We’ve talked a lot about trends and upcoming changes in privacy laws applicable to most of our clients’ businesses. Next month, I plan to circulate more updates, since I think it is imperative that everyone keep these laws on their radar.

In the meantime, some of our cl...

Clients often ask me whether employee restriction provisions, such as non-competes, are enforceable. On a basic level, these provisions place restrictions on employees after their termination or resignation so that they cannot immediately begin working for a competitor...

Corporate policies and procedures should be updated to reflect company culture and management goals, but also to comply with changes in rules and regulations. If you run a larger business, you likely have an employee handbook. Smaller companies may not have verbose han...

For many business owners, the main goal of a business is to make money for its investors or principals. Everyone wants to increase their margins – for good reason - but many are starting to ask if a successful business can do more than that. Perhaps the true aim of a b...

There is always going to be some risk. Few agreements are ironclad, but it is helpful to conduct an assessment and build an internal portfolio of model agreements, such as non-disclosure agreements, master service and sales agreements, master purchase agreements (or PO...

Regardless of what type of business you run, chances are you are entering into contracts all the time. Having a few model agreements for your company can save you a lot of time and resources in the long run. For instance, having a solid non-disclosure agreement that yo...

I’ve been asked about this often from clients in certain industries, particularly in the furniture industry: How can we stop competitors from copying our product design?
         
Trade dress refers to protection for the totality of elements of a pr...

The California Consumer Privacy Act was passed and signed into law last summer. It takes effect at the beginning of 2020. The law, as it now stands, overlaps somewhat with GDPR, but also has its own framework that contains a set of different rules and requirements – so...

Over the past six months or so I’ve written about privacy regulations that affect many of my clients. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018, and while it looked like regulators were slow to enforce the new regulations, recently, enforcem...

I've written before about "smart contracts" -- self-executing contracts that leverage the Blockchain and allegedly provide a more secure, cost-effective way to enter into contracts. Although the value of cryptocurrencies have decreased substantially as of late, startup...

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