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02/24/14

Is open source software right for your company?

Open source software (OSS) is a great tool. It’s free. It saves time and money. It’s often secure and reliable. It fosters innovation and collaboration. However, OSS also comes with important restrictions — and many companies are not fully aware of them.

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01/27/14

When it comes to e-discovery, there’s no hiding in the cloud

As more and more businesses look to the cloud to address their IT/IS needs, new challenges in digital “document” management are created, including for e-discovery. E-discovery — that is, identifying and producing electronically stored information (ESI) that may be relevant to issues in a legal dispute — is an inevitable part of running almost any business in the digital age, and may become even more demanding with the rise of cloud computing.

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12/20/13

Patent trolls: A menace to business?

The controversy over “patent trolls,” which has been simmering for years, has finally heated up and caught the attention of state and federal legislators, attorneys general, and even President Obama. Patent trolls, or “patent assertion entities (PAEs),” are companies formed to purchase patents and then, without using them to produce any products, enforce the patents through licensing programs or litigation. PAEs are a type of non-practicing entity (NPE). The latter also can include universities or solo inventors that hold patents but do not produce or sell any products or services using their patented inventions.

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11/18/13

How cyber insurance can protect your business

Cyber insurance is a new tool used by business leaders concerned about the negative effects of unexpected technology challenges — such as hackers, viruses, problems with technology vendors, and intellectual property infringement — on profitability, customers, and the bottom line of their businesses.

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10/21/13

Whatever happened to software patents?

As the need for software technology continues to explode, the patentability of software technology continues to implode. The U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit continue to tirelessly push software patents out of reach. Meanwhile, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is so backlogged and understaffed in the area of software technology that even if one could outmaneuver the latest court decisions, receiving a software technology patent would take about five years.

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 The Technology Law Team at Husch Blackwell addresses the unique challenges inherent in contracting and claims resolution processes involving the design, development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of complex information technology, telecommunications, and e-commerce solutions.

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