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Startup Law 101: A Practical Guide

The book offers comprehensive advice on the various legal considerations involved in establishing and running a successful startup company. With contributions from numerous leading practitioners, this book provides helpful guidance on the different stages of starting a business – from its formation and funding, to operationalizing, to building and protecting its IP assets.

Publication Language: English

Softcover | 472 pages

In Stock
Published: December 11, 2017
ISBN/ISSN: 9780433491187

Product description

"Startup Law 101 is a manual that offers a wealth of useful information to startup company founders and operators, and those who may advise them...the book will assist lawyers who encounter clients engaged in startup ventures to spot issues for their own handling or for potential referral."

Reviewed by Kim Nayyer, Associate Univeristy Librarian, Law
University of Victoria

See Review in 2019 Canadian Law Library Review 44:1 (page 21)

Startup Law 101: A Practical Guide offers comprehensive advice on the various legal considerations involved in establishing and running a successful startup company. With contributions from numerous leading practitioners, this book provides helpful guidance on the different stages of starting a business – from its formation and funding, to operationalizing, to building and protecting its IP assets.

Valuable insight

Organized into three sections, Startup Law 101: A Practical Guide includes useful information that will help entrepreneurs and their legal advisors set up, run and grow a business.

Part 1 sets out the options for forming and funding a business, and explains:

  • the various business structures and the tax implications of each
  • how and where to incorporate a business, including tips on organizing the business post-incorporation
  • how to finance a business through debt or equity, including the differences between them and the issues associated with raising capital through equity
  • shareholder agreements, outlining various types and common provisions
  • alternative forms of financing, including crowd-funding and sweat equity agreements
  • common funding structures, including lists of different sources of funding available in Canada

Part 2 explains the legal aspects of business operations, including:

  • key considerations for hiring staff, such as classifying workers as independent contractors or employees, employment standards and statutory entitlements, contractual and human rights issues, and workplace policies and procedures
  • consulting agreements, with details of different agreement types and possible provisions to include, with examples of each
  • the legal and regulatory regime for advertising as well as comparative advertising, online behavioural advertising and other forms of advertising
  • defamation – what it is, defences to it and how it applies on the Internet
  • privacy, including guidance to comply with the applicable regulatory framework
  • Terms of Use, when they should be used, potential limitations and draft clauses

Part 3 offers insight into building a business' intangible assets, including:

  • an overview of IP rights, a chart outlining basic facts about those rights in Canada and the U.S., and an IP cheat sheet
  • an overview of trademarks – important branding considerations, including how to select a trademark and determine if it's available, as well as protecting and enforcing a trademark
  • an introduction to copyright - what it is, what it protects, the rights it confers, how it is enforced, moral rights, remedies for infringement and clearance of third-party copyright
  • an explanation of design protection, including what can be protected, how design interfaces with other forms of IP, novelty and originality requirements, the registration process, securing protection in other countries, ownership and infringement
  • an overview of trade secrets and associated considerations
  • an introduction to patents, the patent process and regulatory issues
  • a chapter dedicated to IP protection for engineering and technology startups
  • specialized content related to biotechnology patents
  • a step-by-step breakdown of IP due diligence, with a view to be positioned for an "exit"

Special features

The precedents, lists and charts included in Startup Law 101: A Practical Guide are invaluable and set this resource apart. They include:

  • a list of different funding sources available in Canada, organized by funding source
  • a chart explaining the advantages of classifying an individual as an employee or a contractor
  • a chart summarizing the applicable statutory entitlements in each province (i.e., minimum wage, vacation time, vacation pay, overtime, etc.)
  • an employment agreement template for Ontario employers
  • an independent contractor agreement template
  • a respectful workplace policy template
  • sample consulting agreement clauses
  • sample terms of use clauses
  • top 10 list of considerations when drafting terms of use provisions
  • a chart outlining the basic facts about IP rights
  • trademark dos and don'ts
  • an industrial design checklist to assist with identifying industrial designs, determining ownership and the registration process
  • a trade secret checklist
  • buyer and seller due diligence checklists

Who should buy this book?

Startup Law 101: A Practical Guide is particularly useful for anyone who is involved with a startup company –as a business owner or an advisor:

  • General practitioners advising startups in early days
  • Corporate/commercial lawyers advising clients about starting a company
  • Intellectual Property lawyers with clients establishing a startup and needing advice on protecting their intellectual property
  • In-house counsel working at a startup
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to understand the legal considerations involved in creating and running a startup, particularly if they don't have counsel or a legal background
  • Students in graduate, law or business school, including combined MBA programs, enrolled in entrepreneurship, private equity or venture capital courses

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Organizing Your Business: Tax and Other Implications of Different Business Vehicles (by Luigi Valente, formerly Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, and Amir Torabi, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP)
    Chapter 2: Corporations: Why, How and Where to Incorporate? (by Rory Cattanach, Al Wiens and Amir Torabi, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP)
      Chapter 3: Capital Raising (by Rory Cattanach, Al Wiens, Davia Wang and Patricia Good, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP)
        Chapter 4: Shareholders' Agreements (by Rory Cattanach and Carlye Bellavia, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP)
          Chapter 5: Alternative Financing for Startups: Crowdfunding and Sweat Equity Agreements (by Jeffrey Klam, Caravel Law Professional Corporation )
            Chapter 6: Canadian Startup Funding Sources (by Michael Bradley,G. Scott Paterson, Robert N. Spiegel, Oscar Jofre Jr. and Geordie Stewart)
              Chapter 7: Employment and Employment Agreements (by Deborah Hudson, Turnpenney Milne LLP)
                Chapter 8: Consulting Agreements (by Victor Krichker and Paul Horbal, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                  Chapter 9: Marketing and Advertising (by Jennifer McKenzie, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                    Chapter 10: Defamation Primer for Startups (by Tae Mee Park, Partner at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP)
                      Chapter 11: Privacy (by Amanda Branch, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                        Chapter 12: Terms of Use (by Tamara Céline Winegust and Amy Dam, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                          Chapter 13: Intellectual Property Overview (by Matthew Graff, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                            Chapter 14: Trademarks (by Sharyn Costin and Wynnie Chan, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                              Chapter 15: What Startups Should Know About Copyright (by Jill Tonus, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                                Chapter 16: Design Protection (by Matthew Graff and Jason Hynes, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                                  (Chapter 17: Protecting Confidential Information and Trade Secrets (by Noel Courage, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                                    Chapter 18: Introduction to Patents (by Laurence MacPhie, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                                      Chapter 19: Patent and Other IP Protection for Engineering and Technology Startups (by Bhupinder Randhawa and Joanna Ma, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                                        Chapter 20: Biotechnology Startups (by Carmela De Luca and Laurence MacPhie, Bereskin & Parr LLP)
                                          Chapter 21: Intellectual Property Due Diligence (by Isi Caulder, Bereskin & Parr LLP)