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This Week’s Starting Lineup Brought to You by the NLRB

Posted in Employment & Personnel Issues

After a disappointing Saturday loss, a college quarterback returns to practice Monday to find his coach ready and willing to revisit the weekend and remind the quarterback that his starting position and scholarship are on the line.  Several days of long and exhausting practices follow and the coach continues to pressure the quarterback.  The quarterback,… Continue Reading

Protection against Business and Legal Risks from the iPhone 5s Security Vulnerabilities

Posted in Employment & Personnel Issues, Technology News & Events

The iPhone 5s debuted with a list of new features designed to enhance its users’ experience.[1]  Among the list is Touch ID, a form of biometric security that allows users to lock and unlock their iPhone with their fingerprint.[2]  It was not long before a crowd-funded competition was initiated with $16,000 in cash and prizes… Continue Reading

Intellectual Capital Development for Technology Companies, Cost Effective Adjunct to IP

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Employment & Personnel Issues, Intellectual Property Litigation, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Technology News & Events, Technology Transactions, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Other Financings

 The term Intellectual Capital means different things to different people even in the technology space.  For business planning purposes, intellectual capital should be recognized as more than patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property, extending broadly to employee skills, knowledge, and problem solving abilities.  This is sometimes referred to as a company’s or its… Continue Reading

It’s Critical to Protect Your Proprietary Information

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Employment & Personnel Issues, Technology Transactions, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Other Financings

Lawsuits against employees and contractors, including consultants, for unauthorized use of a company’s confidential and proprietary information are common. For instance, on July 29, Abunassar Impact Basketball LLC filed suit against a former employee and a company he founded alleging that he “gathered Abunassar’s confidential and proprietary information in order to help start a new… Continue Reading

Bring-Your-Own-Device: Are Employers Opening the Door to Security and Legal Risks?

Posted in Employment & Personnel Issues, Intellectual Property Litigation

According to a recent press release by Gartner, Inc., a global technology research and advisory company, half of all employers are expected to require their employees to supply their own devices for work by 2017.  A well-implemented and maintained mobile initiative, like a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workplace, has its benefits, such as driving innovation, creating new… Continue Reading

Pirates, or Freedom Fighters on the Electronic Frontier, Copyright Changes for the Digital Age?

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, E-Commerce, Employment & Personnel Issues, Intellectual Property Litigation, Technology News & Events, Technology Transactions

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced this month that they will be engaging with stakeholders through public comments and roundtables to study a variety of policy issues highlighted in the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF or Task Force) Green Paper, titled “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.”… Continue Reading

Non-Union Employee’s Social Media Speech May Be Protected by the National Labor Relations Act

Posted in Employment & Personnel Issues

As more and more social media websites like Facebook strive to hit one billion active users, employers will continue to update their internal social media policies and seek new ways to monitor and discourage their employees from posting disparaging online remarks about their company and other employees.  Employers need to be aware of a recent… Continue Reading