The year 2017 has brought a considerable amount of political change across the country. While certain political developments receive never-ending media attention, other key policy changes fly completely under the radar. Of course, that does not make these changes any less important for the affected business. One area where this applies is the new federal intellectual property licensing guidelines. This new (lightly covered) new was announced at the beginning of this year by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Here, our experienced Bay Area intellectual property lawyers discuss some of the most important changes in the updated IP licensing guidelines.
Beyond being home to some of the biggest tech businesses in the world, the Bay Area remains a top location for startups. As was reported in a study from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship, San Francisco and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara are both ranked among the top-ten regions in the United States to start a tech company. Of course, forming a new company comes with many challenges. Here, our Silicon Valley business law attorneys focus one of the most important aspects of starting a new tech company: Intellectual property rights.