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HIPAA Compliant App Part 3

HIPAA Compliant App Part 3

The healthcare industry is primed to benefit mightily from the ever-expanding influx of medical apps, transforming areas such as personal fitness, information storage, and even complex medical procedures. However, many app developers fail to realize the the role of...

HIPAA Requirements (Part 2)

HIPAA Requirements (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of three posts that cover the background of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), HIPAA requirements, and HIPAA compliance strategies for startups and small businesses. The aim of this series is to make the...

HIPAA Basics (Part I)

HIPAA Basics (Part I)

Whether dealing with simple applications or constructing complex medical treatment tools, businesses looking to enter the burgeoning market of health care services will need to become familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The...

Our Trademark Search Process

Our Trademark Search Process

Many of our clients reach out to us to assist them with trademark protection. They want to know about the process for registering their name, logo, or slogan with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This article provides an overview of how we advise our...

Uber’s Independent Contractor Problem

Uber’s Independent Contractor Problem

The California Labor Commission ruled on June 3, 2015 that drivers for the ubiquitous ride-sharing company Uber are employees, not independent contractors. If certified on appeal, the surprise ruling could impact Uber’s business model and the sharing economy more...

For-Profit or Nonprofit or Hybrid?

For-Profit or Nonprofit or Hybrid?

Traditionally, the divide between a for-profit or nonprofit organization was clear: for-profit businesses would engage in revenue generation and nonprofits would engage in charitable work to solve social issues and would largely stay away from revenue generation. The...

Are Term Sheets Binding?

Are Term Sheets Binding?

Agreeing on a term sheet is the first step in the exciting process of raising money for startup founders. It sets out the parameters of the deal that will be executed in one or more legal documents to follow due diligence. But you may be wondering to yourself: "Are...

Typical Startup Structure

Typical Startup Structure

Startups often ask us how a typical startup is structured. While there are plenty of free and affordable resources for various forms, they don't provide much guidance on what forms to use and why. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to structuring a...

When Are Terms of Use Legally Binding?

When Are Terms of Use Legally Binding?

You've done it many times before... you click the box that says "click to agree to our Terms of Use" (and let's be real - you didn't read it). Does that check box create a legally binding agreement? What about when companies just post a terms of use and you never...

Debt vs. Equity in Business

Debt vs. Equity in Business

When raising money as a business, whether old or new, it is important to carefully consider the best way to fundraise--i.e. whether it will take the form of debt or equity. In short, "debt" refers to loans, while "equity" refers to giving away a piece of ownership in...

S-Corp Basics

S-Corp Basics

S-Corporations are not technically a distinct entity type. Rather, the term "S-Corp" refers to a type of tax treatment available to corporations and LLCs that meet certain requirements. When a corporation makes an S-Corp election, it will avoid double taxation, which...

C-Corp Basics

C-Corp Basics

The C-Corporation is the default corporate form, meaning when you incorporate your enterprise as a corporation, you are automatically classified as a C-Corp in the state where you incorporate. The C-Corp is generally considered the preferred entity type for businesses...

Limited Liability Company Basics

Limited Liability Company Basics

The limited liability company, or LLC, is a relatively recent addition to the menu of options available when choosing a legal entity. It is a hybrid between a partnership and a corporation, designed to combine the benefits of both. In short, an LLC enjoys the taxation...

Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

UPDATE: Since this article was drafted, Privacy Shield has been formally adopted and is now in effect. Please see this article for more information. After four months of frantic negotiations, the U.S. and the European Union have a new deal on cross-border data...

Limited Partnership

Limited Partnership

A limited partnership is a business entity that is characterized by two distinct types of owners - general partners and limited partners. General partners are the active managers of the business and (as in general partnerships) are personally liable for the...