Why Should Your Startup Care About Intellectual Property?
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- Intellectual property adds value to a startup by giving it the ability to: Exclude others from providing a particular product or service; Differentiate its product from legacy solutions and competition; Demonstrate its ability to innovate, making it an attractive investment or acquisition; Exploit its... ›
Chinese Interest High Despite UncertaintyHow does China view the United States as an investment market under the new Administration? Despite United States withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and rumblings in Washington about tightening regulatory review on inbound investment and M&A from China, interest from China to invest/acquire... ›
A Rush to Patent the Blockchain Is a Sign of the Technology’s Promise“A potential patent war looms over the blockchain,” according to a January 2017 piece in The Economist. That fight over patent rights to aspects of blockchain technology is a sign of the blockchain’s potential, according to Morrison & Foerster intellectual property partner Colette Reiner... ›
Cross-Border Information Sharing for Effective Services
By: Miriam H. WugmeisterNavigating privacy laws is particularly challenging for multinational companies with affiliates in the European Economic Area (EEA) that share personal information with service providers outside the EEA. All EEA member countries impose restrictions on the sharing of personal information outside the EEA because their... ›
The Unblinking Eye: Employee Monitoring in the IoT EraPrivacy concerns raised by the Internet of Things (IoT) have focused mostly on the consumer, whose personal data is captured in a growing list of places. Less attention has been paid to the privacy of employees interacting with increasingly prevalent IoT in the workplace.... ›
The FCC “Opts-In” to Consumer Privacy with New Rules for Internet Service Providers
By: Julie O'Neill and Mary RaceOn October 27, 2016, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to give consumers more control over the use of their web browsing and other information by requiring ISPs to obtain opt-in consent to use customers’ web browsing history... ›
Enforcement of DAA Principles Will Track New Technologies
By: Julie O'NeillThe Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) is continuing to adapt and plans to enforce its self-regulatory principles for interest-based advertising technologies. Enforcement of its cross-device tracking principles will begin February 1, 2017. Cross-device tracking entails ascertaining via deterministic identifiers or inference when multiple devices are... ›
NTIA Announces New Multistakeholder Process for IOT Security Issues
By: Nathan D. TaylorOn September 19, 2016, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the initiation of a multistakeholder process on security upgradability and patching relating to the IOT. The first meeting about this process will occur on October 19,... ›
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