FREE Online Webinar

Thursday, September 21, 2021 -  from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Practical Intellectual Property Legal Tips for Small Business Success 

As a small business owner, you’ve probably heard of the phrase “Intellectual Property,” or IP. You may think that protecting IP is only something that larger and well-known businesses should worry about. However, that is not true. IP refers to the legal rights to creations of the mind, including ideas, designs, names, slogans and images. Businesses of all sizes should protect their IP to safeguard their assets and create a brand recognizable in the marketplace.

This workshop focuses on three major types of intellectual property (trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights) and how small businesses can commercialize and protect them.

The goal of the workshop is to provide you with a basic understanding of each type of IP and how you should protect such IP to best grow your business. 
Topics Include:

1.        What is IP - Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Copyrights
2.        How to Gain Protection
3.        How to Commercialize

If you have a product, service, idea, or tool that you really believe in, you need to protect it. This IP workshop is designed to give entrepreneurs and small business owners the knowledge and tools necessary to protect the most valuable asset and integrity of their business. This workshop will help you to better identify, understand, protect, and commercialize different types of IP (copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks).
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Understand the basics of IP, so you can obtain the protection your business needs;
  • Recognize how to commercialize and leverage your IP to give you a competitive edge in the marketplace; and,
  • Obtain helpful resources and guidance so that you are better prepared to discuss IP with your attorney. 
IP protection prevents others from using something identical or similar to your creation, brand or product. Commercializing your IP can also help you create new sources of revenue and make your business more attractive to investors. If you do not invest time and resources to understand IP protection, opportunities, and risks, it will be difficult to achieve your business goals in the long run.

Join us and let us help you get a jump start on protecting your great idea, service, or product.


Presenter: Lema Khorshid is one of the founding partners at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC where she handles a wide range of legal matters for small- to mid-sized, closely held businesses in Chicago and New York. She frequently assists her clients with corporate transactional and intellectual property matters, and, for the past several years, she has also been lead counsel on several mergers and acquisitions that have taken her clients all over the globe. 

Lema received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Finance and Marketing, with a concentration in International Business and Italian (2000). She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago (2004), and is also proficient in Arabic, French, and Italian.
Prior to being a partner at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, Lema spent over six years consulting hospitality, fashion, and entertainment clients on their branding and public relations strategies in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Her clients included several prominent fashion retail and hospitality companies.
Lema sits on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Business Development Center. She has chaired several large-scale fundraisers to support arts and cultural initiatives in underprivileged communities; brought awareness to Chicago’s fashion and arts scene; and, raised thousands of dollars to support educational initiatives for entrepreneurs. In November 2017, she chaired the International Women Associate’s Women Extraordinaire Luncheon, which honors a woman in Chicago whose international humanitarian efforts advance the welfare of women and children. Since 2006, she founded and chaired BizOver™, a large-scale marketing and networking platform for entrepreneurs.
Lema is frequently invited to guest speak at Small Business Centers all over Chicago, where she teaches workshops to entrepreneurs on a myriad of practical legal and business issues that affect their businesses. In 2009, Lema was honored by the Business Ledger for being one of the twenty-two influential women in business in Chicago. 
In her time away from the office, Lema loves international travel, is a self-proclaimed foodie, and has a penchant for fashion and film.