TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS & ENTREPRENEURS

David N. Sharifi is an entertainment and technology law attorney based in Los Angeles and a recognized expert in technology transactions and services, intellectual property exploitation, social media law, lean startup consulting, trademark enforcement and related legal and business affairs. David is also an entrepreneur and frequently attends and speaks at top technology conferences in Los Angeles and nationwide.Intellectual Property Law is the stock-in-trade of technology innovation in mobile applications, websites, web based social networks, and other verticals of the digital ecosystem. Intellectual Property protection may prove to be central to competitive protection and monetization of the venture. Some legal issues presented in technology products and services include:

  • Branding and Trademark Protection
  • Copyright Clearance and Software Licensing
  • Intellectual Property and Competitive Barrier Strategy
  • Company formation and Co-Founder Agreements
  • Advertising Laws
  • Website Terms of Service and Privacy Policies
  • Favorable Confidentiality Agreements
  • Venture Capital or Angel Investment Agreements, Crowdfunding Law
  • Contracts with Suppliers and Service Providers
  • Competitive Advantage, Marketing and Monetization Strategy

L.A. Tech & Media Law provides legal and business consultation to technology startups and growth stage companies in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown L.A. and other Southern California communities.


Legal and Business Affairs Services Tailored For Startups

With nearly a decade of exclusive focus on technology on media and technology markets, we consult clients on a variety of legal and business affairs commonly faced by most technology startups.


Company Formation for Startups

Consultation on best company structure options between sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or limited liability company formation options. Startup entity formation may include forming a corporation or limited liability company and issuing stock to the founders and shareholders, drafting of company bylaws or operating agreement, preparing stock or membership certificates for signatures, assistance with bank account and employee identification number set up, and intellectual property due diligence.


Trademark Search, Clearance, and Registration

Trademark consultation and registration services for startups and entrepreneurs may include a trademark search and clearance report, and consultation on the startup’s specific trademark, slogan, company name, domain name, and logo design protection strategy, and preparation and filing of a Federal Trademark Registration application with United Stated Patent & Trademark Office. Learn more about trademark protection and the benefits of trademark registration on at our practice areas page, or under the trademark tag of the LATML Tech & IP Blog. See also David N. Sharifi’s article published in the Beverly Hills Bar Association IP & Tech blog discussing the importance of trademarks in digital market.


Intellectual Property Protection and Competitive Barrier Strategy

We provide comprehensive consultation and review of startups business model, revenue model, and product development strategy and identify, intellectual property and competitive barrier strategy under copyright law, trademark law, trade secret law, patent law, contracts and other legal and business options.


Contract Consultation, Negotiation, and Drafting for Startups

Our practice consults startups on standard and industry specific contracts which may include drafting, review and negotiation of agreements with website developers, designers, marketing consultants, SEO companies, and other third parties a startup or technology enterprise may work with at various stages. We also provide custom Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA, Confidentiality Agreement) to help protect clients’ intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, designs  logos, ideas, and other vital proprietary assets during “discussion periods” with potential collaborators, and advise CEOs and entrepreneurs on discussions of their ideas with outside parties without unnecessarily disclosing confidential information.


Customized Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement

There is plethora of “free” non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality agreements online. Do not rely on these forms to protect confidential information.  After a confidential discussion with our startup clients, we may draft a customized confidentiality agreement and consult CEOs and founders on how to discuss the business with investors and other 3rd parties on a need to know basis, and protect sensitive business information in the process.


The Best Law Firm for Startups and Engineers

We share our entrepreneur clients’ passion for innovation and take pride in advising on delivering sophisticated legal advice to help them navigate the various stages of product development and launch. Visit our resources page for some of the best guides we’ve identified as useful to help technology startups succeed, particularly links to bothsidesofthetable.com, startupsuncensored.com, and venturehacks.com, all of which are excellent resources for startups on topics such as investor funding, raising venture capital, founder equity considerations, and practical tips on web development, online marketing, investment trends, and others. Also visit our LATML Tech & IP Blog where we frequently discuss legal and business strategies for technology ventures.


To discuss your startup legal and business affairs contact us to schedule a confidential consultation.

Contact Form 310-751-0181


“I knew I had found an excellent lawyer to handle my business. He is knowledgeable, personable and takes the time to explain everything in detail.”
- Technology Startup ClientCrowdfunding