Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at December TiE XL Boot Camp

On December 9, Tonkon Torp attorneys Tyler Harkness, Parna Mehrbani, and Clay Creps were instructors for the virtual TiE XL Boot Camp. The boot camp provides opportunities for a cohort of entrepreneurs to connect with experts in the startup community on key topics.

Parna explored how trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets work to protect a company’s intellectual property. She provided insight into the differences between each IP tool, and the benefits of registration to protect and enforce intellectual property rights.

Moving through the typical stages of the startup lifecycle, Tyler shared the legal fundamentals of corporate formation, governance, and finance. He also looked at the particular issues a startup company must consider when planning to raise money through equity-based financing.

Clay introduced the tenets of Oregon employment law. He stressed the importance for startups to correctly classify employees and independent contractors, and the risks involved in not getting it right. He also reviewed anti-discrimination issues, wage and hour rules, at-will employment, and termination.

TiE Oregon is the local chapter of a global entrepreneurial organization that seeks to further the success of innovation driven enterprise.

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