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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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09/16/13

7 things corporate management needs to know about data privacy and security

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you know that data privacy and security are key concerns these days. In an August 2012 survey by FTI Consulting, Inc., corporate directors and general counsel listed “data security” as the No. 1 business concern, ahead of operational risks and business reputation.

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08/19/13

Data hoarding: How it harms your business and how a data-retention policy can help

Storage has become so cheap so fast that we think nothing of storing five slightly different, slightly blurry copies of the same photo on our phones, in hopes that one turns out well. We store old files and folders on our computers, thinking we might use them in the future, but up to 80% of our documents are not accessed for three to five years from the time they were saved. Companies store years’ worth of customer and employee data and internal communications, much of it sensitive and dangerous in the event of a data breach, system hack, or litigation.

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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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