Monthly Archives: January 2014

Intellectual Property Law Update

Last year, we devoted several weekly blog articles to intellectual property issues, particularly, the efforts being made to reform the patent system in this country and curb the growing practice of patent trolling. As we reported, late last year, the Innovation Act, which targeted patent trolls and their abusive practices, passed the House of Representatives

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Complying With Wage and Hour Laws

In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, ignited a firestorm of criticism when she released her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The book focuses on how working women, particularly working mothers, can grow their careers and their lives. Her critics contend that Sandberg is merely another member of the

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What Your Business Should Know About California’s Security Breach Notification Act

On December 19, 2013, Target confirmed reports that hackers stole the credit card numbers and encrypted debit card PIN data from about 40 million customers who shopped in its stores in the United States from November 27 through mid-December, the height of the 2013 holiday shopping season. Last week, Target revised the number of affected

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How To Avoid a Misappropriation Lawsuit and Maintain The Confidentiality of Your Trade Secrets

Last October, California-based startup Zettaset, the leader in secure Big Data management, sued Intel Corp., the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Santa Clara for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and intentional misrepresentation.  Zettaset claims that “among other things… Intel unlawfully

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To Syndicate Or Not To Syndicate Your Startup (Continued)….

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing syndication as it relates to raising capital for startups: what is it and what are the advantages of using a syndicate, such as AngelList, to raise capital?  As promised, this week, we will examine the disadvantages and/or risks of using a syndicate.  As we noted last

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