Varnum LLP

333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States

Contact: Tamara Bergstrom

Don’t Jeopardize Your Patent Rights: Best Patent Practices for Startups

For young, startup companies, the landscape of patents can be difficult to navigate. Patents are expensive and complex and require substantial time and money that are often at a premium for startup companies. At the same time,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Of Courtroom Capers, Sanctions, and Squeezed Babies…

A lawyer friend Brian occasionally mentions the idea of "innocently" placing a colorful bag on his table during an opposing lawyer's final argument. I don't think he's ever done it, but the goal is to distract the jury while…more
| Civil Procedure

How Do You Go About Getting a Copyright?

"FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is…more
| Intellectual Property

Disruptive and Radical Energy Ideas Run Rampant at 2015 ARPA-E Summit

The sixth ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) summit occurred this last week. This annual event in Washington, D.C. showcases a host of disruptive (and at times, radical) energy ideas that will help create future…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents: Why Business Owners Should Care About Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property, often referred to simply as IP, is a legal term covering various forms of valuable business assets. The three broad, primary areas of IP are: trademarks, copyrights, and patents…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

When it Comes to Incorporating Your Startup, Why Delaware?!?

When you're the second smallest state and your neighbors are NYC and Philly, you have to do something to stand out. So, when Calvin Coolidge announced that the "Business of America is business," someone in Delaware was paying…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Convertible Notes – a Great Tool for Investment

So you have started your company! Maybe you have an investor or are looking for investors. How do you structure an investment to set everyone up for success? For many companies, convertible notes are the right answer…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Legal Developments in Indian Country in 2014

2014 was a year that featured many positive legal developments for tribes. From the favorable Supreme Court decision in the Bay Mills case written by Justice Sotomayor (who continues to be a leader on the Court for tribal…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Indigenous Peoples, Taxation

Section 83(b) - Paying a Little Now Might Save You a Lot Later

Great news!  You have been granted stock in a company. Bad news: that means you are going to owe taxes. If you were granted restricted stock in a company you will want to (quickly) think about filing a Section 83(b) election…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Adding Talent to Your Startup - Common Pitfalls to Avoid

If you are a young startup, then you probably have more work than you do time to perform the work. That means you are probably starting to think about bringing in additional talent to help you…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Exporters, Are You Leaving Money on the Table? The IC-DISC Tax Incentive

No one is interested in paying more than is necessary in federal taxes, but for some closely held companies in the business of exporting U.S.-made goods, this may be the case if they fail to take advantage of a special export…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Taxation

How to Mess Up Your Start-Up

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
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Securities Law, Taxation

Marriages Come and Go, But Divorce is Often Forever

Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of "a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart." Shamus called from New Orleans where he lives. Since he's not married, his divorce lawyer voicemail took…more
| Family Law

Employers: April 1 Start Date for 2016 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2016 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2015 with a start date of October 1, 2015. USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the first week…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Second Amendment Protects Former Mental Institution Patient’s Right to Bear Arms

Called an "important issue of first impression in the federal courts," the Sixth Circuit, in Tyler v. Hillsdale County Sheriff's Department held that the Second Amendment protects the right of some individuals "who have been…more
| Constitutional Law
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