The Foundry Law Blog

Paid Family and Medical Leave: What do businesses need to know?

Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington State Washington State adopted the Paid Family and Medical Leave program in 2019. This law, in short, created a system where qualified employees who need to take time off to care for themselves, loved ones, or the birth or adoption of a child could take a certain amount […]

Entity Conversion in Washington State

Entity conversion refers to when an entity changes from one entity type to another within a state (e.g., a Washington LLC to a Washington corporation) or when an entity changes its “home state” (e.g., a Delaware LLC to a Washington LLC). Washington law specifies requirements for converting an entity within the state. This post considers […]

Amazon Brand Registry – What it is and How to Enroll

Brand Protection Among the various brand protection services offered by Amazon, such as Transparency, an item-level tracing service to help protect against counterfeits, is Amazon Brand Registry. This is a suite of tools available to proactively protect and give more control to brands. What is Amazon Brand Registry Amazon’s Brand Registry has been improving over the […]

Non-Compete Changes in Washington State Signed Into Law

You Can’t Do That: Changing Tides in Washington Non-Compete Agreements   Non-compete clauses are commonplace in many agreements. Generally, non-compete clauses limit an individual’s ability to compete with an employer’s business while working for the employer or after ending the working relationship. With a growing economy, cities like Seattle rely on attracting top talent. Since most […]

Bots and CA’s New Law – Key Takeaways

With increased attention on the development and use of bots, California’s new bot law holds some key takeaways. Most importantly, California is setting an example for other state or national laws, but does it go far enough?   Background of the Law Regulating Bots   On September 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved Senate Bill […]

Startup Creation Weekend – GoVertical

Foundry Law Group has the pleasure of sponsoring the GoVertical ML/AI Startup Creation Weekend, hosted by Madrona Venture Labs and TiE Seattle. About the Event   GoVertical brings together a diverse set of participants with business, software development, and data science backgrounds to pitch ideas, form teams, and compete for final round consideration of the […]

IoT Privacy and Data Security – Impact of New CA Laws

IoT (or Internet of Things) has seen a boom in the past several years. Connected devices such as Alexa or Siri are well known, but many more products feature connected functionality. In general, IoT has been far less understood and far less regulated from a privacy and data security standpoint. This year California has passed […]

Does my startup need Patent or Trade Secret protection on its IP?

One of my favorite responses to any question is: “I guess I’ll have to answer your question with another question.”  It’s probably the reason people generally avoid me at parties, but so often when giving any advice, it makes more sense to leave the decision in the hands of the person with the most intimate […]

What Makes a Good Privacy Notice?

A “Privacy Policy” commonly refers to what is technically a business’ “Privacy Statement” or “Privacy Notice”. The policy is made up of the internal and external protocols, rules, guidelines and steps that a business takes regarding the collection, use, storage and destruction of personally identifying information (PII) and non-personal (aka. “technical”) information. Businesses put a […]

Web Scraping: Pitfalls and Proactive Best Practices

If your business relies on insights from reviews, comments or other aggregated data, chances are that you are tempted to engage in a little (or a lot of) web scraping. Web scraping is essentially conducting automatic data extraction from one website, for use by a different party. It’s sometimes referred to as “web harvesting” or […]