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HTMLCyber-Attackers Can’t Hack-It: The Pentagon Develops a Hack-Proof Drone
Brian Fahrenbach; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 30, 2014, previously published on May 28, 2014
DARPA (the Pentagon’s research division) recently unveiled a new drone with secure software that protects the aircraft’s control systems from hackers. The program, known as High Assurance Cyber Military Systems (“HACMS”) uses carefully-crafted software to cut-off attacks....


HTMLDeadline Looms for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law - But There’s Still (Barely) Time to Comply
McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 22, 2014
In less than six weeks, the e-communications landscape in Canada will undergo a seismic shift. On July 1, 2014, Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) comes into force. Many businesses have assumed, incorrectly, that it simply won’t apply to them, or that their existing practices are just fine;...


HTMLUPDATE: The Hare Loses Steam - Patent Litigation Reform Law Unlikely This Year
Ann G. Fort; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2014, previously published on May 23, 2014
Efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass an alternative to the Innovation Act, which aims to reform abusive patent litigation, have stalled. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is leading the effort, has announced that his committee is tabling that work until the interested parties reach a bipartisan compromise....


HTMLVerizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report Is Here
Richard Sheinis; Hall Booth Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 16, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014
Verizon has released its latest Data Breach Investigations Report, and its 2014 edition is better than ever! Verizon studied 1,367 confirmed data breaches, and 63,437 security incidents in 95 countries. A breach is defined as an incident that results in the disclosure or potential exposure of data....


HTMLSoftware Audits: Strategies for Licensees
Joseph M. DiCioccio, Julie E. Korostoff, Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2014, previously published on May 8, 2014
If you have received a software audit request from your software vendor or one of the industry trade groups representing software publishers, such as the Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”) or the Business Software Alliance (“BSA”) you are not alone....


HTMLTaxpayer Win! Michigan Court Rules Cloud Computing Services Not Subject to Use Tax
Jessica L. Kerner, Pilar Mata; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014
The Michigan Court of Claims held that cloud computing, or software as a service (SaaS), is a nontaxable service rather than a taxable use of prewritten software. The taxpayer, an insurance company, entered into various transactions that provided the taxpayer with remote access to third...


HTMLExemptions Abound! Virginia Clarifies Taxability of Sales of Computer Software and Cloud Computing Services
Andrew D. Appleby, Derek Takehara; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014
The Virginia Tax Commissioner issued a taxpayer-favorable ruling addressing Virginia sales and use tax on (1) computer software sold to manufacturers and (2) cloud computing services. The Commissioner determined that Virginia’s manufacturing exemption can apply to sales of computer software...


HTMLHigh Octane Patent Litigation? Supreme Court Relaxes Standards for Awarding Attorneys' Fees While Increasing Deference on Appeal
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014
In twin unanimous opinions issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected long-standing Federal Circuit rules governing the award of attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party in patent litigation, and appellate review of those awards. The decisions give district judges more discretion to...


HTMLMicrosoft-Nokia: China’s MOFCOM Quietly Slips Into the Debate about Injunctive Relief for FRAND-encumbered SEPs
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 25, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014
This past November and December, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and European Commission (“EC”) cleared Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) acquisition of the bulk of the devices and services business of Nokia Corporation of Finland...


HTMLThe 8 Gotchas of Technology Contracting - Part 1
Craig R. Auge; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014
Every business runs at least in part on technology - and, when contracting for technology products and services, the “gotchas” don’t discriminate based on size or industry.


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