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Legal Alert: Maryland Court of Appeals: Out-of-State Delaware Holding Companies Licensing Patents to Parent Company Doing Business...

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

A Trade Name May Not Smell So Sweet If It’s Also a Trademark

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

Business Law Newsletter - January 2014

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Shareholder Rights in Virginia - Revisions to Federal Non-Party Subpoena Power (Rule 45): Streamlining and Simplifying Outdated Procedures, Effective December 1, 2013 - Common...more

Virginia Adopts Narrow Definition of “Royalty” for Purposes of its Intangible Expense Add-Back

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

Issues and Complexities: Evaluating an MLP at 4 Key Points in the IPO Process

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

The Building Blocks of a Technology Deal [Video]

Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu explains the building blocks of a typical technology partnering deal: equity investment, technology development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution...more

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

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

You Can Be Liable For Copyright Infringement by Your Company

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

Navigating the Dual Track M&A/IPO– Part One [Video]

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

The One Mistake Startup Entrepreneurs Always Make - A Legal Perspective...

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

Going into Business? Give Careful Thought to Selecting and Protecting Your Business Name

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

FTC Announces Study of "Patent Assertion Entities"

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”

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

Court Rules NJ Charities Must Follow Donor’s Wishes or Return Money

Court Rules NJ Charities Must Follow Donor’s Wishes or Return Money by Christine M. Vanek on August 21, 2013 The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently clarified what happens when a charity...more

Your Band is Your Business

Often overlooked with the emerging entrepreneurial spirit amongst musicians, are the mundane (but necessary) legal matters associated with managing their own career. Remember, your band is your business. Treating it like your...more

Your Band is Your Business

Often overlooked with the emerging entrepreneurial spirit amongst musicians, are the mundane (but necessary) legal matters associated with managing their own career. Remember, your band is your business. Treating it like...more

Building Good Hiring Strategy - Legal Issues in Hiring & Firing Employees - Employment Law e-book

Introduction to the Hiring Problem The most common hiring mistake is to hire (and even fire) employees like buying (or upgrading) a smartphone or a car, mostly by looking at the specifications (i.e. CV) or brochure....more

What A Tax Attorney Can Do for You: Understand How Apple, Inc. Legally Does Not Pay Income Tax

When Apple Inc., disclosed that it has not paid any corporate income tax over the past 4 years, it got the government’s attention. Hailed before the Senate, Apple is confident in their tax position because, it is legal. ...more

United States Supreme Court Victory for St. Louis-Based Monsanto

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, has held in favor of Monsanto on a patent infringement suit arising from the St. Louis-based company's Roundup Ready soybean seeds. Monsanto invented and patented a genetic...more

Free e-Book of Legal Audit: Internet & Cyber Laws for Website | Checklist: Do’s & Don’ts while doing Web (Internet) Based Business

Introduction With the ever changing advent of Internet law, it is very crucial to ensure the legal compliance of a website and get it audited from an internet lawyer. Various components of a website, including, Terms and...more

Always Be Prepared: Forecasting a Business Partner's Financial Problems and How to Prepare

As the American economy continues to slog through the ongoing Great Recession, even financially sound companies face challenges due to the continued economic malaise. In particular, a company that works with suppliers,...more

The UK Patent Box – Clawing Some Money Back from the Taxman

As of April 1st, companies paying UK corporation tax can take advantage of a new tax regime, dubbed the “Patent Box,” to reduce their tax burden. Here we explain why this new regime has been put in place and how and why it...more

BLG Monthly Update for April 2013

Bird deaths, contracts cases, Lindsay Lohan, IP and more in the BLG Monthly Update for April 2013...more

Delaware Court Rules That a Reverse Triangular Merger Does Not Constitute an Assignment By Operation of Law of the Surviving...

The Delaware Court of Chancery in Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Feb. 22, 2013), ruled that under Delaware law a reverse triangular merger did not violate a provision in a license agreement of the...more

W.L. Gore’s Impact on Pending Maryland Cases and Audits

In a case decided late last month, Comptroller of the Treasury v. Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and Future Value, Inc., Nos. 1696 and 1697 (January 24, 2013), the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that patent royalties...more

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