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Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) May 30, 2012 Douglas Y. Park, Principal of DYP Advisors, a corporate attorney and strategist in Silicon Valley, will teach Gain a Business Advantage Through the Law for the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program during Summer 2012. The course provides an introduction to business law concepts and offers practical ways to... [more]
Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) May 07, 2012 Palo Alto Business Attorney Douglas Y. Park, Principal of DYP Advisors, announces that his firm is a sponsor of the 2012 Harvard Club of Silicon Valley Annual Dinner on May 16, 2012. The dinner, which serves as the annual meeting of the club’s membership, will be held at... [more]
Does the nonprofit board of directors have fiduciary duties to the community it serves? That question came up after our overview of the fiduciary duties of nonprofit board members. The article stated that the duties run to the organization's mission and donors. The answer to this question lies in the distinction between who the nonprofit... [more]
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2012 Douglas Y. Park, Principal of DYP Advisors and a corporate governance authority in Palo Alto, California, has been named to the Program Evaluation Committee of the BlackRock and National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) challenge on innovation in corporate governance and responsible investment. BlackRock and NACD invite undergraduate... [more]
What fiduciary duties does the nonprofit's board of directors have? And to whom does the nonprofit board owe fiduciary duties? The answers impact the corporate governance and fundraising activities of charitable organizations and their directors. The Fiduciary Duties of The Nonprofit Board of Directors If the nonprofit organization is organized as a corporation, the nonprofit's board... [more]
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) March 29, 2012 DYP Advisors, a corporate governance law firm in Palo Alto, California, will sponsor the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s Mentor-Mentee Mixer on March 29, 2012. The mixer will be held at the offices of Kilpatrick Townsend in Menlo Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.... [more]
Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) March 16, 2012 Silicon Valley corporate governance attorney Douglas Y. Park of DYP Advisors, together with Michael Sacopulos of Sacopulos, Johnson & Sacopulos of Terre Haute, Indiana, has published two articles on the management of online reputation in medical mergers and acquisitions. The companion articles, entitled “Could negative online reviews sour your appeal to buyers?... [more]
The highly public resignation of Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith provides a teaching moment about the board of directors’ role in company culture. In a letter published in the New York Times, Mr. Smith says the reasons he resigned from his high level position should be a wake-up call to the Goldman Sachs board.... [more]
Clients often complain that attorneys do not sufficiently incorporate strategic concerns into their legal advice. At the same time, many lawyers do not have adequate training or background in finance, operations, or strategy to have a deep understanding of their client's business. Not surprisingly, many companies see legal expenditures as no more than a sunk... [more]
Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) February 29, 2012 Douglas Y. Park, a Silicon Valley Corporate Attorney, will teach Starting Startups through the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program during Spring 2012. Teaching the class for a second time after an overwhelming response the first time around, Mr. Park explains the motivation for the course: Many entrepreneurs have... [more]
Can a web filter prevent another tool from showing up on your computer? Yes, according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On June 25, 2009, the Court held in Zango, Inc. v. Kaspersky, Inc., that the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) immunizes internet security companies from unfair business practices suits. See here for... [more]
The recent Berkeley Stanford CleanTech Conference on the Smart Grid made clear that the smart grid is in its infancy. Energy providers must solve the challenges of new energy sources, regulatory organization, and the energy needs of electric vehicles. The Key Challenge For The Smart Grid Keynote speaker Andrew Tang of PG&E framed the primary... [more]
How does competition among companies affect the transaction costs of patent portfolios? The answer helps us understand the economics behind different IP governance structures, such as licenses (in-licensing, out-licensing, cross-licensing), joint ventures, and patent pools. Prevously, I described how the transaction costs of allocating intellectual property rights influence merger and acquisition strategy. For this discussion, I focus... [more]
With venture capital difficult to obtain, more startups are looking at venture debt to finance either growth or equipment purchases. Venture debt involves a specialized financial institution extending a loan to a startup. Traditional commercial lenders are hesitant to give loans to startups because they usually do not have tangible assets. Unlike a venture capitalist,... [more]
Why do many business people express frustration with attorneys? Because as Mark McCormack has famously written, most attorneys don't understand business. That includes business lawyers. Attorneys Are From Mars, Executives Are From Venus Many business lawyers, including in-house counsel, will privately admit they don't understand the intricacies of business, especially strategy and management. This is... [more]
Google AdWords faces another legal challenge over AdWords. Emboldened by a recent Second Circuit opinion, Rescuecom Corp. v. Google, Inc., Rosetta Stone filed a suit last Friday against Google for trademark infringement. Rosetta Stone accuses Google of allowing other companies to "free ride" on its brand name and of misleading and confusing consumers into clicking... [more]