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Client Alert: What You Should Know About the New Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act

May 17th, 2011

Client Alert: New Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act Signed Into Law

2011 Georgia House Bill 30 (the “Bill”), designed to substantially reenact the substantive provisions of the new Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act (the “Act”) originally passed in 2009, is now law, codified at O.C.G.A.§13-8-50 et. seq.  The Bill passed the Georgia Legislature on April 12, 2011, and was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 11, 2011, immediately taking effect.  The Act dramatically changes the enforceability of restrictive covenants

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FAQ: Patents and Intellectual Property

May 16th, 2011

This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) article addresses typical questions from companies regarding patents and intellectual property (IP).  This document is authored by the Intellectual Property Group of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP (  The following questions are commonly asked by technology and business services companies.  We hope this information is helpful to you.  Please note that there are additional questions that will be relevant in this area and you should consult an IP attorney at MMM (contact information listed at the end of this memorandum) with any other questions.

1.         Why should I consider filing a patent application?

Answer: There are several

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Georgia Solar Tax Credits Spur Economic Growth

May 13th, 2011
Clean Tech/Green Energy

Georgia Solar Tax Credits Spur Economic Growth

ATLANTA, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With the signature of Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia’s solar energy tax credit is increasing to $5 million annually in 2012, 2013 and 2014 from the current $2.5 million yearly limit. The new law, which the General Assembly approved last month, helps ensure that the vibrant solar energy industry in Georgia continues to thrive, creating jobs and new investment opportunities statewide.

Businesses are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in tax credits to offset the cost of installing solar photovoltaic

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New Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act Signed into Law

The new GA Restrictive Covenants Act was signed into law on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. MMM Employment Partner, Jason D’Cruz, discusses the key changes to the law and what it means for you.

This information is presented for educational purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Opinions expressed are those of the author and not of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP; see disclaimer at Contact Jason D’Cruz for more information at

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New Software Equity M&A Report

May 7th, 2011
M & A

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•1Q11 marked the fifth consecutive quarter the software industry’s benchmark median exit EV/Revenue multiple was above 2.1x TTM revenue. What’s behind the multiple? What are the hot M&A product categories? Are vertical solution providers still in M&A vogue?
•Thirty-nine SaaS companies were acquired in 1Q11, up from only ten during the same quarter a year ago. What SaaS product categories are experiencing rapid consolidation? Are buyers valuing SaaS operating margins over revenue growth rates in the current market?
•What is driving the return of private buyers to the M&A market? How has public buyer M&A

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Yates Perspective: College Basketball and the Tech Entrepreneur

College Basketball and the Tech Entrepreneur

What do a winning college basketball coach and successful technology entrepreneur have in common?  I pondered this question while watching March Madness and the Final Four in Houston several weeks ago.  The similarities are surprising.

Leadership is the key – Whether you’re a college basketball coach or entrepreneur, success is based on your leadership skills.  As Coach K of the Duke Blue Devils remarked, “I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.”

Be secure in your convictions – Successful entrepreneurs, like winning coaches,

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New Crime: E-Personation

May 2nd, 2011
Data Security-Privacy

by Paul Arne

Impersonating another person is not always the best idea, and there are number of existing laws that “discourage” people from impersonating another to the detriment of the person being impersonated or the person being fooled. On the Internet, pretending you are someone you aren’t is fairly easy to do; therefore, impersonating another in cyberspace is certainly not an unusual activity. Arguably the most famous comic about the Internet is about “e-personation.”

California has recently seen fit to create a new law to criminalize impersonating another person on the Internet. It came into effect on April 1. “[A]ny

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