10/24/2014 - Key Developments in Privacy and Data Security
Cyber threats are inarguably on the rise, and regulators and law enforcement are stepping up their efforts to ensure that companies are managing personal data responsibly, creating a perfect storm of risk. More and more, our clients are asking, “What can we do to protect ourselves?” The answer? Be aware of the risks, understand the legal implications, and prepare for the inevitable.
05/08/2014 - A Desk Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response - Special Series
If your business is connected to the Internet, it is vulnerable to attack, either by willful perpetrators intent on exfiltrating your proprietary or sensitive data for their own personal gain, or by casual hackers or hacktivists intending to cause damage to your business.
03/13/2014 - A Desk Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response - Part 5
In this installment of A Desk Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response
, we discuss disclosure and enforcement actions by regulators, including state attorneys general, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the “HHS”), among others.
02/13/2014 - A Desk Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response - Part 1
The news has been filled with stories of high-profile data breaches, exposing breached companies to intense and negative scrutiny from lawmakers, regulators, media, customers, and plaintiffs’ attorneys. Other companies that handle personal information have been asking us how they can avoid a similar fate. In the coming weeks, we will be exploring that issue through our special series, "A Desk Guide to Data Protection and Breach Response."
07/26/2013 - Taming the Wild West of Big Data: The Social Norms and Laws of Social Data
The introduction to society of new technologies often results in an initial Wild West period of opportunity and uncertainty.
06/21/2013 - Protecting User Data in Light of the FTC’s Recent Privacy Enforcement Actions
Presented at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section, June 21, 2013.
04/11/2013 - European Data Protection Directive and Safe Harbor
Presented to the North Texas Information Systems Audit and Control Association on April 11, 2013.
04/19/2012 - Cloud Computing Service Agreements
How should you approach your cloud computing service contract?
02/14/2012 - Employee/Consultant IP Assignment: Abbott v. Epocal
A presentation outlining basic patent rules, basic copyright/trademark rules, patent assignment by contract, copyright assignment by contract, and the Abbott v. Epocal
01/19/2012 - Law360 Guest Article: Domain Name Collateral And Trademark Tangles
For a business involved in digital distribution, a domain name and the services offered through that domain name are often responsible for a large portion of the business value.
11/02/2011 - IP License Transfer in Mergers and Acquisitions
An overview of issues related to license transfers in mergers and aquisitions transactions.
10/04/2010 - Hot Branding News, Fall 2010
12/01/2009 - Update on Mandating Data Security
A review the data security requirements of new laws in three states: Massachusetts, Nevada, and Connecticut.Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, December 2009. Reprinted with permission.
10/02/2009 - The IP Beacon, October 2009
The IP Beacon is a quarterly newsletter prepared by the Haynes and Boone Intellectual Property Practice to inform clients and friends of trends and changes in intellectual property law.
09/21/2009 - Update On Mandating Data Security
Many states have enacted statutes imposing general obligations on companies to maintain “reasonable” security procedures and practices to protect the personal information of state residents from unauthorized access or use... This article explores a few specific developments in state law.
04/13/2009 - The Erosion of Licensor’s Rights
A license agreement traditionally has been thought of as a promise from an intellectual property owner not to sue the licensee for engaging in conduct that would otherwise violate the owner’s rights. A license agreement enables the licensor to generate revenue, while retaining ownership of the intellectual property.
© Bloomberg Finance L.P. 2009. Originally published by Bloomberg Law Reports. Reprinted by permission.
03/30/2009 - Patently Complicated New Rules Still in Play: Tafas v. Doll on Interlocutory Appeal
The Federal Circuit in Tafas v. Doll
(formerly Tafas v. Dudas
) has now had its first review of the new rules proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”), based on an appeal of a summary judgment ruling. The PTO has been attempting to implement these new rules relating to the patenting of inventions since November 1, 2007, which would impose fairly strict and burdensome requirements on patent applicants and companies attempting to protect their financial investment and incentive to develop such technology.
10/15/2008 - Pro-IP Act Signed into Law
Yesterday the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 was signed into law.
09/08/2008 - The IP Beacon
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.
07/24/2008 - Be Careful Where You Save That File
IP Law 360
Inventions are not patentable in the U.S. if they have been publicly disclosed, used, or sold for more than a year before filing an application, according to Section 102(b) of the Patent Act. This rule is based on the principle that an invention in the public domain should no longer be patentable.
07/08/2008 - Copyright Office Commences Online Registration of Claims