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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

Updated February 19

Premium Lock 'But we were just negotiating:' Understanding when a string of communications (even emails) may establish a binding contract

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Parties negotiating the terms of a deal must understand when the negotiating stops and a binding contract has been created, even if there is only a string of emails.

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February 5

Premium Lock Tax resolution for 2014: Be proactive to minimize your exposure to the new net investment income tax

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The net investment income tax is a 3.8% federal tax that applies to certain taxpayers with passive income. It is important that you understand how this new tax works so that you can take steps to minimize your exposure to it.

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Updated January 22

Premium Lock Reviewing EPA's cleanup liability standards in land deals

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: A new standard practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments was adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency on December 30, 2013, adding more refined reporting requirements for parties seeking protection from environmental liability in land transactions.

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December 27, 2013

Premium Lock NY judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

Data security U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaida's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

Updated December 18, 2013

Premium Lock Does your estate tax planning still make sense?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The purpose of estate tax planning is to reduce the taxes on your estate so that you can leave more of your assets to your family and friends instead of Uncle Sam. Does the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ruin your previously prepared estate plan?

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Updated December 4, 2013

Premium Lock How not to get zoned out of your transaction or project

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Commercial real estate transactions and projects have become more complex and expensive. The goal is to minimize the risks associated with your transaction or project before the closing so that you are protected to the maximum extent possible.

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November 25, 2013

Premium Lock Vitamin B2 could be key to developing tiny medical devices, NCSU researchers say

Inside Innovation at N.C. State: A vitamin that consumers can find in food such as asparagus and cottage cheese could be a key ingredient in developing tiny medical devices in the future, according to new research from N.C. State University. Read what this discovery could mean for patients.

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Updated November 25, 2013

Premium Lock Raising capital advice: SEC 506 (c) offerings vs. crowdfunding, private placements

Opinion: SEC Rule 506 (c) offerings are better than crowdfunding and traditional private placement exemptions, writes Jim Verdonik of the law firm Ward and Smith P.A.

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Updated November 20, 2013

Premium Lock Court decision affirms freedom of speech on Facebook with 'Like' ruling

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit holds that when a public employee clicks "Like" on a political candidate's Facebook post, that is constitutionally-protected free speech.

November 8, 2013

Premium Lock Tech, biotech M&A to increase in 2014? Not so fast

While half of respondents to Morrison & Foerster's survey expect that M&A activity will increase in the next six months, 415 Research's analysis finds a mixed picture for M&A activity. Read more about the findings.

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November 6, 2013

Premium Lock My Spouse Did What and I Owe How Much in Taxes?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Filing a joint tax return seems like an innocuous and pre-determined action for most married couples. It is important to understand what obligations come with signing a joint return and what options are available for the years when you blindly signed a joint tax return and are now blind-sided.

Updated October 30, 2013

Premium Lock SAS analytics software targets state efforts to control health costs

SAS is aiming to bring transparency and analytics to the health payment data that states collect. WRALTechWire Insiders can read more about how the software works.

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October 30, 2013

Premium Lock Patent litigation weighs on more venture-backed startups, NVCA survey says

Legal ruling Up to 80 percent of startups claim the patent demands they're facing has increased in the last five years. Read more about this finding and others from a National Venture Capital Association report.

Updated October 23, 2013

Premium Lock Recent IRS ruling that all legal marriages are equal for federal tax purposes impacts same-sex couples and employers

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: A recent IRS decision on same-sex marriages raises complicated tax issues and can impact same-sex couples and employers, regardless of their location.

October 9, 2013

Premium Lock 'DONT TXT ME PLS ... IM DRIVING.' Could you be liable for sending a text message to a driver?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: A New Jersey court has held that a person sending a text message to a driver might be liable for injuries or damage caused by the driver's crash. What is your (and your children's) risk of the same becoming the law in North Carolina?

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October 1, 2013

Premium Lock Winning a battle, losing a war: Why ACLU's strategy in Myriad Genetics patent case may have backfired

Analysis: The real losers after Myriad patent case may be members of the general public, who will be denied access to useful information that might otherwise have been part of the public domain once the patent term expired. Is that what the ACLU intended? Please don't get me wrong; the ACLU does a lot of good defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. I'm just afraid that their foray into the patent arena has resulted in a myriad (pun intended) of misunderstood implications and unintended consequences and has done more harm than good.


Updated September 25, 2013

Premium Lock Deed warranties and why they should matter to you

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: You're negotiating to buy a piece of real estate and your attorney tells you that the seller is proposing to give you a "Special Warranty Deed" in exchange for all of the money you will pay. Special Warranty Deed - that sounds good, doesn't it. But what does it really mean?

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Updated September 11, 2013

Premium Lock Wake Forest to lead federal regenerative medicine project building 'body on a chip'

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine will lead a project to develop a "body on a chip" that can stand in for human organs in developing bioterror countermeasures.

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September 11, 2013

Premium Lock My property was sold at a foreclosure sale - Do I still have to pay back the loan?

Ward and Smith, P.A. Techaw: Just because the lender sold the property you put up as security for a loan at a foreclosure sale doesn't mean you are no longer responsible for paying the remainder of the debt it secured after application of the foreclosure sale proceeds.

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September 3, 2013

Premium Lock Federal cuts shelve Silicon Valley patent office

Patents offer protection While most of the country is feeling some pinch from the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, tech leaders say this one is unique and unfair, because the Commerce Department's promised satellite patent offices were never going to be funded by taxpayers. Instead, they're supported by the $2.8 billion in annual patent fees collected from inventors, entrepreneurs and companies.

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