Cease Demand Letter Myths

Cease demand letters are an expected step before any legal action is taken. Most jurisdictions require a claimant to demonstrate mitigation efforts.  Courts respect a claimant’s attempt to resolve the issue of concern.  They also appreciate seeing an effort to minimize damages.  But what can be surmised by cease demand letters is not what is…

Software Distinctions and Ideas

Software distinctions from existing software presents a hiccup to many developers with novel ideas.  Software considerations to push for a patent will encounter nuances that need to be addressed.  The approval process has been presenting hurdles for software patent filings.  The hurdles are more about what contribution is being offered by the idea rather than…

Business Records Handling

Business records are created every minute in business and in a variety of entities.  Every call handled by receptionists, customer service, account managers, and even by management and executives creates a business record.  Every transaction, document dispatch, email, scanning of information for sharing, all creates business records. Every function and every task, digitized, becomes a…

Startup Business -More than an Idea

Startup Business criteria for the idea-person and the money-person, backing the venture, is always easily skewed toward “what’s the least that it will take to get going”.  Going into the wild of business with the startup entrepreneurial spirit is fascinating and laudable.  Many venture off with the chutzpa without seeking legal counsel  and resort to…

Trade Secrets as Data

Trade secrets are seldom considered as data.  Yet, data records are valuable for daily operations and service delivery and much more.  The valued of data gathered either for diagnostic, screening, marketing, or even predictive work, is crucial.  This data becomes a trade secret.  Database records fall victim to many who seek the potential value of…

Cyberquatting Claims and Terms

Cybersquatting claims arise on many occassions out of sheer misunderstanding.  Cybersquatting by a website designer is seldom a thought of concern by potential clients who are in the midst of working or are considering the work of a website designer for their start up a business.  Terms are rarely dickered with to ensure the handling…

Business Data a Trade Secret

Business data in business could be considered a trade secret as it is an essential component of analysis and decision-making.  Businesses cannot compete without relevant data for their administration, process and service delivery.  Trade secrets in database records have value.  Such secrets are sought for competitive reasons. Intruding, a kind word for hacking, into another’s…

Cyber Security Claims

Cyber security claims are seldom tempered with an entities acknowledgement of its insecurity of electronically stored information (ESI) and its handling of consumer personal identifying information (PII).  Their efforts and planning executed, though they may be diligent, cannot anticipate cyber incidents and breach incidents nor should their efforts to prevent them be overstated.  All attention…

Trade Secrets in Databases

Database as a Trade Secret Trade secrets in database records fall victim to many who seek the potential value of stored records from a variety of entities, either from government agencies and competitor businesses, to also include medical and financial enterprises, and even from their own employer or client.  Intruding into another’s database is becoming…

Website Crawling and Data Scraping Thoughts

Website crawling and data scraping have burdened the growth of e-commerce as website owners are witnessing their data scraped.  The legal questions have lingered.  Many questions stand out.  The prevalence of crawling and scraping has become too of the norm for those using web content for business, research, or marketing purposes. The common theme is…

Trade Secrets Extraordinary Provisions

Trade secrets are going to be dealt differently now that the President has signed into law the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA).  Through the bipartisan efforts of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Choons, D-Del., DTSA is meeting the desired measure that has long been sought by businesses to address the delicate nature of…

Data Security Relevance to More than Just PII

Data security relevance is customarily popping up in everyday life, business, and in our system of society.  To think that billions use handheld devices for entertainment, staying informed of news, and to also be able to know where they are and where they are going, there is another segment of our network life infrastructure, growingly…

Child Privacy and the Apps They Play

Child privacy while playing with apps is something to consider.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been concerned.  The aspect of how information, that is children’s personal information, is shared with advertisers and the related networks brings to mind the requirements of the Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In 2013, the FTC amended the…

Trade Secrets Act Update

Trade secret law and practice is about to change if Congress pursues the “Defend” Trade Secrets Act with the current provisions.  Not only will the practice change, rights as well as competition, may be affected for the worse.  The attention that this legislative activity is getting regarding trade secrets is scant to say the most.  …