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IP Valuation and Financing Startup Companies

When a startup company seeks financing either through debt or new investment, one of the most important issues it faces is how to place a value on its IP portfolio. Typically for a startup company, the IP portfolio it has...more

Latest Update on Federal Trade Secrets Legislation

With increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secrets legislation expected next month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets/Non-Compete group has created a...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - August 2015

Improvement of the e-management system for value added tax - The Law of Ukraine “On Amending the Tax Code of Ukraine on improving the management of value added tax” No. 643 was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on...more

Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies

Most innovative start-up companies appreciate that a sound patent strategy is critical to success in the marketplace, and in making the company attractive to investors and future acquirers. But they overlook the importance of...more

IPO Files Amicus Brief in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp.

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) filed a brief as amicus curiae in support of Plaintiff-Appellant Immersion Corp. In that case, the District Court for the...more

Are Your Trade Secrets Safe?

A few years back, we had a client – a manufacturing business – that decided to sue an ex-employee for stealing its trade secrets. Our client had developed a process that was unique. Using this process, it was able to...more

I Paid For It, So I Own It, Right? Well…

You’ve formed your company, and you’ve qualified to do business (if you haven’t, see last week’s blog). But more than that, you’ve engaged a third-party web designer (not your employee) to create a web site for you....more

Microbusiness Law

In This Presentation: • What your small business clients need to know • Drafting Governing Documents • Business Contracts for Microbusinesses • Intellectual Property Considerations • Acquisition...more

Did It Need To Be In Writing?

Surratt v. Brown, 2015 NCBC 72, decided last week by the Business Court, involved an oral partnership to open and operate tattoo parlors throughout North Carolina. Plaintiff and Defendant entered into an partnership...more

[Webinar] State Specific Non-Compete Oddities Employers Should Be Aware Of - August 18, 1:00pm Eastern

In Seyfarth's sixth installment of our 2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series, Seyfarth attorneys will discuss the significant statutory changes to several jurisdictions’ laws regarding trade secrets and restrictive covenants and...more

Trade Secret Protection: What are Reasonable Steps?

Regional and national laws are increasingly focusing on the specific steps that companies should take to protect trade secrets. In the 1996 World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...more

What’s the Secret to Successful Medical Device IP?

Every medtech inventor is looking for the same things—to make a difference for patients, fill an unmet medical need…and maybe, just maybe, become a successful public company or an in-demand acquisition target....more

If You Have Confidential Information, Keep It Confidential!

I’ve been involved in many cases where it is alleged that someone violated his or her non-compete agreement or misappropriated the company’s confidential information or trade secrets. Often, the key issue has been not what...more

How Can You Safely Discuss Your IP with Others?

As discussed in our previous posts, startups are about capitalizing on ideas, contacts and experience. In the early stages of a startup or pre-startup, founders often socialize their business plan and details about their idea...more

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

Popular Intellectual Property Reads on JD Supra

A reading recap - the most well-read IP posts on JD Supra for the first week of July, 2015. ...more

Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more

Innovators Beware! Patent Reform Creates the New “Anti-Patent” Troll

Recent years have seen a wave of efforts to control frivolous patent-infringement lawsuits perpetrated by so-called patent trolls. These started with the America Invents Act of 2011 and have been followed by the Patent Law...more

Protecting Your Business in the Innovation Economy

The recent 12th Annual State of the Research Triangle Region event highlighted the innovation economy in North Carolina and particularly the Research Triangle area as a “smart region.”...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 2): The JOBS Act

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the second in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter...more

Blog: Should You Invest in Patent Protection?

Patent protection is an investment in technology. Like other investments, it can be expensive and uncertain. But for a technology startup, patent protection can also yield an outsized return by attracting investors,...more

Blog: Should You Invest in Foreign Patent Protection?

If you run a tech company, should you invest in foreign patent protection? On one hand, worldwide patent protection can be incredibly valuable, especially for a product with a worldwide market. On the other hand, obtaining...more

The Status of Business Method Patents

Business method patents have a checkered history. They were once very much in vogue—numerous such patents issued, and many of them were litigated. Then, about two years ago, Congress enacted a special procedure that made it...more

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

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

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