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60 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes

  1. 1. 60 Legal / Tech Tips In 60 Minutes
  2. 2. Knowledge Leads To Good Decision Making Tip # 1
  3. 3. Good Decision Making Leads To ... Tip # 2
  4. 4. Less Lawyers Tip # 3
  5. 5. My Number ONE Most Important Tip Of The Day Tip # 4 AVOID LAWYERS
  6. 6. My Number TWO Most Important Tip Of The Day Tip # 5 If You Must Use a LAWYER Use That Lawyer To AVOID other Lawyers
  7. 7. Research The Law <ul><li>Internet is exploding with free legal advice. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t pay an attorney to get educated. </li></ul><ul><li>Call for free consultations. </li></ul>Tip # 6
  8. 8. <ul><li>Everything Law: www.findlaw.com </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Laws: www.Legislature.mi.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Cases: www.courtofappeals.mijud.net/resources/ts.htm </li></ul>Tip # 7 Free is Free
  9. 9. Protect Your Intellectual Property <ul><li>Trademarks </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Secrets </li></ul><ul><li>Copyrights </li></ul><ul><li>Patents </li></ul><ul><li>Domain Names </li></ul>Tip # 8 Employer Contractors Employees
  10. 10. Register Your Trademarks <ul><li>www.uspto.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Presumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Penalty Damages </li></ul><ul><li>Its all about leverage! </li></ul>Tip # 9
  11. 11. Copyright Your Source Code <ul><li>http://www.copyright.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>Presumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Penalty Damages </li></ul><ul><li>Its all about leverage! </li></ul>Tip # 10
  12. 12. Keep Secrets “Secret” <ul><li>Trade secrets lose protection if not protected. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Locks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-disclosures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy manuals </li></ul></ul>Tip # 11
  13. 13. Non-Compete Contracts <ul><li>Get it in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Must be reasonable in scope, geography, duration </li></ul><ul><li>Can not be selective </li></ul><ul><li>Must serve legitimate business purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Pay extra money if it is really important </li></ul>Tip # 12 Businesses
  14. 14. Non-Compete Contracts <ul><li>Don’t sign them! </li></ul><ul><li>If you must sign them, get extra compensation. </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate terms so you can live with them. </li></ul><ul><li>Hope for the best; plan for the worst </li></ul>Tip # 13 Contractors Employees
  15. 15. Who Owns the Code? <ul><li>Work For Hire .. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(1) it comes within one of the nine categories of works and (2) there is a written agreement between the parties specifying that the work is a work made for hire </li></ul></ul>Tip # 14
  16. 16. Protect Your Domain Names <ul><li>Correct info at Registrar </li></ul><ul><li>Register all variations </li></ul><ul><li>Trademark registration </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor your domain names </li></ul>Tip # 15
  17. 17. Someone Stole My Domain <ul><li>Threat letter </li></ul><ul><li>ICANN Dispute Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Court Lawsuit </li></ul><ul><li>Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act </li></ul># 16
  18. 18. Sex Site Abuse <ul><li>Cyberpiracy Act </li></ul><ul><li>Any person who registers a domain name that consists of the name of another living person, or a name substantially and confusingly similar thereto .. with the specific intent to profit … shall be liable in a civil action by such person. </li></ul># 17
  19. 19. Go Paperless <ul><li>Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul># 18
  20. 20. Digital Dictation <ul><li>Tell people what to do from anywhere! </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Task. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide More Information than you can type. </li></ul># 19
  21. 21. Adobe .pdf <ul><li>Mark it up, baby! </li></ul><ul><li>Talk it up. </li></ul><ul><li>Route it. </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark it. </li></ul><ul><li>File it. </li></ul># 20
  22. 22. Cheaper .pdf <ul><li>Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0 is $300 </li></ul><ul><li>Nitro PDF Professional is $99 </li></ul># 21
  23. 23. Get it In Writing <ul><li>Oral Contracts = Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Handshake deals = Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Define Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure everyone is on the same page. </li></ul># 22
  24. 24. Keep It Simple <ul><li>Complex Contracts Often Create More Problems Than They Resolve </li></ul><ul><li>Email is OK. </li></ul><ul><li>Be Specific on the main points. </li></ul><ul><li>Work in good faith on the remainder. </li></ul># 23 Contracts
  25. 25. Penny Wise Pound Foolish <ul><li>If there is significant money at stake, hire a lawyer. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend some now or pay later. </li></ul><ul><li>$1,000 in Attorney Fees can save you $100,000 down the line. </li></ul># 24 Contracts
  26. 26. Find Vendors Who Leverage Technology # 25 Efficiency = Cost Savings
  27. 27. Include Mandatory Arbitration <ul><li>Courts … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>costs big buck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>take a long time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are less predictable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts </li></ul># 26 Contracts
  28. 28. Mandatory Facilitation Clauses <ul><li>Requires the parties to sit across the table before filing suit </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps you out of court. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of cases settle at sit-down meetings. </li></ul># 27 Contracts
  29. 29. Include Venue Clause <ul><li>Can you afford to hire a lawyer and attend trial in San Francisco? </li></ul># 28 Contracts
  30. 30. Limit Damages <ul><li>Limit damages with .. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Value of contract” clauses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disclaimed warranties </li></ul></ul># 29 Contracts
  31. 31. Create Certainty <ul><li>Shorten The Statute Of Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Provide For Written Notice </li></ul><ul><li>Provide For Cure Periods </li></ul># 30 Contracts
  32. 32. Policy Manuals <ul><li>Draft them. </li></ul><ul><li>Use them. </li></ul><ul><li>Get them signed. </li></ul># 31 Human Resources
  33. 33. Don’t Steal From Others <ul><li>If your employee brings trade secrets (ie customer lists, etc) with them, you will get sued. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be the deep pocket. </li></ul># 32 Human Resources
  34. 34. The Value of Cost Benefit # 33
  35. 35. The Law <ul><li>…does not protect employees from jerks, con artists, cheats or otherwise unfair employers. </li></ul><ul><li>… does not protect you from being fired for no good reason. </li></ul># 34 Human Resources
  36. 36. Get Paid Overtime <ul><li>If you are non-management, your employer must pay time and a half for all overtime. </li></ul><ul><li>FairPay Law: workers earning less than $23,660 per year — or $455 per week — are guaranteed overtime protection. </li></ul># 35 Human Resources
  37. 37. Tell Everyone Else What You Are Making <ul><li>It is against the law for an employer to take disciplinary action against you for sharing wage information. </li></ul># 36 Human Resources
  38. 38. Avoid Litigation <ul><li>If you are forced to litigation, you have already lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Litigation is the last resort. </li></ul><ul><li>Design your business to reduce litigation risks. </li></ul># 37 Lawyers
  39. 39. Avoid Hourly Fees # 38 Lawyers
  40. 40. Set Budgets <ul><li>A good lawyer should be able to tell you what it will cost. </li></ul><ul><li>A great lawyer will deliver defined results within budget. </li></ul><ul><li>The best lawyers will do it for free.  </li></ul># 39 Lawyers
  41. 41. Use The WayBack Machine # 40
  42. 42. My Office Computer <ul><li>Information belongs to the employer. </li></ul><ul><li>No expectation of privacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Employer monitoring is ok. </li></ul># 41
  43. 43. Employee Blogging # 42 Consider being Anonymous. Don’t post company secrets. Don’t piss of your bosses.
  44. 44. Employee Blogging # 43 Delta employee fired for blogging At work: Simonetti's pose in this photo was deemed &quot;inappropriate&quot; by Delta. Diary of a Flight Attendan t, at www.queenofsky.net ,
  45. 45. Ask Permission <ul><li>Why risk it? </li></ul><ul><li>If you are going to blog about your work, at least get permission. </li></ul><ul><li>Oh, and don’t post your employers trade secrets on-line. </li></ul># 44
  46. 46. Adopt Tech Policies <ul><li>Employers Should Develop: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surfing policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging policies </li></ul></ul># 45
  47. 47. Know Where The Cards Are Stacked <ul><li>Large Corporations, Insurance Companies and Microsoft Always Win. </li></ul># 46
  48. 48. We Live In A “Free Contract” State <ul><li>Rory & Develors Cases: No more unreasonableness. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtually anything that doesn’t violate a statute is enforceable. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything you sign is so important. </li></ul># 47
  49. 49. SBC Will Negotiate Its Contracts # 48
  50. 50. Be careful who you do business with. # 49
  51. 51. Have An Exit Strategy. # 50
  52. 52. Resolve Disputes # 51
  53. 53. There is No Privacy # 52 Everything you have ever done on your computer can be retrieved
  54. 54. Defamation # 53 <ul><li>The Dissemination Of </li></ul><ul><li>Untrue Statements of Facts </li></ul><ul><li>Tend to Disparage Another </li></ul>
  55. 55. Soliciting Phone Sex From Co-Employees is A Bad Idea # 54
  56. 56. Always use email to harass other workers. # 55 True False
  57. 57. Email is the number one litigation weapon today. # 56
  58. 58. Sharing Mp3s will land you in jail # 57 True False
  59. 59. Be Proactive # 58 <ul><li>Use lawyers to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Smart Decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent Problems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid Other Lawyers </li></ul></ul>
  60. 60. Eat @ Hardees # 59 Free Tips http://www.spicyparis.com/paris.html
  61. 61. www.traverselegal.com Enrico Schaefer, Attorney 231-932-0411 [email_address] Tip # 60