Startup and video game law, from a Canadian and U.S. perspective


Importance of Trademarks on Amazon’s Brand Registry

If you are an Amazon seller, it is highly recommended you obtain trademark protection for your brand and enrol in the Amazon Brand Registry.  Amazon’s Brand Registry provides a variety of tools to monitor brand representation and prevent the sale of counterfeit goods on Amazon. in order to take advantage of the Amazon Brand Registry...

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US Beneficial Ownership Information Registry

On January 1, 2024, the US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) launched the online BOI E-Filing System and began accepting Beneficial Owner Information Reports pursuant to a new compliance regime under the Corporate Transparency Act. 1. Who needs to file? Starting January 1, 2024, all non-exempt entities formed or registered to do...

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LLCs are Bad for Canadians (Mostly)

Canadians often ask us to incorporate LLCs.  In response, our answer is always (1) LLCs do not exist in Canada and are only available in the US; and (2) incorporating a LLC for a Canadian tax resident is usually a bad idea. In this blog post we’ll explain what a LLC is, why it’s a...

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Problems with Stripe Atlas Incorporation for Canadians

We frequently work with Canadian startups operating a U.S. (usually Delaware) company incorporated on their behalf by Stripe Atlas.  On the surface, Stripe’s assistance with incorporating this U.S. company seems convenient and an easy way to meet the U.S. entity requirements to use the Stripe payment processing platform.  However, a number of material issues are...

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