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Bipartisan bills bolster cybersecurity protections for small business

Cybersecurity is not just a concern for very large companies but instead should be on the radar of all companies. While the breaches experienced by Target, The Home Depot, or even Equifax may garner much of the press, small...more

7 things you might not know about cybersecurity insurance

The number of cyber attacks and data breaches are increasing, and the costs to respond to such incidents are also increasing. This underscores the importance of cyber insurance, a valuable tool that companies can access that...more

Illinois takes the lead on employee privacy: What employers need to know

When it comes to employee privacy protection, employees in the United States generally do not have a right to privacy in their workplace. By contrast, members of the European Union recognize employee rights to privacy and...more

3 things your school should know about Missouri State Auditor’s emphasis of cybersecurity

Since being appointed in April of 2015, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has consistently made cybersecurity a priority for her office. Ms. Galloway has focused on cybersecurity throughout all components of Missouri...more

Executive order presents three-pronged approach to improving U.S. cybersecurity

With a recent executive order, the President of the United States continued the efforts of the previous administration to improve the U.S.’s cybersecurity capabilities and protections. While the previous administration had...more

New Fed Circuit decision bolsters on-sale bar

Patent litigators will tell you that there are many ways to invalidate a patent. One of their favorites is a self-inflicted ground of invalidity known as the “on-sale bar.” Under patent law, if you sell (or offer to sell)...more

New York stiffens data protection regs

New York has once again positioned itself as a leader among states by recently implementing one of the most detailed and stringent data security regulations to date. It should come as no surprise that New York is a prime...more

Will September assessment scuttle EU-US Privacy Shield?

Ever since being finalized in July of 2016, the EU-US Privacy Shield has faced considerable criticism. Crafted to replace the long-standing EU-US Safe Harbor that was struck down the previous year, the EU-US Privacy Shield...more

Laches no longer a defense to patent infringement

While under attack for several years now, the patent infringement defense of laches was dealt a serious, and likely final, blow by the recent Supreme Court case of SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products...more

Supreme Court limits liability for shipping parts of patented inventions abroad

Generally, to infringe a U.S. patent, the infringing activity — the unauthorized making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importation — occurs within the United States. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Under 35...more

University patents now immune to inter partes review: Will business come calling?

State colleges and universities recently received a potential increase in the value of their patent portfolios in the form of a ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). ...more

Did U.S. executive order signal trouble for EU citizen privacy rights?

As President Trump settles into office, his administration has issued a flurry of executive orders aimed at reshaping the U.S. government. One order in particular may have a broader impact on global business than originally...more

Swiss join the EU in reaching data transfer accord with the U.S.

Last year the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission agreed on a data transfer protocol that provides a mechanism for compliance with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU...more

FINRA fines again target financial firms for failure to follow regs

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has, of late, been very aggressive in enforcing its regulations in the area of cybersecurity. FINRA took a strong stance on cybersecurity earlier this year when it fined a...more

Boundaries of America Invents Act review procedures still being defined

With the America Invents Act (AIA), the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) was tasked with creating a new administrative process for challenging certain business method patents. But nearly five years since the AIA, the...more

Managers of insolvent Missouri LLCs have no fiduciary duty to creditors

Two recent federal court decisions establish that managers of financially troubled Missouri limited liability companies do not owe a fiduciary duty to creditors of their troubled enterprises. Imperial Zinc Corp. v. Engineered...more

FINRA forces firms into the weeds on security policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to be active in the area of cybersecurity. A recent Letter of Consent issued by the agency’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) contained some startling new...more

D.C. Court of Appeals checks, then balances CFPB’s power

A cornerstone of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Board (“CFPB”). The CFPB, as envisioned by the legislation, would be the independent...more

Case shows ever-changing nature of patent law

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed almost five years ago, continues to substantially change patent law in the United States — and questions about the law’s effects are still being litigated. One important question...more

When smart goes bad: Why internet security does not just refer to computers

A growing trend in the consumer electronics industry is the use of so-called “smart” devices — electronics that use wi-fi connections to allow them to be controlled remotely over the internet. From smart thermostats that can...more

Don’t doubt the data breach: Massive Yahoo hack reminds us it’s not if, but when

Today, September 22, 2016, internet giant Yahoo announced a data breach that exposed the information of over 500 million of its users. The breach, announced by CEO Melissa Meyer, involved the breach of Yahoo servers exposing...more

NIST and FAIR develop tool to merge cybersecurity risk standards

One key issue when developing a cybersecurity protocol for your business is ensuring compliance with industry standards to protect your business and adequately address cybersecurity risks. Fail to comply with the standard for...more

Can 3D printing technology be stolen by sound recorders?

The growth of 3D printing seems to know no bounds. First developed in the ’80s, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, began as a method for rapidly prototyping products during research and development. But with...more

Defend Trade Secrets Notification Requirement

Most companies are aware that President Obama recently signed into law new federal trade secret protection, entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA provides protection for trade secrets similar to that found in...more

Is encryption the key to your data security?

With the increased rate of data breaches targeting personal information, an increased public awareness of online privacy, and an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape, large and small businesses are looking to...more

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