Our friends at First Round Capital posted an article based on an interview with Keith Callander with tips on how to find the best lawyer for your startup, which also touched on a number of legal necessities to act on from the outset. The article provides several helpful tips to spotting legal issues and how to go about finding a lawyer that’s right for you.
As part of our continued effort to provide rich, easy to digest guidance and resources that are tailored for busy entrepreneurs like yourself, below is a Quick Reference Guide to some of the Cooley GO articles that are most relevant to legal issues faced by entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. We also have publicly available generators for creating many of the legal documents that startup companies frequently need – you can find a complete list here.
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- Choosing the Correct Business Entity: The Basics
- Choosing an Entity Type (Video)
- Where Should You Incorporate?
- Should You Have Founder Shareholder Agreements?
- Founder Basics: Founder’s Stock, Vesting and Founder Departures
- Protecting Your Founder Equity
- There is No Such Thing as “Founder Stock” (Legally Speaking)
- Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property
- Should You Invest in Patent Protection?
- Neglecting Trademark Protection Could Be a Costly Mistake
- Trade Secrets: a Valuable Tool in Your IP Protection Strategy
- Trade Secret Management in the United States: Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid
IP assignments and employee issues
- The ABCs of CIIAAs: Protecting Employee-Generated IP
- What Do You Absolutely Need in Your Contractor Agreements
- Addressing Advisors’ Concerns About Assigning Their IP
- Who Owns What: Assignment and Ownership of Patents and Applications
Distribution and licensing agreements
Last reviewed: January 26, 2022