Our clients are owners, developers, investors, consultants, management and other professionals.
Our clients generally have an issue that they would like to talk about. Or they just want someone to talk too related to their challenge or opportunity.
Before getting started, we usually have an initial discussion with the prospective client at no charge. During this discussion, we determine if there would be any conflict representing the client and if we would be able to assist in answering your questions and solving your problems
We sit down with the client and we listen. We are excited by technology and we are quick learners that work to understand your technology, the stage of development of the technology, and the goals of the business owners.
We provide counsel on various models (business and technical) that may apply, to analyze and solve your challenge, or take advantage of the opportunity.
Many of our clients stay for years. We get to know our client’s businesses deeply, as well as understand their company’s (and personal) goals and objectives.
We become a trusted advisor to the business. One with experience, knowledge and having no personal agenda in the company, we can provide unbiased advice.
Our clients generally come from the United States, Canada, EU and India.
They are looking for someone to talk to. They have a question or challenge related to their technology business. We work with clients worldwide by phone, email, video conference, SMS and other communications modes (no joking about smoke signals from Lightfoot – lol :-).
Once we have determined together (both the client and our firm) that we will represent the client, then we identify with the client the scope and goals for the matter. We send an Engagement Letter and the client signs it and sends it back (with an agreed retainer) and we then begin the work.
We also will give an estimate of the cost to the client. Sometimes, such as with litigation, estimated costs are very difficult to determine, but most projects can be broken down into a “document”, or “license agreement” or other type of deliverable and we can set a cost for those deliverables.
Protecting your ideas and generating revenue are not optional. Protecting your ideas is critical to generating your revenue stream and keeping competitors from taking your ideas and creating their own products.
Laws and regulations seem to materialize almost as quickly as the technology.
New technologies present new opportunities and risks. Understanding intellectual property issues in technology patents, ownership rights, confidentiality and non-compete agreements is paramount to avoiding disaster in a proprietary rights dispute that could cost your company millions in royalty costs or damages.
It is this rapidly changing legal climate that we have chosen as our profession. We have chosen to operate in this arena because we want to support entrepreneurs (and people that help grow those companies) to safely develop products, market products and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
When you work with us, you can expect to legally protect your intellectual property (knowledge, ideas, source code, etc.), and safely accelerate getting your product to market and generating revenue.
We will assist you to identify your intellectual property (IP). We will work to understand the current status of your rights in that intellectual property and provide protection strategies for securing that intellectual property and the revenues derived from that IP.
We will consult with the founders, investors, management and technologists to clarify corporate ownership of the IP. We will also assist to structure the company from initial organizational work through implementation of an exit strategy, such as sale of the company, initial public offering, or merger.
We assist clients with employee issues, license review, business models, pricing strategies, contracts review, privacy policies and security issues, to name a few of our offerings.
We provide a legal, technology and business framework. We use this framework for “preparing” business planning documents, venture funding and business model development for the business(s).
Sometimes there will be disagreements between investors and management, or between management and technologists. These disputes can become quite damaging to a business very quickly. We work with senior management and the Board to clearly and regularly work with all levels of management, technologists and staff to identify and handle issues as they arise, rather than after they explode.
Periodically, a client will need to litigate to defend or protect itself. Litigation arises from intellectual property issues, employee issues, investor issues, or any one of a myriad of other issues a company could be facing through its normal operations. We work with the client to develop a litigation strategy, prepare for litigation (and particularly E-Discovery Rule 34 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) and either litigate the case ourselves, or work with trial counsel in the local jurisdiction to negotiate a settlement or handle jury trial activities.
Working together we are able to identify, protect and leverage the ideas, knowledge and intellectual property created by your company. One aspect of our service is the identification of the intellectual property that we will be protecting and what is the best way to protect that idea, knowledge and/or process.
We review the ownership of the company’s technology (IP), especially when it’s software, to be sure that if consultants or programmers were used to design or program the software, that all of the “releases” necessary to allow the company to license the technology to their customers, are in legal order.
We make sure that the company ownership is clear and the stock, financial, business, marketing, and sales activities are properly secured.
We work with the company as they hire consultants (sometimes anywhere in the world) developers or programmers and make sure that the Professional Services Agreements are properly drafted and enforceable, understanding the realities of state court vs. federal court and the nuances of international business.
We work with the company in hiring employees and being sure that we cover state and federal employment rules that apply to virtually every business.
We work with companies to retain their staff with earn out agreements, employment contracts, employee policies (more important now with Facebook, Twitter, texting, etc.), as well as Stock Option plans.
We assist our clients with the ongoing operations of the business, understanding their business from a long-term relationship perspective, and assist our clients as they grow and prosper.
We understand the technology language and business models and are able to quickly come up to speed on issues and provide timely and relevant options to those challenges.
And alas, as our clients determine it is time to merge their business with another company, sell their business, or prepare to go public, we work with the business owners, Board of Directors, management and/or advisors to help formulate the best available options for the exit strategy.
Founding a technology business is challenging, but there are professional resources ready and willing to assist YOU in achieving success.Creating a new technology or software is a lot easier than trying to find an attorney to protect that technology. Finding an attorney who will talk to you, understand what you’re saying in your particular technology area, and not delay, is even more difficult.
You have your challenge in trying to compile code, install your technology, support your users and all the things it takes to run a successful technology company. You feel you don’t have time to “waste” on protecting your technology at this stage of your company’s growth. You know you should, but other activities continue to take priority.
You question whether it’s even worth protecting your technology, because who would want it? Yet you “sell” your technology to customers and your technology provides benefit. That’s why someone would want to steal it!
Then there are the issues of employees, consultants, suppliers, contracts, and all the other non-technology issues that arise when you work to create a company. Whether they be business, technical, financial, legal, marketing or sales they all take work and the company will not survive unless there is someone taking care of each of these major areas.
Working with our firm will allow you to handle all of your business legal matters in one place, with experienced, excited professionals who enjoy technology, understand your issues and are prepared to serve you.
Please use the technology and contact us so we can solve your business legal problem.
The key steps to protecting your intellectual property include: Identification of your intellectual property. This includes the various types of intellectual property you have created (i.e. patentable materials, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, etc.)
Next is the application of the proper protection methods best applicable to the intellectual property. This could be filing for a patent on certain products or processes, affixing copyright notices of ownership to your materials, marking documents as “Confidential” or “Trade Secret” or other notices; or obtaining a trademark for marks you may have used with the company for years, but had never bothered to protect.
One key to operating the company and protecting the company from legal issues includes having employee policies and enforcing them!
Another key is addressing issues as they arise rather than letting them boil and then trying to work your way out, months after the original incident occurred.
We stand firmly behind the right to privacy. We provide protections to our clients from unreasonable intrusions upon their person or data. Terms of service.
Our experienced lawyers are waiting near the phone to help you. Call us toll free at 847-648-9966 for a free 15 minute consultation!
We are here to help with all of your business law needs. We have experience most areas of corporate law.