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Legal Issues Startups Face

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mikal B. Shaikh, a Partner with Smith Anderson Law Firm, was the featured speaker at the Licensing Executives Society’s November 15th luncheon hosted by its RTP Chapter.

 

Shaikh presented on the various legal issues that startups can face and offered methods for mitigating such issues. He covered topics that typically arise during the formation of the company, such as choice of entity, the process of incorporation, bylaws, allocation of founder’s equity, and forming a board of directors. He also stressed the importance of establishing intellectual property ownership policies from the outset.

Shaikh also highlighted common legal mistakes involving personnel, capitalization, corporate governance, and customer contracts. He identified the initial formation of the company as the most opportune time to account for and address these mistakes, and stated that while there are many potential pitfalls involved in forming and running a startup, corporate lawyers can wear many hats in order to help you and your company avoid such hazards.

 

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IP & Licensing Basics: A One Day Review in RTP

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 7, 2016
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Dean Woodward, Assistant General Counsel for IP and Licensing at RTI International, was the featured speaker at the Licensing Executives Society’s September 20th luncheon hosted by its RTP Chapter.
 
Woodward discussed the role intellectual property (IP) plays in the support of business strategy. He emphasized the importance of linking intellectual property to industry value and highlighted methods of extracting IP value from patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets to develop a unique and adaptable IP strategy.
 
Woodward advised that sustainable businesses must develop a strong and integrated IP position to maintain their competitive advantage. While this can be costly and time consuming, Woodward reiterated that the benefit of protecting business value far outweighs the cost.
 

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