What Every Startup Founder Needs to Know About Raising Capital

If you’re founding a startup, you understand that initial funding may be one of the most difficult tasks that you undertake. Most founders look to their personal savings, incur debt, and ask friends or family to help fund their dream. However, unless you’re entirely self funded, you must also navigate complicated waters of state and federal securities law. Here, we provide an basic starting point to raise capital.

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Christina Saunders
What All Businesses Should Know About Protecting Your Brand Abroad

Expanding your brand into international territories can be exciting and lucrative, but also understand that dealing with foreign laws and treaties adds an extra layer of complexity to your game. Here we discuss the basics on measures you must take to ensure that your trademark is not only protected on home soil, but that you are protected abroad as well.

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The Path to Successful Trademark Registration for Cannabis Companies

As more cannabis companies establish themselves and grow in an increasingly competitive marketplace, they’re looking for ways to develop and protect their brands. The federal ban against cannabis, however, presents obstacles to protection and enforcement of these companies’ trademarks. Here we provide an overview of challenges to registration and strategic ways cannabis companies are registering and protecting their brands on a national level.

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Startup Bootcamp: Understanding Your Company's Intellectual Property

Managing your startup’s IP portfolio can be difficult, and a riddled with land-mines. It’s important to understand the different forms of intellectual property in order to mitigate risk and liability of infringing on others’ intellectual property, and importantly, to help maximize the value of your company.

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Buying a U.S. Business for E-2 Visa Purposes

While there are many reasons a non-U.S. citizen may wish to purchase a company in the United States, a potential E-2 visa application is a common one. An E-2 visa applicant must demonstrate that they have put their funds at risk and will be dedicated to the development of the enterprise, it is generally difficult to obtain an E-2 visa with an investment of less than $100,000 to $150,000. Depending on the type of business, the amount invested may vary considerably.

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Sara Sharp
Federal Protection for Cannabis Brands: USPTO Issues New Guidelines on CBD

On December 20, 2018, the Farm Bill of 2018 was signed into law, which explicitly removed hemp and its byproducts from the definition of Marijuana, a substance prohibited by the Controlled Substances Act. On May 2, 2019, the USPTO issued Examination Guide 1-19 providing official guidance for federal trademark applications covering cannabis and cannabis derived goods and services. It’s now clear that the USPTO will allow federal trademark registrations for marks used on some hemp-based products, including those containing hemp-derived CBD, but there are important limitations.

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Keeping Secrets: Best Practices for Employee Confidentiality Agreements

Businesses of all sizes often have valuable confidential and proprietary information for which employees have exposure to during their employment, an disclosure of such information by an employee may be catastrophic to the company. Confidentiality agreements are often used as a tool to minimize risk of disclosure. The following article provides common questions every company must answer in preparing a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement.

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