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Microsoft Ordered to Hand Over Data to the U.S. Government

In April, Microsoft tried to quash a search warrant from law enforcement agents in the United States (U.S.) that asked the technology company to produce the contents of one of its customer’s emails stored on a server located...more

Microsoft loses third round of battle against extra-territorial warrants

On 31 July, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York delivered the latest in a series of controversial judgments stemming from a test case brought by Microsoft in an extra-territorial warrant issued under the U.S....more

Shareholder-Director Engagement – The Latest Governance Trend?

A few weeks ago several large institutional investors identified as the Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX) Working Group sent a letter to the lead directors and corporate secretaries of Russell 1000 companies asking them to...more

Microsoft Loses Round in Fight Over Email Held in Irish Data Center

Rarely do Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and the ACLU all agree on a particular subject; rarer still that such an unlikely coalition fails....more

SDNY Judge Orders Microsoft to Produce Emails Stored Abroad

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV’s opinion and ordered that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could compel...more

A Window into the Future for Apple’s Trade Dress?

A few weeks back, Steve discussed Apple’s recent applications to register a trio of non-verbal trademarks, shown below...more

Southern District Opinion Allows Seizure of Emails From Host Provider With Minimal Showing of Probable Cause

A Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge last week approved the government’s ability to conduct searches and seizures of entire email accounts stored by third-party providers like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Apple...more

“Hello there!” (The absolute worst way to terminate an employee.)

The Internet is abuzz about an incredibly tacky, laughably inappropriate mass email that Microsoft sent to nearly thirteen thousand employees informing them, somewhere deep in the self-serving “it’s not you, it’s me” message,...more

Online Privacy: Friend or Foe to the American Public?

A recent court ruling in Europe will present new challenges to online corporations such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Not only will this directly affect their operations in the E.U., but it will also have implications...more

What Marriage Equality Means for Your Employee Benefits

A frequent headline in the news as of late has been “Federal Judge in State X finds same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional” and then shortly thereafter “Hundreds of couples marry in State X” complete with a picture of a...more

Cloud Computing Is a Hot Topic… in Business and the Courtroom

Cloud computing sales are poised to triple by 2017, according to IHS Technology. With growth comes competition and the potential for disputes, both intellectual property-related and otherwise. This article surveys some of the...more

A Second Chance on a Motion to Amend

In Microsoft Corporation v. Surfcast, Inc., IPR2013-00292, Paper 77 (June 5, 2014), the PTAB authorized the patent owner to file a corrected motion to correct what it deemed potential ambiguities in the proposed substitute...more

Microsoft Corp. v. DataTern, Inc.: Suppliers’ Standing To Bring A Declaratory Judgment Action Based On Customer Suits

On May 5, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Microsoft Corporation v. DataTern, Inc. that clarified, at least in part, the circumstances under which a supplier may bring a declaratory judgment action based on...more

Suppliers May DJ an NPE, But It Won’t Be Easy - Microsoft v. DataTern, Inc.

Addressing declaratory judgment jurisdiction based infringement allegations against customers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court’s finding of...more

Microsoft Audit Roadmap

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Christopher Barnett, reviews the typical path of a Microsoft audit....more

Legal Alert: UPDATE: The Hare Loses Steam – Patent Litigation Reform Law Unlikely This Year

Efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass an alternative to the Innovation Act, which aims to reform abusive patent litigation, have stalled. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is leading the effort, has announced that his committee is tabling...more

Ignoring XP End Of Life May Make Your Company An Attractive Target

On April 8, Microsoft officially ended all support and ceased providing updates for their Windows XP operating system. This “end of life” (EOL) announcement is not uncommon with software platforms, where continued support of...more

Could Federal Circuit Decision Weaken FRAND Defense?

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, by transferring the Microsoft v. Motorola case to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, issued an order which may significantly impact the ability of...more

Week in Review

The assault on internet security continues to fill news headlines this week. On the heels of the Heartbleed bug, Microsoft announced this week that a security vulnerability exists in all versions of Internet Explorer, with no...more

Microsoft Mail and the 4th Amendment: Do Any of Us Seriously Think We Have a Right Not to Have Email Seized as Possible Evidence?

A perspective on the recent Fourth Amendment and privacy considerations raised by Judge James C. Francis' recent Memorandum and Order: 'In The Matter Of A Warrant To Search A Certain E-Mail Account Controlled And Maintained...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Revive Refusal to Deal Monopolization Suit Against Microsoft...

On April 28, 2014, the United States Supreme Court reinforced the prevailing view that monopolists rarely, if ever, have a duty to assist rivals by denying cert. in Novell, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. Novell claimed that...more

Privacy Tuesday

For the last Tuesday in April, we have a few privacy and security bits and bytes to start your week. Trending Now – 5 Things Every Company’s Data Security Program Should Include... ...more

Interview With Michael Kleef On The Use Of Technology In Compliance Programs

ED. Note-today we continue the series on compliance thought leadership. Today is Michael Kleef, EVP of Convercent, who has some interesting observations on understanding the uses of technology in the compliance arena....more

Microsoft-Nokia: China’s MOFCOM Quietly Slips Into the Debate about Injunctive Relief for FRAND-encumbered SEPs

This past November and December, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and European Commission (“EC”) cleared Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) acquisition of the bulk of the devices and services business of Nokia...more

Six Reasons You Can’t Rely on SharePoint to Manage Policies in Your Compliance Management System

Sharepoint is a beast in the world of enterprise document management. As of late 2012, SharePoint was a $2 billion source of revenue for Microsoft, and Microsoft claimed that over 60% of enterprises use it. ...more

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