Posts tagged “TechLaw”
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Making the hunter the hunted: North Carolina gives business owners new tools to combat 'patent trolls'
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
- Google to buy solar power from Duke Energy for NC data center
- US economy grew at 2.1 percent rate in third quarter
- Local business booted out by second phase of Hillsborough Street project
- US home prices jump in September by most in more than a year
- NC's chief information officer returning to private sector