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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

July 3, 2014

Premium Lock Cybercrime ring uncovered in Brazil

Network security   A technology security company says it has uncovered a massive cybercrime ring in Brazil that may have stolen billions of dollars from a widely used online payment system.

Updated June 25, 2014

Premium Lock VC attorney: Aereo case will deter investors, not entrepreneurs

Technology startups aren't likely to be scared away from innovation due to Aereo's loss at the Supreme Court, but investors are going to "be more careful," says Jim Verdonik, a veteran attorney who works with venture capitals and startups. Is Uber the next startup headed for a crash?

A screenshot from Aereo A screenshot from Aereo

Updated June 25, 2014

Premium Lock Supreme Court: Aereo a cable company, not hardware provider

The broadcasters told the court, and the majority of the justices agreed, that Aereo's "competitors pay for the rights to retransmit 'live TV' to the public -- as they must to avoid liability for copyright infringement -- while Aereo does not."

Aereo's pitch  Aereo's pitch

June 25, 2014

Premium Lock Restrictions on employees' post-employment work in N.C.: The balancing of interests

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: "Covenants not to compete," or "non-compete agreements," are gaining in popularity, but they are not without risks to employers.

Tags: TechLaw
June 23, 2014

Premium Lock Juror beware: Lawyers can check your social media pages

Social Media The American Bar Association says lawyers now have a green light to scan the social media sites of jurors, but warns against actively "following" or "friending" jurors or otherwise invading their private Internet areas.

June 11, 2014

Premium Lock EEOC weighs in on discrimination issues related to social media

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Many government agencies are focusing on how employers use information learned from employees' social media posts. The EEOC recently held an important meeting on social media and employment discrimination.

May 28, 2014

Premium Lock The pitfalls of personal guaranties

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: An entrepreneur obtaining a commercial loan for a new business will often be required by the lender to sign a personal guaranty. It is very important to seek legal advice prior to signing one.

Updated May 14, 2014

Premium Lock The basics of responding to a civil subpoena

Ward and Smith, P.A.   Techlaw: Being served with a subpoena to testify in court or provide documents can be intimidating. It is important to comply with a subpoena while making sure you avail yourself of the protections provided by law.

Tags: TechLaw
April 30, 2014

Premium Lock Mitigating the risk of extending trade credit: Taking security from your delinquent customer

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Unless you operate a consumer retail business, you probably sell your goods and services to customers on credit. You may be asked to extend additional credit to a customer that is experiencing a cash-flow problem. If you are asked, what can you do to lessen the potential impact of your customer's failure or bankruptcy?

Tags: TechLaw
April 16, 2014

Premium Lock Biotech patent holders: I hate to say I told you so, but ...

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued new guidelines to its Patent Examiners to assist them in determining which patent claims are not eligible for patenting. The guidelines create hurdles that patent applicants must overcome in their quest for patentable claims.

April 2, 2014

Premium Lock Changes to N.C. Limited Liability Company Act - Is it time to update your LLC's operating agreement?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The North Carolina Limited Liability Company Act has been revamped with some important changes that may impact the current operating agreement of your LLC. It's important that you understand these new changes and determine whether any of them affect your LLC.

Tags: TechLaw
March 24, 2014

Premium Lock FCC looks to have E-Rate reforms done by fall

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last week the commission will vote to modernize E-Rate by this fall as pressure mounts from elected officials and service providers to mayors and educators throughout the country.

March 5, 2014

Premium Lock 2013 dramatically altered landscape of US patent system ... so what's next in 2014?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The year 2013 saw some of the most significant changes to the U.S. patent system in more than 60 years. Pending legislation and several cases to be heard by the United States Supreme Court could make 2014 another year of change.

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Updated February 21, 2014

Premium Lock 'Patent trolls' have a new enemy: SAS software

SAS logo at its Cary headquarters  SAS now has a key role in a new federal initiative to stop patent trolls. SAS, which has a contract with, will convert 38 years of user documentation and technical papers into electronic form."Providing our information to will give patent examiners the ammunition they need to object to questionable patent applications," says Tim Wilson, SAS Senior Intellectual Property Counsel.

Tags: SAS, TechLaw
February 20, 2014

Premium Lock Aereo blocked in some Western states after ruling

A Utah judge on Wednesday blocked TV streaming company Aereo Inc. from operating in several Western states, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a related case in April. Broadcasters have argued Aereo is stealing TV signals without paying. Aereo says the tiny antennas it uses to capture signals before relaying them over the Internet should be treated the same as antennas that people use to pull TV signals for free.

Aereo's pitch  Aereo's pitch

Updated February 19, 2014

Premium Lock 'But we were just negotiating:' Understanding when a string of communications (even emails) may establish a binding contract

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Parties negotiating the terms of a deal must understand when the negotiating stops and a binding contract has been created, even if there is only a string of emails.

Tags: TechLaw
February 5, 2014

Premium Lock Tax resolution for 2014: Be proactive to minimize your exposure to the new net investment income tax

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The net investment income tax is a 3.8% federal tax that applies to certain taxpayers with passive income. It is important that you understand how this new tax works so that you can take steps to minimize your exposure to it.

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Updated January 22, 2014

Premium Lock Reviewing EPA's cleanup liability standards in land deals

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: A new standard practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments was adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency on December 30, 2013, adding more refined reporting requirements for parties seeking protection from environmental liability in land transactions.

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December 27, 2013

Premium Lock NY judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

Data security U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaida's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

Updated December 18, 2013

Premium Lock Does your estate tax planning still make sense?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The purpose of estate tax planning is to reduce the taxes on your estate so that you can leave more of your assets to your family and friends instead of Uncle Sam. Does the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ruin your previously prepared estate plan?

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