Spitz Law Firm – Blog

Can A Letter of Intent Be Binding?

February 3rd, 2015

The answer is, sometimes. When companies are exploring a potential deal – whether it is an investment, a merger, or the sale of real estate or some other asset – they often put together a Read More

Online Privacy Rights for Minors

January 28th, 2015

In a previous post, I wrote about a new California law addressing online privacy rights of minors. That law (California Business & Professions Code Section 22580 to 22582), which took effect on January 1, 2015, Read More

New Limits On Online Advertising to Minors

January 9th, 2015

Website and mobile app operators everywhere need to be aware of a new California law dealing with online advertising to children that took effect on January 1, 2015. The law protects any minors under the Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 301 – The Uniform Rapid Suspension System

January 6th, 2015

This is the third entry in a series on how trademark owners can protect themselves from cybersquatters. The first post talked about the trademark clearing house, and the second post discussed the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Read More

End Of Year Corporate Housekeeping

December 23rd, 2014

The end of the year is typically a good time to handle any housekeeping issues. If you have a corporation or an LLC, your state may require you to make some kind of annual filing. Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 201 – UDRP

December 19th, 2014

This is the second part of a series on trademark and cybersquatting. In the first part, I wrote about the Trademark Clearing House, an essential resource for trademark owners who want to protect their interests. Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 101

December 10th, 2014

Any business with a valuable trademark has to worry about domain names and cybersquatting. This has become even more important with the sharp increase in generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Recently ICANN introduced more than 1300 Read More

FTC Slaps Yelp on Children’s Online Privacy

December 5th, 2014

You might think that only companies that operate websites directed at children need to worry about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. A recent case involving Yelp, the online review site, however, Read More

San Francisco Raises Minimum Wage

November 24th, 2014

If you are an employer in San Francisco, I hope you paid attention to the election a few weeks ago. San Francisco voters passed Proposition J, implementing a series of minimum wage increases into law. Effective January Read More

TRADEMARK UPDATE – USPTO TO PROVIDE EMAIL REMINDERS

November 12th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_462" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jump for Joy![/caption] Good news for anyone that has registered a trademark. Beginning in January 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will start providing email reminders to trademark holders Read More

AN INTRO TO THE “ACCREDITED INVESTOR”

November 7th, 2014

Startups and other companies seeking investment through private securities offerings will quickly have to master the concept of the “accredited investor.” The underlying idea is that accredited investors have either specialized knowledge or a level Read More

Internet Sellers Take Note: The Mail Order Rule Isn’t Just for Mail

October 21st, 2014

Are you familiar with the “Mail Order Rule?” The rule, put out by the Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) way back in 1975, basically prohibits mail-order sellers from soliciting orders unless they reasonably expect that Read More