Posts Tagged ‘lawyers’
Monday, May 16th, 2011
The Internet Commerce Association (ICA), the peak body representing domain name investors and developers, has filed its letter of comment to ICANN concerning the revised Verisign contract for the operation of the .Net registry.
As part of the contract review process, ICANN is being lobbied by intellectual property owners to implement a draconian Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system in the .Net space.
The URS has been proposed for new GTLDs, and there are now moves to introduce it into the .Net space by intellectual property holders.
The ICA is opposed to the implementation of the URS. In the ICA’s letter to ICANN it argues that (in relation to the URS):
Among its submissions the ICA also says:
To view a full copy of the ICA submissions click here.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Social networking sites pose privacy concerns for their users – in recent times websites such as Facebook have had to revamp privacy settings to help people protect their privacy.
Do you know what you can do to protect your privacy on social networking sites ?
As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2011, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities have set out a simple list of tips to help:
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Cooper Mills Lawyers is once again proud to partner with the The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to promote Privacy Awareness Week 2011.
Privacy Awareness Week was launched today, with the aim of encouraging people to exercise their privacy rights and to take steps to make sure their personal information is handled in accordance with the law.
As part of Privacy Awareness Week, The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has timetabled a week of events as follows:
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Business sales are part of most succession plans, and getting it right can make the world of difference. Most small business owners engage the services of a licensed real estate agent or licensed business broker.
This is usually the first and only dealing with a business broker or agent. Key issues that you should consider when dealing with a business broker / agent:
Term of Appointment
All contracts with business brokers and agents will have a minimum period of appointment, with an additional period called a continuing period after this time. You should consider appointing an agent for a set period with no additional or continuing period, this will make your agent work harder and will help you avoid being locked into a relationship which isn’t working.
Business brokers and agents almost always charge their commission on a variable basis, for example 5% of the sale price, but often charge additional fees / charges. You should be clear to find out, before signing an agreement, whether this is the total of the agent or business broker’s fee, or whether there are additional advertising and retainer fees payable. If you don’t ask this question, it can be a costly mistake.
Remember, you can negotiate, you may offer a lower commission with an incentive payment where the broker/agent achieves target sale price – it pays to shop around. It’s not always about the commission, do your research, to make sure the agent you pick is selling.
Finally when you find a buyer and the deal is ready to be done, you need to sign a contract of sale of business (and in some cases a share sale agreement). Many business brokers and agents use a standard form document, while these documents are generally suitable for a very small number of businesses, they can’t always address the complexities of each individual sale. You should never rely on a business broker or agent to prepare a contract for you, lawyers commonly see a number of mistakes that business brokers and agents make, for example:
Before you sell your business you should always speak to your lawyers and accountants to obtain the right advice – and before you appoint and broker/agent do your homework.