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How the Patent Non-Assertion Pledge Can be a Savvy Business Strategy Tesla’s recent pledge not to sue those who use its patent-protected technology is evidence of the broadening popularity of patent non-assertion strategies outside the formal standard-setting process. But those who would rely on such pledges still need to read the fine print. It was… Continue Reading

Uncharted Territory

Entrepreneurs Break New Ground at a Startup Incubator in the U.S. Capital Tech entrepreneurs talk so much about “making the world a better place” that the phrase has been satirized on the HBO series Silicon Valley. That didn’t deter Evan Burfield and Donna Harris from dubbing their Washington, D.C.-based business incubator 1776, giving it the… Continue Reading

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, FRAND World

Early Determinations of Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory License Payments Have Been Anything but Consistent When an invention claimed in a patent is essential to complying with a technical operating standard—say, for a device to connect to Wi-Fi or a 3G wireless network—it is considered a Standard Essential Patent, or SEP. Under the rules of many… Continue Reading

It’s (Not) Only a Movie

By Advancing Film Digitization, Consolidating Content Delivery, and Adding Mobile Capabilities, Sam Sahana Helps Odeon’s Theaters Drive Sales and Fill Seats First, he brought mobile boarding passes to airports. Now, Sam Sahana is helping theaters make the most of the mobile and digital experience. From mobile apps to speed the sales of tickets and popcorn… Continue Reading

Secrets in the Spotlight

Companies May Get a New Weapon in the Fight Against Economic Espionage Efforts to protect property from global threats gained momentum in Washington this summer with the introduction of a pair of bills that would create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. Currently, intellectual property owners that want to file suit… Continue Reading

The Coming of the Drones

Amazon isn’t the Only Business That Would Love to Get its Hands on “Octocopter” Don’t look now—hobbyists may already be flying drones in the skies near you, and commercial uses are emerging. The New York Times reported in June that drones have already been put to work gathering news, checking crops for farmers, taking dramatic… Continue Reading

Post Wisely

Two FDA Guidelines Help Life Sciences Companies Solve Social Media Conundrums Social media presents new challenges for life sciences companies. Companies that post about their products on space-constrained social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook don’t have the luxury of a full page or a long voiceover listing risks or side effects. And it’s… Continue Reading

Tax Me Once

A Creative – If Complex – Route to Tax Savings When Going Public For technology and other startups, going public can be doubly taxing—literally.  “Traditionally, a pre-IPO company is structured as a C corporation, which is legally subject to two tax layers, the first assessed on income earned by the entity, and then on shareholders… Continue Reading

Live Streaming: Profits and Pitfalls

When Amazon paid nearly $1 billion for video game streaming site Twitch in late August, it hinted at the tremendous potential for sites that live stream games, concerts, sports, and more. But operators of sites in this nascent segment put themselves at risk of copyright infringement violations. For example, Twitch videos uploaded by game players… Continue Reading

Seeds Worth More than Gold

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn technology. Among her alleged techniques: smuggling bioengineered corn seed in boxes of microwave popcorn packed in luggage to Beijing,… Continue Reading

A Yen for Israeli Technology

While Japanese companies have been investing in Israel for the past two decades, M&A activity has picked up significantly, concentrated in the science and technology (S&T) sectors.  “Japanese investors have traditionally taken a low-key, under-the-radar approach with Israel, typically conducting ‘silent investments’ to keep deals from their competitors’ knowledge,” says Tokyo-based Morrison & Foerster partner… Continue Reading

Takeover Makeover

A New Breed of Activist is Attracted to Tech and Life Sciences Companies First there were the pirates of the 1980s and their swashbuckling raids of RJR Nabisco and other corporate booty. In the 1990s, blue chip companies legitimized the use of hostile M&A as a credible corporate strategy. Then came the mid-2000s wave of… Continue Reading

Payments Hit the Road

With New Devices Making Mobile Payments Easier, Banks Are Getting A Run For Their Money With New Devices Making Mobile Payments Easier, Banks Are Getting A Run For Their Money The advent of mobile payments is changing consumers’ lives—and reshaping the competitive landscape for the companies that provide payments services to merchants. Several new companies… Continue Reading

Wiped Out

If you thought Google was the only organization affected by the European Court of Justice’s May decision honoring a Spanish man’s right to have a newspaper story about him erased from its search rankings, you’d be wrong. In fact, following the court’s reasoning, other companies with European operations that republish third-party content—including databases, content aggregators,… Continue Reading

Entangled in the Web of Things

By finding new uses for data, the Internet of Things heralds a host of challenges Within a decade, analysts say, the “Internet of Things” will have transformed our lives. Billions of Internet-connected devices will monitor our homes, businesses, cars, and even our bodies, using the data to manage everything from appliances to heart monitors. Companies… Continue Reading

New Issue of MoFo Tech Published

Issue Discusses Legal Impact of Unmanned Drones on Commercial Airspace Drones, corporate takeovers, incubators, and even agricultural espionage. Those are just a few of the topics leaping off the pages of the new issue of MoFo Tech, the award-winning magazine on legal trends in technology and life sciences produced by law firm Morrison & Foerster…. Continue Reading