IP Due Diligence

Your startup is ready for investments, but it may not be as ready as you think. In the growing startup environment, it is important for companies to…


What Changed for Entity Selection for Startups After the 2017 Tax Changes

Tax is one of many factors when choosing a desired type of entity for a startup. As we discussed in 2016, tax considerations can be one of the most…


Avoiding Trademark Rejection or Infringement Based on Likelihood of Confusion (Part 2)

In part one of this post, I outlined the ways to find a fanciful name for your business, one that is likely to be unique, unlikely to be confused…


Avoiding Trademark Rejection or Infringement Based on Likelihood of Confusion

 One of the most important steps a new business can take is to file their company or product name for trademark registration with the United States…


Legal Issues to Consider in Drafting Software Development Agreements

A software development agreement is between a customer and a developer, by which the customer contracts for the developer to create and deliver a…


Mind the Gap: Expansion of California’s Fair Pay Act and Complying with Emerging Wage Laws

Federal, state and local employment laws are regularly evolving. Predictably, it can be difficult for startup companies to keep up with the emerging…


Who are the Players within the VC Firm?

Finding the right investors and raising funds are necessary components to grow a startup. As entrepreneurs, this process can be nerve-wracking. From…


Turning Over a New Leaf: Changing the Corporate Identity

A small food company dreamt of selling products that were pure and beneficial to its consumers. With that simple mission, Unadulterated Food Products…


What is a Privacy Policy and When Does It Matter?

So you’re thinking about developing a product, or starting a business, or maybe you already have clients. One question you should ask: should you…


Should Startups Incorporate as Benefit Corporations?

Patagonia. Kickstarter. King Arthur Flour. What do these three companies have in common? They are all Benefit Corporations. Increasingly, companies —…