Surveying Survey Evidence

170588495Survey evidence can be very useful in some cases, but questions are growing about its reliability. By knowing the issues involved with surveys, you’ll be better able to successfully use or oppose survey evidence. Continue reading

Before Starting Up a Start-Up

blog-87344376Internet start-ups are exciting ventures that can achieve remarkable growth on a shoestring. But smart entrepreneurs realize the value of hiring attorneys to form a legal entity for their start-ups, whether the entity is a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company. If a start-up comes to you for help, would you know the key pre-formation questions to ask?

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Have You Done a Trade Secret Audit?

secret_105634725The best way to analyze a company’s trade secrets (and how well protected they are) is through a formal audit. Here’s an overview of how to do a trade secret audit. Continue reading

So Happy Together: 15 Things to Discuss with Joint Venturers

When clients come to you to set up a joint venture, they’re often excited and focused on the big picture. You need to be the details person, and maybe a bit of a wet blanket. Continue reading

What IP Attorneys Need to Know About M&A Agreements

Although federal and state corporation, securities, antitrust, and tax laws governing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are complex and nuanced, and the structure of a given transaction is usually driven by tax and securities considerations that aren’t within intellectual property counsel’s control, it’s useful for intellectual property lawyers to know the basic structures of these deals and the impact on the intellectual property provisions in the agreement. Here’s a crash course on basic types of M&A agreements. Continue reading

Get Intellectual Property Counsel in on Your M&A Deal

Despite Zuckerman’s decision to go it alone on the Instagram deal, intellectual property counsel play an increasingly important role in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). M&A used to be the domain of corporate lawyers, and corporate lawyers still typically lead M&A transaction teams, but it’s now common to see intellectual property counsel from both sides working as part of the team to draft and negotiate the intellectual property aspects of the agreement. That is as it should be. Continue reading

Before Getting Advice, Get Signed Agreements from Your Advisory Board Members

Many companies are plunging into entirely new areas and can really use some advice. That’s where an advisory board comes in. Accessing advisors’ expertise can be invaluable, but it comes with some risk to the company’s trade secrets. Here’s how you can reduce those risks. Continue reading

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