State Bar of Texas International Newsletter – Navigating Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts: Legal Issues in An International Setting

September 23, 2019 Austin, Texas In September of 2019, the ILS hosted a CLE Event in Austin, TX that was presented by a panel of specialized experts who shared a variety of perspectives on cutting-edge technology regulated by an ever-evolving body of law pertaining to the use of blockchain, cryptocurrency and smart contracts in the

Anatomy of a Technology Transaction

It’s 2019 and nowadays almost every business has some technological or data component that is critical to its profitability.  So, what makes a tech deal different from a standard bricks and mortar deal? Given the constraints on length, this article assumes you are familiar with basic M&A principles and addresses a handful of concepts that

Trademark 101: Protecting Your Brand

Whether your company is in its infancy formation stages or already has comprehensive branding, protecting its name and image is essential for growth and protection.  Registering a trademark for your brand with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives you the exclusive right to use your business name nationwide in connection with the

Currency and Securities in the New Age: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a decentralized electronic payment system, created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto.[1] Not backed by any governmental entity, Bitcoin is completely electronically created and stored.[2] It is a form of “cryptocurrency”, which is currency that uses encryption and is stored on peer-to-peer technology.[3] Transactions are recorded using blockchain, which is an

Special Issues in Technology Acquisitions

Technology is so ever present in our lives and our businesses that nearly any deal could be described as a “tech deal”.  Acquisitions of a software company, the manufacturer of a drillship’s dynamic positioning system, or healthcare information technology provider involve some similar legal issues despite the differences in their industries. This brief article will