Posts in Business


Combating Lawyer Burnout and Recharging Your Career

Do you feel fatigued by the long hours, demanding clients and little sleep?   At points in our careers, many lawyers feel like they don't have a life …
By Bernard Knight
10 days ago 0

Licensing and the Art of Preventive Negotiation: Minimizing Unintended Consequences

The art of preventive negotiation in a license agreement is not practiced solely by means of pen and paper (or word processor); but instead, starts much earlier. …
By Brian O’Shaughnessy
21 days ago 3

Here’s why the Equifax lawsuit could have far-reaching consequences

To get the case off the ground, the court will decide whether Equifax can be sued in the first place – it's tricky, because different federal circuits disagree …
By Tristan Sherliker
1 month ago 0

Are You at Risk of Being De-Equitized? Is It Time to Look for Option B?

Law firm partners are no longer safe in their positions once they attain equity partnership.   That security is a thing of the past.   If you are a …
By Bernard Knight
1 month ago 2

Securing Ownership Rights in Patents in the Real World

The basement inventor is increasingly rare, although I am old enough (and lucky enough) to know several. Invention in the “real world” is often a messy, team …
By Jeremy A. Cubert
1 month ago 13

Are Corporate Employees Protected by the First Amendment?

As it related to the Google incident, it was first reported that a memo authored by a Google employee, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, was being …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 months ago 6

9 Pointers for Giving Effective Feedback

Giving a lawyer a critique of their work can be difficult. Yet, you cannot improve lawyer performance or achieve quality work product goals without providing feedback. In …
By Bernard Knight
2 months ago 3

Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s business and brand. However, in using …
By Philip Nulud
2 months ago 0

Real estate tech firm Redfin has successful IPO under shadow of potential patent suit

Seattle, WA-based real estate tech firm Redfin went public after an initial public offering that exceeded expectations, reaching $15 per share and a total valuation of $138.5 million. The …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

3 Essential Questions for Lawyers to Conquer Their Fears

Lawyers are constantly bombarded by challenges that naturally create fear and anxiety. Many lawyers don’t recognize these fears and fail effectively to deal with them. This …
By Bernard Knight
2 months ago 2

Now a Big Company Wants You to Take a Patent License…

  This is going to be a different ride Most high technology companies have a good grasp of the challenges and solutions for dealing with patent trolls. However, …

How to Get More Business When Patent Litigation Filings are Down

Lawyers often wonder how to enhance their marketability and in the process, generate more revenue or improve their image.   After all, success at a firm is about “…
By Bernard Knight
3 months ago 23

View from the Courtroom: What to Expect When You Try to Get a TRO in Your Unfair Competition Case

Experience shows that most unfair competition or trade secret theft issues can be resolved without the need for litigation; often, an exchange of letters between the parties’ …
By Steven Blackburn
3 months ago 3

What Will Not Work to Protect Trade Secrets or Enforce Non-Competes in California

Employers should think twice before including the unenforceable provisions in employment contracts merely for their deterrent effect. Such a practice is risky. If an employer terminates an …
By James Goodman & Amy Messigian
3 months ago 3

California Non-Competes: Things You Can Do ‘Around the Edges’

There are not many things an employer can do to prevent unfettered competition by a former employee. B&P Section 16600 states that “every contract by which anyone …
By James Goodman & Amy Messigian
3 months ago 1