California Business and Securities Attorneys Methven & Associates
Bill is an intellectual property attorney who helps clients formulate strategies to protect and utilize their IP assets.
His practice includes patent and trademark prosecution, software copyrights and licensing. He also counsels clients in patent infringement and validity matters.
Bill has a background in electrical engineering, and his practical and legal experience includes computer software/hardware, cellular networks, mesh networks, cloud computing, computer vision, image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, digital currency, digital asset management, media streaming, virtualization, social networks, and mobile development.
Bill is an expert on software patenting issues, including those related to the recent Alice decision and subsequent rulings. He frequently advises clients on software-specific strategies to navigate the unique challenges presented by Alice. Bill has had a great deal of success preventing and overcoming Alice-type rejections by thoroughly understanding the nuances of the law and effectively communicating them to the USPTO.
Bill is actively involved in pro bono work, through California Lawyers for the Arts, by assisting low-income individuals obtain and maintain IP protection for their ideas. Bill also serves as a student mentor for his alma mater, Santa Clara University School of Law.
Bill is also actively involved in charitable and community work. He recently organized and led a cycling team to raise substantial funding for rare cancer research.
Tess has spoken regularly at the United Nations (Geneva and New York) and other international platforms on behalf of women & children with the message of using media and technology to bridge the cultures of the world.
Her career in the entertainment and technology industries has spanned 25+ years, Tess has a passion and commitment to lead initiatives and programs that have a major give-back to the world.
GLOBAL WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT NETWORK – FOUNDED IN 2012
WORLD TRUST FOUNDATION – FOUNDED 1994
UNITED NATIONS – SINCE 2000
SPARK -ART PROJECT – 2016
WATER BEARERS – 2016
HERE ARE A FEW INITIATIVES THAT LEAD THE STORY
FOR TESS’S JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD:
Sri Lanka – Rebuild Homes post tsunami
Guatemala – Macadamia Tree Project for Farmers
Vietnam – Orphanage build sleeping quarters
Thailand – Orphanage bring instruments and art program to music school
Cambodia – Orphanage
El Salvador – Sewing School bring sewing machines to empower revenue for women
Ghana – 3 day workshops for young leaders
South Africa – Orphanage
Ghana – Orphanage – art workshop and donation of art supplies
Ghana – donation of water filters in village, school and maternity ward in hospital
Haiti – Solar Tents post Earthquake
[GWEN_Logo_BG-PRL_3 copy] Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers women and children through human rights issues (domestic violence, sex trafficking, child marriage, etc.)
Methven & Associates is a law firm handling business and real-estate law. One of our specialties is securities law: We advise companies and funds (syndications) that are raising money what type of offering is best for them and handle the disclosure documents and filings. See below for more information on this.
Our clients' businesses range in size from individuals and an entrepreneurs' first start-ups through large multinational corporations. We provide legal advice and representation regarding contracts, corporations, LLC's, LLP's, partnerships, trademarks and other intellectual property, web-site terms and conditions and privacy policies, licenses, confidentiality agreements, leases, real estate syndications and investment, and related litigation, arbitration and mediation.
If you think we can help you with your business case, securities issue, intellectual property, or some other legal matter, please contact us.
Learn how to raise money without violating the law at our Securities Law blog.
Arkady Itkin is a civil litigation attorney specializing in a wide range of employment related issues, claims and wrongful termination cases, as well as serious personal injury cases, and business litigation (drafting contracts and representing individuals and businesses in contractual disputes). He is licensed to practice law in the State of California and Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts.
Mr. Itkin graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2007, and received his M.A. in Philosophy with the emphasis on Greek/Roman philosophy at San Francisco State University. Prior to, and while attending law school, Mr. Itkin worked as a paralegal and a law clerk in several prominent civil litigation law firms in San Francisco and Sacramento, including the Choulos, Choulos & Wyle firm in San Francisco, and the legal department of Union Pacific Railroad Company in Sacramento.
Mr. Itkin is a member of American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section of the California Bar, San Francisco and Sacramento Bar Associations, California Employment Lawyers Association, and Consumer Attorneys of California Association. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education classses for attorneys throughout Northern California.
Mr. Itkin is fluent in Hebrew and Russian. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching tennis, reading, writing, mixing music, and photography.
Matt Rusling is an international journalist and entrepreneur.
The founder and CEO of Borderless News Online, he has covered numerous Asian countries for a decade. He continues to publish with major U.S. publications and global news wire services. He has appeared as an expert on various radio outlets including BBC News and National Public Radio. He has interviewed top politicians and business leaders in Asia and has conducted on-the-ground investigations into criminal organizations and human rights abuses at his own personal risk.
He has covered human trafficking, Asia's Internet revolution and Asia's rapidly shifting economic, political and social landscape. He spent five years reporting from Asia and also lived in Africa and Europe, living nearly a decade in total outside the U.S. He has a masters of journalism from Northwestern University's Medill Graduate School of Journalism and is fluent in Japanese and German, and speaks some Chinese and Korean.
Jeffrey Marks is a corporate attorney and entrepreneur. As an attorney, Mr. Marks specializes in general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and general business transactions. He has a broad range of experience, having practiced both as an attorney for a major law firm and as in-house counsel to a publicly traded Nasdaq high technology company. As an attorney at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, Mr. Marks received the experience and training of a large law firm, and through his tenure as in-house counsel to FutureLink Corp., he gained an understanding of the business and operational needs of companies and has developed a practical approach to advising his clients.
Mr. Marks is currently a principal of the Newport Beach law firm of Alliance Legal Partners, Inc., and represents and counsels companies and individuals on various transactional and corporate matters.
Mr. Marks is also a founder and the Chairman of Titan Brands, a successful restaurant company with five restaurants in the State of Nevada.
Nicole Coady is a writer, director and producer with over 15 years of Hollywood film making experience. Entertainment Weekly has this to say about her first high grossing film: “Embrace of the Vampire plays the vampire/victim dynamic to the hilt and packs a substantial punch!” and USA Today hails her work as, “A delight!”
Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Film. She went on to pursue a career in the film industry working for such companies as the Creative Artists Agency, producer John Hart’s Hart Hubbard Films, and Tristar Entertainment before embarking on screenwriting. She had the good fortune to have her screenplays produced by major Hollywood players, New Line Cinema and 20th Century Fox. In addition, she authored scripts for two children’s animated features showcasing the top selling Bratz line of dolls for MGA, Livin’ It Up With The Bratz and Little Bratz Party Time.
Building upon her years as a successful screenwriter, Nicole is looking forward to taking the next step in her carreer, directing The Brothers Grimm’s 12 Dancing Princesses, a fairytale she has loved since childhood. As a former young dancer who studied with The Joffrey Ballet prior to attending Vassar, she is excited to bring her knowledge of dance and storytelling together through the medium of film to create a magical princess movie in the vein of such box office hits as Cinderella and Frozen.
Phil received his B. A. in Political Science and German from U. C. Berkeley in 1975, his M. A. in Political Science from U. C. Berkeley in 1976, and his J. D. from Harvard Law School in 1983.
Phil has been working with domestic and international technology and biotechnology clients for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in most aspects of both international and domestic business law involving technology-based companies, as well as private placements of both equity and debt securities representing issuers and investors. Phil has also represented emerging growth companies in dealing with shareholder control issues, board of directors activities, and stock incentive programs.