Join us April 3rd 1pm-6:30pm at NJIT for discussions on global entrepreneurship with investors and business experts


Date: April 3rd, 2017
Time: 1pm-6:30pm
Location: NJIT’s Eberhardt Hall, Newark
Why: Excellent networking and interactive panel discussions
Registration: On Eventbrite, HERE

  • Curious about Cuba or Brexit? 
  • Want to meet Angel Investors?
  • Want to meet a former ambassador? 
  • Wondering how global issues affect entrepreneurship? 
  • Want to showcase your invention or business?
  • Want to network with experts in international business?

If yes, then join us for a great afternoon of interesting discussions and presentations, networking and of course food! 

Find out more at the Global Intellectual Property Law Symposium site HERE

Meet the Angels!  Investors, that is, on April 3rd at NJIT in Newark.  Our investors’ panel has grown.  Alex Biliris, a NY angel, is joining John Ason and Jerry Crighton in an informative panel discussion.  This is your chance to hear about their interests and ask them questions relevant to your project.  Listen to their success stories and learn strategies to grow your company. 

Afterward, stay for our keynote speaker, Mark Entwistle, as he fields questions about his past experiences as the Canadian ambassador to Cuba, Canadian attaché to Israel and the USSR, and his work now with Cuba-based projects through Acasta Capital. 

Our complete agenda (click here) includes panels and presentations on entrepreneurship here at home and internationally, with discussions on the effect of the new administration on entrepreneurs and small businesses, Brexit and its effects, Cuba as a place to expand your business, inventorship and global concerns, an inventors’ showcase, and of course networking and refreshments. 

We hope to see you at our 3rd global business/IP event, this year at NJIT’s beautiful Eberhardt Hall.


Producing Fan Fiction in the Digital Age

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Post written by Anthony J. Noonan, Esq., Patent Attorney at Gearhart Law

               Fan fiction, the creation of derivative works by fans of an original work that incorporates elements of the original work and/or continues or expands upon a story described in the original work, has been around and published for many decades with little to no interference from the owners of the original work’s intellectual property.  However, over the last decade, there has been an expansion in the creation and widespread knowledge of fan fiction.  What was once only known by the most ardent of fans is now widely read, watched, or listened to by many people all across the globe.  This is partially due to the dawn of the internet age.  Fan-created books, movies, and audio recordings no longer need to be disseminated in physical form.  These fan-creations can now be cheaply uploaded online, becoming available to the entire globe nearly instantaneously.  With these derivative works now becoming mainstream, the owners of the original work’s intellectual property have begun to take notice and take steps to protect their intellectual property.

               One franchise that, for decades, has had a history of fans producing fan fiction is Star Trek.  With the dawn of YouTube, fan-made Star Trek series and movies have spawned, with ever increasing production values.  These fan-made series and movies have amassed a cult following and have occasionally starred actors reprising their roles from officially licensed series and movies. 

The popularity of these fan-made films eventually led to the production of a crowdfunded fan-made film with higher-than-normal production values and reprisals from actors from officially licensed Star Trek series and movies.  This led CBS and Paramount Pictures to file a lawsuit for violation of intellectual property rights (December 2015) and eventually release a set of guidelines (in 2016) for acceptable fan-made films based on their Star Trek intellectual property.  Their announcement reads, in part, “CBS and Paramount Pictures will not object to, or take legal action against, Star Trek fan productions that are non-professional and amateur and meet the following guidelines.”  (  In January 2017, the above-mentioned lawsuit was settled out of court.

               Although these guidelines provide reasonable rules describing what can and cannot be done when producing a fan-made film and enable fans to continue to make fan-made films without having to pay royalties to the intellectual property owners, the guidelines are often met with disdain from the fan base for preventing many of them from producing the fan-made films that they so wished without repercussions. 

               As the popularity of fan fiction of every medium continues to grow, it is likely that more intellectual property owners will institute similar guidelines in attempts to appease fan bases while still maintaining control over the intellectual property.  It is also likely that further litigation will result from the production of fan fiction.


Upcoming Events in New Jersey's Entrepreneurial Community

Spring is coming and so are great events!  You can see the list here:


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On-going: JerseySTEM:  Opportunities for students to join after school programs to conduct hands-on science and engineering experiments, opportunities for volunteers and sponsors.  Get involved with the next generation of STEM leaders.  Find out more here:

Happening now: TechLaunch (New Jersey’s answer to Shark Tank) is accepting rolling applications for its next BullPen, where tech companies pitch to investors and entrepreneurs in the greater NYC area. If you’re interested but have not done this, come and see how it works.  If you’re a tech company ready to roll, bring your pitch!
Apply to Pitch at March 2nd BullPen at NJIT
Register to Attend March 2nd BullPen at NJIT

Feb. 27th, 6:30-9pm: Morris Tech Meetup

Mar. 4th, 8:15-12:15:  DK Entrepreneur Academy Session 1 – Business Growth Launch Session at Fairleigh Dickinson U. in Madison NJ. This is the launch session of a seven-part Business Growth Action Program. The remaining six sessions are all on Saturday mornings in March through late May.  Registration and information at Eventbrite:

March 20, 6:30-9pm: Morris Tech Meetup

March 22nd, 6-8pm: WCEC presents “Up Close and Personal with Sally Glick,” part of the WCEC Quarterly Speakers’ Forum, at The Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge. 
Click Here for more details/registration information.

April 3rd, 1:00-6:30pm: 3rd Annual GIPLS, Global Intellectual Property Law Symposium presented and sponsored by Gearhart Law in conjunction with NJIT’s EDC in Newark.  Click here for more details and registration:  GIPLS

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