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  • Shearman & Sterling’s Digest on Federal Circuit Jurisprudence Concerning the “Abstract Idea” Exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101

    22 Sep 2017
    At first glance, the development of Section 101 jurisprudence appears chaotic. The Supreme Court captured several different kinds of problems in Alice and its earlier patentable-subject-matter opinions, and the Federal Circuit’s post-Alice approach has multiplied the problem by tangling several different legal threads in a way that has not so far resulted in clear, consistent statements of law.
  • Connecting the Dots: Key Developments and Best Practices for Evaluating Privacy and Security Risks in IoT Investments

    6 Sep 2017

    The market for internet-connected devices (often referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT) is growing rapidly. Investment in this burgeoning space can be attractive, and according to research firm IDC, the worldwide spending on IoT could reach up to $1.4 trillion in 2021. There are unique risks associated with IoT investments, however, and potential investors should assess certain privacy and data protection issues when considering potential opportunities.

  • Brexit: The Great Repeal Bill

    26 Jul 2017
    On 13 July 2017, the UK government published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, known as the “Great Repeal Bill.” This major piece of constitutional legislation sets out the government’s proposals for transforming existing EU laws into UK laws and ending the supremacy of EU laws in the UK after Brexit.
  • Video: Altman on FinTech and M&A—Protecting Intellectual Property

    11 Jul 2017

    Jordan Altman discusses the necessary steps—from developing source code to active filings—in protecting a FinTech company’s intellectual property rights during an M&A transaction, and looks at the industry’s bright future ahead.

  • Law360 Expert Analysis: Privacy & Cybersecurity Considerations For U.S. Fintech When Going Global

    11 Jul 2017

    In an article for Law360, counsel Jeewon Kim Serrato (San Francisco-Privacy & Data Protection) and associate Oliver Linch (London-Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory) discuss recent cybersecurity attacks in the FinTech industry, as well as preventative measures that companies can implement to protect themselves from future risks.

  • Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

    6 Jun 2017
    The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only competition issues, but data protection, consumer protection and pluralism in the digital ecosystem. The investigation follows closely, in time, the report published by the French and the German competition authorities on 16 May 2016, thus signalling a high level of attention across the EU towards the ever-increasing role played in our economies by data collection, processing and use.
  • WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack: What You Need to Know

    25 May 2017

    The WannaCry ransomware attack was first reported on Friday, May 12. Within hours, it shut down thousands of computer systems, locking users out of their own files. The latest report estimates over 300,000 computers in 150 countries were affected, which could cost as much as $8 billion in lost revenue due to business disruptions. Banks, hospitals, telecommunications services, train stations, and other mission-critical organizations in multiple countries were all hit, including the UK government’s National Health Service, which was one of the first and worst hit by WannaCry. Thousands of operations and appointments had to be canceled as the WannaCry malware locked users out of their computers and threatened to delete patient files unless ransoms of $300 were paid.

  • E-commerce Report Sets Out the Commission’s Enforcement Priorities in the Digital Single Market

    12 May 2017

    The European Commission has published, on 10 May, its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry (the “Final Report”).

  • Video Series: Serrato on Connected Cars and Data Privacy

    24 Apr 2017

    Counsel Jeewon Serrato takes a 360o look at the data privacy implications of connected cars. In the four videos below, she examines how the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy provides a framework for thinking about data privacy in connected cars; the challenges of regulation and jurisdiction in a global privacy context; insurance and liability concerns and how self-driving cars will change the transportation landscape.

  • Altman and Serrato Contribute to Mergermarket Report on Data Privacy Issues in M&A

    28 Mar 2017

    Partner Jordan Altman (New York-IP Transactions) and counsel Jeewon Kim Serrato (San Francisco-Privacy & Data Protection) contributed to a Mergermarket report on data privacy considerations in M&A transactions.  The article discusses the due diligence process, negotiating agreements and the evolving regulatory landscape.

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