Jun. 26, 2018

Rough Terrain: Don’t Tread on Celebrities’ Right of Publicity

Bicycle company Trek recently settled a trademark law suit over their series of mountain bikes with “fat” tires that allow the riders to traverse virtually any terrain. Trek dubbed the bikes the “Farley” series. The estate of the notoriously heavy comedian (an absolute genius), Chris Farley, filed suit claiming that Trek purposely did this in […]

Jun. 8, 2018

Can a Trademark Be Too Clever? Elon Musk Attempts to Find Out.

Elon Musk is boring. In an effort to solve the traffic problem in Los Angeles, Musk has begun implementing plans to build underground tunnels for a high-speed rail system. To do this, Musk founded “The Boring Company” in 2016 and has since begun testing designs and methods for establishing a low-cost tunnel system underneath the […]

May. 18, 2018

GDPR Update: Should You Be Concerned About the New European Privacy Policy Rules? YES.

By Scott Brown, Intellectual Property and Privacy Policy Attorney at Anthony Law Once upon a time Privacy Policies were relatively straightforward. You might have felt that you could be vague about how you collected user info and whether you might sell that info to others. You might have stated that the terms applied even if […]

May. 4, 2018

How to Avoid an Employment Trade Secret Dispute Like the One That Cost Uber $245 Million

Uber recently settled a trade secret dispute with Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. As part of the settlement, Uber agreed to provide Waymo with .34% of its stock (a deal worth about $245 million) and had to agree that it will not use any Waymo hardware or software-based intellectual […]

Apr. 11, 2018

An Overview of 409A Valuations

If your company grants stock, you may have heard of the importance a 409A valuation. Here, we’ll take a look at the purpose of a 409A valuation, and why you might need one. 409A Valuation Defined Say your company issues stock options for employees—the rights for individuals to buy stock at a fixed price for […]

Feb. 27, 2018

Columbus Data Security and Privacy Lawyer: Russian Data Localization Laws

Russian data localization laws require businesses operating in Russia, including e-commerce sites selling to Russian citizens, to store collected personal data within Russia. Federal Law 526-FZ includes a data localization requirement (the “Data Regulation”). Federal Law 526-FZ was written very broadly, and a large amount of uncertainty regarding the interpretation and enforcement of the Data […]

Feb. 27, 2018

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

Depending on the geographic region, different email opt-in and opt-out requirements may apply to a company that sends direct email marketing messages. When sending direct email marketing messages to recipients, the location of the recipient will determine which set of regulations apply. Generally, a recipient’s location is where the message will be opened. United States Commercial electronic […]

Feb. 27, 2018

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 years old. Specifically, COPPA was enacted to address the rise of online marketers targeting children and collecting their personal data. The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) is the primary government body that enforces COPPA. COPPA […]

Feb. 27, 2018

Columbus Venture Capital Lawyer: Seed Round Finance Instruments

Seed rounds typically involve one or more of the following instruments: convertible notes, simple agreements for future equity (“SAFEs”), convertible preferred stock, and common stock. Convertible notes are the most common instrument used for seed round fundraising, however, SAFEs are becoming more popular. Common stock is the simplest and easiest to use instrument for seed […]

Feb. 27, 2018

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 B, and Series C (additional rounds added if necessary). Each round attracts different types of investors and generally raises a higher amount as each round passes. In general, companies use the funds from each round […]