Every business is faced with continually delivering products and services in faster, better and cheaper ways. Technology, particularly information technology, often is the key to doing so. Meanwhile, an increasing portion of the value of any business is more and more likely to be its intangible assets, such as brands, trade secrets, know-how, patents, websites, networks, information systems and, even, customer relationships. Similarly, technology now drives many major sales, purchases, alliances, ventures and investments. And the growing use of email and the Internet in the workplace presents unique employment issues. Every business manager should understand the basic legal issues encountered as a result of these long-term trends. Accordingly, the checklist and discussion below provide a quick assessment and overview about the most common intellectual property, information technology, electronic commerce and venture and alliance legal issues for businesses.
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