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By Drew Stevens / April 3, 2017

Columbus Venture Capital Lawyer: Seed, Series A, Series B, and Series C

Companies raise money in several different phases. These phases are commonly divided into the following rounds: Seed, Series A, Series...

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By Drew Stevens / March 28, 2017

Columbus Venture Capital Lawyer: Seed Round Financing Instruments

Seed rounds typically involve one or more of the following instruments: convertible notes, simple agreements for future equity (“SAFEs”), convertible...

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By Drew Stevens / March 21, 2017

Columbus Data Security and Privacy Lawyer: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Introduction The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) aims to protect the privacy of children under the age of 13...

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By Drew Stevens / March 14, 2017

Columbus Data Security and Privacy Lawyer: Opt-In and Opt-Out Requirements in the U.S., Canada, and the EU

Depending on the geographic region, different opt-out and opt-in rules may apply to a company that sends direct email marketing...

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By Drew Stevens / March 7, 2017

Columbus Data Security and Privacy Lawyer: Russian Data Localization Law

Introduction Canadian regulations are generally stricter than US regulations; Canadian regulations are on par with EU regulations. Two sets of...

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By Drew Stevens / February 24, 2017

Columbus Data Security and Privacy Lawyer: Canadian Data and Privacy Laws

Introduction Canadian regulations are generally stricter than US regulations; Canadian regulations are on par with EU regulations. Two sets of...

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By Drew Stevens / February 6, 2017

Columbus Intellectual Property Lawyer: Open-Source Software Licensing, Copyright, and Use Concerns

Open-source software allows developers to gain access to a wide array of free software which they can then modify and...

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By Drew Stevens / January 21, 2017

Columbus Intellectual Property Lawyer: Open-Source Software: Common Licenses and the OSI

Open-Source Basics Open-source software is important not only to developers but also to end users. Open-source software opens the door...

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By Drew Stevens / December 1, 2016

A Comparison of Data Breach Laws

With increasing awareness, regulations, and liabilities, business owners must be even more cognizant of their duties and potential liabilities surrounding...

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By Drew Stevens / November 16, 2016

Data Security and Privacy: The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the “Act”), also referred to as the Financial Modernization Act of 1999, is a federal law designed...

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By Drew Stevens / October 11, 2016

What is Big Data?

Big data is the large scale collection of a wide range of data points. These data points are being collected...

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By Drew Stevens / September 22, 2016

Second Circuit Judge Declares Bitcoin is Money

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan recently declared bitcoin was money and qualified as “funds” under federal law adding to the...

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By Drew Stevens / September 14, 2016

Issues with Software as Service Agreements

Software as a Service (“SaaS”) agreements are entered into between a provider and a customer, and the agreement allows for...

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By Drew Stevens / September 14, 2016

EU-US Privacy Shield & How it Compares to the Safe Harbor Agreement

Introduction Much of the world economy has become reliant on the quick and safe transfer of data. Transferred data includes...

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By Drew Stevens / September 4, 2016

Blockchain and Clinical Trials

Introduction Two doctors have implemented blockchain technology into clinical trials in an effort to increase the trustworthiness of clinical trial...

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By Drew Stevens / September 2, 2016

Data Security and Privacy: HIPAA

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was enacted in 1996, includes several rules and standards which aim...

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By Drew Stevens / August 5, 2016

SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

As more technology companies shift to offering their products and services via cloud computing, questions often arise regarding the differences...

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By Drew Stevens / August 2, 2016

Florida Court Rules Bitcoin is Not Money

On July 25th, a Miami-Dade County judge delivered what is believed to be the first verdict in the country involving...

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By Drew Stevens / July 20, 2016

Smart Contracts

What is a smart contract and how do they work?  Nick Szabo, who is credited with laying the ground work for the cryptocurrency bitcoin, coined the term “Smart Contract” in...

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By Drew Stevens / July 20, 2016

Internet of Things Product Design: Raspberry Pi vs. Arduino

Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices are becoming more and more relevant as everything from water bottles to light bulbs to...

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By Drew Stevens / June 10, 2016

A Brief Overview of the Blockchain

Introduction Bitcoin, powered by the blockchain, is unique as it is the only form of currency that has nearly complete...

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By Drew Stevens / May 19, 2016

Why Does the Registration of My Trademark Take So Long?

Many people are shocked at the length of time it takes to register a trademark with the United States Patent...

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By Drew Stevens / May 10, 2016

The DAO

A decentralized autonomous organization known as The DAO is a new platform which operates as an autonomous venture capital fund....

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By Drew Stevens / May 1, 2016

Introduction to Bitcoin

Bitcoin first appeared in January of 2009 as a creation of a person or group known only as Satoshi Nakamoto....

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