Top Ten Legal Issues for Startups

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  • 1. Top Ten Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs Brent C.J. Britton 12 January 2010
  • 2. What are Legal Issues?
  • 3. Legal Issues are the Right Problem on which to Focus
  • 4.  
  • 5. It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Lawsuit
  • 6. 10. Corporate Formation
    • form early liability shield asset creation tax treatment (LLC/corp) Delaware?
    • ) Delaware?
  • 7. 9. Founder Relations
    • written agreement equity vesting involuntary departure
    • written agreement equity vesting involuntary departure
  • 8. 8. Investor Relations
    • meet the SEC private placement memo debt or equity?
  • 9. 7. Employee Relations
    • written agreement fraternization policies
  • 10. 6. Customer Relations
    • agreements privacy security products
  • 11. 5. Competitor Relations
    • antitrust interference
  • 12. 4. Your Intellectual Property
    • invention/work/brand/secret pat/©/ ® /ts which? when in doubt: secrecy
  • 13. 3. Their Intellectual Property
    • don’t let it in freedom to operate best defense = good offense
  • 14. 2. The Truth
    • cover-ups false advertising disparagement general
    • cover-ups false advertising disparagement general
  • 15. And the number one legal issue for entrepreneurs…
  • 16. 1. Counsel
  • 17. Thank you