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A Short Guide To NDAs/CDAs

Nondisclosure Agreements, or Confidential Disclsoure Agreements as they are often called in the biotech context, are some of the most common types of business contracts. Although they are often signed cursorily, they are worth thought since each one could be the basis of a trade secret lawsuit. NDAs are one of the primary ways of

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Legal Checklist For Choosing A Business Name

What should you think about when choosing a brand name? This isn’t necessarily a definitive list, but it is a three things to consider from a legal perspective. Actually it’s really two things: understanding the legal/marketing compromise of the mark strength, and then searching (both the internet and at the USPTO). 1) Consider the strength of the

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New California Website “Do Not Track” Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2014

California already has a law requiring that website operators provide a privacy policy describing what personally identifiable information is collected, how it is shared, and how users can view and update the information, and the effective date.1 Starting at the beginning of 2014, there is now an addition that privacy policy law, which requires that commercial

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Can My Business Name Be Trademarked?

This is a question that I get asked a lot; I’m happiest when we are asked before the name is “launched”, so that the business owner can assess the amount of trademark protection that is available when deciding whether to adopt a particular trade name. “Can My Business Name Be Trademarked?” is a question that is best

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Open Source Law Firm Software

My monthly IT bill for my law firm is $25.  I pay it to Linode for a virtual linux server, and everything else runs on that.  Since I like open source, and it just works, I thought I would share for other firms that might consider doing something similar.  A lot of this is predicated on knowing

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