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Novel Theories Emerge in Merger Enforcement

Antitrust merger enforcement historically has focused on horizontal mergers — consolidation of two firms that compete directly in the same space. This is especially true in the U.S., where antitrust authorities have...more

Happy Times, High Crimes and Misdemeanors (Silicon Valley – Episode 25)

In this week’s episode of Silicon Valley, Richard enjoyed an unprecedented run of success, culminating with the official launch of Pied Piper’s platform. Richard has suffered so many setbacks, it’s little wonder he is...more

Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey - 2015, Full Year

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This report analyzes key aspects of initial public offerings (IPOs) for 94 technology and life sciences companies that went public in 2015. Our IPO Survey was developed for clients, friends and others interested in...more

Just Because You Say It, Doesn't Make It So

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Many companies in the technology industry pay workers as “independent contractors” or “1099 workers.” In theory, classifying individuals as independent contractors rather than employees can bestow significant economic...more

Is the Washington Legislature Caching Out Noncompete Agreements? How This Change Might Affect Your Ability to Protect Your...

by Lane Powell PC on

For tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, and any number of emerging tech companies, tech professionals are a hot commodity in the state of Washington. No doubt, the competition is fierce here in Seattle and within the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 3, 2016

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015 - Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 with a list within a list—dig into First Round Review’s best...more

Choosing the Right Path for Liquidity: Business and Personal Considerations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Choosing to sell is only the first of many complicated decisions founders make when considering an exit. Founders face countless challenges at this crucial turning point for their company. At the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit, Susan...more

“Bug Bounty” Programs Grow In Popularity

by King & Spalding on

In a significant shift in the way the tech industry responds to hackers, an increasing number of companies are resorting to use of “bug bounty” programs that reward hackers who identify flaws in their company software and...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Europe's Highest Court Recently Delivered a Judgment Imposing Affirmative Duties on SEP Holders

by White & Case LLP on

The EU Court of Justice sets out specific requirements with which an SEP holder needs to comply in order to be able to seek an injunction without abusing its dominant position (Huawei / ZTE)- Standards lie at the heart...more

Points & Authorities - Spring 2015

by Buchalter on

In this Issue: - Negotiating Strategies for the Successful Sale of Technology Companies - Broker Beware: Are Real Estate Brokers Susceptible to Agent v. Agent Fee Splitting Disputes After Sanowicz v. Bacal? -...more

Is It the Best of Times? Is It the Worst of Times?

by McCarter & English, LLP on

With the first quarter of 2015 behind us, the level of venture capital and angel investor financing deals for the greater New York/New Jersey region’s tech and tech-enabled companies continues to remain strong, with highly...more

IBM sentenced to pay 6.5 million as contractual damages

by White & Case LLP on

In a recent and long-awaited decision, the Bordeaux Court of Appeal concluded a dispute concerning key issues for system integration projects and provided a reminder that the amendments to a contract should be accurate and...more

A Lesson From Twitter Sex-Bias Lawsuit: Post Those Jobs!

Shortly before Ellen Pao lost started a “conversation” about sex discrimination in the tech industry, yet another lawsuit was filed alleging sex discrimination in the tech industry. ...more

Changing the Status Quo with Extended Option Programs

As technology companies find themselves pushing back IPO timelines and staying private for longer periods of time, they continue to aggressively compete for talent, often against public companies like Google and Facebook. ...more

“Unlimited” Time Off Policies – Fad or Fun?

Over the past several years the concept of “unlimited” vacation policies have sprung up around the philosophy that it allows companies to treat its employees with respect and empower them to make their own decisions regarding...more

Lessons From the Kleiner Perkins Trial: Stopping Discrimination Against Women

by NAVEX Global on

In recent weeks much media attention has been paid to an important case against a well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Since late February, the technology sector venture capitalist...more

Entrepreneurs: The New Wave of Immigrants

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In the last ten years, the number of US companies started by foreign-born entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. From Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zip Car and Tesla, foreign-born founders created some of the most successful US...more

A Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 1, 2014, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Network Security in the Telecommunications and Internet Sectors (the “Opinions”). Issuance of...more

Silicon Valley x Fashion District = Blurred Lines

Growing up in the 80s, it’s amazing how both fashion and technology have evolved since Scrunchies and Commodore 64s – although a quite separate evolution. I can’t recall a fashionable pager (really, go try to find one), or a...more

BSA/SIIA Audits and Software Publisher-Initiated Audits Differ in Important Ways

by Scott & Scott, LLP on

Christopher Barnett, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, shares three important differences between BSA | The Software Alliance and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) audits and ones initiated by software...more

Top H-1B Visas Employers: Who, What, and Where?

by Ronald Shapiro on

The H-1B program is commonly used by U.S. employers looking to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations – such as engineers, scientists, and computer programmers – that require theoretical or technical expertise in...more

Mofo Tech -- Spring/Summer 2013

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In This Issue: - Here Come the Feds -- What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry - Log In: ...Feds cast an eye on social media - Focus: ...3-D’s IP dimension -...more

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