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The Impact of Employee Training on Cybersecurity Breaches

Every organization is exposed to information security threats daily. It is essential that organizations have an information security protection program that is properly designed, documented, executed, and updated to minimize exposure to information loss, disruption of operations, and liability to third parties and regulators. An effective cybersecurity risk management program requires an effective governance structure … Continue reading this entry

Foley & Lardner to Sponsor Venture Cafe's IoT Connect 2017

Foley & Lardner’s Technology Industry Team is a proud sponsor of Venture Cafe’s IoT Connect 2017: What’s Hype and What’s Happening in IoT. SAVE THE DATE: November 30, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Venture Cafe is located at One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142. Please join us for all or a portion … Continue reading this entry

Three Years Later, Foley Survey Reveals Positive Prognosis for Telemedicine

  We are excited to announce that Foley’s 2017 Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey is now available on foley.com. When we launched Foley’s inaugural Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey in 2014, health care executives weren’t ready to make telemedicine a significant focus of their business and patient strategies. In fact, 87 percent of respondents did not expect … Continue reading this entry

Cloud Computing 101: Tips to Control Waste

In an industry poised to exceed $250 billion in the the coming years, there isn’t a better time to review your cloud deals to ensure your company is getting maximum value for its cloud spend. As Ian Barker reports, companies are wasting an enormous amount of money on cloud services. These excess costs can be reduced … Continue reading this entry

Using Biometric Timekeeping? Be Aware of Potential Compliance Risks

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Human resources professionals could certainly be excused for feeling frustrated with the fact that every technological advance improving business operations comes with new legal landmines to manage. For example, increased connectivity has greatly enhanced productivity opportunities.  But at the same time, it has created new challenges with data management and integrity, off-the-clock work risks, and … Continue reading this entry

Foley & Lardner Advises Black Duck Software on Pending Sale to Synopsys

Foley & Lardner is advising Black Duck Software, Inc. on its pending sale to Synopsys. Massachusetts-based Black Duck is a leading provider of automated solutions and open source software. Synopsys provides high-quality, silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Synopsys will pay approximately $565 million, or $548 million net … Continue reading this entry

Tech Startups Play Critical Role in Development of Self-Driving Cars, According to Foley Survey

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Automakers and suppliers have been joined by a growing list of early-stage and established technology companies from outside the traditional automotive supply base in the race to build a truly connected car, and ultimately the first completely autonomous vehicle.… Continue reading this entry

Looking Ahead: Top Issues Impacting the Tech Industry in 2017

As technology continues to reshape how business gets done and the way people live their lives, there are many reasons to be excited about the tech industry’s prospects heading into 2017. The more than 300 executives, investors, and advisors that recently convened in Boston for Foley & Lardner’s annual FoleyTECH Boston 2016 conference, discussed the … Continue reading this entry

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Issues Ahead

Companies including Apple, Google, Tesla, Toyota and Uber are all developing and testing self-driving car technology. Toyota announced in November that it would spend $1 billion over the next five years on research centers related to autonomous vehicles at both MIT and Stanford. Apple, Google, Tesla and Uber have also committed to substantial research initiatives … Continue reading this entry

Tips for Protecting Your Company Against Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity has become, as it should, an extremely important topic on company boards’ agendas. The main question on everyone’s mind is: “How can we eliminate this problem?” The answer, unfortunately, is that you can’t. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and their knowledge evolves with every new technology. As discussed by a panel of experts at … Continue reading this entry

Five Questions for Early-Stage Companies Looking to Protect Their IP

Throughout previous Emerging Company Exchange posts, we’ve discussed the importance of intellectual property (IP) for technology companies.  For medical device companies, regulatory guidelines present challenges that should be considered when developing an intellectual property strategy. Learn more about five common intellectual property quandaries facing early-stage medical device companies in our recent article on Medical Design … Continue reading this entry

“Better, Faster, Stronger” — Identifying and Protecting Your Competitive Differentiators

Competitive differentiators are the beneficial and unique aspects of your product or service compared to those of competitors. These qualities may provide benefits to consumers, such as a useful and unique feature, more reliable operation, or lower price; or may provide benefits to your organization, such as reducing manufacturing or operational costs. A competitive differentiator … Continue reading this entry

Acquisition of HERE – a Prime Example of How IP Can “Drive” Value

Earlier this month, the news reported that several automakers, including BMW, Audi and Daimler, agreed to acquire HERE Global (Nokia’s map business) for $2.8 billion. Reuters reported that HERE’s primary competitor is Google Maps, and that the automakers outbid Uber and Baidu. Why would the automakers pay billions for an alternative to Google Maps? What … Continue reading this entry

Mark Your Calendars: 2015 FOLEYTech Summit

Join us on October 1, 2015 as we explore how the evolution of technology has transformed business and altered the investing landscape. Our 11th annual FOLEYTech Summit will bring together tech entrepreneurs, executives, managers, investors and advisers.… Continue reading this entry

How Can You Safely Discuss Your IP With Others?

As discussed in our previous posts, startups are about capitalizing on ideas, contacts and experience. In the early stages of a startup or pre-startup, founders often socialize their business plan and details about their idea to receive feedback, recruit talent, and obtain funding. However, founders may naturally feel uncomfortable disclosing their plans and ideas to … Continue reading this entry

Top Three Cybersecurity Misconceptions

Cybersecurity is an issue that should be top-of-mind for all companies. But there are three misconceptions about cybersecurity that can put companies at significant risk. In this video, Foley Partner Michael Overly discusses these misconceptions and how companies should change their views of and approaches to cybersecurity.… Continue reading this entry

Taking Control of Cybersecurity: What Emerging Companies Need to Know

Security breaches have become all too common, and cyberattacks are not limited to the assaults on big companies that are reported in the news. With the global economic cost of cybercrime totaling more than $400 billion per year, cybersecurity has become a priority for executives and board members. Companies of all sizes across all industries should be … Continue reading this entry

IoT – It’s All About the Data, Right?

A few weeks ago, the FTC released a report on the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to “things” such as devices or sensors – other than computers, smartphones, or tablets – that connect, communicate or transmit information with or between each other through the Internet. This year, there are estimated to be over 25 … Continue reading this entry

Regulatory Challenges Facing the mHealth Industry

Innovations in health care technology have created unique challenges for developers and investment companies. Among others, changing FDA guidelines, data security, and reimbursement are all substantial issues facing the rapidly evolving mobile health (mHealth) industry. At the 2014 FOLEYTech Summit, Foley special counsel Monica Chmielewski assembled a panel of industry leaders – Mary Modahl, Chief … Continue reading this entry

Tips for Protecting Your Data

With the global economic cost of cybercrime totaling more than $400 billion per year and breaches affecting companies ranging from retailers (e.g. Target, Walmart and Staples) and restaurants (Dairy Queen and Jimmy John’s) to tech companies (Snapchat), banks (JPMorgan), electronics and entertainment enterprises (Sony Corporation) and even NASA, companies of all sizes across all industries … Continue reading this entry

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part II: Advice for Digital Media Companies

As noted in Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends, Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our 2014 FOLEYTech Summit for a discussion on digital media investing. We’ve … Continue reading this entry

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends

Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our 2014 FOLEYTech Summit for a discussion on digital media investing. We’ve compiled their top insights below. What do we mean … Continue reading this entry

Big Companies Should Think and Act Like Startups to Keep Data Safe

With data security breaches now a shockingly common part of modern life, businesses of all sizes are scrambling to bolster their defenses. In this guest commentary in the Boston Business Journal, we explain how businesses can fight against data breaches by taking tips from startups, and even the hackers themselves. Here’s how: Think opportunity, not crisis. … Continue reading this entry

FOLEYTech Summit Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Our FOLEYTech Summit will celebrate its 10th anniversary on October 14, 2014 when technology leaders convene in Boston for “Technology in Motion: Content, Delivery, and Security in a Connected World.” This year’s event will focus on the issues and challenges facing technology companies today within the mHealth, digital media, and security sectors. Our three industry … Continue reading this entry