Comparing Texas Partnerships

Background Texas entities structured as partnerships come in three forms: • the General Partnership (GP) • the Limited Partnership (LP) • the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)   In some states, entities can also be a Limited Liability Limited Partnership (LLLP), which is not discussed here, because Texas does not distinguish between an LLP and an ...

Startup Law for Designers

This presentation was given at Geekdom, a collaborative workspace/incubator for startups in San Antonio, Texas. It addresses many of the common questions that design shops and web startups encounter as they build their branding, select naming, and form a company.  I’m told a full streaming audio/video version will be available at some point, and I’ll ...

2012 Bexar Bench Motions Trials

This presentation was given at the Bexar County Bench Motions and Trials continuing legal education seminar in May 2012.  Presenters are Judge Richard Price, Judge Cathy Stryker, and attorney Nathan Roach.  The presentation follows updates on the topic of e-discovery of Electronically Stored Information. Judges_ESI_CLE_2012.pdf Download this file Judges_ESI_CLE_2012.print.pdf Download this file

Simple Methods and Tools for an Agile Law Practice

The following post is excerpted from a talk given at the St. Mary’s University 2012 Law Homecoming CLE on March 23, 2012.  In the fast-moving world of software development and startup companies, Agile methodologies are used to keep companies competitive. This discussion introduces Agile concepts to the legal field and discusses how you can apply some ...

What’s a trademark and how do I get one?

Note: This article is for educational, informational, and reference purposes only. This article assumes that Texas and U.S. Federal Law applies. This is not legal advice, and you should consult an attorney about trademark and other laws may apply to your specific situation.  First: a bit of background: One of the most common questions I get from ...

Startups and New Businesses – What’s in the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act?

Today the President signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297).  The House Bill came before the Senate for a vote and was passed by the Senate last week by a vote of 61 to 38. As with many legislative works, the $30 billion bill contains some valuable changes in the ...

Bilski v. Kappos Opinion Issued by Supreme Court

Jun 28, 2010 Bilski v. Kappos (via Patently-O) Although Bilski’s claims were held unpatentably abstract, the Supreme Court has re-affirmed that the door to patent eligibility should remain broad and open. Today, the Court once again declines to impose limitations on the Patent Act that are inconsistent with the Act’s text. The patent application here ...

IRS Publishes Guidance on Business Health Care Tax Credit – small businesses get up to 35% back

According to the SBA, half of the small businesses between three and 10 people don’t provide health care, but would like to offer it.  According to the US Treasury, the Affordable Care Act contains provisions that would allow up to a 35% tax credit for qualifying businesses, who may receive both state and federal tax credits. Fortunately, ...

Is The iPad A Threat To E-Readers Like Amazon’s Kindle?

IPad’s Versatility Threatens to Sideline E-ReadersBy Olga Kharif Internet retailer Amazon.com … may need to write a new chapter for the Kindle in the face of fierce competition from Apple’s iPad … analysts have said the iPad would likely take a bite out of sales of dedicated e-book readers such as Amazon‘s popular Kindle … Wall Street ...

Document Production and Review Tips using Adobe Acrobat Pro

How to run multiple Acrobat OCR batches at once:  I was about to dive into a document review project today and ran into some “technical challenges”. Here’s how it worked out.  Hopefully this will save others some time in the future. The SituationToday’s another one of those days … my morning started out in a ...