Posts by madwire

An Associate’s View—Data Privacy Security Tips for Working Remotely

The twenty-first century law firm is beginning to look like the twenty-first century. A look around the office shows maybe half of the computers are warmed by the physical presence of attorneys and staff feverishly at work, but all the computers are quietly chugging away writing motions and entering billable time. No, the other attorneys…

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Rosen: A Case Study on a School’s Duty to Protect

This fall nearly 20 million students will be attending college, according to information from the National Center for Education Statistics. While most incoming and returning college students are busy focusing on their studies, extracurriculars, or simply the next frat party, safety concerns can at times be relegated to the backseat. Students and parents alike often…

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Amazon Wristband Patents Await Potential Legal Challenges

Earlier this year, the U.S. patent and trademark office (USPTO) issued two patents to giant online retailer Amazon (“Amazon Patents”) for wristbands that are able to locate users’ hands and control and direct their movements. Specifically, the technology of the Amazon Patents determines the position of user’s hands relative to storage bins used for storing…

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EP’s Louboutin Decision Opens the Door for U.S. Businesses to Protect Their Color/Shape Brands in Europe

In a recent, game changing decision, European Union’s highest court (EU High Court) has ruled that Christian Louboutin’s famous red sole shoes are eligible for protection as a trademark. This article discussed the significance of the decision and the opportunity it provides U.S. fashion designers to promote and protect their color brands in the European…

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Cannabis Coins: The Future of Cryptocurrency in a Red-Hot Field

The advent of cryptocurrency has given rise to the idea that we may one day have one universal currency. However wrong or right that may be, what is also clear is that the different types of alt-coins that exist today number in the thousands. Cryptocurrency has thus created a dichotomy of opinion when it comes…

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Ransomware Attack Targets Patient Data at LabCorp

LabCorp is a North Carolina-based laboratory testing facility managing over 2.5 million lab tests per week at over 1,900 patient centers throughout the United States. LabCorp is also a recent victim of a major ransomware attack. In a ransomware attack, the assailant uses a program to encrypt a computer and all of its files and…

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Trade Secrets: The Growing Battlefront

Earlier this year, the most publicized trade secret case of our lifetimes played out in court between two giants, Waymo LLC (actually a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc.) and Uber Technologies, Inc. Both companies were developing self-driving car technology, a game-changer in transportation that may forever transform how we get from one place…

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California’s Take on Non-Compete Agreements

It is a common refrain by executives, managers, and employees generally: Can my former employer really enforce the non-competition agreement I signed when I first joined the company? The answer, as is often the case in the legal realm, is yes, no and maybe. California, unlike many other states, has laws against “restraint of trade.”…

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Blockchain-Based Filing System in the Works

Delaware is known as one of the business incorporation capitals of the country and now has new regulatory plans in the works. In October of this year, Delaware plans to launch a proof-of-concept for a blockchain-based business filing system that will allow corporations to take advantage of smart contract technology to automatically track collateral assets…

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