Required Reading: Sarah Feingold

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Name: Sarah Feingold
Class Taught: Intellectual Property Law for Startups

Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to to protect creative folk like herself was to go to law school. She currently serves as counsel of Etsy, Inc. and specializes in intellectual property, business and ecommerce law. When she’s not practicing law, she’s speaking or writing about legal issues (Sarah penned the ebook “Copyright for Artists“) or hammering silver and creating jewelry in her tiny Brooklyn apartment kitchen.

Here are the top picks from Sarah’s reading list:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Lawyers and non-lawyers alike can benefit from the timeless practical advice on how to effectively communicate. The chapters cover important life lessons like ‘How to Interest People,” “You Can’t Win an Argument” and “What Everybody Wants.” Some of the book’s examples may seem outdated, but the insights ring true today.
  • U.S. Copyright Office FAQ – Intellectual property law is all over the news. And then I see many blogs discussing legal topics and offering insights. Are these internet authors offering reliable and up to date information? The United States Copyright Office website contains easy to understand FAQs written in plain-English.They break down the basics and then get into pressing questions like “Can I get a star named after me and claim copyright to it?”
  • United States Patents and Trademark Office – I often analyze food packaging looking for the capital R in the circle, which may mean that a mark is a federally registered trademark. And then I want more information on that trademark. The United States Patent and Trademark Office website contains a searchable US federal trademark database for those who like to snack and research at the same time.
  • Creative Commons – Once you know about copyrights, it’s time to choose how to share or allow others to build upon your work. Creative Commons offers free and simple copyright licenses. These licenses contain information on the conditions of your choice. Please note that like the copyright and trademark websites, this website is not a substitute for your own lawyer.
  • The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight – I’m a lawyer, but I’m also a jeweler. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make jewelry out of metal like silver or gold? This guide offers a wide variety of step by step techniques to creating art out of metal. Oh, and it’s illustrated!