Law Office of Paul H. Spitz – Blog

The Friends & Family Round

March 31st, 2015

Prior to doing a seed round or a full venture capital financing, startups frequently need to do a “friends and family” round of financing. This money is often essential to carry startups through to the Read More

VC Lawsuit Highlights Need for Discrimination Policies

March 6th, 2015

If you follow the worlds of startups and venture capital, you have probably heard of the sex discrimination lawsuit that Ellen Pao has filed against her former employer, the prestigious venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Read More

SAFE – A New Financing Tool for Startups

March 2nd, 2015

If you follow startups, you’ve probably heard of convertible notes and Series A financings, but the newest item is the SAFE – the Simple Agreement for Future Equity. SAFE is a seed-stage financing tool that Read More

Can A Letter of Intent Be Binding?

February 3rd, 2015

The answer is, sometimes. When companies are exploring a potential deal – whether it is an investment, a merger, or the sale of real estate or some other asset – they often put together a Read More

Online Privacy Rights for Minors

January 28th, 2015

In a previous post, I wrote about a new California law addressing online privacy rights of minors. That law (California Business & Professions Code Section 22580 to 22582), which took effect on January 1, 2015, Read More

New Limits On Online Advertising to Minors

January 9th, 2015

Website and mobile app operators everywhere need to be aware of a new California law dealing with online advertising to children that took effect on January 1, 2015. The law protects any minors under the Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 301 – The Uniform Rapid Suspension System

January 6th, 2015

This is the third entry in a series on how trademark owners can protect themselves from cybersquatters. The first post talked about the trademark clearing house, and the second post discussed the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Read More

End Of Year Corporate Housekeeping

December 23rd, 2014

The end of the year is typically a good time to handle any housekeeping issues. If you have a corporation or an LLC, your state may require you to make some kind of annual filing. Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 201 – UDRP

December 19th, 2014

This is the second part of a series on trademark and cybersquatting. In the first part, I wrote about the Trademark Clearing House, an essential resource for trademark owners who want to protect their interests. Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 101

December 10th, 2014

Any business with a valuable trademark has to worry about domain names and cybersquatting. This has become even more important with the sharp increase in generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Recently ICANN introduced more than 1300 Read More

FTC Slaps Yelp on Children’s Online Privacy

December 5th, 2014

You might think that only companies that operate websites directed at children need to worry about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. A recent case involving Yelp, the online review site, however, Read More

San Francisco Raises Minimum Wage

November 24th, 2014

If you are an employer in San Francisco, I hope you paid attention to the election a few weeks ago. San Francisco voters passed Proposition J, implementing a series of minimum wage increases into law. Effective January Read More