Startups Must Protect Their Intellectual Property When Sharing Work Space – Here’s How

Garages are so 1990s. Today’s startup is much more likely to get its start in an incubator, accelerator, or co-working space (such as WeWork). Getting cozy with other innovators may mean increased business opportunities, collaboration, and a whole lot more fun. The downside is you never know who’s listening to your plans for world domination. So when you’re sharing space with other startups how can you protect your intellectual property and ideas?


The Walls Have Ears

Incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces are known for their open working environments – shared work tables and open cubicles rather than closed-door offices.

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Disrupt Legal Gives LawGeex Contract Review Platform a Perfect Score!

Following up on the great feedback we got from Law Practice Manager (LawGeex “Ups the Game” in Automated Document Review), we are ecstatic to get an amazing review and perfect score from Disrupt Legal.

The blog’s author is Mary Redzic, the In-House Counsel for the Bay Area’s Vionic Group LLC. She reported on how she took LawGeex for a test run:

I picked two contracts that I use the most at my company to review to make sure I was including all the standard clauses every contract requires and that I didn’t have a strange outlier clause that is never included.

She found that she had two clauses that were unusual and two that were missing:

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5 Ways Your Business Can Be More “Legal-Ready”

Whether you’re a freelancer, head of a startup, or a seasoned small business owner, you’ve probably experienced a common headache: legal bottle-necks that seem to make closing deals take forever.  You’re counting on that revenue to make payroll and pay your bills. How can you speed things up? Here’s five ways your business can more “legal ready.”

1.      Decide How to “Lawyer-up”

Many of the simpler legal tasks can be handled on your own and are simply a matter of filling in some forms. This includes: naming your business, registering a trademark, and applying for licenses and permits.

While there are many DIY legal toolkits for businesses that you can find online, it’s always better to hire a lawyer if you can afford one. Often, the problem with “do it yourself” is that you don’t know what you don’t know.

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LawGeex “Ups the Game” in Automated Document Review!

We’re so excited about the great review we just got on Law Practice Manager:  The Forum for Legal Managers.

The site is a new (as of February) resource for managers of UK law firms.

The article, entitled Rise of the Robolawyers: LawGeex, notes that

Automated lawyer services are live, up and running and gaining in credibility through highly satisfied users and scientific studies which have analysed what lawyers do, and found that much of our hard work could be replicated with A.I.

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The Oculus Rift Debate – Should You Trust Their Terms of Use?

The debate is on. The gloves are off. Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have now been released, and the fanboy camps are forming. While the comparisons, evaluations and assessments are pretty balanced, Vive seems to ranked slightly higher for quality and experience, while Oculus is proving to be more bang for the buck.

But being LawGeex, we’re more concerned about how the legal terms stack up.

We’ve reviewed the HTC terms, which date back to 2011, and they appear pretty plain vanilla. The big uproar has come from the Oculus terms, which we have investigated and explain below.

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Getting a Piece of the Action – Equity in Employment Contracts

Employees below “C level” (CEO, CFO, etc.) are unlikely to get rich on their salaries alone.

The more usual way to make serious money from a job is to get some form of equity-based compensation.

Employee equity is often granted via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP. About 7,000 companies in the US have such plans, and more than 13 million employees benefit from them. Read More

Why You Need to Review Your Employment Contract

So you’ve just been offered a job. YAY!

You COULD just sign your employment contract, then head out to upgrade your collection of business-casual khakis.

Or, you could actually READ it.

Ick, you say. Why ruin a new-job buzz with all that boring legalese?

After all the job hunting, resumes, and interviews, why rock the boat now?

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LawGeex CEO’s Guest Blog on Fundraising Tips for Startups

We’re honored that EvolveLaw recently ran a guest blog on fundraising issues for startups from our CEO and Founder Noory Bechor.

Noory’s looked at startups from both sides – initially as a lawyer for venture capitalists and other investors, and now as the CEO of LawGeex.

As Noory writes:

According to the management maxim known as Miles’ Law, “where you stand depends on where you sit.” I.e., we naturally tend to see things from the perspective of the position we occupy, and have to work harder to see things from another perspective.


If you’re a start-up founder, it’s helpful to know how your version of reality diverges from the view of potential investors – and their lawyers. You can be more effective as a negotiator if you understand the other side’s goals and fears as well as your own.

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The Most Awesome Legal Terms on the Interwebs!

Most people (roughly 88%) don’t read terms of use and privacy policies for three reasons:

  • They’re written in incomprehensible legalese.
  • They’re boring as hell.
  • What’s the point? You’re still going to use the site regardless…. right?

We used to have the same awful website terms as everyone else. Our users rightly pointed out that this didn’t exactly fit with our mission of empowering people to make better legal decisions by (among other things) using plain English. Read More

Does Your Terms of Use Actually Protect Your Startup?

Scroll down to the bottom of pretty much any website and what do you see?

Among the other small-font links, you’ll probably find something labeled “Terms of Use,” “Terms of Service,” “Privacy Policy,” or just “Legal.”

When you’re launching a new business website, you know that you need something like that yourself. All the other websites have this stuff, so it must be important – right?

But what does all that legal mumbo-jumbo actually mean?  And will it really protect your business?

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