Rukayatu Tijani

Chief Esquire Officer & Founder - Firm for The Culture
Firm for The Culture

Rukayatu “Ruky” Tijani is the Founder, Creator and Chief Esquire Officer of Firm for the Culture.

Ruky founded Firm for the Culture after many years as an IP attorney in the Silicon Valley office of the leading US litigation firm. Firm for the Culture grew out of Ruky’s passion for law, social impact, social entrepreneurship and strategic scaling to create lasting change.

As a social entrepreneur, Ruky knows what it’s like to strive for social change while learning to protect a company’s assets. Because of this, it’s her Firm’s mission to help social entrepreneurs protect their brands while expanding their Impact™

With extensive experience as an IP attorney in the Silicon Valley office of the leading U.S. litigation firm, Ruky provides extensive, detail-oriented and comprehensive trademark education, strategy, and application services to a host of social entrepreneurs and innovative founders at accessible flat-fee prices.

In addition to serving as Managing Attorney at Firm for the Culture, Ruky is also the Founder and Creator of the First Generation Purpose Project ®(“FGPP”), an initiative designed to help First Generation Professionals and Entrepreneurs navigate life and career by utilizing the grit and tenacity that is already in them.

Ruky has provided workshops to students, young professionals, and creatives at New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Berkeley Law School. Her workshops have been praised as candid, insightful, empowering, and practical. She has been recognized as a California Change Lawyer for Legal Diversity. She has been featured in XONecole and Above the Law. She has also taken part in several podcast interviews, including the Happy Lawyers Project and the First-Gen Lounge.

Ruky is a proud Nigerian-American first-generation professional from the projects of Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and a member of the New York and California State Bars.

When she isn’t sharing her extensive knowledge or helping social entrepreneurs register their trademarks, Ruky loves cooking, singing and hiking.

My Sessions

My Sessions

Trademarks: Protect the Brand, Protect the Culture

GSB 101

As an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience in working with social impact and diverse founders, I will cover the significance of brand protection through trademark search, filing, and registration in the workshop. I will also talk about the importance of trademark protection for monetizing brands, preserving cultural traditions, and increasing social impact. At Firm […]

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