We are cross-border startup and video game lawyers who advise on U.S. and Canadian law.

Practice Areas

1. Launching Your Startup

Incorporation, Shareholders' Agreements and Corporate Governance

We incorporate, structure and maintain your startup in Canada and the U.S., prepare shareholders' agreements and advise on corporate structures suitable for angel and venture capital investment.

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure (NDA)

We prepare confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to ensure your business plans and rights are protected when you discuss your startup with key individuals and companies.

Employees and Independent Contractors

We prepare employment and independent contractor agreements and create equity compensation structures, such as option plans, to award and retain important employees.

Cross-Border Operations

We structure cross-border operations in Canada and the U.S. including incorporating subsidiaries, preparing appropriate employment agreements and connecting you with local professionals.

2. Technology and Privacy

Intellectual Property Licensing

We prepare intellectual property license, transfer and sale agreements to capitalize on, and protect the value of, your startup's intellectual property.

Terms of Service/Use and End User License Agreements (EULA)

We prepare terms of service/use and end user license agreements and advise on implementation in order to protect your startup's rights and interests while ensuring that your users are bound to the terms.

Privacy Law

The privacy laws of Canada, the United States and Europe may apply to your startup's online data collection practices. We prepare privacy policies, develop internal company policies, structure data collection and review compliance with United States and Canadian privacy law, including COPPA.

Software as a Service

SaaS requires a Terms of Service agreement reflecting the provision of a service instead of the license of software. We prepare SaaS-centric Terms of Service agreements to protect your rights and interests while ensuring that your users are bound by the terms.

3. Startup Finance, Securities Law and M&A

Startup Financing

We represent startups, seed/angel investors and venture capitalists and work with industry deal documents (e.g. Series Seed, TechStars, YC SAFE) in both Canadian and U.S. financings.

U.S. and Canadian Securities Law

We assist with U.S. and Canadian securities law compliance.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We facilitate M&A transactions and counsel on strategic deal structuring to capitalize on the value in your startup.

4. Video Game Law

Video Game Studio Incorporation

We incorporate, structure and maintain video game studios in Canada and the U.S. Having worked with many indie video game studios, we are used to cleaning up messy corporate structures so you can focus on development.

Revenue Sharing and Financing Agreements

We draft video game revenue sharing and financing agreements and assist clients with negotiating these agreements.

Video Game Publishing Agreements

We draft, review and advise on video game publishing agreements, from AAA to indie titles. We are experienced with all major platforms and publishing agreements, such as Sony (Playstation), Microsoft (Xbox), Nintendo, Humble and Steam.

Video Game Terms and Conditions and End User License Agreements (EULA)

Virtual reality, virtual worlds, digital items, freemium, mobile? We draft video game specific Terms and Conditions and End User License Agreements for these types of video game and more.

5. Intellectual Property Protection

Patent Registration and Maintenance

We register and maintain utility and design patents in Canada, the U.S. and abroad, including provisional and PCT filings, and advise on your patent rights.

Trademark and Copyright Registration and Maintenance

We register and maintain trademarks and copyrights in Canada, the U.S. and abroad, police trademark rights and copyright (including DMCA claims).

Intellectual Property Strategy, Enforcement and Defense

We counsel on the strategic enforcement and licensing of patent, copyright and trademark rights from a Canadian and U.S. legal perspective and defend against intellectual property claims.

Legal Packages

LAUNCH | a Startup or Video Game Studio

Suited to an startup or video game studio ready to launch. Package provides a corporate structure and a legal agreement to transfer software to your company or another party.*

Includes:

  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement
  • Price:

    $1,400.00

    (including taxes and disbursements such as $383.00 in filing fees)

    EARLY-STAGE | Startup or Video Game Studio

    Suited to an early-stage startup or video game studio that requires the necessary legal structures and documents to get off the ground.*

    Includes:

  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement
  • Shareholders’ Agreement
  • Share Vesting Agreement
  • Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Two hours of legal consultation regarding your company or modification of the above documents
  • Price:

    $3,500.00

    (including taxes and disbursements)

    Already incorporated?

    $2,800.00

    (including taxes and disbursements)

    HIRING-STAGE | Startup or Video Game Studio

    Suited to a hiring-stage startup or video game studio that requires employment agreements and an option plan to compensate key employees.*

    Includes:

  • Option Plan and CAP table structuring
  • Securities law compliance
  • Employment Agreement
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Two hours of legal consultation regarding your company or modification of the above documents
  • Price:

    $2,000.00

    (including taxes and disbursements)

    Flat Fee Legal Services

    Don't see what you're looking for above? Other legal services may be provided on a flat fee basis once we understand the scope of the matter. Please contact us for additional information regarding our flat fee services.

    * Packages contain standardized legal documents.

    Team

    Kellen Voyer | Founder

    Kellen is a U.S. (California) and Canadian lawyer and founder of Voyer Law. He trained in Silicon Valley before establishing Voyer Law in 2013 with the aim of seamlessly providing U.S. and Canadian legal services. He combines legal knowledge with business acumen and sits on the boards of multiple startups.

    David Klaponski | Associate

    David is a U.S. (New York) and Canadian lawyer, as well as a IAPP U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional, who advises clients on corporate, technology and privacy law.

    Gina Lupino | Associate Counsel

    Gina is a U.S. (New York) and Canadian lawyer, former U.S. patent examiner and former engineer, who advises on patent, trademark and copyright registration, management and enforcement. She is a registered US patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

    Contact

    Vancouver Office

    Located in Gastown | Directions
    403-134 Abbott Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2K4

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