|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2009||02/11/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Legal Elite||Business North Carolina||2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association||Law School Liaison||2015 - Present|
|Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association||President-Elect||2012 - 2015|
|Wayne State University Law School||Law||J.D.||2008|
|University of Notre Dame||Computer Engineering||B.S.||2003|
Posted by Will
I initially met Tim Bradley via a phone chat where he helped me sort through some predatory practices from a company with whom my design team and I were contracting. He asked questions and was very patient as I struggled to cover the entirety of the situation. Eventually, after I had answered all his questions, he delivered his understanding in a clear and concise answer.
He pointed out that the documents were extremely unclear about compensation for the work and his advice was to avoid signing the documents that could possibly surrender our team's IP unless we renegotiated the terms of the deal to create much clearer compensation definitions.
I told him then that I would carry the information back to my team and then to my superiors. We would try to remain with the current company first, but, in the event that wasn't possible, we would start our own company and would like to come back to him to help us create operating agreements that were equitable and fair to all parties. The later option became the course that we had to take.
We returned to him when the previous company rejected our demands and I want to say this...
I am so glad that Tim was the man with whom we went. He had no problem going the extra mile for us.
He searched out another firm that specialized in the formation of LLCs that crossed over state lines and referred us. After they had laid out most of our operating agreements, we returned to Tim for the work on the IP clause to be baked into those initial operating agreements. And I have to say, the man is a genius.
Our company, driven by concepts of social justice, is creating new working models on the concepts of equality, collaborative effort, and partnership. Because of this, standardized IP agreements are unsuitable for our needs. And, not being lawyers, we knew what we wanted but we weren't sure how to say what we wanted.
Sound like a nightmare job?
Not for Tim. There was several rounds of team input about what needed to be present in our IP agreements and he spent the time necessary to create the language that will protect our company while still offering individual partners essential rights to their IP. He met each round of input with an iteration that gradually firmed individual and company needs into a seamless, elegant agreement that is right in line with our company's core values while still landing the security needed for long term growth.
The final product is a work of legal art.
And the cherry on the cake?
Tim told me what a pleasure it was to work with us - "It was fun."
I have to say, I return the sentiment. And I'm sure you will too.
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