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Counterclaims for Cancellation Are Like Yoga Pants for Your Infringement Defense

Here’s one piece of advice you’ll hear from just about any trademark attorney: apply to federally register your marks as soon as financially possible. It is a very important step to take in order to protect your brand. A...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 3): Potential Dangers

This is the third 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 campaign, triggering the...more

“Notable By Their Absence: Finders And Other Financial Intermediaries In Small Business Capital Formation”

Small businesses are often regarded as the catalyst for economic growth in the United States. Small businesses account for the creation of two-thirds of all new jobs, and are the incubators of innovation. The majority of...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

Legislation Enhances Florida Craft Beer Industry

While many states, including such craft beer meccas as Colorado, Oregon and Vermont, have been embracing the explosion of the craft beer culture in America, Florida has been waging war against craft beer in true...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

FTC Announces First Action Involving Crowdfunding

Last week, the FTC announced its first legal action involving crowdfunding. For those of you who don’t know, crowdfunding is the practice of raising money for a project by seeking contributions from a large number of people,...more

Crowdfunding Isn’t Charity

“How do I get backers for my project?” - You see this question asked frequently on social media sites. The projects are sometimes serious, but have often advanced little more than a dream. The person seeking funds may...more

Crowdfunding Project Creator Settles FTC Charges of Deception

In the FTC's first case involving crowdfunding, the agency took action against a project creator who was ostensibly raising money from consumers to produce a board game, but instead used most of the funds on himself....more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Misuse of Funds Dooms Crowdfunding Board Game Project

For those participating in the crowdfunding for The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, their investment was doomed by the promoter who used the funds for himself. In its first crowdfunding case, the Federal Trade Commission...more

Dead Hand Proxy Puts Face Continued Scrutiny

"Dead hand proxy puts’’ have emerged as the target du jour for entrepreneurial plaintiffs counsel litigating corporate governance claims. Since last fall, at least seven separate actions have been filed in the Delaware Court...more

Income Tax & Crowdfunding

Income tax may not be front of mind when starting a crowdfunding campaign, but early consideration of the issues could prevent a panic-inducing call from the Australian Taxation Office. The choice of crowdfunding model...more

Employee Ownership of Patentable Inventions

A startup in the oil-and-gas service sector sought to improve downhole well stimulation technology. After a few years, differences between the three founders culminated in the ouster of Mr. Groves, one of the founders. Mr....more

How Entrepreneurial Are Entrepreneurial Class Actions?

Plaintiffs’ lawyer-turned-professor Morris Ratner has published a new article on making litigation costs a profit center for class action plaintiffs. You may remember he wrote about this issue before with Professor William...more

Blog: Should You Require a Signed NDA from a Potential Investor?

First time entrepreneurs may be tempted to ask a VC to sign a non-disclosure agreement before pitching them or sending information to them. Here are four reasons why the investor won’t sign the NDA, and why the request may...more

More Provinces Crowd into Crowdfunding, but Not Yet Ontario or Alberta

On May 14, 2015, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the Crowdfunding Jurisdictions) announced that they have implemented, or expect to implement,...more

KISS the SAFE Goodbye? Another Alternative for Start-up Financing

Only recently, we debated the merits of the SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity), an alternative funding mechanism for early-stage companies designed to replace the industry-standard convertible note financing....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 15, 2015)

5 Lessons Learned From Watching Law-Themed Television Shows: While most “real life” lawyers feel these shows are not an accurate representation of the law, there are a few things viewers can learn (other than being...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10)

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” has quickly become a must watch for all budding entrepreneurs, but the second season has opened up with a multitude of risks and roadblocks that could be faced by real world entrepreneurs. Here, we...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2015

In This Issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2015 - Price and Preference: Part 2 - Haves and Have Nots in Venture Financings - Excerpt from Price and Preference: Part...more

Kyiv Corporate Alert (Ukrainian) On Amending Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine Related to Identification of Ultimate Beneficiaries...

The deadline for the submission of information on beneficial owners of Ukrainian companies registered before 25 November 2014 expires on 25 May 2015. As we have already informed, on 14 October 2014 the Verkhovna Rada...more

Kyiv Corporate Alert On Amending Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine Related to Identification of Ultimate Beneficiaries of Legal...

The deadline for the submission of information on beneficial owners of Ukrainian companies registered before 25 November 2014 expires on 25 May 2015. As we have already informed, on 14 October 2014 the Verkhovna Rada...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

Lawpreneur Lifestyle: The Freedom & Rewards of Discomfort

Has it ever occurred to you that the quality of our living is directly proportional to our willingness to be in discomfort? I don’t mean our quality of life, which is all about comfort. I mean the depth and breadth of the act...more

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