• AI and ML Patents By the Numbers

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 14,838 patents that mentioned artificial intelligence or machine learning in 2019, roughly double the issuance in 2018, writes Al AuYeung, an IP attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. The average...

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  • A Trade Secret Wake-Up Call

    They are not easy to define, much less protect. Protecting trade secrets is both a technical issue and a managerial issue, and both require ongoing attention. One perennial problem is maintaining a trusting and collegial ambience within...

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  • Advanced Ransomware Infects Backups Too

    Ransomware, said in this article to be among the easiest threats to control (avoid opening suspicious emails) has an insidious offshoot. It’s been dubbed “wiperware” by security specialists; some call them “wiper worms.” These are sophisticated programs...

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  • Women in Porn Dispute Win Copyright – And $12.7 Million

    Twenty-two women who claim they were duped into participating in porn videos have won their case in California state court. In addition to $12.7 million in damages, a judge has awarded them copyright to the work. The...

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  • New Ransomware Threat: We’ll Broadcast Data You Won’t Buy Back

    Purveyors of a strain of malware called Maze Ransomware have added another term to their extortion deal. Not only will they freeze your computers if you don’t pay up, they will start publishing your data. This ploy...

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  • A Fresh Look At Japanese Trade Secret Protection

    Countries throughout East Asia have been feeling the sting of trade secret misappropriation and updating their respective trade secret protection regimes. In Japan, lawmakers responded by enacting amendments to a broader Unfair Competition Prevention Act. A recent...

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  • Managing Mountains of Data: Q&A with H5

    Identifying and retaining data that has business value is critical, but that same data can pose risks. Today’s General Counsel interviewed Sheila Mackay and Karla Wehbe of the technology services firm H5 on how to manage these...

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  • Prison Internet: Reading Moby Dick At Three Cents A Minute

    Inmates in West Virginia prisons are receiving free tablet computers, but if they want to read e-books it will cost them 3 cents a minute, and that includes books that reside on a free on-line public library....

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  • Epic Insurance Q: When Is A Cyber Attack An Act Of War?

    A 2017 cyber attack at drug maker Merck was said to have crippled more than 30,000 computers and 7,500 servers, and brought at least one manufacturing facility to a complete halt. As reported originally by Bloomberg News,...

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  • Use Of Landmark Images In Advertising

    Images of local landmarks can be valuable assets in advertising or branding campaigns, but just because the landmark is “public” doesn’t mean the image isn’t someone’s intellectual property or its unauthorized commercial use doesn’t rise to the...

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