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On January 16th, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had met its nuclear commitments to the United States and Europe. With that, years of economic sanctions against Iran were suddenly relaxed.

But if your business is rushing to open its first office in Tehran, you'll want to tell them to slow down. Here are three things you need to know about doing business with Iran, post-sanctions.

Copyright Conundrums and Due Diligence

As the world of contract law becomes ever more complex, and as app-authors and programmers get ever more callow about the legal realities of licensing, its easy for parties to get caught up in 'get rich' enthusiasm. They do so at their peril. Copyright and other IP lawsuits lurk around every corner.

We'll go over a scenario that's been playing out more and more recently and some of the steps you, as the in-house lawyer, can do to minimize your client's headache.

You Can Be ESIGN and UETA Compliant and Still End up in Court

Electronic signatures have quickly become the predominant means of closing a deal, although it would be a mistake to believe that all digital signatures are made the same.

Under basic application of business contract and evidence rules, one could say that electronic signatures are really not that "toothier" than their paper counter-parts. At least this is the current law under Federal ESIGN and state UETA laws.

Drones at Your Next Company Meeting? Tips for In-House Counsel

A lot of attention has been paid recently to the topic of emerging electronic consumables. Between hover-boards and drones, the latter are clearly cooler.

Drones are not only cooler, they also have greater potential for commercial application. But lawyers should know better than to let company employees fly these things across board rooms. We've tried to put together a quick list of things in-house counsel should keep in mind when advising about the latest in drone concerns.

3 Things In-House Counsel Should Know About Insurance

In-house attorneys need to be able to handle insurance issues in order to help their company avoid unnecessary litigation. Here's a short list of things you should definitely know if you're working in-house.

Easy Tips to Protect In-House Confidentiality

It cannot be stressed how important it is to cover yourself and to conduct due diligence with regards to client confidences, even when you're working in-house. A breach of confidentiality could end up costing you your license.

In-house lawyers, however, walk a tight-rope of potential malpractice suits every day, though. Because of the enveloping nature in-house counsel may have with her client -- the company -- she must make sure that she does everything in her power to abide by the ABA rules covering client confidences and attorney-client privilege.

The Internet has made consumer engagement easier than ever before. Consumers can tweet about your products, connect with your company on Facebook, or follow the brand on Instagram. Many companies also allow for users to generate content directly on the company website. Apple's Support Communities are a good example of this, as are FindLaw Answers.

But before you add user-generated content to your website, you'll want to make sure you're up to speed on legal protections and risks. Here are the laws to know before you start opening your corporate website to user-generated content.

You want to work in-house. You've always wanted to work in-house. But how much experience do you need before moving in to the general counsel's office?

While the traditional path is still common -- spend a few years at a firm, then transition -- many companies are starting to open their law departments to attorneys with a wider range of experience, including attorneys straight out of law school.

Putting together an effective resume is an art. And if you're looking for a position in-house, you already know that your resume must be specially tailored for an inside counsel position.

But accidentally including warning signs -- mistakes that make a hiring manager question your resume -- can undo all your hard resume-building work. Even the most skilled candidates can be relegated to the bottom of the pile if they make these errors.

Law Partners Are Aging Faster Than CEOs of Companies They Serve

We previously wrote about how the painfully low percentage of Generation Xers making BigLaw partner in this country. Now, the researchers whose data led to that odious conclusion have also provided data to show that law firm partners are significantly older than the CEOs of the clients they serve.

Is the BigLaw model of law firms growing continuously gray at the temples?