NY Startup Law

A businesslaw blog for New York entrepreneurs by Marc Law Associates PLLC

ow to Protect Your Intellectual Property When Outsourcing to Freelancers

Businesses of all sizesand industries outsource work to non-employees or independent contractors at various points of  their life cycle. A mature enterprise may outsource cthe customer service  chowever often use outsourcing to build a minimum viable product to test he tartrtup’s chances of success before an official product launch. all cente rjob function overseas to […]

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THE STARTUP EMPLOYEE GUIDE TO PROTECTING RESTRICTED STOCK

In the early stages of your startup, you’re going to want to build the best team available, but many of you won’t have money to pay your team members what they’re worth, or anything for that matter. You’re going to have to sell the shit out of your vision and the ability to execute it […]

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PROTECTING AND ENFORCING YOUR TRADE SECRETS IN NEW YORK

What do the formula for Coca-Cola, Colonel Sanders’ recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and IBM’s customer list have in common? They are all business secrets that are valuable so long as they are never revealed. This makes them trade secrets. Today’s topic is centered on trade secrets, which some consider a form of intellectual property. […]

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3 THINGS EVERY STARTUP SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PRIVACY POLICIES

I’m sure most people reading this post, including me, often log on to their favorite web site to find information, listen to music, or shop for a desired item and completely ignore the link on the website that’s usually labeled  Privacy Policy. Most casual internet users simply don’t pay attention to how the websites they […]

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TRADEMARK AND DOMAIN NAME; WHAT DOES ONE HAVE TO DO WITH THE OTHER??

You’ve decided that you want to expand your brand’s reach and build your first or one of many websites. Then you take the first step and register your domain name. A few months later you get a cease and desist letter in the mail from a company that owns a registered trademark claiming that your […]

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11 THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO REVIEW BEFORE USING UNPAID INTERNS IN NEW YORK

There may come a moment in your business cycle where you feel that there is growth potential, but realize you can’t afford to take advantage of it because you are in the initial stages of your growth cycle. Some start ups may go with part time employees, but many will try to use interns. With […]

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STARTING A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION IN NEW YORK

I know most of you reading this may not care about doing anything that has the words “not for profit” in it, and who can blame you? The words themselves seem so counter productive to what most people think about when starting a business. Most people associate these organizations with people that have big hearts […]

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4 MAIN BARS TO OPENING A BAR IN NEW YORK

Opening a bar in New York City obviously requires one to obtain a liquor license. The agency that governs these licenses is the New York State Liquor Authority (“SLA”). There are several different licenses that one can apply for including but not limited to: beer license, beer and wine, etc. This post will briefly examine […]

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4 RULES YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF IF PLANNING TO RAISE MONEY THROUGH CROWDFUNDING

In May 2012, Congress ratified a bill to expand crowdfunding as a method of  raising capital for small companies. Prior to the enactment of this bill, investors participating in the crowd funding process were allowed to invest capital in return for a small gift from the issuer. In hopes of enlarging the availability of funding […]

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4 NECESSARY STEPS TO STARTING AN LLC IN NEW YORK

As a business attorney, one of the most popular questions from clients is whether they should use the Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) format for their new business venture. Many people also come into my office thinking that they started a valid LLC years ago by filing something, somewhere (too numerous to men tion).  However,  upon […]

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