Previous Sessions


START SMART LAW: How to Start a Business on an F-1 Student Visa

Students with an F-1 Visa can legally start businesses as well as work on a startup team. Come learn the details of how to do this without violating your student status. (In the past we have also talked about other visas, including H1B).

Panelists:

David Kalson, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, Director of the Emerging Business Group

Larry Lebowitz, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, Director of the Immigration Group

Linda Gentile, CMU, Director, Office of International Education.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

Download the Starting a Business with a Student Visa Q&A Document

Download the Starting a Business with a Student Visa Slideshow


START SMART LAW: Accelerating Growth Through Third Party Relationships/Contracts

Topics covered in this seminar include:

  • What are strategic relationships?
  • Why enter into strategic relationships?
  • General framework and common issues
  • Closer look at certain strategic relationships

Presenter:

David Lehman, K&L Gates

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m

Watch the recording of the Accelerating Growth Through Third Party Relationships/Contracts seminar.

Download the Accelerating Growth Through Third Party Relationships/Contracts Slideshow


START SMART LAW: Hiring and Firing

Learn the ins and outs of staffing a company, including: hiring of employees and/or retaining independent contractors, interns and volunteers, important terms of employment or retention, restrictive covenants, and the use of employee equity to attract and retain personnel.

Presenter:

Mike Pavlik, K&L Gates

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

Watch the recording of the Hiring and Firing seminar.

Download the Hiring and Firing slideshow.


START SMART LAW: How to Handle Your (and Others’) Intellectual Property

Learn how to deal with intellectual property issues, including:

  • What are copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets?
  • Developing an IP strategy (e.g., which type of IP protection is best for your startup?)
  • How to protect your company’s IP
  • How not to infringe on another’s IP
  • How to handle IP created by class projects when one or more students want to pursue commercialization
  • How to handle IP created by your employees, including non-compete clauses
  • What to expect after filing a patent (time and expenses)
  • Tips on searching the US Patent Office database

Presenters:

George Dickos and Lauren Murray, K&L Gates

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

Watch the recording of the Intellectual Property seminar.

Download the Intellectual Property Slideshow (Part 1).

Download the Intellectual Property Slideshow (Part 2).


START SMART LAW: Worst Mistakes Made by Startups

A panel of lawyers will share the ‘horror stories’ of mistakes that startups have made and their consequences. Learn from the mistakes of others so you can avoid the pitfalls.

Panelists:

Deborah Walker – Innovation Works

David Kalson – Dentons, Cohen, & Grigsby

Tom Peltzinger – Knopp Biosciences

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

Watch the recording of the Worst Mistakes Made by Startups Panel seminar.


Start Smart (Special Session): Good News for F-1 Students Starting a Business!

In 2017, the Obama Administration created a program called International Entrepreneur Parole (IEP) which made it significantly easier for foreign students to start a business in the US and also stay in the US to run it. The Trump administration proposed to eliminate the IEP program which caused applications to slow to a trickle.  However, this May, the Biden Administration withdrew the pending rulemaking to eliminate the IEP.

Every international student who is currently starting a business or is interested in starting a business needs to know how the IEP’s program can lower the barrier to starting a business for international students and alumni as well as stay in the US to run it.

Date: Tuesday June 22, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

Watch the recording of the “Good News for F-1 Students Starting a Business!” seminar.

Download the International Entrepreneur Parole Slideshow.


START SMART LAW: Introduction to Startup Law

Join us for a lightning round of Q&A with top startup and intellectual property lawyers.  We will kick off the evening with a quick overview of the most common startup legal issues: contract law, IP protection, raising capital, entity formation and employment law and exit planning.   Then you’ll get to ask YOUR most pressing legal questions.

Presenters:

David Lehman, K&L Gates & CMU’s Reed McManigle

Watch the recording of the “Introduction to Startup Law” seminar.