Tenaya Rodewald

Tenaya Rodewald

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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(Silicon Valley – Season 3 Finale)

Summarizing the week Jared writes, “Lewis Carroll famously said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop.’ But that is hard advice to follow when one’s head is spinning…” It would have been just as apt if...more

7/5/2016 - Board of Directors Online Gaming Sale of Assets Shareholder Rights Silicon Valley Technology Sector Television Shows

Pied Piper Is Like Empty Tables, and Empty Chairs (Silicon Valley – Episode 27)

“Not much to report this week, dear readers! Everything is perfectly fine.” Or so says Jared. But as Gilfoyle is quick to point out, “That’s a lie.” The problem is that even though the Pied Piper product has incredible...more

6/27/2016 - Mobile Apps Non-Compete Agreements Silicon Valley Startups Technology Sector Television Shows Trade Secrets

…And The Unicorn You Rode In On (Silicon Valley – Episode 26)

Alas, poor Erlich! We knew him; ‘a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne us on his back a thousand times; and now,’ as Jared poetically recounts, “Erlich’s Bachmanity boondoggle has led to his being...more

6/20/2016 - Board of Directors Common Stock Insolvency Preferred Shares Privately Held Corporations Right of FIrst Refusal Silicon Valley Startups Technology Sector Television Shows Venture Capital

Happy Times, High Crimes and Misdemeanors (Silicon Valley – Episode 25)

In this week’s episode of Silicon Valley, Richard enjoyed an unprecedented run of success, culminating with the official launch of Pied Piper’s platform. Richard has suffered so many setbacks, it’s little wonder he is...more

6/13/2016 - Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) Email Employee Privacy Rights Silicon Valley Tech Industry Television Shows Theft Trade Secrets

Big Head, Big Dreams, Big Mistake?

At least on paper, Episode 23 was a heartwarming story of new beginnings. Sure, Richard was subjected to an excruciating limbo during which Laurie interviewed other people for “his” job as CEO. But it turns out that was...more

5/31/2016 - Breach of Contract General Partnerships Partnership Agreements Personal Information Protection Act

Laurie & Monica Out-Action Jack…and Other Fiduciary Duties (Silicon Valley – Episode 22)

Episode 22 provides a decisive and satisfying showdown between Jack’s Box plan and Richard’s consumer platform option. Richard’s not-so-secret skunkworks project is dead, and the team sets to work on the Box believing that...more

5/23/2016 - Board of Directors Duty of Care Fiduciary Duty Silicon Valley Technology Sector

Trade Secrets and Lies (Silicon Valley – Episode 21)

Episode 21 is a delightful maze of plots, plot twists and omens. At Pied Piper, Richard fails in his attempt to go over CEO Action Jack’s head and have Laurie, the investor, force Jack to scrap his Box and build the consumer...more

5/16/2016 - Assignment of Inventions Inventions Patent Ownership Patents Silicon Valley

Jack’s Box (Silicon Valley – Episode 20)

Episode 20 of Silicon Valley explores numerous classic conflicts: consumer-oriented v. enterprise business model; engineers v. sales; revolutionary vs. safe; long-term goals v. short-term profits; Erlich v. Jian-Yang …...more

5/9/2016 - Click-Through Nexus Cloud Computing Data Collection Privacy Policy Silicon Valley Software Websites

Success Is Not Always Founder Friendly (Silicon Valley – Episode 19)

HBO’s Silicon Valley is back, but Richard is still out as Pied Piper’s CEO. To recap how we got here: in the closing moments of last season, the Pied Piper team triumphed by successfully livestreaming its condor cam video...more

5/2/2016 - Silicon Valley Technology Sector Television Shows Venture Capital

The Days of the Vultures (Silicon Valley – Season 2 Finale)

This season’s finale of Silicon Valley provided Richard with only the briefest moment of victory before he once again faces losing Pied Piper. First, the arbitrator rules that because Richard used a Hooli computer while...more

6/23/2015 - Arbitration Arbitrators Assignment of Inventions Board of Directors CEOs Change in Control Employment Contract Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Voting Rights

Rogue Witnesses (Silicon Valley, Episode 17)

In Episode 17, Hooli’s lawsuit appears to be nearing its end – with Hooli poised as the apparent victor. In Episodes 9 and 10 the show had positioned the case so we thought Pied Piper was sure to win. What happened? The...more


Board Games (Silicon Valley, Episode 16)

Episode 16 culminates with a disastrous end to the Intersite bake-off, and highlights an issue that’s cropped up in several episodes: troublesome or under-performing board members. To recap, Pied Piper is competing against...more

6/8/2015 - Board of Directors Investors Silicon Valley Software Developers Venture Capital Video Games

Other Peoples’ (Adult) Content (Episode 15)

There are so many legal issues in Episode 15 that it’s hard to know where to begin, so I’m going to start at the end: porn. Pied Piper is competing against nemesis Endframe for a $15 million contract from the online porn...more

6/1/2015 - Communications Decency Act Copyright Copyright Infringement DMCA Online Platforms Pornography User-Generated Content

“‘Say it ain’t so, bro!’” (Episode 14)

Previously we’ve discussed Hooli’s reverse engineering of Pied Piper’s technology and the threatened lawsuit for ownership of the technology. In Episode 14, Pied Piper faces a new threat: Endframe, a Pied Piper competitor,...more

5/25/2015 - First-to-File First-to-Invent Intellectual Property Protection Non-Disclosure Agreement Patent Infringement Patents Software Technology Venture Capital

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10) continued

Last post I mused that had Richard taken certain steps in the first season of Silicon Valley, he might now have ammunition to use against Hooli’s lawsuit. What am I talking about? To very crudely recap what happened last...more

5/19/2015 - Copyright License Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Startups Venture Capital

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10)

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” has quickly become a must watch for all budding entrepreneurs, but the second season has opened up with a multitude of risks and roadblocks that could be faced by real world entrepreneurs. Here, we...more

5/18/2015 - Emerging Technology Companies Entrepreneurs HBO Inventors Technology Television Shows Trade Secrets Venture Capital

Proposed California Legislation Would Limit and Possibly Punish Non-Disparagement Clauses in Online Consumer Contracts

On Tuesday, April, 22, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 10-0 to approve a so-called “Yelp bill” that would prohibit companies from suppressing negative consumer reviews through the use of “non-disparagement...more

4/30/2014 - First Amendment Legislative Agendas Marketing Online Reviews Social Networks Yelp

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