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Today’s Errands: Pick Up Milk at the Grocery Store … And Then a Trademark at the Legal Store

The self-funded legal site best known as Trademarkia is bringing itself offline, with the opening today of a retail-hour legal services storefront that also sells books and tablets.

Store Exterior 3The first store is at 323 University Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., the historic tech startup hub (that is, until Palantir took all the real estate over). It’s the former home of the Medallion Rug Gallery, which has a place of its own in Silicon Valley lore.

The store will be called LegalForce BookFlip — a new brand coming from the company that has historically specialized in online trademark search and services.

LegalForce CEO Raj Abhyanker described the store as an effort to help people “access legal services in a comfortable retail setting without being intimidated.”

Customers will be able to access attorneys on a walk-in basis for both personal and business legal topics, at a cost of $45 for 15 minutes.

As we’ve covered previously, before founding LegalForce/Trademarkia, Abhyanker started Fatdoor, and he had claimed that his name and concept were ripped off for the neighborhood social network Nextdoor.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work