Jim Boness

Jim Boness

I pride myself on personal service and collaboration with my Clients.
  • Business Law, Trademarks, Entertainment & Sports Law ...
  • Oregon
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I earned my law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2002, and have 2 decades of experience practicing law. For the first 14 years, I practiced criminal law, growing a very successful solo-attorney practice and gaining extensive courtroom and trial experience. However, as I grew as an attorney, I realized that my interests drew me to a different type of practice. This is where the idea for INTELLEQUITY® was born.

Based on this new interest, I took a few advanced law courses in intellectual property at John Marshall University Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2017, I earned my MBA at Portland State University to better help me to understand and assist my clients’ with their business needs.

My recent experience includes trademark, copyright and other intellectual property-related services, business formation and business law. I am licensed to practice in state and federal court in Oregon as well as federal court in the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Franchising, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Intellectual Property
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 140617
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
- Current
Started INTELLEQUITY in 2016, and have been providing personal, comprehensive and easy to understand business and intellectual property advice and services to all Oregonians. Areas of concentration include business formation, trademark registration, contracts, copyright and business law.
Law Office of Jim Boness
Operated a single-attorney criminal law practice in Joliet, IL for 12 years. Experience in pre-trial litigation, hearings and trials, discovery and Client satisfaction.
Portland State University
MBA (2020) | Business
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The John Marshall Law School
Advanced law classes in intellectual property
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Southern Illinois University School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
Honors: Max and Irene D'el Era Academic Scholarship Richard E. Richman Ethics Scholarship
Activities: President of SIU Sports Law Society (2000 - 2002)
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Max and Irene D'el Era Academic Scholarship
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar  # 140617
- Current
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Illinois State Bar  # 6278820
Activities: Criminal and Business Law Attorney
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Speaking Engagements
How to obtain an immigrant and non-immigrant visa, Lagos, Nigeria
First American Immigration Consultation Services
1 day seminar providing immigration information to Nigerian citizens who wished to come to the United States.
Licensed A&P Mechanic
Websites & Blogs
INTELLEQUITY Legal Services, LLC Website
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. How do I trademark my art work so I can share it to my business social media safely
A: Trademark signifies a source of goods or services. Unless your artwork serves as a logo (which can be trademarked), you would have to demonstrate to the USPTO that the elements of your artwork are distinctive and unique enough (secondary meaning) to qualify as a source of goods. This can be difficult to do, but not impossible.

Your best bet at protecting your artwork probably arises through copyright registration. Seek experienced IP counsel who can provide a more nuanced analysis for your exact situation. Feel free to contact my office for a free consultation.

This answer is general information and does not constitute legal advice. The information provided is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. ... Read More
Q. If you quit without notice in Oregon are they required to pay your acquired vacation time?
A: Payout of vacation time will be dictated by your employment agreement and the company policies regarding that payment. If the company has a pto benefit and you have accrued PTO that has gone unused, you should be entitled to that unused time as pay. Most employment contracts are at-will contracts which means that either you or the company can terminate the employment without notice. Leaving employment in this situation should have no effect on what benefits you have already accrued. However, if your employment contract says something different, that will control.
Q. Does a lawyer have to draw up the sale agreement in the sale of a sole proprietorship?
A: To answer your question, yes, you certainly can draft your own sales agreement. However, it would be more advisable to have counsel prepare one if you can. The money spent on counsel may be tax deductible.

Notwithstanding, as you indicate you have a sole proprietorship, what you are selling is not the business, but its' assets. You cannot sell a sole proprietorship, because it is not separate from its' owner.

I wish you the best of luck!

The above information is intended for general informational purposes and is in no way intended to be legal advice. In addition, the above information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship and none should be assumed.
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Contact & Map
111 SW 5th Ave
Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Toll-Free: (503) 877-0881
Telephone: (503) 877-0881
Monday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 3 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed