Articles By Monica Goyal

Google’s Galaxy Nexus latest victim in mobile patent wars

Apple and Google end up in many litigation battles over smartphone patents. CNN reported last week that Google has had to remove the Galaxy Nexus from its online store -- replacing the “IN STOCK”

Published on: July 9th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Justice goes online in B.C.

Online dispute resolution (ODR) will be introduced into the Small Claims Court system in BC. Just this past week, Bill 44, the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act, passed its third reading and received Royal

Published on: June 20th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Oracle, Google both end up losers in latest patent trial

by Monica Goyal Google was once again in the news with another patent dispute, now with Oracle. This time the drama happened in the courtroom, right in the public eye. The question in

Published on: May 29th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Not everyone should work for a startup

by Monica Goyal My first job was with a bank, and I remember being let go because I was too efficient. I had worked myself out of a job, by finishing all the

Published on: April 12th, 2012 Monica Goyal

How close should you be with your investor?

by Monica Goyal How close is to close? I remember an advisor once suggesting that an entrepreneur should be located 150 miles from their investor. It was just to say that investors want

Published on: February 28th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Honda, small claims and social media

by Monica Goyal Rather than accept the $100-200 settlement offered from a class action suit against Honda, Heather Peters decided to sue Honda in Small Claims Court for $10,000. She claims that the

Published on: February 6th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Legal issues to think about for 2012

by Monica Goyal The beginning of the year is great time to do a legal check up. Consider the following as you go into the New Year. 1.      Refresh your will – Revisiting

Published on: January 19th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Why do startups hate agreements?

by Monica Goyal I recently considered entering a business relationship with a startup. These conversations always seem to end with the same awkwardness around signing an agreement. My response, as always, was: I’ll

Published on: December 19th, 2011 Monica Goyal

There are more losers than winners with software patents

by Monica Goyal Today, it seems to be common rhetoric that if you are a successful software startup, you will eventually be sued. If you have conducted business in this industry for any

Published on: December 8th, 2011 Monica Goyal

New fraud scheme targets lawyers

by Monica Goyal If you are not a lawyer, you may not have heard of this fraud. Generally, the purpose of the scheme is to persuade a lawyer to take them on as

Published on: November 14th, 2011 Monica Goyal

Please don’t cancel the digital media tax credit

by Monica Goyal Rarely do I look at a government initiative, and think, “Now, that’s a good idea.” But this is exactly how I feel about the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit(OIDMTC).

Published on: October 5th, 2011 Monica Goyal

DemoCamp Halifax

 By Monica Goyal Want to see the best extreme sports videos? Want to network with other young entrepreneurs? Or do you want a better way to create great looking proposals? These were just

Published on: September 27th, 2011 Monica Goyal

Two online legal services that are changing the game

By Monica Goyal   Two startups recently came to my attention that offers creative solutions to help people resolve legal disputes.   Their methods include online reputation shaming, game theory tactics, and settlement

Published on: August 25th, 2011 Monica Goyal

Look who’s leading the way in low-cost broadband access

Here’s something that might be worth emulating by Canadian ISPs. U.S. cable company and ISP Comcast recently launched Internet Essentials, a program that provides Internet access to low-income households for $9.95 (USD), plus taxes,

Published on: August 15th, 2011 Monica Goyal

Online dispute resolution saves firms time and money

By Monica Goyal Those among us who have been in business disputes know that business disputes are inconvenient and stressful, and drain precious resources. We want them to be resolved as quickly and

Published on: July 28th, 2011 Monica Goyal