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How to Protect Long-Term Investments in Operational Contracts (Full Article)

Consider one of the most difficult issues you’ll ever encounter when negotiating a contract: one party must make a large, long-term investment for the deal to work, but won’t sign the contract unless its investment (and its return on the investment, or ROI) is adequately protected. Introduction This article discusses several practical ways to protect… Continue Reading

10 Tips for Bringing Your Business to the Web

Starting up a business, or entering a new market channel, is never easy.  Starting a business on the World Wide Web (the web), or moving an existing “offline” business there, requires not only effort and risk, but also demands new knowledge and skills.  These tips should help reduce your risk in bringing a business to… Continue Reading

Basic Tools for Dealmakers – Part 2 of 2

Continued from Part 1 You can use an Escrow to ensure the payment of money or delivery of property (such as source code of software) based on future conditions. The escrow agent, which may be a title agent, an escrow company or even your attorney, is the third party that holds money or property for… Continue Reading

Basic Tools for Dealmakers – Part 1 of 2

As a dealmaker, you have several tools at your disposal. They are often applied reactively as a deal progresses. If you survey your toolkit in advance, and apply the right tool to the right business need, you will close better deals, more quickly. Here are some helpful tools to keep close at hand. They are… Continue Reading

Welcome to California: A Very Short Introduction to Several California Laws that Affect Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses

California is a leader in new trends and lifestyles, and a world leader in developing and commercializing new technologies. Also, however, California often “goes its own way” when developing laws and regulations. Here are just a few of the quirks of California law that I raise most often with my clients both outside (and inside)… Continue Reading

How to Become a Trusted Legal Advisor to Business Executives

Anne Kerwin Payne, an excellent legal recruiter whom I’ve known for years, asked several high-profile female General Counsel (GC’s) for their advice to junior attorneys who want to become a GC someday. Catherine Valentine, the GC of Logitech, responded with these useful tips on the best path to becoming a GC.  I worked for Catherine… Continue Reading

Facebook agrees to 20-Year Privacy Settlement with FTC

In a release today, the U.S. FTC announced that “Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make… Continue Reading

Participant Agreements for User Research & Usability Studies

I’ve just written a sidebar article about participant agreements for user research and usability studies.  It will be included in the book The Art and Craft of User Research Interviewing: Diving Deep for Insight by Steve Portigal to be published by Rosenfeld Media in 2012. Steve has also posted my sidebar on the blog for… Continue Reading

How to Protect Long-Term Investments in Operational Contracts (Technology Law Letter #10)

In this Newsletter How to Protect Long-Term Investments in Operational Contracts Cyberspace Primer Recently Released Fifth Anniversary Special: My Book, Protect Your Business with Non-Disclosure Agreements How to Protect Long-Term Investments in Operational Contracts Consider one of the most difficult issues you’ll ever encounter when negotiating a contract: one party must make a large, long-term… Continue Reading

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of my Law Firm

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Boadwee Law Office! I am truly thankful for the wonderful clients, colleagues and friends who’ve made these 5 years a success. Please celebrate with me by getting a free electronic (ebook) copy of my book, Protect Your Business with Non-Disclosure Agreements…. Continue Reading