In years past, a private company stockholder would have expected to wait until the company went public or was acquired to receive any return on investment.  However, over the last several years, stockholders in many private companies have participated in so-called “liquidity rounds”, sometimes referred to as secondary sales, in which they sold all or… Read more »

Good entrepreneurs know that a company must protect its trade marks and its brand from the outset.  The primary means of doing so is to register trade marks in each of the territories in which the company does or intends to do business, but the ubiquitous nature of the Internet and its minimal barriers to entry… Read more »

If you discover someone making impermissible use of your trade mark in a domain name, you may want to take action to regain control of your trade mark.  The form of the action you take will depend on a number of factors, including the cost and speed of proceedings as well as, of course, your prospects… Read more »

The Terms of Use Agreement (“TOU”) and the Privacy Policy found on most websites govern the relationship between the website operator and all of its customers.  Although it may be tempting to copy and use online agreements posted on other websites to avoid the time and cost required to define your own agreement, this approach… Read more »

Should you obtain a patent? Patents provide inventors exclusive rights in their discoveries. Entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, medical device and many other fields look favourably upon the benefits of patents, including: creating barriers to entry for competing products; discouraging potential patent litigants; enhancing company valuations; generating licensing revenue; and facilitating cross-licensing and other… Read more »

Ready for show time? Is your story compelling enough to interest venture capital investors? Some businesses, even if they succeed, simply will not get large enough to deliver the kind of scaleability and potential future returns that venture investors often seek. Do you have demonstrable results? Customer traction? Patented intellectual property? Consider raising a small… Read more »

Whether you are a UK startup looking to employ your first employees, or a US company looking to recruit someone based in the UK, you should be aware of the following points. Be sure to also check out our Offer Letter and Employment Agreement Package on Cooley GO Docs. 1. How should you ‘engage’ your… Read more »

If you have decided to incorporate a company in the UK, or to purchase and tailor a “shelf company” – use this checklist to ensure you have all the information you need. Company details Date on which the company is to begin trading. Proposed name of the company (NB: there are rules on what names… Read more »

The digital revolution has dramatically changed how we interact with technology. Consumers are now also co-creators and technology is becoming increasingly commoditised, with companies sharing software and consumers building upon existing platforms. The only way companies can exploit this is to use and protect what is at the centre of the revolution, Intellectual Property (IP)…. Read more »

Databases are valuable commercial assets that businesses are increasingly looking to exploit in their own right. Given their inherent and financial value, together with the money and time invested in their creation, it is crucial that businesses understand the rights surrounding their databases. Does your database qualify for protection? A database is defined as “a… Read more »