Many companies (and their programmers) use open source code in their products without thinking too much about it. Open source code is often seen as a free public benefit – like water from a public fountain. Drink all you want – no charge, and no strings attached. Some companies may not even know which open…Read more
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Protecting Confidential Info May Take More than One NDA
Parties to a wide variety of transactions routinely sign non-disclosure agreements – NDAs – before exchanging confidential information. Confidentiality clauses are also often part of software licenses and other technology agreements. However, as a recent decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit shows, having a signed NDA isn’t necessarily sufficient to…Read more
Post Patent Expiration Royalties for Spider-Man Toy?
The inventor of a glove that allows users to shoot foam string – in the manner of Spider-Man – has asked the US Supreme Court to overrule a previous decision that an agreement that includes royalties for the use of a patented invention after the expiration of the patent is unlawful per se. Background In…Read more
Privacy Concerns in M&A Transactions
Consumer privacy is an increasing concern in many countries. On October 28, 2014, the US Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) announced that it had joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), of which the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was already a member. The GPEN is a group of about 50 worldwide privacy enforcement authorities and…Read more