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Common IP pitfalls every business can avoid

As a business owner or manager, you have probably experienced or at least heard about costly and disruptive intellectual property infringement lawsuits. You may also be very concerned about protecting your company’s customer...more

States Challenge SEC Regulation A+

Massachusetts and Montana have taken the highly unusual step of suing the SEC over a recent amendment to Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933. The SEC adopted "Regulation A+" (as the amended regulation is...more

NASAA Mistakes The Principal

I have frequently commented on the fact that many so-called “investor protections” have the unintended consequence of increasing the risk of investor losses.  One example are limitations on resales.  An illiquid security is...more

7 Intellectual Property Issues Startup Entrepreneurs Should Not Overlook

When startups are in the whirlwind of launching a new product or strategizing a marketing plan, there are crucial intellectual property issues that should not be overlooked. Here are seven things startups should know about IP...more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

[Event] PEDC Training: IP Blunders and How to Avoid Them - Oct. 6th, McLean, VA

On Oct. 6, Intellectual Property attorney Josh Brady will deliver a two-hour hands-on training session on how to recognize potential IP blunders and plot a course to avoid them. This will be the first in a series of IP...more

Copyright Strategies for Start-Up Companies

As a leader of a start-up company, you are probably aware of the importance of protecting your company’s innovative products, services and technologies through patent filings. If you are savvy, you are also aware of the...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #3: Understand the Current Funding Environment

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Proactive Trademark Selection Can Add Value To A Company’s Assets And Avoid Problems

Incorporation typically includes registration of a corporate name. Some entrepreneurs do not realize, however, that corporate name registration alone is unlikely to provide trademark protection. Even worse, although state...more

Blog: Maintaining Control of Your Brand Among 1,200 New gTLDs

The authors of every successful business strategy know that a company must protect its trade marks and its brand from the outset. The primary means of doing so is to register trade marks in each of the territories in which...more

7 Essential IP Law Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs

Ask any startup veteran: intellectual property can make or break a successful exit. Here are seven things every startup should know about intellectual property law....more

Convertible Equity: The Founder’s Alternative to Convertible Debt

Convertible debt (a loan that converts into equity upon the closing of a round of financing or other conversion event) has long been the preferred investment vehicle of early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, as...more

Heads Up on Startups: What Acquirers Need to Know Prior to the Purchase

Acquiring a startup often provides the acquirer with access to new markets, products, solutions and services, as well as innovative ideas and a pipeline of future products. While the idea of acquiring the “next big thing” is...more

7 Things Startups Should Know About Intellectual Property Law

Make sure you own what you think you own....more

Survey shows Kentucky needs improvement in “business friendliness”

Getting a business off the ground is no easy matter. Regardless of what state you do business in, there are going to be challenges, but some states make it a bit easier for entrepreneurs than others. According to a recent...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

The Stockholders Agreement: a Key Item in the Startup Toolbox

Last week’s post laid out a checklist of legal documents and concepts that are important to early stage companies, and provided a brief summary of each. This post is the first in a series that will examine those documents in...more

[Event] 2015 FOLEYTech Summit - October 1, Boston, MA

Please join us for the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit. In its 11th year, the FOLEYTech Summit continues to offer the top-notch industry insight and compelling speakers you have come to expect from Foley & Lardner LLP, while embracing...more

Pending Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

A number of bills promoting access to capital formation have been introduced during the 114th Congress. The focus remains on reducing and eliminating burdensome regulation for smaller reporting companies and emerging...more

Employee Misclassification Goes Viral with the Introduction of On-Demand Start-Ups, but the DOL May Have Just Crashed the Server

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA is the federal law commonly known for minimum wage, overtime pay and related recordkeeping requirements. The...more

FTC Chairwoman Ramirez Urges Start-Ups to Establish a “Culture of Security”

On September 9, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez delivered remarks at the Start For Security workshop, an FTC initiative intended to provide start-ups and developers with the resources and information necessary to integrate...more

Five Legal Issues Your eSports Company Needs to Know About Operating in the U.S.

With a $143 million market in North America, eSports is big business in the U.S. And given its swift rise in popularity – 205 million people worldwide watched or played eSports in 2014, it will only become bigger. At last...more

5 Bad Hiring & Firing Ideas Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Avoid

So, you think you have the next greatest idea for a startup that will knock the socks off of the current big players in your space? We know you’re excited to spend endless nights and countless hours to get your company off...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

Startup Entrepreneurs Should Plan for Success But Prepare for Failure: Do You Have a Plan B?

When a startup participant (i.e., company founder, investor, officer, director) prepares a business plan for success, they would be wise to consider their options under a Plan B in the event of failure....more

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