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California Attorney General’s Open Data Initiative – The Latest in State and Federal Government Efforts to Harness the Power of...

Early this month, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a unique data initiative to expand the public’s access to key criminal justice information that has been, to date, largely blocked from public...more

“Silicon Valley”: Start Me Up

Mike Judge has done it again. A few months ago, I wrote about one of my favorite workplace flicks, Office Space, and the dangers of pushing off uncomfortable employment issues (specifically Milt Waddams, a mumbly...more

Federal Court Approves $415 Million Settlement of Employee Antitrust Claims Against California Technology Employers

On September 2, 2015, a federal trial court in California approved a $415 million settlement of an antitrust class action filed against a number of Silicon Valley technology employers, including Apple Inc. and Google, among...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2015

Background - We analyzed the terms of 166 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2015 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. - Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results continued...more

Windfarm Industry Suffers Setback as Court Rejects 30 Year Eagle Permit Rule

On August 11, 2015, a district court in Silicon Valley remanded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule issued in 2013 that had extended the potential term of incidental take permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle...more

Amendment to Taiwan’s Company Act Establishes 'Closely-Held Company Limited by Shares' to Provide Flexibility on Fund-Raising for...

On July 1, 2015, an amendment (Amendment) to the Company Act of Taiwan took effect to establish a new category of company under the new Chapter 13, called “closely-held company limited by shares”, hereinafter, a 'close...more

Hooli Needs New Lawyers on “Silicon Valley”

As is obvious from our many posts on the subject, we here at IP Legal Forum are big fans of the show “Silicon Valley.” That said, its season finale could have used more Jared Dunn (can we give him a spin-off already?), as...more

SEC Halts “Smart Contract” Exchange Built on Silicon Valley Start-Ups

Two entrepreneurs wanted to create a business that centered on valuing private start-up companies. They experimented with models that began with a variation of “fantasy sports,” changed to a contest and became a game. It...more

Board Games (Silicon Valley, Episode 16)

Episode 16 culminates with a disastrous end to the Intersite bake-off, and highlights an issue that’s cropped up in several episodes: troublesome or under-performing board members. To recap, Pied Piper is competing against...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Fourth Quarter 2014

Background - We analyzed the terms of 150 venture financings closed in the fourth quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results...more

Antitrust Class Actions Against Employers: A Silicon Valley Special?

One substitute for non-competes with employees is a no-hire agreement with competing employers. As the continuing litigation toll in the Silicon Valley illustrates, that option is illusory...more

Tech Companies Reach New Settlement in Anti-Poaching Cases

This blog has previously reported on the anti-poaching cases involving various tech companies in Silicon Valley.  The cases arise out of alleged agreements between various tech companies not to recruit each other’s...more

November 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are two independent contractor misclassification class action lawsuits: one was filed in New York against a Silicon Valley giant, Google Inc., and the second was filed in California against...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

On-Premises Fringe Benefits, Part I: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

It is no secret that many Silicon Valley employers serve free gourmet meals to their employees—the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit magazine, Time, Forbes, and other media sources have reported on this benefit. In addition,...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

Internet of Things and three encouraging trends

During the Technology Leaders Summit which was held this week in the Silicon Valley we discussed how the Internet of Things will change our everyday life. We have moved from an era of scarcity to computing abundance....more

Silicon Valley Misclassification: ‘New York’ Magazine Focuses on How the 1099 Economy May Be Exposing Tech Start-Up Companies to...

Today’s online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley start-up tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax, and benefit law...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley....more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2014: Tech Sector Continues to Drive Bay Area Commercial Real Estate [Video]

An influx of tech workers, new companies, and flourishing companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is pushing commercial real estate demands up and spilling over to other Bay Area markets. Look up, you'll see a lot of...more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2014: California’s Tech Boom Drives New Demand for Office Space [Video]

Led by the tech boom in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, demand for office space all over California is increasing dramatically, but with changing requirements, such as square footage and more creative space. We spoke to...more

You’ve Got a Problem, Bro – Tinder, Silicon Valley and Resolution 62

A co-founder and now former employee at Tinder has sued the dating app startup and its leaders for sexual harassment and discrimination. It’s a messy (and familiar) story of an office romance between senior execs gone...more

15 Tips for Fostering a Diverse and Innovative Workforce

Google’s decision to make public its employee diversity data broadens the conversation on this important issue beyond Silicon Valley. On its blog, Google candidly states the company is “not where we want to be” and is...more

Leave My Employees Alone! You Promised You Wouldn’t Hire/Solicit Them

With the antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other Silicon Valley heavyweights nearly in the books ($300 million plus in settlements and millions more in defense fees later), it is time once again to ask...more

Why I Scream at the TV: “Silicon Valley” Drives IP Lawyers Crazy

In the HBO show, “Silicon Valley,” the protagonist Richard Hendriks is an awkward, nerdy creator of a fancy algorithm for a music app that helps songwriters figure out whether their songs are infringing on another person’s...more

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