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Tips for raising venture capital: commercial contract issues

                Read the tips below from our colleague Jeff Lehrer: You started with a great idea and have built the technology to bring your idea to life. You have also addressed the critical intellectual property rights issues that will allow you to protect your idea in the commercial market. … Continue Reading

The SEC has the Munchees: Eating away at the “utility token” theory

In this week’s guest blog post, our Seattle-based colleagues, Andrew Ledbetter and  Trent Dykes, discuss takeaways from the SEC’s enforcement order regarding Munchee’s token offering and SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s general public statement on cryptocurrencies and ICOs: For those who previously read our post about the SEC’s report in the DAO, much of this might not be a surprise – although … Continue Reading

Smartphone apps pose heightened compliance risks under new US FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

With the widespread adoption of “super-apps”, multinational companies operating in China and other emerging economies may be exposed to heightened compliance risks, particularly in light of the recent adoption of a new US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy (FCPA Enforcement Policy) that restricts the use of third-party apps for undocumented business communications. For … Continue Reading

The Internet of Things and connected cars: new opportunities and risks

Last week, Jeremy Lustman had the honor of introducing a panel discussion entitled, “Are We There Yet?  Four Ideas Driving the Revolution in Mobility”, at OurCrowd’s annual Global Investor Summit that took place in Jerusalem.  The panel focused on the shifting world of personal transportation that will radically transform how people get from one place … Continue Reading

Social Media Ownership Considerations in the Employment Context

Please read the latest post by Elvira Kras in The Labor Dish, our employment and labor blog about legal issues important to US employers:   At home, social media dilemmas include being 62 weeks deep in a social media account, and accidentally dropping a dreaded double-tap, “liking” a photo and releasing a notification that reveals your not-so-secret surveillance. … Continue Reading

Russia amends its foreign exchange regulations

Russian foreign exchange regulation and currency control laws have been modified through two sets of amendments. Our colleagues, Steffen Kaufmann, Maria Shevchenko, and Alexi Kolesnikov, compare the current rules to the new rules that will go into effect in early 2018 here.… Continue Reading

Italian privacy legitimate interest gets complicated

Our colleague Giulio Coraggio explains how privacy legitimate interest might become difficult to manage in Italy following provisions introduced by means of the Budget Law: The Italian legislator seems not to like legitimate interest as legal basis of data processing. Indeed, under the current Italian Privacy Code, it required a previous approval from the Italian Data Protection … Continue Reading

Dutch Government’s proposals for the introduction of a binding, pre-insolvency composition – the “Dutch Scheme”

In our latest Restructuring Global Insight Series e-newsletter, our colleagues Marc Molhuysen and Connie van Niekerk take a look at the so-called “Dutch Scheme” to better understand the proposal likely to transform Netherlands insolvency legislation.  To learn more about the recently drafted bill, referred to as the Court Confirmation of Extrajudicial Restructuring Plans to Prevent Bankruptcy … Continue Reading

Beware secured creditors: The newly amended US Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure now require filing a proof of claim

In our last Restructuring Global Insight e-newsletter of 2017, San Francisco-based partner, Joshua D. Morse, discusses certain recent amendments to Rule 3002 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (which became effective on December 1, 2017), which impose affirmative obligations on secured creditors to protect the right to distribution in a bankruptcy case.  To read the article, please click here.… Continue Reading

Jay Finkelstein Leads International Negotiations Course at TAU Law School

On January 1, 2018, DLA Piper’s Israel Country Group had the pleasure of visiting the law school at Tel Aviv University (TAU) to observe an intensive international negotiations mini-course led by our colleague, Jay Finkelstein.  The course is structured around a simulated negotiation exercise, spanning over two weeks, in which students from TAU and UC … Continue Reading

Be Global: 2017 in review

In this month’s edition of our Be Global: Employment law newsletter, our colleagues bring together a summary of the most significant international employment law developments from the past 12 months, as reported on GENIE, DLA Piper’s Global Employment, News, Insights & Events website.  Be Global is our snapshot of key global employment law developments designed to help you identify legal hot … Continue Reading

What’s patentable about software?

What is a software patent? When do you need a software patent? What types of software are patentable? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this article written by Boston-based partner, Larissa Park.… Continue Reading

New York City to ban employers from asking job applicants about salary history: compliance action steps

On April 5, the New York City Council passed legislation outlawing salary history inquiries.The new legislation was created in an effort to address payequity issues by prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process. The law would come into effect 180 days after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs the … Continue Reading

Data protection: patient confidentiality in the age of AI

While in their previous article, Bonella Ramsay,  Gareth Stokes, and Giangiacomo Olivi considered a typical collaboration between a healthcare institution and a developer of an digital diagnostic system using machine learning or some other form of artificial intelligence. The currency of that commercial relationship is data. Learn about this new commercial relationship within the healthcare field by read the article by … Continue Reading

IoT, spyware and privacy risks

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables everyday objects – printers, thermostats, pacemakers, cars – to collect and exchange data over the Internet. Like other online data, IoT data can be mined, transformed and monetized. However, with the exponential growth of IoT comes higher risk and greater scrutiny of data privacy and security. If you want to … Continue Reading

THE EU COMMISSION SETS OUT ITS POSITION ON BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS OVER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

On 6 September 2017, the EU Commission published its position paper setting out the main principles that will govern its attitude to Brexit negotiations with the UK on intellectual property (the “Paper”).  The Paper sets out 5 General Principles: Principle 1:  European IP rights should continue to retain comparable protection in the UK post BrexitPrinciple … Continue Reading

Blockchain Regulation: Recent Developments and Prospects for Regulatory Actions

By: Martin Bartlam & Mark Radcliffe Blockchain technology is a nascent technology that is providing evolving applications in finance every day. Several regulators have already signaled their intention to examine the use of blockchain, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT). While potentially attractive to regulators due to increased transaction security and reduced risk of manipulation, this … Continue Reading

India to Bid for Israeli Offshore Oil-and-Gas Exploration Rights

India’s bid for Israeli offshore oil-and-gas exploration blocks could be the first major deal since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic trip in July.  The deal emphasizes how Israel and India are expanding beyond their deep defense ties into sectors such as energy and technology.  To read more, read the recent article in Haaretz. And don’t forget to … Continue Reading

Global Employment Law: August 2017 Roundup

Please see our global roundup of employment developments for August 2017 to learn about the latest advancements in employment law around the world. Highlights include: New Zealand: Pay Equity and Equal Pay Bill introduced, Austria:  New quota for female board members from January 2018, Kuwait: Reform to end of service gratuity increases cost to employers, and Romania: Key changes to labor … Continue Reading

The data protection officer is a complex puzzle under the GDPR

The role of the data protection officer (DPO)  is is one of the most controversial changes introduced by the EU Privacy Regulation.  While this role was already provided by the privacy legislation of some countries, recently it has become compulsory in some circumstances.  In his article, our colleague Giulio Coraggio breaks down the liabilities and obligations of the DPO … Continue Reading

Indo-Israeli Innovation Accelerator Launched in India

Collaborative Intelligence (CI), an Indian Tech company, partnered with Israel Tal Catran from TC Holdings, to launch the first ever Indo-Israeli Innovation Accelerator. The accelerator that was formerly launched this past Tuesday plans to differentiate itself by fast tracking the monetization of products and technology. To learn more about this exciting new Indo-israeli accelerator, read … Continue Reading
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