MoFo Tech

Good Chemistry

Thanks to a merger, a poultry and produce wash is helping the oil industry extract resources more effectively - In 2008, Vic Keasler was performing molecular biology tests at a pharma, biotech, and academic research…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Smart Wallet

The Potential for mobile payments is huge. So are the potential legal and regulatory hurdles. Banks, retailers, and pundits are paying a lot of attention to mobile payments, which typically involve the use of smartphones…more

| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech - After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences and…more

| Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Outward Bound

As Chinese companies have matured, they’re eagerly looking to the U.S. as a source for technology innovation, talent and market penetration, says Jackie Liu, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Until…more

| Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade,...

Far Beyond the Valley

Global tech hubs are a source of technology, talent, and funding - While media coverage of the technology industry focuses largely on Silicon Valley, savvy tech and life sciences executives have been looking much farther…more

| International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Energy Storage: Mandate Creates Opportunity

A proposed decision issued by the California Public Utilities Commission could be a watershed moment in the energy storage market. The proposed decision, issued in early September, calls for the state’s three…more

| Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting

What’s in Your Product?

New law may force companies to reveal trade secrets - As new regulations on the use of toxic chemicals are implemented in California, companies may need to re-evaluate their strategies to protect their intellectual…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property

For Whom the Bell Trolls

Government efforts to block patent troll activity gained momentum this summer, as the White House issued five executive orders and members of Congress fielded no fewer than five bills aimed at such issues as patent quality and…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Attracting an Impact Investor

Interest is growing in impact investing–investing that supports environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, while also earning a return. “Interest has spread to top-tier investors who understand the alignments between…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

For the Common Good

For-profits and nonprofits in life sciences team up - Nonprofit groups are actively supporting research to solve tough medical challenges. Life sciences and pharma companies are eager to accelerate product development…more

| Health, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology,...

The People Paradox

The marketplace for tech-savvy engineers and managers has become so competitive that companies like Yahoo! and Facebook are looking for new ways to find talent…more

| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers,...

One-Two Punch

Stop imitators by combining design patents and trade dress - Design patents have gained popularity in recent years among inventors looking to protect their market share. But they shouldn’t forget trade dress – the…more

| Intellectual Property

All That Glitters

More companies looking to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile market are busily buying up app developers. Google spent almost $1 billion in June to acquire traffic app developer Waze. Apptopia is a growing online marketplace…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Mergers &...

Mobile Apps: No Surprises, Please

Widely applicable rules regarding consumer privacy disclosures in our increasingly mobile world are only now emerging. Government agencies, individual states, and professional associations are all weighing in on how mobile app…more

| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer...

Telemarketing? Try Tweeting

The FCC’s revised rules for telemarketers and text marketers, taking effect in October, could signal a big shift in how companies direct market, posits Julie O’Neill, a Morrison & Foerster attorney specializing in privacy…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

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