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The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Dec. 12, 2014)

From Around the Web - 15 Gifts Under $30 for Legal Productivity Geeks: Check out this list of of awesome, affordable gift ideas for fun-loving, productivity geeks that friends, family, and colleagues may love....more

Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator Helps Entrepreneurial Farmers

State Representative Joe Haveman recently announced the State of Michigan's $500,000 contribution to the new Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. The Incubator offers specialized assistance to...more

5 Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups - Part II

Time and time again, many startups tout their solution as better, faster or more user friendly than their competitors’, not realizing that the competitors also make the same claims. By doing so, they sound like every other...more

Top 12 Legal Mistakes Made by Startup Breweries and Distilleries

Undertaking any entrepreneurial endeavor can be a daunting task. It can get very complicated when doing so in a highly regulated environment, such as the one that governs the manufacture and sale of alcohol related products....more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Financial Tools for Startups Brought to You by the CRA

The Canadian Government partnered with Startup Canada to hold Startup Canada Day on the Hill on November 26, 2014. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. highlighted the...more

Five Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups - Part I

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

Update on Minnesota Angel Tax Credit for 2015

As you are emerging from your Thanksgiving comas and getting ready for the busy holiday season, now is a good time for a reminder that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is already...more

Visa Restrictions on Foreign Entrepreneurs to Ease Under Obama Immigration Directives

President Barack Obama’s immigration directives, announced on November 20, 2014, include a plan to ease visa restrictions, “mak[ing] it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and...more

Legal Brief: Financial Dreams--Four Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Your Best Ideas

When Sunny T. wanted to launch a new line of titanium accessories, he did not get out his credit cards or call his rich uncle for a loan. He launched a Kickstarter campaign where people could contribute money to his venture,...more

What President Obama's Immigration Directives Mean For Businesses

Earlier this evening, President Obama announced executive action that would significantly impact employment and investment-based immigration. To implement these directives, the White House released its plan on immigration...more

Who is the Inventor?

Enthusiastic entrepreneurs consult with patent agents about the protection of their new product. Often a successful team for an entrepreneurial business includes someone with technical skills, someone with marketing skills,...more

IP|Trend: Starting Up Your Protection of Intellectual Property [Video]

Start-ups are justifiably focused on getting products to market and ensuring that their financial runways are long enough to make it happen. But, failing to pay attention to long-term protections of intellectual property...more

Trends in Terms of Venture Financings in Silicon Valley - Third Quarter 2014

Background - We analyzed the terms of 180 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results...more

Government dollars for getting IP to market

As already reported in an October article, the third and final leg of the Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP) – Accelerating Commercialisation – is gearing up to make available funding to bridge the...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2014

We are pleased to report that the venture market remained robust during the third quarter of 2014. For the second consecutive quarter, 81% of all deals were up rounds, once again the highest percentage recorded by the WSGR...more

Business Succession Planning — You Should Have Started Yesterday

You have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot to build your business. No doubt that everyday concerns relating to your business take priority. However, failing to plan for the future can derail all that you have worked...more

The Legal Maze of Solar Globalisation

As the utility-scale solar market continues to expand and globalise, project developers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors increasingly find themselves considering unfamiliar jurisdictions. A new...more

IP|Trend: Keeping Your Start-Up Compliant [Video]

Start-ups are often focused on getting their product to market and ensuring that their financial runway is adequate to do so. Often though, they leave corporate compliance issues on the back burner. This can have devastating...more

The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® Falls for the Third Quarter of 2014, Although Sentiment for High-Growth...

An academic study titled “The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index®: Third Quarter—2014” (Mark V. Cannice, Ph. D, Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San...more

Third Quarter Venture Funding Declines 27% from Second Quarter

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the third quarter of 2014. ...more

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month

Women now more than ever are turning to entrepreneurship to take charge of their own career trajectory. According to American Express OPEN’s 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, it is estimated that there are nearly...more

Building Brand Equity: Crowdfunding and the Retail Industry

Ask anyone who follows innovation what topics are hot and it is likely most of them will say “crowdfunding.” By now, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have created thousands of loyal followers. In recent months even the...more

New Ideas may attract Government dollars for IP Protection

From 1 November there will be an opportunity for established or emerging businesses to seek financial support of up to $250,000 in the pursuit of commercialisation of an idea, including the development of an intellectual...more

Blog: You Never Issued Stock To Your Founders. Is That A Problem?

You and your co-founders have begun exploring a new business idea. You plan to incorporate, build out a team and raise capital in the future. However, before incorporating you decide to divide ownership in the future company...more

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