Changes to Maryland's Minority Business Enterprises Program

In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly extended the MBE Program for 4 more years and included several key components to the existing law.  The extended MBE Program in Maryland took effect on October 1, 2012. One of the major changes allows for an increase in flexibility related to the overall aspirational statewide MBE goal by…

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Recent Federal Trademark Decision Has Famous Fashion Company Seeing Red

A recent federal appeals court case demonstrates that trademarks can go well beyond symbols, designs and words.  Even a single color can qualify for federal trademark protection.  The case involved a lawsuit by a high-end women’s shoe company, Louboutin, against the venerable French fashion company, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).  Louboutin’s expensive high heeled shoes feature…

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Government Contracts: Perils of overpricing and responding to government RFPs

The article in Networkworld “Cisco network really was $100 million more” is a good example of the danger in responding to governmental requests for proposal (RFP) without considering the publicity downside of significant overpricing. The article explains that in bidding on a large computer infrastructure project for California State University, Cisco’s bid was over 100…

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FTC issues privacy guide for facial recognition technology

The FTC today released a study and guide on facial recognition technology, and provided guidance on notice, transparency and options required when making use of, storing and sharing facial recognition information.  The case studies included a basic use (for example, a face is scanned and then the user may make changes to see what hair,…

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R. Michael Smith joins Bowie & Jensen, LLC's Employment Department

TOWSON: Bowie & Jensen, a premier business law firm, is pleased to announce that veteran employment litigator R. Michael Smith is now a lawyer with the firm.   “Our employment law practice was started by Nicole Windsor and she has become a leading attorney in advising privately held companies in employment related matters.  The addition of…

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Government Contracts: Tips in Securing Work from the State of Maryland

While the Federal Government seems to have the ability to spend more money than it takes in, and thus creates increasing opportunities for governmental contract work, the State of Maryland is still a source of work for many local contractors.   However, like the Federal Government, there are certain “do’s and don’ts” that a contractor must…

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Bowie & Jensen to hold its next monthly seminar on November 9, 2012

Bowie & Jensen, LLC will hold its next monthly educational seminar on Business Succession and Exit Plans on November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am at our offices, located on the 6th Floor of the Susquehanna Building at 29 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Suite 600, Towson, Maryland 21204.   Attorneys Jeremy Garner and Jay Merwin will be presenting.…

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Maryland Providing Grants for Start Ups in the "Invest in Maryland Challenge"

Bowie & Jensen lawyers work with many entrepreneurs that seek financing, grants and other forms of investment necessary to start and operate a new business.  A new opportunity is presented to entrepreneurs to receive up to $100,000 under a State created investment challenge.  This State of Maryland “Invest Maryland Challenge” is providing $300,000, in $100,000 amounts…

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