Lawtalk is a collection of essays and observations on the intersection of business, technology, entrepreneurship and the law.

“Cannabusiness” in the U.S.

Steve Masur

What’s Kosher, What’s Crowded, and What Will Get Crushed?   As public opinion continues to shift in favor of legalizing marijuana and state legislatures respond accordingly, many people, including investment firms and financial analysts, believe that legalized cannabis and cannabis-related products will become the next big market. We’ve been advising an increasing number of entrepreneurs […]

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(Trade)Marking Your Territory

Josh Greenberg

A strong trademark or service mark can become a valuable asset for your business, so when you come up with a great name or memorable tagline for your product or service, it makes sense to register the trademark. Common law trademark rights originate from use in commerce so all you have to do is use […]

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I’ve Seen the Future, and It’s Voice Activated

Steve Masur

Smartphones are awesome. But aren’t you sick of looking at the tiny screen, especially if you wear glasses? A hundred times a day you stop in your tracks to navigate some groovy mobile interface to get a tiny piece of information—an address, a gate number, maybe a change in direction. The screen is a litter […]

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New York Takes a Chance on a Game of Skill

Steve Masur

How the distinction between skill and chance gave rise to a billion-dollar industry   In daily fantasy sports games, players are not placing “wagers” on the odds of winning based on the number of people playing; they’re paying “entry fees” to compete in a guaranteed prize pool where the prize is set and made well-known […]

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You, Me, and 83(b)

Josh Greenberg

Imagine you’re at a cocktail party with a circle of sophisticated, seasoned startup investors and you get caught in a conversation about 83(b) elections, finding yourself completely out of your depth. What you do next is critical: First, get out of there. Nobody deserves to be subjected to party conversation about tax law. Ever. Second, let MG+ explain […]

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Year-End Maintenance for a Healthy Business

MG+

The end of another year presents an opportunity for you to take stock of how your business has developed, and to think carefully about whether you have kept pace with your legal needs. MG+ encourages you to consider the following so that your business remains on track as you enter the new year. Corporate Pay […]

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Legal Alert for Online Service Providers

Josh Greenberg

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office rolled out its new electronic registration system and directory for registered agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). This shift from paper filings to an online platform requires any service provider with a designated agent prior to November 30, 2016 to reregister its agent through the […]

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