Intellectual property issues can be critical at the time a startup is considering a sale. In this video, partner Tim Harris explains several reasons why an acquirer will scrutinize a startup’s intellectual property before moving forward with a purchase.
Careful IP planning is especially important in the life sciences, in which companies often rely on only a handful of patents to protect a high-market value product such as an FDA-approved drug. In this article, MoFo counsel Lisa Silverman details the importance of patent protection for life sciences companies, highlighting the long-term benefits of patent term extension and how to identify which assets to prioritize. Originally appearing in the Daily Journal, read the article here.
Investor due diligence into a startup’s foundational intellectual property and make or break a potential investment. In this video, partner Tim Harris describes IP-related pitfalls that discourage investors from backing a startup.
Failing to file an 83(B) election can be incredibly costly to a startup founder. In this video, MoFo partner Tim Harris explains the importance of the 83(B) election.
When a startup raises a new round of capital at a lower price per share as a prior round, it is referred to as a “down round.” In this video, MoFo partner Tim Harris details why this might occur and explains the antidilution adjustments needed for previous investors.
A startup’s stock option plan is likely its greatest employee benefit, but also a dangerous source of potential finance, tax, and accounting problems. In this video, MoFo partner Tim Harris describes several key issues to consider when administering stock option plans to employees.
Partner John M. Rafferty offered insights into how entrepreneurs can take their startup to a scaleup in the Silicon Valley Business Journal question and answer feature “What founders need to ask their investors as they scale their companies.”
In this video, MoFo partner Tim Harris specifies several legal issues to recognize when a startup establishes a stock incentive plan.
MoFo partner Tim Harris explains the two typical angel investment structures (equity investments and convertible debt investments) and the differences between them. Watch this video to learn more.
Our team addresses the pros and cons of each of the most common ways to structure the sale of your business.
Your startup has a name. Now what? This article describes how your company should navigate common trademark issues.