Tag Archives: Small Business

The Lesson of Tax Avoidance for Emerging and Established California Businesses

According to Bloomberg, “[m]ultinational tax avoidance has risen to the top of the international political agenda,” and Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is coming under fire in the United Kingdom for just this issue. The company was sued for trademark infringement by soapmaker Lush, and a judge recently ruled in favor of Lush and

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Update on Patent Trolling: What Your Startup and Small Business Should Know

Last year, we devoted considerable attention to an issue that impacts many small businesses and startups: Patent trolling. As a reminder, patent trolls, or patent assertion entities, are shell companies that exist solely for the purpose of asserting that they should be reimbursed because they hold patents that are being infringed upon, mostly by an

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What Your Small Business or Startup Should Know About Net Neutrality

This past Sunday, Comcast, the country’s biggest cable and broadband provider, and Netflix, the California-based provider of on-demand Internet streaming media and DVDs-by-mail, announced an agreement whereby Netflix will pay Comcast for direct Internet access, meaning that Netflix will be able to deliver its movies and TV programs to Comcast’s subscribers faster and more reliably,

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Mergers and Acquistions: The Paperwork Involved in the Process

Word on the street is that merger and acquisition activity in the financial services industry is booming. Why the sudden boom? Experts believe that the boom, which started in 2013 and is expected to continue in 2014, has been spurred on by favorable valuations, a healthier economy, and a strong financing market. The biggest instigator,

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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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To Syndicate Or Not To Syndicate Your Startup….

Last week, we discussed the process for startups looking for capital, or funding.  In particular, we discussed AngelList, which is one of the most popular services for startups.  AngelList is a syndicate service with ten of thousands of backers.  Forbes magazine has described it much like social network sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter,

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What Your New and Growing Business Needs to Know Before Looking for Capital

In October,we discussed Title II of the JumpStart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which took effect on September 23, 2013. Title II lifted the 80-year-old ban on general solicitation in this country, allowing small businesses and startups to publicly advertise that they are seeking investment, and the new law seems to be working:

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Startups and Other California Businesses Need To Be Ready for The Changing Landscape of Patent Law

All over the country, including here in California, startups and small businesses are holding their collective breaths and hoping that the House of Representatives passes the Innovation Act of 2013 (the “Act”).  Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Act, and yesterday, the White House came out in support of

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Two Legislative Victories for Startups and Entrepreneurs

As 2013 winds to a close, and friends and family gather at Thanksgiving tables across the country, startups in California and across the United States are giving thanks for two legislative actions.  The first legislative initiative, and one which impacts startups across the country, concerns an issue we have discussed many times over the last

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Patent Trolling Provokes the Ire of VCs and Comes Before the House Judiciary Committee

Patent assertion entities (PAEs), or patent trolls, are in the news again.  On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee began expedited hearings on a comprehensive patent reform bill.  Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Representative Bob Goodlatte introduced the Innovation Act of 2013.  Several weeks ago, we discussed provisions of the Act when it was in

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