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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

New developments in information technology can be worth millions, but only if businesses protect their valued research, products and methods. Those in the IT industry must also balance the intellectual property rights of their own innovations with the rights of copyright holders who created the content that IT delivers to the public. Open source software, software licensing negotiations and technology transfer all come with the potential for legal disputes for information technology producers, vendors and users. And because information technology is integral to businesses in virtually every industrial sector, it’s important to work with a law firm that has insight into and understanding of those different sectors as well as IT issues.

Our attorneys accept the reality that IT products and methods are developed faster than the laws to regulate them, and that some laws, such as tax laws, could not have anticipated the advent of such technology and its new form of “property.” Several of our intellectual property attorneys represent IT clients on matters ranging from prosecuting patents, to communicating with clients on the risks and benefits of open source software, to litigating all manner of intellectual property issues.

The building of computer data centers also entails unique legal considerations related to intellectual property, real estate, utility and other areas of law. One of our real estate attorneys is one of the few in the nation knowledgeable in the real estate issues affecting large computer data centers, and has even published on the subject. In short, our attorneys have as dynamic a practice as the industry demands.

Publications

Illinois legislature makes substantial limiting changes to state law on non-compete and non-solicitation agreements

EEOC issues new guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace

Non-practicing entities target electronic health records apps in patent litigation

Litigation fees may be tax-deductible, confirms new Tax Court ruling

Chicago raises 'Cloud Tax' in response to $1.2 billion budget gap

Ten due diligence keys to unlock value from your software-as-a-service contract

Electronic signatures and remote online notarizations during COVID-19

What the President’s executive order means for transactions involving the Government of Venezuela

Aggressive government positions expand liability for non-traders

Participate in standard-setting bodies? The enforceability of your patents could be affected

Seven steps to avoid the new waves of Chinese tariffs on industrial goods

Data in the cloud: What if the cloud provider goes bankrupt?

California takes another run at regulating virtual currencies

PTAB offers clarification on inter partes review and state sovereign immunity

Criminal antitrust prosecutions still loom for employers with ‘no-poaching,’ ‘wage-fixing’ agreements

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

Supreme Court heralds tectonic shift in venue selection for patent suits

USPTO launches new proof of use audit program

The shifting standard for IPR estoppel: Where are we now?

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products

What U.S. companies need to know about their IP rights post-Brexit

Key considerations for representation and warranty insurance

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule updating overtime regulations

Voluntary disclosure opportunity for cloud computing services in Chicago

USPTO publishes new (and largely improved) guidance for subject matter eligibility

Acceptable specimens are key to strong trademark protection

TCLE

Colleges Held for Ransom: Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Ethics and Cybersecurity

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

Cloud Computing 101- How It Works, What Are Its Risks and What Are Its Rewards

Blog Posts

Supreme Court challenges privacy litigants to demonstrate Article III standing

NIST announces collaborative privacy framework initiative

CFPB final rule cuts costs and headaches from annual privacy notices

That’s all, folks! Alabama becomes 50th state with breach notification law

South Dakota enacts its first data breach notification law, leaving Alabama the last holdout

Beware this years’ taxpayer refund scams and data breaches: 8 steps recommended by the IRS

Copyright Office issues new restrictions on group registration of photos

Enforce your repeat infringer policy

Yet another Target settlement highlights data breach costs

When good copyright laws go bad: Indictment lays out porn ‘trolling’ scheme

News

Jennifer Post talks to Business Insider about startup considerations before going public

Congratulations to our 2021 Best Lawyers ‘Lawyers of the Year’ and ‘Ones to Watch’

Thompson Coburn Management Committee welcomes Jennifer Post

DCP wins important copyright case

Jim Shreve joins Thompson Coburn as cybersecurity chair

FTC reaches $6 million settlement over St. Louis-based tech support scam

Mark Sableman talks ‘internet twists’ at Midwest Digital Media Conference

Victims of tech support scheme again targeted by scammers

Claire Schenk appointed Receiver in FTC enforcement action against tech support scam

Matt Hafter joins corporate practice in Chicago

New Thompson Coburn blog In Focus covers photo copyright cases

Thompson Coburn's lobbying group honored as among the top in the nation

Sean McGowan, Tyler Black publish series on drone technology for global security publication

Updated trade compliance materials now available

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

Thompson Coburn earns corporate counsel recommendations five years running in national report

Aaron Lacey, Chris Murray author paper on regulatory hurdles for competency-based education

Thompson Coburn earns eight national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Chris Murray named to National Law Journal’s '40 under 40'

Mark Sableman talks to Bloomberg BNA about Europe’s historic ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Jim Slear leads webinar on ‘Navigating the Russian and Ukrainian Sanctions Maze’

Claire Schenk to speak at 10th Annual ABA National Institute on False Claims Act

Steve Ritchey writes about the America Invents Act for the American Ceramic Society

UMSL Research & Innovation Week to feature Tom Schlafly presentation

Mark Sableman co-authors NLJ article on data privacy legislation

Lobbying & Policy group revs up with first three clients

IT news site interviews Matt Braunel on patent infringement litigation

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