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February 7, 2017

Washington’s Social Purpose Corporations

Social Purpose Corporations (“SPCs”) have existed in Washington since 2012. After being available in Washington for almost five years, there currently are about 250 active SPCs registered in Washington. An…

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December 6, 2016

Common IP Representations in Acquisitions

If intellectual property plays any kind of role in your company’s products or services, you need to focus on establishing ownership of or rights to use that IP. Many companies do not…

November 16, 2016

What is Y Combinator’s Safe Instrument?

As a simple alternative to convertible promissory notes, Y Combinator developed the simple agreement for future equity, known as a “safe” instrument. In my practice, early stage seed investments still…

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November 6, 2016

How Airbnb Is Rolling Out Revised Terms Of Service

Airbnb is revising its terms of service, and its rollout is another example of how a website can provide notice of revised terms to users. While Airbnb’s new terms already…

October 28, 2016

CreativeLive Did a Nice Job Presenting Its New Terms Of Use

CreativeLive rolled out some new apps this week and, with them, some updated terms of use. It is a good idea to have terms of use that are consistent with…

Startup Lawyer Contracts
October 12, 2016

Startups Need to Focus on IP Ownership

Too many startups are not paying enough attention to their ownership of intellectual property. When forming a startup, founders seem to spend more time deliberating entity selection than they do…

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August 28, 2016

Does Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Have a Residuals Clause?

If you don’t know the answer, you’re not reading your non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) closely enough. By disclosing confidential information under an NDA that has a residuals clause, you may be…

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August 12, 2016

Severance Agreements Should Not Require Employees to Waive Whistleblower Incentives

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that an Atlanta-based company settled charges that the company violated securities laws by using severance agreements that are impediments to the departing…

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August 6, 2016

Are Your Online Terms of Service Enforceable?

You may have included terms of service on your website or app, but that does not automatically mean that the terms of service will be enforceable against your customers. To…

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July 25, 2016

How to Form a Washington Corporation

When starting a new business, founders often operate on a limited budget, and resources may be better spent on developing the startup’s products, services, and customers instead of on legal…

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Law
July 11, 2016

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

In May 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “DTSA”) created a new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The DTSA allows a plaintiff in a trade secret…

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July 2, 2016

Washington’s Revised Limited Liability Company Act

In 2015, the Washington State Legislature made significant revisions to the Washington Limited Liability Company Act (the “Revised LLC Act”). The Revised LLC Act became effective on January 1, 2016,…