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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2016

Background - We analyzed the terms of 148 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2016 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Results - The weakening in valuations that began in...more

The Scariest Hack So Far

Hackers have upped the ante. Data controllers wax fondly about the good old days when data was outright stolen. Back then, in 2013, there was a sense of fair play. Trolls did troll things. Assuming the victim implemented and...more

Patent Drafting Post-Alice: Broadly Define the Problem, and Narrowly Claim the Solutions

The notion of strategic claim drafting, which experienced patent practitioners understand, is all about writing specific, narrowly defined claims to cover the strategically important “choke points” in a value chain. The...more

Epic Verdict in Trade Secrets Case

Last week, a federal jury in Wisconsin awarded almost $1 billion to Epic Systems Corporation in its trade secrets case against Indian consulting company Tata Consulting Services, Ltd., and its American unit, Tata America...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

Registration of Associated Persons with Algorithmic Trading Responsibilities

On April 7, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (“FINRA”) proposal to amend NASD Rule 1032 (Categories of Representative Registration) to require...more

NHTSA’s Claimed Jurisdiction Over Software and Applications May Stifle Innovation

Motor vehicle technology is rapidly changing to enhance safety and provide navigation, mobility, and accessibility solutions for drivers. Manufacturer-installed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot...more

Upcoming Federal Circuit Decision Presents Opportunity for Clarification of Patentable Subject Matter

Since Alice, consistently defining the bounds of statutory subject matter in computer arts confounds even the most experienced attorneys. E-commerce software combining visual elements of multiple parties’ websites is patent...more

Alert: FCC Proposes New Rules for Competitive Set Top Boxes

On February 18, the FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes new rules intended to open up the market for devices and software used to transmit video programming from multichannel video providers ("MVPDs") to...more

PTC Inc. Reaches $28M Settlement with DOJ and SEC to Resolve China FCPA Allegations

On February 16, 2016, two Chinese subsidiaries of Massachusetts-based software company PTC Inc. (“PTC”) entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and will pay $14.54 million to...more

Advertising Law - February 2016 #2

FTC's Brill to Advertisers: Enhance Consumer Notice, Control - Exhorting advertisers to provide consumers with greater notice and control—particularly with regard to native advertising and cross-device...more

Germany-Based Software Company Settles Bribery Case with SEC for $3.7 Million

On February 1, the SEC agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with a Germany-based software company regarding allegations that it violated the FCPA regarding the payment and offer of bribes to senior Panamanian government...more

FTC’s Proposed Settlement with Dental Practice Software Provider Marks Latest Data Security Action Against a Product Supplier

On January 5, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached an agreement with Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (“HSPS”) to settle allegations that HSPS misrepresented that its dental practice software provided...more

So you want to protect your software: Tactics, options, and considerations post-Alice

Since its first development, intellectual property law has struggled with how to best protect software. Initially, developers could only choose between copyright or trade secret protection to protect their innovative...more

Relating a Software Copyright Infringement Claim Back to its Source

In a recent order, Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the District of Massachusetts untangled a complicated timeline to decide motions for summary judgment regarding several copyright infringement and related claims on a statute of...more

FTC Enforcement in Schein: Misleading Statements about Encryption and Cybersecurity

On January 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a consent order with dental software manufacturer Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. ("Schein") in connection with allegations that Schein had made...more

The Duty of Loyalty Awakens

If you’re a Star Wars fan, loyalty probably means waiting ten years for “The Force Awakens.” (Or even longer if you prefer not to count Episodes I-III). For an employee looking to leave her current employer, however, loyalty...more

Henry Schein Settles FTC Charges of Deceptive Advertising of Dentrix G5

Data encrypted in accordance with the Advanced Encryption Standard (“AES”) gives dentists a “safe harbor” in the event of certain breaches of patient information. However, those relying on Henry Schein’s Dentrix G5 software...more

FTC settles with software provider over misleading customers about encryption of patient data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 5, 2016, that it has agreed to settle an investigation with Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (Schein), an office management software provider for dental practices...more

State Department Discusses Whether to Add 'Cyber Products' to the USML

Recent trends and discussions relating to export controls and national security concerns may now capture the attention of software manufacturers, technology firms, and online retailers of software, as well as their global...more

A Path for Video Game Developers to Introduce Their Games to Casino Floors

Popular skill-based games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Defense of the Ancients can soon be adapted and used for gambling on casino floors, thanks to the recent amendments to Nevada’s Gaming Control Act, together...more

ITC Powerless to Block Importation of Infringing Digital Files

The Federal Circuit held that the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) could not block the import of infringing digital files because the ITC lacked jurisdiction. According to the Federal Circuit, the term “articles”...more

No Review of PTAB Determination to Not Institute an IPR, Again - Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.

Addressing a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) to not institute inter partes review IPR proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded...more

Higher Wages for Computer Software Employees for 2016

The Department of Industrial Relations recently announced an increase in the minimum hourly wage required for certain computer software workers who are exempt from overtime under California Labor Code section 515.5....more

Major Verdict Shows the Power of Per Se Theories

How much is a per se theory under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 worth? According to a recent verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, it’s worth 52.7 million dollars (plus, no doubt, a big...more

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