Category: Legal & IP (Page 2 of 6)

Handling IP Assets in an M&A Transaction

by Richard Hsu at One Page Blog

Back by popular demand, I have once again recruited my 13 year old daughter Maya to help me illustrate how to handle IP assets in a typical carveout M&A transaction.

Richard Hsu is a Silicon Valley Technology Lawyer who believes we are so overloaded with information that if you cannot be brutally pithy and honest, it won’t get read. Even though I spend most of my time negotiating complex licenses and wrestling with thorny technology issues, I want to use that experience to provide –hopefully– useful information which can be summarized on no more than ONE PAGE.

Why You Should Patent your Inventions

Feisal Mosleh

Feisal Mosleh

By Fas Mosleh on April 5, 2012 in his BlogFeisal Mosleh New Ventures Partner at Juldee Innovation Ventures

Are you an entrepreneur in High tech? You may have a passion to launch a software startup or a new website or even a new kind of consumer electronic device like a video or camera phone.

Whatever your dream product, consider patenting any original, novel aspects by either filing a provisional or a full patent application at the US Patent Office. Why do this?

Where can I download good templates for boilerplate legal agreements?

Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone

Question: Where can I download good templates for boilerplate legal agreements, such as NDAs, Board of Advisor agreements, employment agreements, and other typical things a startup would need?

Answer by Ethan Stone, Stone Business Law

Let me start with a couple of caveats (yes, I’ll give you some links at the bottom).

First, I’m not your lawyer and this answer doesn’t establish an lawyer-client relationship. I’m giving a generic answer to a generic question to educate the users of this site.

My partner sold our company, but I did not get a dime!

Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone

Question: I formed an LLC with a partner a couple years ago, and it didn’t work out. I left him with a 70% stake and bowed out. I just heard that he licensed off the software for a pitance, then he joined the company that licensed it, getting a salary and a huge signing bonus. I didn’t get a dime from this transaction, even though I own 1/3 of the LLC. Is this legal?

When negotiating VC funding, what should I look out for regarding founders termination clauses?

Question: I understand that venture capitalists like to include a founders termination clauses in most of their deals. What should I look out for with these termination clauses? And what should I include to protect myself?

Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone

Answer by Ethan Stone, Stone Business Law

First, a quick but important clarification: I’m not your lawyer and this answer doesn’t establish a lawyer-client relationship. I’m giving a generic answer to a generic question to educate the users of this site. The information below is general in nature and should not be understood as a substitute for personal legal advice.

What’s the best way to protect my innovation from being duplicated?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo editor of Founders Space

QUESTION:

Is there a way to secure the rights to an innovative plastic card processing program (alternative to cash) targeting a specific target market?  So that large banks and financial institutions (other than the one we potentially partner with) cannot duplicate?

ANSWER:

The first thing you can do is file a provisional patent.  This is fairly easy to do and will cover you for one year.  Within that year you will need to file one or more full patents based on the provisional patent.  This is probably your best protection.

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