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A Checklist for Starting a Venture Capital Fund in Ohio

A Checklist for Starting a Venture Capital Fund in Ohio – Part I

By Drew Stevens

At a conceptual level, venture capital is straightforward enough – money is raised, money is invested, and money is paid out to the general partner and limited partners. Digging deeper though, starting and structuring a venture capital fund can be incredibly complex and time consuming. Here, our Columbus venture capital lawyer provides an overview of […]
federal or state laws protect owners of intellectual property

What federal or state laws protect owners of intellectual property

By Drew Stevens

Generally, intellectual property law consists of a framework of federal laws and state laws. For owners of intellectual property, it can be confusing at times as to the scope of what intellectual property law protects. Traditionally, intellectual property law consists of four major areas  – trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Here, we’ll cover these […]
Rule 506(b) vs Rule 506(c)

Rule 506(b) vs Rule 506(c), Ohio Startups, and Securities Laws

By Drew Stevens

If you’ve never consulted with a Columbus, Ohio securities attorney before, raising funding for your Ohio startup can be confusing and complex. Generally, unless your business falls under an exemption, you must register your investment offering at two levels – with the Securities and Exchange Commission at the federal level and the applicable securities departments […]
Suing for Trademark Infringement Part II: Calculating Damages

Suing for Trademark Infringement Part II: Calculating Damages

By Andrew D. Randol

In Suing for Trademark Infringement Part I, our Columbus business litigation attorney discussed the elements a plaintiff must prove to win a trademark infringement case. In Suing for Trademark Infringement Part II, our Columbus commercial litigation attorney discusses the monetary awards a plaintiff is entitled to for winning a trademark infringement suit. A plaintiff who […]
Does My Corporation Need Board of Directors and Officers

Corporate Governance Basics Part I: Does My Corporation Need Board of Directors and Officers?

By Andrew D. Randol

If your business is a corporation, you should be aware of the requirements that the Ohio Revised Code imposes upon the structure of your business. In this latest thinking post, our business attorney in Columbus Ohio outlines whether your corporation needs a board of directors, a president, a treasurer, and a secretary. After discussing these […]
SaaS Agreement Checklist: Service Levels

SaaS Agreement Checklist: Service Levels; Support and Maintenance; Severity Levels

By Drew Stevens

As a SaaS lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, there are a number of key provisions that I typically discuss with clients when reviewing their existing Software as a Services contracts or creating new SaaS agreement templates. Three key areas of a well-defined Software as a Service agreement are service levels, support and maintenance, and service level […]
Suing for Trademark Infringement

Suing for Trademark Infringement Part I: What Constitutes Trademark Infringement

By Andrew D. Randol

Suing for trademark or service mark infringement can be quite complicated. Rather than copy a mark directly, infringers often use a mark that is just similar enough to draw the ire of the valid holder of the mark and leave some dispute as to whether it is an attempt to cause confusion in the marketplace. […]
What Happens After a Business Owner Unexpectedly Dies

What Happens After a Business Owner Unexpectedly Dies?

By Drew Stevens

Depending on the type of business, many things may occur after the unexpected death of a business owner. Divorce and medical incapacitation may also affect the legal procedures of a business operation, but for now, let’s focus on what the legal procedures are after the unexpected death of a business owner. If you’re a business […]
Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Business Alone

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Business Alone

By Andrew D. Randol

When we say “alone,” we don’t mean it’s just you behind the counter or screen as the sole employee of your own company. We mean alone, as a sole proprietorship business owner. There are many reasons why people start their own businesses with no partners or limited liability partnerships. First, some business owners prefer to […]
Ohio Startups, Securities, and Rule 504

Ohio Startups, Securities, and Rule 504

By Drew Stevens

In certain circumstances, your startup may consider raising funds under Rule 504 of Regulation D. Here, our Columbus securities attorney provides an overview of Rule 504, its requirements, and notable limitations. Rule 504 Criteria Under Rule 504, you can raise up to $5,000,000 within a 12-month period. This exemption does not place a limitation on […]

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