The Perils of Contracting Through Third Party Websites

The internet has a wealth of resources for start-ups, from legal and venture financing blogs to form documents and state entity-formation pages.…


Patent Trolls – The White House Makes a Move in the Right Direction

The White House launched a toolkit in February to help startups search government databases on patent trolls and patents. Patent Trolls – The White…


The Costs of Obtaining Patent Protection

While the cost of obtaining a patent can be substantial, knowing what those costs are and when they are incurred can allow startups to appropriately…


SHARING IS CARING: Why you should share everything about your business if you care about it

Note about the author:  David Lutz is a Student Attorney with The Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Founder of BriefCase. (www.thebriefcaseapp.com).…


The Risks of Trademark Registration

  As in the board game "Risk," trademark registration applicants must think strategically and be ready for a counterattack. So…you’ve got a…


Patent Inventorship

Correctly naming the inventors on a patent is important because the inventors are the initial owners of the patent rights. Why does patent…


Venture Capital Firms and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Many VC's will refuse to sign non-disclosure agreements. Should this concern you? Traditionally venture capital firms looking to add potential…


Analyzing the Looming Trademark Disputes Over Facebook's "Paper" (Part 3 of 3)

Facebook's January 30 launch of its "Paper" app prompted FiftyThree and Paper Communications to apply for trademark registrations on their respective…


When is it Necessary to Amend Your Form D?

If a startup materially changes the structure of its financing, it might need to give its Form D a touch-up. This post outlines what situations might…


Analyzing the Looming Trademark Disputes Over Facebook’s “Paper” (Part 2 of 3)

  Facebook's January 30 launch of its "Paper" app prompted FiftyThree and Paper Communications to apply for trademark registrations on their…