew with them.
“When we started apple seeds, we looked for a firm that understood our immediate needs but also our long-term vision. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin guided us in taking our idea from conception to fruition and continues to guide us. They have been there every step of the way.”
Co-Founder, apple seeds LLC
Entrepreneur Matthew Viragh needed legal and business counsel relating to a new and unique cinema to be opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We believe a fresh approach to business means being able to think smart and unconventionally as well as embrace new ideas and constructively challenge the status quo. We approached our challenge with Nitehawk Cinema by giving legislators plenty to chew on after proposing licensing changes for movie theaters.
"As an entrepreneur, bringing my unique concept for a dinner and movie theater to New York created a unique set of challenges. Tarter Krinsky & Drogin provided an integrated legal team that understood my vision and developed innovative solutions to make my concept a reality."
Owner, Nitehawk Cinema