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Data Privacy: The Next Frontier of Corporate Compliance
Planning For The Exit – What’s Your Exit Strategy?
Hedge Funds Word of the Day™ – CFTC
What are the Implications of Alice v. CLS?
What Questions CEOs and Board Members Should Be Asking Themselves About Tax Inversions
Hedge Funds Word of the Day™ – Derivative
Legal Considerations for Web-Based Start-Ups
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Hedge funds word of the day™ – Big Boy Letter
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District court dismisses breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims against Warner Bros. based on Oscar-winning motion picture Gravity, holding that plaintiff Terry Gerritsen, author of novel by same name, failed to...more
All emerging companies can and should take basic steps to protect their uniquely valuable intellectual property.
For many companies, especially startups, intellectual property often represents an important component of...more
There are lots of good articles out there about how to succeed. Here are a few pointers on how to mess up your company from a legal perspective.
- Pick a name without checking it out. You may not be the first one to...more
The Bankruptcy Code generally permits intellectual property licensees to continue using licensed property despite a licensor’s bankruptcy filing. However, because the “intellectual property” definition in the Bankruptcy Code...more
A successful startup provides a solution to a market need. Typically, the solution involves a new or improved device or technique. As a startup defines and develops its solution, intellectual property (IP) becomes a core...more
Before your finely-crafted product can ever be someone’s quiet reward after a long day or before your craft brew can ever take home a Great American Beer Festival® gold medal, you must take certain steps to ensure your...more
While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank does not mean that software is ineligible for patent protection, the decision leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered. In the second video of a two-part...more
So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more
Advanced manufacturing companies increasingly implement “Intellectual Property Plus,” an expanded view of IP assets and risks. Through this lens, companies incorporate customer expectations and preferences in new product...more
In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more
A recent case in the California Court of Appeals underscores the dangers that await venture capital firms brave (or foolish) enough to fund companies in the midst of internal disputes. In American Master Lease LLC v Idanta...more
Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more
Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that Maryland may tax out-of-state Delaware holding companies that license patents to their parent company, which was doing business in Maryland. Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v....more
There are many legal principals behind names of companies and their products and services. It is common for new businesses to check with the North Carolina Secretary of State to make sure no one else has their name. This is...more
In This Issue:
- Minority Shareholder Rights in Virginia
- Revisions to Federal Non-Party Subpoena Power (Rule 45): Streamlining and Simplifying Outdated Procedures, Effective December 1, 2013
In a recent ruling, the Virginia Department of Taxation determined that payments made by a taxpayer to an affiliated corporation were not "royalty" payments and should not have been added back to the taxpayer’s Virginia...more
Understanding what and when decisions need to be made can help companies ensure a smooth MLP IPO process.
The number of master limited partnerships (MLPs) has grown significantly over the past five years, increasing...more
Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu explains the building blocks of a typical technology partnering deal: equity investment, technology development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution...more
In this Guide:
- Guide to Starting a Corporation
- Venture Capital for High Technology Companies
- Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries
- Trends in...more
Generally, the owners, officers and employees of a corporation or limited liability company are not personally liable for the actions or conduct of their companies. However, a recent decision by the United States District...more
Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process.
- Filing a registration statement
- Finding a buyer while...more
In your experience working with startup entrepreneurs, what's the one mistake they make time and again?
The answer to that question of course varies greatly, depending on whom you ask - and, for legal perspective, we...more
You should choose your business name with care, because the name of the corporation or the name under which a service or product will be sold has the potential to be a valuable asset of your business. Unless you take steps at...more
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 27, 2013 that it would begin an investigation of so-called “patent assertion entities” (PAE). Its first step was to seek public comment on a lengthy series of...more
NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions”
by Michael Cifelli on September 23, 2013
Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will not be dismissed from the securities classaction lawsuit...more
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