Seth Northrop

Seth Northrop

Robins Kaplan LLP

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9 Key Provisions of Outsourcing Contracts That Matter

Outsourcing, whether technical or process-centric, has become an increasingly important component of businesses of all sizes. Handing over the complexity of ever-changing systems that require increasing expertise can often...more

9/3/2015 - Best Practices Commercial Bankruptcy Compliance Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security Dispute Resolution Information Technology Outsourcing Intellectual Property Protection Outsourcing Pricing Service Contracts Service Level Agreements Transparency Young Lawyers

Trade Secrets, Security, and Cloud Computing: Best Practices Now

As businesses increasingly store and access confidential information in the cloud, questions arise as to how to safeguard a company’s private data once it becomes part of an external computing network. Standards for...more

7/24/2015 - Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Confidential Information Confidentiality Corporate Counsel Data Protection Data Security Data Storage Providers Disclosure Requirements Encryption Patent Infringement Patents Popular Software Terms of Service Trademarks Young Lawyers

An Introduction to Cloud Computing: Business Advantages, Legal Risks

Predictions suggest that the global market for cloud computing services should reach $118 billion by the end 2015 and climb as high as $200 billion by 2018. Although the cloud computing industry continues to be in its...more

7/17/2015 - Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Information Technology PaaS Popular Software

8 Key Areas To Review During An IP Due Diligence

Conducting an intellectual property due diligence is an essential component in the acquisition, investment in and/or valuation of technology companies. What are some of the key components of the business that such a...more

7/16/2015 - Acquisitions Confidentiality Agreements Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence Employment Contract Inventions Joint Venture Patents Trademarks

9 Key Factors That Impact Patent Valuations

Figuring out what a patent is worth can often feel like black magic. But, doing so can be critical during an IP due diligence or when trying to assess the value of a company built around the intellectual property. In...more

7/14/2015 - Claim Construction CLS Bank v Alice Corp IP License Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Prior Art Software Valuation Young Lawyers

7 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid To Protect IP

Startups are justifiably focused on developing the next big idea, getting that idea to market and ensuring the company has enough financial runway to make it all happen. Missteps in protecting the startup’s intellectual...more

7/2/2015 - Copyright Infringement Crowdfunding Facebook Intellectual Property Protection Mobile Apps Non-Disclosure Agreement Open Source Software Popular Software Developers Startups Trade Secrets WhatsApp Young Lawyers

Indefiniteness Before the PTAB [Video]

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of post-grant decisions on the issue of indefiniteness. What does this mean for patent owners and petitioners? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss the Patent Trial...more

5/12/2015 - Covered Business Method Proceedings Indefiniteness Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review

Compiling Successful IP Solutions for Software Developers [Video]

Patent eligibility for software has been in a state of flux ever since the 2014 Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Attorneys Seth Northrop and David Prange discuss the two-step framework for...more

5/11/2015 - Claim Construction Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Section 101 Software Young Lawyers

Protecting IP Through Employment Law [Video]

Oftentimes, a patent case will not be decided by patent law, but by employment law. If an invention was developed by an employee or a third-party contractor without the proper agreements in place, the company may find itself...more

5/5/2015 - Best Practices Corporate Counsel Employment Contract Employment Policies Inventors IP Assignment Agreements Patents Popular Third-Party Relationships Trade Secrets Young Lawyers

Collaborating Before The PTAB [Video]

One of the most important decisions that a patent defendant must make is whether to join with other co-defendants in America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Attorneys Seth Northrop and...more

4/30/2015 - America Invents Act Collaboration Corporate Counsel Cost-Sharing Joinder Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Popular

Is Biotech Patentable Subject Matter? [Video]

The issue of patent eligibility has been a hotly litigated issue in the field of intellectual property law, and both the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court have issued numerous decisions in recent years--particularly in...more

4/28/2015 - Biotechnology Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Young Lawyers

Wearables and the Future of Intellectual Property Law [Video]

Wearables are a fast-growing segment of the consumer technology market. But how will these new devices affect the field of intellectual property law? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Aaron Fahrenkrog discuss patent damages,...more

4/23/2015 - Corporate Counsel Data Collection Patents Personally Identifiable Information Popular Privacy Concerns Putative Class Actions Right of Publicity Wearable Technology Young Lawyers

Is The Deck Stacked Against Patent Owners In The PTAB? [Video]

Two years after the creation of the America Invents Act post-grant proceedings, many patent owners are facing an uphill battle when attempting to defend their intellectual property before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

4/21/2015 - America Invents Act Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Claim Construction Corporate Counsel Inter Partes Review Proceedings Joinder Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Popular Post-Grant Review Prior Art Young Lawyers

Drafting Software Patents In A Post-Alice World [Video]

It has been a challenging year for software patent owners following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Since that ruling was handed down, a large number of software patents have been...more

4/16/2015 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Computer-Related Inventions Corporate Counsel Patent Applications Patent Prosecution Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular SCOTUS Section 101 Software Young Lawyers

Enforcement Challenges For Biotech Patents [Video]

Enforcing intellectual property rights can be a challenging affair, and this is particularly true in the biotech industry. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Matt McFarlane discuss the issues facing biotech patent holders today,...more

4/14/2015 - Asset Protection Biotechnology Injunctions Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Portfolios Patents Popular Strategic Planning


The rise of social media has introduced new opportunities and new legal challenges for companies in the health care industry. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Sharon Roberg-Perez discuss the legal issues faced by care providers,...more

4/9/2015 - Best Management Practices Data Mining FDA Health Care Providers Healthcare HIPAA Hospitals Labeling Medical Devices Patients Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Privacy Laws Risk Management Social Media Terms of Use User-Generated Content

The Future of Patent Damages [Video]

The field of patent damages has been subject to many dynamic changes in recent months. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Aaron Fahrenkrog discuss the current state of patent damages in the federal circuit, covering issues such as...more

4/7/2015 - Corporate Counsel Damages Fair Market Value IP License Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

IP|Trend: Inter Partes Review: What to Consider When Filing Your Petition [Video]

Inter partes review (IPR) process is now over two years old. What did we learn from the process and procedures, and what has and hasn’t worked? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss the issues that parties should...more

11/24/2014 - Applications Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patents

IP|Trend: Starting Up Your Protection of Intellectual Property [Video]

Start-ups are justifiably focused on getting products to market and ensuring that their financial runways are long enough to make it happen. But, failing to pay attention to long-term protections of intellectual property...more

11/18/2014 - Business Assets Corporate Counsel Crowdfunding Entrepreneurs Funding Patent Ownership Popular Startups Technology

IP|Trend: New Era in Protection of Software by Intellectual Property Law? [Video]

It’s been a rough couple of years for software developers seeking patent protection for their software. Decisions by the Supreme Court have limited the amount of patent protection that developers can obtain. Attorneys Seth...more

11/14/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular SCOTUS Software Software Developers

IP|Trend: Ensuring an Environment of Compliance [Video]

There has been increased scrutiny on corporate compliance and ethics programs throughout the country. And corporations are increasingly moving to shore up those policies. But, how do you create an environment within the...more

11/12/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Ethics Popular

IP|Trend: It’s Time to Get to Know the Federal Trade Commission [Video]

Like it or not, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has injected itself into regulating and monitoring data privacy practices of corporations. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Richard Martinez discuss what this means for companies...more

11/10/2014 - Banking Sector Data Protection FTC HIPAA Personally Identifiable Information Popular Privacy Laws Privacy Policy Regulatory Standards Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

IP | Trend: Data in the Cloud is the Next Big Storm? [Video]

Convenience, accessibility, and cost have led companies and their employees to put an increased amount of data in the cloud. But, does this put corporate data at risk? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Sam Walling discuss some of...more

11/6/2014 - Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Cybersecurity Data Protection Data Storage Providers Popular Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Terms of Service

Inter Partes Review: Validity Before the PTAB [Video]

The PTAB is beginning to develop a reputation as being harsh towards patent owners and the validity of their patents. Why have patent owners struggled so much before the PTAB? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss...more

11/4/2014 - Claim Construction Discovery Expert Testimony Inter Partes Review Proceedings Obviousness Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Validity

IP|Trend: Keeping Your Start-Up Compliant [Video]

Start-ups are often focused on getting their product to market and ensuring that their financial runway is adequate to do so. Often though, they leave corporate compliance issues on the back burner. This can have devastating...more

10/31/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Data Protection Entrepreneurs Privacy Policy Risk Assessment Startups

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