CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        John E. Ottaviani

        Are you looking for an attorney who loves to solve problems and takes the time to understand your business, your particular issues and your concerns? Then you have come to the right place. John’s problem solving abilities and focus on his clients’ concerns make him a trusted partner for many of his clients. Although he has extensive experience in intellectual property, contracts, business counselling and technology law, John also does not hesitate to find other resources if a client’s concerns are outside of these areas.

        Education

        • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
        • Bowdoin College, A.B. Mathematics and Government, magna cum laude

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • Rhode Island
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

        Practice Areas

        Honors

        • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2018 as an expert in copyright and trademark law
        • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
        • Recognized as a leading intellectual property and corporate attorney since 2008 by
          Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
        • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers
        • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal in Data & Information Technology 2018
        • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal in Telecommunications, Media & Technology 2015

        Professional Affiliations

        • American Bar Association
          • co-Chair Smart Contract and Blockchain Subcommittee
        • International Trademark Association
          • Publications Committee
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Business Organizations Committee (former Chair)
        • Massachusetts Bar Association

        Community Activities

        • Adoption Rhode Island
          • Board of Directors (former Board President)
        • Bowdoin Law Advisory Network
          • Member
        • Bowdoin College Alumni Club of RI
          • Member (former President)

        Representative Trademark Experience

        John works with clients of all sizes, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies, with particular focus on selecting and protecting brands in the banking, retail, and manufacturing industries. John and the firm maintain relationships with attorneys around the world, allowing him to assist U.S. based clients to expand and protect trademark rights outside the United States, and to assist non-US based clients to protect trademark rights in the United States. John or other firm attorneys actually have met with many of these attorneys personally.

         

        John also advises clients on a broad range of issues related to intellectual property, including software licensing, software-as-a-service, Internet-related issues, copyright, trade secrets, data protection, privacy, and rights of publicity. John also routinely represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings and in appellate proceedings related to trademark registration before the Trademark Trial and Appeal board (TTAB), and in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) administrative proceedings.

         

        Representative Technology Experience

        John was exposed to technology at an early age. His father’s career consisted, in part, of converting bank operations from paper to computers. As a result, the world of technology is familiar to John, not intimidating. He has been working with technology companies since the advent of personal computers, and loves to keep current with the benefits and issues raised by new technologies such as blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. John also has extensive experience in preparing and negotiating almost every type of agreement imaginable for technology companies and companies using technology in all industries. Users frequently ask him to review and negotiate contracts on their behalf. As a result, John has represented some of the region’s largest financial, healthcare, manufacturing and governmental organizations on these matters.

        Representative Business Counselling Experience

        Business clients of all sizes and industries call on John’s decades of experience to guide them. He spends the time to understand a client’s business so he can fashion solutions to address the particular concerns of that business. He advises clients on a variety of corporate transactions and contract matters, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, sales agreements, master service agreements, distribution agreements, terms and conditions, privacy policies and nondisclosure agreements. And he wrote the book, literally, regarding the organization and use of Rhode Island limited liability companies. 

        Personal Note

        Outside PS&H, John enjoys working in his yard, enjoying the region’s beautiful beaches and excellent craft beer, and rooting for New England professional sports teams.

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements

        Recognitions