Paige Pembrook and Hannah Stitt

Who We Are

Tectonic, LLP is a boutique intellectual property and business law firm of two attorneys (Hannah M. Stitt and Paige N. Pembrook) who serve clients from their office in the Heart of Noe Valley building in San Francisco, California.Tectonic's attorneys act as litigators and counselors for owners and executives in trademark, copyright, privacy, consumer protection and related business disputes. This means that we will take a fight to court when necessary, but we also know our way around intellectual property and business agreements that tend to resolve disputes.Brand owners and executives in emerging industries seek out Tectonic's legal representation because Tectonic's attorneys specialize in counseling clients operating in liminal spaces. We fight fiercely—and win with integrity—for our clients, pushing the boundaries of culture along side them. We candidly explain to clients where their business operations brush up against laws and regulations, and work with clients to design legal strategies that reflect each client's individual business goals, priorities and limitations.Living, working, and playing in Silicon Valley, Tectonic’s modern lawyers are tech savvy and utilize a variety of software and systems so that we always have your information securely at our fingertips. You will never have to come into a stuffy office to get answers from Tectonic's attorneys. Plus, technological efficiency results in faster, smoother workflows, and lower costs for our clients.In addition to cutting-edge market experience and tech savviness, Tectonic's attorneys also have the traditional legal background qualifications to recite. That is, Tectonic’s attorneys are admitted to practice everywhere in the State of California, and in the federal district courts of California. Tectonic’s litigators also practice before administrative tribunals, like the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.Tectonic’s attorneys speak at virtual and in-person events for clients, attorneys and the general public on topics related to intellectual property law, civil and prisoner rights, and the ethics of practicing law for emerging markets.Send us a message to learn how to work with us.

Paige N. Pembrook

Earth Shaker / Partner

Paige Pembrook

Paige is a Partner at Tectonic, LLP. As a litigator, Paige represents clients involved in and contemplating trademark, copyright, privacy, and business litigation. As an advisor to creators, media companies, and online businesses, Paige also provides preemptive and ongoing counsel on creative works and products, copyright and trademark clearances, registration, monitoring, licensing, and enforcement. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Paige also provides privacy and security advice and counsel, including the development of privacy policies, procedures, and incident responses, as well as communications with government authorities.Paige graduated cum laude from University of California Hastings with a concentration in intellectual property law and pro bono honors in 2015. While at Hastings, Paige worked as a Research Assistant in privacy law, as well as a Teaching Assistant in legal writing and appellate advocacy. She also competed in the Cardozo Entertainment Law Moot Court Championship Competition team (where her team second place and the top two oral advocate awards) and the National Moot Court Competition team.Prior to Tectonic, Paige worked as a business litigation attorney at various Bay Area law firms, where she gained practical experience at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts throughout California. She has also worked as a law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission, Electronic Frontier Foundation, the California Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court of California. In those positions she gained a depth of experience in government regulation, appellate advocacy, free speech, free information, consumer protection, and intellectual property law.Outside of Tectonic, Paige spends her time teaching Legal Research and Writing at UC Hastings and volunteering at her local Humane Society / SPCA.If you are in a dispute, then Paige can help you.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude (2015)

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. English (2010)

Affiliations

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, IAPP

  • Certified Open Water Diver, PADI

  • Adjunct Professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Regulation of Alcohol and Cannabis Advertising, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 27, 2022 (moderator)

  • Pulp or Fiction - Are NFTs Changing Intellectual Property Norms?, Blockchain Law for Social Good Conference, Golden Gate University, October 19, 2022 (moderator)

  • Do You Have the Right?, Storyteller’s Association of California, October 2022

  • Avoiding Cannabis Antitrust Litigation, Bar Association of San Francisco, August 31, 2022 (moderator)

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Saddleback College, May 11, 2022

  • Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Cannabis Industry Founders, Success Centers, November 17, 2021

  • Ethics 101 – What You Should Think About: The Ethics of Cannabis Law, International Cannabis Bar Association, September 15, 2021

  • Advising California Cannabis Companies, Bar Association of San Francisco, June 16, 2020 (Moderator)

If you are in a dispute, then Paige can help you.

Paige Pembrook

Hannah M. Stitt

Mountain Mover / Partner

Hannah Stitt

Hannah loves resolving her client’s intellectual property and business problems. She provides services to clients throughout California and the United States. She focuses her law practice on resolving disputes involving trademarks, copyrights and business claims.After a decade working in the California legal field, Hannah is not intimidated by the innovative or unknown. A firebrand litigator, Hannah ardently supports clients at every stage of their brand creation and development process. Her intellect, unwavering persistence, and network connections enable her to move mountains for clients.Hannah is a San Francisco native and double graduate of the University of California system. Hannah graduated with Honors from University of California Davis in 2010, earning degrees in both Religious Studies and Film Studies while working as a litigation secretary for an expert witness and a legal intern at a law firm specializing in attorney ethics.Then, Hannah earned her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She received a certificate of concentration in intellectual property, and graduated with pro bono honors. While at UC Hastings, Hannah worked as a Research Assistant in copyright law and privacy law, as well as a Teaching Assistant in legal writing. She also competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Championship Competition (where her team was awarded second best brief overall).In addition to her formal education, Hannah's perspective benefits from a wide range of experience working on civil proceedings (both transactional and litigation) in Bay Area law firms and legal clinics including Epperly & Elam LLP, Ad Astra Law Group LLP, NetSuite Inc., and the Prisoner Advocacy Network.Hannah joined the legal community servicing the California cannabis industry in 2012, and she has educated attorneys on panels and presentations since 2019. As the cannabis industry grew and evolved, her law practice transitioned from licensing, deal-making and compliance work into complex litigation over intellectual property rights and related business claims. Her advice and counsel to both attorneys and industry operators over the years has shaped the market.Currently, Hannah sits on the Ethics Committee for the International Cannabis Bar Association, as well as the Barrister’s Cannabis and Alcohol committee for the Bar Association of San Francisco. She recently co-directed the Prisoner Advocacy Network legal clinic, where she fought alongside California prisoners to improve their living conditions and uphold their civil rights. Her committee work and pro bono work directly inform her legal practice litigating for clients in emerging industries.Send Hannah a message to learn about her services.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (2015)

  • University of California, Davis, B.A. Film Studies, B.A. Religious Studies, with honors (2010)

Publications

Speaking Engagements

If you are in a dispute, then Hannah can help you.

Hannah Stitt
Hannah Stitt shaking hands with client; Paige Pembrook

What We Do

Whether you need to enforce your rights or defend them, Tectonic’s intellectual property attorneys can help you. We solve complex business and legal challenges via a client-centered approach.Our attorneys dedicate time and attention to understanding our clients’ products and services, as well as internal systems, in order help our clients fully capture and protect their full portfolio of intellectual property and intangible assets: trademark rights, brand assets, copyright rights, publicity rights, and privacy rights. Tectonic’s attorneys simplify the complex intricacies of intellectual property and business law into digestible, plain English that clients can easily grasp and translate into operational strategies for securing and protecting the value of their branding and creative work product.Learn how Tectonic can help your business thrive.

Practice Areas & Legal Services

Tectonic is a full-service civil litigation firm, resolving intellectual property and business disputes at any stage of pre-litigation negotiation, litigation, trial, or post-trial appeal. Our attorneys are experienced at negotiating and litigating trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, false advertising, consumer safety, and competitor disputes in a variety of forums:

  1. all Superior Courts of the State of California
  2. Northern District of California
  3. Eastern District of California
  4. Central District of California
  5. Southern District of California
  6. United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  7. United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  8. Federal Trade Commission
  9. ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration proceedings

Tectonic's attorneys are also experienced in commercial contract litigation, as well as shareholder, inventor, founder and partnership disputes that involve intellectual property rights and intangible assets. They prioritize investigation and legal research early during the representation in order to provide clients with clear guidance on how to obtain results. Tectonic's attorneys also understand the importance of engaging consulting and testifying experts early in the dispute resolution process. Doing so may end a dispute before it even gets off the ground, thereby avoiding lengthy and difficult litigation.

As business advisors, Tectonic's attorneys analyze clients' intellectual property strategies, licenses, and other related business and consumer agreements to identify terms and pathways to avoid and preempt future litigation. Through this holistic approach, Tectonic helps clients' businesses prosper in the digital age.

  1. preparation and negotiation of intellectual property license agreements, assignments, transfers, consent agreements and co-existence agreements
  2. intellectual property due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions
  3. registration of “doing business as” names
  4. registration of domain names
  5. registration of copyrightable works
  6. informal conflict resolution

Tectonic's attorneys provide practical advice and common sense legal services in all aspects of trademark selection, clearance, registration, maintenance, policing, and enforcement. They file mark applications on a state by state basis, as well as with the USPTO. For international registeration and/or enforce of trademark rights, they partner with world class attorneys across the globe.

  1. development, registration and maintenance of trademark portfolios
  2. counsel clients concerning the selection, clearance (availability and validity), use, registration and protection of trademarks, service marks, trade dress, and design marks
  3. domestic filing and prosecution of applications for trademarks, service marks, trade dress, and design marks
  4. domestic policing and enforcement of trademark rights and rights in intangible brand assets

Tectonic's attorneys provide advice, representation, and transactional services to creators, media companies, and web-based businesses on a variety of copyright issues, including:

  1. registering creative works with the U.S. Copyright Office
  2. preparing and negotiating copyright and other rights licensing agreements
  3. developing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) compliance procedures
  4. enforcing copyrights through demand letters, negotiation, and litigation
  5. responding to copyright related demand letters and litigation

Tectonic's attorneys provide advice, representation, and transactional services to individuals and businesses on a variety of privacy and security issues, including:

  1. preparing privacy and security policies and procedures
  2. preparing terms of use and end-user license agreements
  3. providing privacy and security compliance advice and counsel
  4. representing clients before data protection authorities
  5. responding to and reporting data breach incidents
  6. enforcing privacy rights through negotiation, government action, and litigation
  7. responding to privacy related demands, government action, and litigation

Tectonic’s intellectual property attorneys do not practice patent law, but know excellent attorneys who do! We are happy to connect you with qualified attorneys from our network.Send us a message about your business needs today.

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Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Tectonic, LLP ("Company," "we," "us," or "our"). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. The purpose of this privacy notice is to describe how we might use your information if you visit our website at http://www.tectoniclaw.com or related domain names (the "Website"), what information we collect, how we use it, and what rights you have related to it. If there are any terms in this privacy notice that you do not agree with, please immediately discontinue use of our Website, and other related services, including any sales, marketing, or events (the "Services"). If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy notice or our practices regarding your personal information, please contact us at epicenter@tectoniclaw.com.1. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?A. WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT YOU DISCLOSE TO US.
We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when you express an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and Services, when you participate in activities on the Website or otherwise when you contact us.
The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Website, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect may include the following:Personal Information. We collect names; phone numbers; email addresses; mailing addresses; job titles; contact preferences; contact or authentication data; billing addresses; debit/credit card numbers; usernames; passwords; and other similar information.Payment Data. We may collect data necessary to process your payment if you make purchases, such as your payment instrument number (such as a credit card number or wire transfer information), and the security code associated with your payment instrument. All payment data is stored by LawPay.B. WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT IS AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED.We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the Website. This information may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use our Website and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our Website.Like many businesses, we also collect information through cookies and similar technologies. The information we collect includes:Log and Usage Data. Log and usage data is service-related, diagnostic, usage and performance information our servers automatically collect when you access or use our Website and which we record in log files. Depending on how you interact with us, this log data may include your IP address, device information, browser type and settings, and information about your activity in the Website, device event information, error reports, and hardware settings.Device Data. We collect device data such as information about your computer, phone, tablet or other device you use to access the Website. Depending on the device used, this device data may include information such as your IP address (or proxy server), device and application identification numbers, location, browser type, hardware model Internet service provider and/or mobile carrier, operating system and system configuration information.Location Data. We collect location data such as information about your device's location, which can be either precise or imprecise. How much information we collect depends on the type and settings of the device you use to access the Website. For example, we may use GPS and other technologies to collect geolocation data that tells us your current location (based on your IP address). You can opt out of allowing us to collect this information either by refusing access to the information or by disabling your Location setting on your device. 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We may use and store this information in aggregated and anonymized form so that it is not associated with individual end users and does not include personal information.3. WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANYONE?We only share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to provide you with services, to protect your rights, or to fulfill business obligations. We may process or share your data that we hold based on the following legal basis:Consent. We may process your data if you have given us specific consent to use your personal information for a specific purpose.Legitimate Interests. We may process your data when it is reasonably necessary to achieve our legitimate business interests.Performance of a Contract. Where we have entered into a contract with you, we may process your personal information to fulfill the terms of our contract.Legal Obligations. 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4. WHO WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH?We only share and disclose your information with the following categories of third parties: (a) cloud computing services; (b) communication and collaboration tools; (c) data analytics services; (d) data storage service providers; (d) finance and accounting tools; (f) payment processors; (g) sales and marketing tools; and, (h) website hosting service providers.If we have processed your data based on your consent and you wish to revoke your consent, please contact us using the contact details provided in the section below titled "HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS NOTICE?".5. DO WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?We may use cookies and similar tracking technologies (like web beacons and pixels) to access or store information. Based on the browser that you use, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove cookies and to reject cookies. If you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect certain features or services of our Website.Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications include a Do-Not-Track (DNT") feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. At this stage no uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other similar mechanism.6. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION?We will only keep your personal information for as long as necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law. When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize such information, or, if this is not possible, then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.7. HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE?We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, despite our safeguards and efforts to secure your information, no electronic transmission over the Internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so we cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security, and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your information. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Website is at your own risk. You should only access the Website within a secure environment.8. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS?You may review, change, or terminate your account at any time. Based on the applicable laws of your country, you may have the right to request access to the personal information we collect form you, change the information, or delete it in some circumstances. To request to review, update, or delete your personal information, please submit a request by emailing epicenter@tectoniclaw.com.9. DO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC PRIVACY RIGHTS?A. 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(Category D) Commercial information (e.g., transaction information, purchase history, financial details, and payment information). We may also collect other personal information outside of these categories instances where you interact with us in-person, online, or by phone or mail in the context of: (i) receiving help through our customer support channels; (ii) participation in customer surveys or contests; and (iii) facilitation in the delivery of our Services and to respond to your inquiries.
How We Use and Share Your Personal Information:More information about our data collection and sharing practices can be found in this privacy notice. We may disclose your personal information with our service providers pursuant to a written contract between us and each service provider. Each service provider is a for- profit entity that processes the information on our behalf. We may use your personal information for our own business purposes, such as for undertaking internal research for technological development and demonstration. This is not considered to be "selling" of your personal data. We have not sold any personal information to third parties for a business or commercial purpose in the preceding twelve (12) months. Tectonic, LLP will not sell personal information in the future belonging to website visitors, users, and other consumers.Your Rights With Respect to Your Personal Data:You can ask for the deletion of your personal information. If you ask us to delete your personal information, we will respect your request and delete your personal information, subject to certain exceptions provided by law, such as (but not limited to) the exercise by another consumer of his or her right to free speech, our compliance requirements resulting from a legal obligation or any processing that may be required to protect against illegal activities.Depending on the circumstances, you have a right to know: (i) whether we collect and use your personal information; (ii) the categories of personal information that we collect; (iii) the purposes for which the collected personal information is used; (iv) whether we sell your personal information to third parties;
(v) the categories of personal information that we sold or disclosed for a business purpose; (vi) the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold or disclosed for a business purpose; and, (vii) the business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling personal information.
You have a right not to be discriminated against for your exercise or consumer privacy rights. We will not discriminate against you if you exercise your privacy rights.You may object to the processing of your personal data.You may request correction of your personal data if it is incorrect or no longer relevant, or ask to restrict the processing of the dataYou may designate an authorized agent to make a request under the CCPA on your behalf. We may deny a request from an authorized agent that does not submit proof that they have been validly authorized to act on your behalf in accordance with the CCPA.You may request to opt-out from future selling of your personal information to third parties. Upon receiving a request to opt-out, we will act upon the request as soon as feasibly possible, but no later than 15 days from the date of the request submission.To exercise these rights, you can contact us by email at epicenter@tectoniclaw.com. Upon receiving a request from you, we will need to verify your identity to determine that you are the same person about whom we have the information in our system. This will require us to ask you to provide information so that we can match it with information you have previously provided to us. We will only use personal information provided in your request to verify your identity or authority to make the request.10. DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS NOTICE?We may update this privacy notice from time to time. The updated version will be indicated by an updated "Revised" date and the updated version will be effective as soon as it is accessible.11. HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS NOTICE?If you have questions or comments about this notice, you may contact us at epicenter@tectoniclaw.com.This Privacy Notice was last updated on November 25, 2021.

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SITE MANAGEMENTWe reserve the right, but not the obligation, to: (1) monitor the Site for violations of these Terms of Use; (2) take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in our sole discretion, violates the law or these Terms of Use, including without limitation, reporting such user to law enforcement authorities; (3) in our sole discretion and without limitation, refuse, restrict access to, limit the availability of, or disable (to the extent technologically feasible) any of your Contributions or any portion thereof; (4) in our sole discretion and without limitation, notice, or liability, to remove from the Site or otherwise disable all files and content that are excessive in size or are in any way burdensome to our systems; and (5) otherwise manage the Site in a manner designed to protect our rights and property and to facilitate the proper functioning of the Site.7. TERM AND TERMINATIONThese Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect while you use the Site. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THESE TERMS OF USE, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO, IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION AND WITHOUT NOTICE OR LIABILITY, DENY ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE (INCLUDING BLOCKING CERTAIN IP ADDRESSES), TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY REASON OR FOR NO REASON, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION FOR BREACH OF ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY, OR COVENANT CONTAINED IN THESE TERMS OF USE OR OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW OR REGULATION. WE MAY TERMINATE YOUR USE OR PARTICIPATION IN THE SITE OR DELETE ANY CONTENT OR INFORMATION THAT YOU POSTED AT ANY TIME, WITHOUT WARNING, IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION.If we terminate or suspend your account for any reason, you are prohibited from registering and creating a new account under your name, a fake or borrowed name, or the name of any third party, even if you may be acting on behalf of the third party. In addition to terminating or suspending your account, we reserve the right to take appropriate legal action, including without limitation pursuing civil, criminal, and injunctive redress.8. MODIFICATIONS AND INTERRUPTIONSWe reserve the right to change, modify, or remove the contents of the Site at any time or for any reason at our sole discretion without notice. However, we have noobligation to update any information on our Site. We also reserve the right to modify or discontinue all or part of the Site without notice at any time. We will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, price change, suspension, or discontinuance of the Site.We cannot guarantee the Site will be available at all times. We may experience hardware, software, or other problems or need to perform maintenance related to the Site, resulting in interruptions, delays, or errors. We reserve the right to change, revise, update, suspend, discontinue, or otherwise modify the Site at any time or for any reason without notice to you. You agree that we have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage, or inconvenience caused by your inability to access or use the Site during any downtime or discontinuance of the Site. Nothing in these Terms of Use will be construed to obligate us to maintain and support the Site or to supply any corrections, updates, or releases in connection therewith.

9. GOVERNING LAWThese Terms shall be governed by and defined following the laws of the State of California. Tectonic, LLP and you irrevocably consent that the courts of California shall have exclusive jurisdiction to resolve any dispute which may arise in connection with these terms.10. DISPUTE RESOLUTIONANY AND ALL CONTROVERSIES, CLAIMS, OR DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND ANYONE (INCLUDING THE COMPANY AND ANY EMPLOYEE, OFFICER, DIRECTOR, MEMBER, OR BENEFIT PLAN OF THE COMPANY IN THEIR CAPACITY AS SUCH OR OTHERWISE) ARISING OUT OF, RELATING TO, OR RESULTING FROM THIS AGREEMENT, WILL BE SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION UNDER THE ARBITRATION RULES OF, AND PURSUANT TO THE STATE LAW OF, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING THE CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 1280 THROUGH 1294.2 (THE "RULES"). THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT WILL CONTINUE TO APPLY WITH FULL FORCE AND EFFECT NOTWITHSTANDING THE APPLICATION OF PROCEDURAL RULES SET FORTH IN THE CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE.ANY ARBITRATION WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY JAMS, THE RESOLUTION EXPERTS (“JAMS”). THE NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR WILL BE SELECTED IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH JAMS' COMPREHENSIVE ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES. THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE (1) NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR. THE ARBITRATOR WILL HAVE THE POWER TO DECIDE ANY MOTIONS BROUGHT BY ANY PARTY TO THE ARBITRATION, INCLUDING MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND/OR ADJUDICATION AND MOTIONS TO DISMISS AND DEMURRERS, PRIOR TO ANY ARBITRATION HEARING. THE ARBITRATOR WILL HAVE THE POWER TO AWARD ANY REMEDIES, INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND COSTS, AVAILABLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. THE COMPANY WILL PAY FOR ANY ADMINISTRATIVE OR HEARING FEES CHARGED BY THE ARBITRATOR OR JAMS. THE ARBITRATOR WILL ADMINISTER AND CONDUCT ANY ARBITRATION IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE RULES. THE DECISION OF THE ARBITRATOR MUST BE IN WRITING.The Parties agree that any arbitration shall be limited to the Dispute between the Parties individually. To the full extent permitted by law, (a) no arbitration shall be joined with any other proceeding; (b) there is no right or authority for any Dispute to be arbitrated on a class-action basis or to utilize class action procedures; and (c) there is no right or authority for any Dispute to be brought in a purported representative capacity on behalf of the general public or any other persons.The Parties agree that the following Disputes are not subject to the above provisions concerning binding arbitration: (a) any Disputes seeking to enforce or protect, or concerning the validity of, any of the intellectual property rights of a Party; (b) any Dispute related to, or arising from, allegations of theft, piracy, invasion of privacy, or unauthorized use; and (c) any claim for injunctive relief. If this provision is found to be illegal or unenforceable, then neither Party will elect to arbitrate any Dispute falling within that portion of this provision found to be illegal or unenforceable and such Dispute shall be decided by a court of competent jurisdiction within the courts listed for jurisdiction above, and the Parties agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of that court.11. CORRECTIONSThere may be information on the Site that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies, or omissions, including descriptions, pricing, availability, and various other information. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update the information on the Site at any time, without prior notice.12. DISCLAIMERTHE SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN AS-IS AND AS-AVAILABLE BASIS. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND OUR SERVICES WILL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SITE’S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO THE SITE AND WE WILL ASSUME NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (1) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT AND MATERIALS, (2) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (3) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SITE, (4) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE SITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (5) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT AND MATERIALS OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SITE.13. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITYIN NO EVENT WILL WE OR OUR DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFIT, LOST REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE LESSER OF THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO US.CERTAIN US STATE LAWS AND INTERNATIONAL LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.14. INDEMNIFICATIONYou agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us harmless, including our subsidiaries, affiliates, and all of our respective officers, agents, partners, and employees, from and against any loss, damage, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, made by any third party due to or arising out of: (1) use of the Site; (2) breach of these Terms of Use; (3) any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in these Terms of Use; (4) your violation of the rights of a third party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights; or (5) any overt harmful act toward any other user of the Site with whom you connected via the Site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we reserve the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate, at your expense, with our defense of such claims. We will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action, or proceeding which is subject to this indemnification upon becoming aware of it.We will maintain certain data that you transmit to the Site for the purpose of managing the performance of the Site, as well as data relating to your use of the Site. Although we perform regular routine backups of data, you are solely responsible for all data that you transmit or that relates to any activity you have undertaken using the Site. You agree that we shall have no liability to you for any loss or corruption of any such data, and you hereby waive any right of action against us arising from any such loss or corruption of such data.15. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSACTIONS, AND SIGNATURESVisiting the Site, sending us emails, and completing online forms constitute electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications, and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communication be in writing. YOU HEREBY AGREE TO THE USE OF ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES, CONTRACTS, ORDERS, AND OTHER RECORDS, AND TO ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF NOTICES, POLICIES, AND RECORDS OF TRANSACTIONS INITIATED OR COMPLETED BY US OR VIA THE SITE. You hereby waive any rights or requirements under any statutes, regulations, rules, ordinances, or other laws in any jurisdiction which require an original signature or delivery or retention of non-electronic records, or to payments or the granting of credits by any means other than electronic means.16. MISCELLANEOUSThese Terms of Use and any policies or operating rules posted by us on the Site or in respect to the Site constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and us. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. These Terms of Use operate to the fullest extent permissible by law. We may assign any or all of our rights and obligations to others at any time. We shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, delay, or failure to act caused by any cause beyond our reasonable control. If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Use is determined to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.16. CONTACT USIn order to resolve a complaint regarding the Site or to receive further information regarding use of the Site, please contact us at epicenter@tectoniclaw.com.This Terms of Use was last updated November 25, 2021.

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Who We Help

California is a world economic leader and the epicenter for creative and technological innovation in the United States. Tectonic’s clients are creatives, entrepreneurs, and companies operating in or serving emerging industries throughout California and beyond. To date, those markets include creative industries, cryptocurrency, cannabis (marijuana and hemp), and psychedelics. Tectonic’s clients are performing on a global scale, where preserving and protecting intellectual property rights is essential for clients to remain competitive and thrive.Are you operating in an emerging market or developing something new? Send us a message today.

Creative Industries
As a reflection of their lifelong interests in the arts, Tectonic's attorneys received undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and English Literature, and then pursued concentrated studies in intellectual property law. Since entering the legal industry, Tectonic's attorneys continue to demonstrate a keen understanding of and enthusiasm for how copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, and contract rights can help and hinder creative processes.

Blockchain Technology Industry
Tectonic’s attorneys have engaged in discourse with blockchain industry thought leaders since 2011—before most current developers distinguished cryptocurrency from Bitcoin. Our attorneys’ insight into the technology and industry, familiarity with financial institution regulations, and grasp of regulatory agency politics facilitates more accurate risk assessment for clients' intellectual property management strategy.

Cannabis Industry (marijuana and hemp)
Tectonic’s intellectual property attorneys are experienced in negotiating and litigating disputes for all kinds of stakeholders in the cannabis industry. Though still a fledgling industry, there are already hundreds of regulations governing all aspects of commercial cannabis operations in California. Entrepreneurs and companies must incorporate compliance into daily operations, including their intellectual property and marketing strategies.
Immersed in the California cannabis industry before even the creation of the medical market, Tectonic’s professional network includes local and state regulators, industry leaders, politicians, activists, and journalists. Whether you are a farmer cultivating cannabis in Humboldt, dispensary owner in Alameda, manufacturer of edibles and tinctures in San Diego, laboratory in Santa Cruz or a professional services provider located in Tulare, Tectonic’s attorneys are cannabis marketplace wonks ready to help you with your branding and business needs.

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