On March 15, 2021, California brought “dark pattern” prohibitions squarely into the mainstream of American privacy and software design law. The new law will affect some U.S. companies directly, and a far larger number of companies indirectly. Read More
This article is the first in a new series called Talking Tech from the Perkins Thompson Intellectual Property Practice Group. Talking Tech features interviews with tech company founders and employees about their highs, lows, and problems they’ve solved.
Today we interview Loida Otero and Carlo DiCelico, the founders of Neon Labs, a startup in Portland, Maine. Perkins Thompson attorney Adam Nyhan is a non-legal advisor to Neon Labs. Read More
Download the Legal Checklist for Early-Stage Tech Companies
In a tech company’s early days, it’s easy for the founders to make legal missteps. Most mistakes are unintentional and result from a lack of knowledge or legal budget rather than bad intent. Nonetheless, it’s critical to remedy them as the company moves forward. Failure to do so can place the company in breach of its business-to-business contracts; it can create uncertainty about the company’s ownership of its intellectual property; and it can create a host of operational risks. It can also kill or devalue outside investment deals when investors discover these problems in their due diligence. Read More
The COVID-19 crisis has spurred many people to begin offering services as freelancers, whether online or in safe-distance, in-person ways. For those new to freelancing, we offer this guide to key business-law issues that you should understand as a business owner. These are the answers we provide to questions from our own freelancer clients. Read More
User Experience (UX) design is a bedrock part of software and website development. It includes the study and optimization of the user’s experience – the totality of the ways in which humans interact with and experience products. (Definitions of UX vary; in the classic definition by designer Don Norman, it includes a person’s interaction with not just a product but the company that provides it as well). Software companies employ UX designers in a range of ways including market research, the development of product business requirements, wireframing, prototype design, and watching behind two-way mirrors as testers struggle to navigate interfaces. Read More
In the age of the viral tweet and YouTube channel, it’s no wonder that many businesses expend significant resources to manage and cultivate a positive online footprint. As 2017’s seemingly…