Joint Ventures

We have all heard of joint ventures, but what exactly are they? Is it another name for a partnership, or a just temporary collaboration on a project? These questions, along with other inquiries that you may have, can be answered in the sections below.   What is a joint venture? Joint ventures, as with partnerships, […]

FACT SHEET:  IP Due Diligence in M&A Transactions

  FACT SHEET:  Intellectual Property Due Diligence for Buyers & Sellers by Jim Chester, JD/LL.M[1]   Pre-Sale IP Due Diligence:  Develop an IP Asset Inventory Before the parties can properly value the IP assets of the selling company, they must carefully review a full and accurate inventory of all IP assets, an “IP Asset Inventory”. […]

SAVaGEs: Get the Most Bang for your Legal Buck: Three Critical and Cost-Effective Legal Projects for SAVaGEs

Working with many software, app & video game entrepreneurs (“SAVaGEs”) who are partners, owners and other “key” persons in various small to mid-sized businesses over the years, I noticed that they had many similar legal needs, regardless of their size, industry or location.  Some of these projects, three of which are discussed below, represent valuable […]

Are you a SAVaGE?

What is a  SAVaGESM ? We practice business and innovation law.  Our clients range from start-ups to established small/mid-sized innovation-based companies, venture capital firms, and even a few larger companies. A significant element of our clients are software, app and/or video game developers, investors, resellers, distributors, service technicians, or entrepreneurs.  To describe these types of companies, […]

Survival Mode: “SAVaGE” Law

Presentation discussing the legal issues software, app & video game entrepreneurs (“SAVaGEs”) face. SURVIVAL MODE: SAVaGE Legal Issues from CHESTER

What about My IP? The Impact of BREXIT

By Tim Pullin, JD The historic June 24th 2016 vote in the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU), (known as Brexit), has left countless people and companies across the globe with many unanswered questions. Until now, the EU was comprised of 28 countries and continues to act as a single political and […]

WIPO Study: Report on Multi-National of Video Game Laws

Due to their complex and cross-cutting nature, video games present a number of questions and challenges in terms of copyright. The current landscape of the legal protection of video games appears extremely complex indeed.  Although Article 2 of the Berne Convention provides a solid basis for eligibility for protection of video games by copyright, they are in […]

SE-KB.22c -M&A: IP Due Diligence

These days, the most important group of assets of a company is often its intellectual property (“IP”), which includes patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names and other proprietary information and materials. Due to its mercurial nature, IP requires special consideration and attention in acquisition transactions, whether as part of an asset purchase, […]

SE-KB.3 -Protecting Intellectual Property: Overview

For US businesses in the entertainment or high-tech industries, the value of intellectual property (“IP”) is obvious. They realize that their entire business relies on the protection and exploitation of their IP assets. However, all businesses have IP – though many do not adequately identify or protect theirs. What is IP? Technically speaking, IP is […]

SE-KB.24 – International Business Transactions

In the modern global economy, even relatively small companies are aware of the savings and opportunities available by sourcing or exporting products outside the United States. Of course, these opportunities often involve additional risks, as well. Although companies can take a number of precautions to limit their risks in international transactions, the primary legal tool […]