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Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

Will New Facebook Rules Hurt or Help Small Businesses?

Health cleanses to lose unwanted weight in a matter of weeks! Images of beautiful jewelry to be purchased at great prices that you can even resell! Personalized handbags made to order! If you have a Facebook account, it is...more

Blog: Can You Patent Your Software?

Emerging companies often ask: “Is my idea patentable?” Many of these ideas relate to software. The patent eligibility of software is again a hot topic in the United States and around the world. Recent developments in US...more

Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. A leading forecaster found that global mobile internet usage leapt from 14 percent to 25...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

Advisory Committee will Consider Accredited Investor Definition

The SEC announced that at the December 17th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the group will focus on the definition of “accredited investor.” ...more

Seed Capital reVIEW—2nd Half of 2014

Welcome to the second edition of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray Plant Mooty. as with our prior report, this version analyzes seed and angel capital financings by...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

Tax Me Once - December 2014

A Creative – If Complex – Route to Tax Savings When Going Public For technology and other startups, going public can be doubly taxing—literally....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

10 Ways to Finance a Business

A great business idea is not enough—a business needs capital to thrive. Attorneys can help their clients consider all the financing options, figure out which one(s) are the best fit, and comply with applicable laws....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

Investment Trends in the Gaming Industry

Over the past decade, the gaming industry has evolved into one of the hottest sectors of mobile internet services. VentureBeat recently reported that in the trailing twelve months of Q3 2014, gaming accounted for $18 billion...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

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

California Healthcare Institute Releases 2015 California Biomedical Industry Report

The California Healthcare Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP have released their 2015 California Biomedical Industry Report describing industry trends through 2014. The CHI report highlights the continued strength of...more

#Ubergate Makes Plain That Privacy Cannot Be a Passing Thought for Start-Ups

The long-brewing behind-the-scenes tensions of privacy, big data, and mobile finally came to a head last week in the public relations disaster known as #Ubergate. Uber’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the rideshare start-up...more

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The SEC announced the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on December 17th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The committee will focus on the interests and priorities of emerging and smaller public companies. ...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

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends

Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our...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

Future Equity Financings in Early Stage Company Valuations

The Fair Value Forum offers up a topic for discussion surrounding the issue of how to best reflect the impact of future rounds of equity financings in the valuation of an equity interest in an early stage technology or...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

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