Ultra Light Legal Roundtable - July 2009

Ultra Light Startups: Legal Roundtable May 2009

The Ultra Light Startups Legal Roundtable is an informal forum in which technology entrepreneurs ask questions on legal topics and have them answered by attorneys from top law firms specializing in fields of interest to tech startups. Attendees will benefit from having their own questions answered and also by listening to the answers provided to others.

Unlike other Ultra Light Startups events there will be no "introductions by elevator pitch" at the Legal Roundtable and anyone can attend. We hope this format will be a great value for entrepreneurs seeking to understand the legal landscape for startups without engaging in costly private consultation. Please come prepared with a list of questions.


  • Corporate Forms
    • Forms (Sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp)
    • Differences (Eligibility, tax treatment, filing costs/requirements)
    • Locations (Delaware, New York, Nevada, offshore)
    • Why, when, and how to incorporate
    • Other critical related documents (Invention assignment agreement, "work for hire" consulting agreement)
    • Ownership with non-U.S. citizens/residents
  • Finance Topics
    • Stock vs. options vs. warrants
    • Preferred vs. common stock
    • Valuation formulas and guidelines
    • Vesting (Common vesting schedules and provisions)
    • Termsheets (Common provisions, what to look for)
    • Legal problems than can derail a financing or acquisition
  • Intellectual Property
    • Trademark (Registered vs non-registered)
    • Copyright (Copyright.gov)
    • Patent (Patent types, eligibility, USPTO.gov)
    • State/federal/international differences
    • Why, when, and how to apply/file/register
    • Application costs, requirements, and timeframes

Panelists (alphabetic order):

  • Stephen Chin
    • von Simson & Chin
    • Intellectual Property
  • Jon Freedman
    • Freedman Legal Group LLC
    • Corporate and Finance Topics

Name Sales End Price Fee
General Admission   Ended $10 $0.8

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