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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

April 14

Premium Lock This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

U.S. Patent Office  "Patent trolls" generally refer to businesses that buy up patents, particularly in technical areas like computer chips, cloud computing and wireless routers, with the sole intention of filing lawsuits or demanding licensing fees from tech companies, particularly startups around the time of their public offering.

April 1

Premium Lock Transportation Corridor Protection Maps--A new basis for inverse condemnation claims in North Carolina

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TecLlaw: A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision gives protection to all landowners subject to a North Carolina Department of Transportation Corridor Map.

March 18

Premium Lock With tax season upon us, are you aware of all the tax reform that may impact your taxes this year?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The United States Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly have made some significant tax reforms over the past couple of years that may have a considerable impact on your taxes this year. It's important for you to understand how these changes may impact you so that you can properly budget your personal finances and potentially implement some tax planning strategies.

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Updated March 13

Premium Lock Latest news on Steve Jobs, Lyft vs. Uber, the cybersecurity bill

Bulldog In today's Bulldog tech roundup: Racy posts on hacked Charlotte Motor Speedway social media; New books says Steve Jobs considered buying Yahoo; Lyft funding increases ride-sharing competition; NC Senator Burr on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, Vaeant ups offer for Salix.

March 4

Premium Lock It's a good time to perform a checkup on the beneficiaries of your IRA

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Designating the beneficiary of your IRA has more pitfalls than you may think and, due to a recent United States Supreme Court opinion, this decision has become even more complicated.

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February 4

Premium Lock Get consumer electronic consents right and avoid salt in the wound

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Clicking the "Accept" or "Agree" button on a website has become a daily ritual. Electronic consents have become ubiquitous because businesses of all kinds need to obtain them from customers for a host of reasons. However, many are simply doing it wrong.

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January 21

Premium Lock Please release me: How to obtain or prevent third-party releases in bankruptcy

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Bankruptcy protection--particularly in a Chapter 11 reorganization--can be a powerful tool for a company in financial distress. But can a debtor company go even further and use its plan of reorganization to secure releases not only for itself, but for third parties such as its officers or owners?

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December 24, 2014

Premium Lock 2015 Affordable Care Act forecast: Employers, beware of ACA traps, pitfalls, uncertainties

TechLaw: Employers must tread carefully in selecting employee benefit plans and avoid the temptation to implement healthcare cost saving tactics that push the boundaries of federal law. Otherwise, they may find themselves in the crosshairs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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December 10, 2014

Premium Lock What is an easement, how do I get one, and what is it good for?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Is it possible for someone to have the right to use your land even though you haven't given them permission?

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Updated November 26, 2014

Premium Lock 'It ain't over 'til it's over' - Use of a funded revocable trust in estate planning

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Funded revocable trusts can simplify and reduce the cost of managing your assets during your life and distributing them after your death.

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November 12, 2014

Premium Lock Resolving your property zoning problems

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: What do you do when you've found the perfect location for your business or project, but you discover that it's not properly zoned for what you want to do or your use of the property is limited by local zoning ordinances?

October 29, 2014

Premium Lock Can a limited liability company really offer equity compensation awards to its valued employees?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: You are always looking for creative ways to retain your top employees. One option is to offer valued employees equity in your business. However, not all types of equity incentives are created equally or are available in all situations.

October 15, 2014

Premium Lock What in the world is a 'gun trust' and why might I want one?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: For avid hunters and gun enthusiasts, federal and state regulation of gun ownership can be burdensome and frustrating. Use of a gun trust could help.

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October 1, 2014

Premium Lock Making the hunter the hunted: North Carolina gives business owners new tools to combat 'patent trolls'

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Litigation in federal courts under federal law is a primary weapon in the battle to protect patents from infringement. However, because of alleged abuse, certain states, including North Carolina, have taken it upon themselves to establish their own rules of conduct for patent infringement actions.

September 17, 2014

Premium Lock Does your property owners association need workers' compensation insurance? Yes!

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act requires all employers with three or more employees to carry workers' compensation insurance. Your non-profit owners association, for either your residence or your commercial property, may not carry such insurance because its board thinks it's not an employer when, in fact, it is.

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September 3, 2014

Premium Lock A general bankruptcy primer: What happens when your customers file?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Bankruptcy filings are common in America today. If your customers file bankruptcy, do you know what collection efforts you can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot undertake?

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August 20, 2014

Premium Lock So I hired a felon: An update on the law of negligent hiring

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Negligent hiring is a hit, but mostly a miss, claim for relief that has evolved in the domain of employment law.

August 6, 2014

Premium Lock Medicare - How can it affect my personal injury settlement?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Medicare recipients who have personal injury claims need to be aware that, by law, they will have to repay Medicare for any payments made as a result of the injury from any judgment or settlement they may receive.

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Updated August 1, 2014

Premium Lock VC attorney: Crowdfunding will boost growth - but don't expect 'economic miracle'

Raleigh attorney Jim Verdonik, one of the most experienced and outspoken experts when it comes to the ins-and-outs of startup and emerging company financing, says a crowdfunding bill that could pass at any time in the General Assembly is good news. But don't expect miracles. Plus, he notes, the SEC has yet to implement federal legislation known as the JOBS Act. He calls the delay a "disgrace."

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Updated August 1, 2014

Premium Lock Patent troll legislation backed by SAS, tech firms, heads to governor

N.C. flag Local tech companies like Cary's SAS Institute pushed for the measure, saying they were often forced to defend themselves against "non-practicing entities," or NPEs, that are shell companies created for the purpose of holding a patent. Those companies then try to enforce the patent against bigger companies, hoping to extract settlements in lieu of costly litigation.

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