Cloud Computing for the Financial Services Industry

This post examines legal and regulatory issues facing the adoption of cloud computing in the financial services industry. While cloud computing has given the companies that use it the ability to operate more efficiently at reduced cost, the financial services industry has been slow to adopt this technology because of different state, federal, international, and industry regulations unique to this area.  We begin with an overview of cloud computing, continue by focusing on specific hurdles Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 5, 2012

NYC Campus Receives A US Patent Officer This past Tuesday, the US Department of Commerce and Cornell University announced that a patent officer will be assigned to the new Cornell NYC Tech School set open in January. The school will be run by Cornell and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and will admit approximately 20 students to the first class of its master’s degree program. The patent worker will give classes on how to best Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 1, 2012

Google Can Test Its Driverless Cars in California A new law in California allows Google’s cars on the road, as long as there is a driver inside ready to take control. This license to Google to test their cars comes on the heels of similar legislation in Nevada. A reporter from CNN test-drove Google’s car, and a columnist for Wired predicted that nobody will need a drivers’ license in 2040.   FBI Battles Industry Over Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – September 28, 2012

Crowdsourcing Patent Analysis – A Team Effort The USPTO, Google, and Stack Exchange have teamed up to crowdsource patent analysis and expand the scope of access in areas like software patents. For the first time in the history of American patent law, the USPTO is inviting third parties to submit relevant materials to patent examiners. Stack Exchange has set up a website which users can access pending patents, submit prior art, discuss patent validity. Google Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – August 24, 2012

A Key Battle in the Apple v. Samsung Patent War Draws to a Close: Over the course of the summer, what has arguably been the patent “trial of the century” has unfolded in Judge Lucy Koh’s courtoom. This week, the trial entered its final stage, when Judge Koh made special preparations to read the epic 109-page jury instructions to the jurors. What were these preparations, exactly? She wanted the jurors to stand during the reading, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – June 4, 2012

Facebook Goes Public, Becomes More Democratic: Facebook made lots of news in May when it finally became a publicly-traded company. Now, in addition to eventual shareholder votes, the company is opening itself up to even more voting. This past week Facebook put certain privacy changes to a user vote. It remains to be seen whether users can take a few minutes away from precious status updates and wall posts to vote on this potentially important Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 19, 2012

DOJ approves acquisition of Nortel patent portfolio by the Rockstar Bidco Consortium.  Rockstar purchased the patent portfolio last year and the coalition which includes Microsoft, Apple, EMC, RIM, Ericsson and Sony is now free to pursue licensing agreements with companies it believes are using the technology covered by the Nortel patents. Apple claims that Samsung only partially complied with a court order requiring Samsung to release source code for products involved in a patent suit. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 11, 2009

YAHOO! IS ON THE HUNT DURING RESTRUCTURING: Yahoo! Inc. has threatened to sue popular social networking company Facebook for allegedly infringing on Yahoo’s patent rights. Yahoo has not publicly announced which patents it believes are infringed but are asking for Facebook to either pay licensing fees or risk a lawsuit. This news comes on the eve of Facebook’s IPO and amidst plans of a major restructuring of Yahoo! Inc. by its CEO Scott Thompson. Yahoo’s Continue Reading →

Link Roundup – March 3, 2012

Google’s Privacy Policy Goes Into Effect: Google’s much talked-about new privacy policy went into effect this week, not surprisingly with a measure of controversy. Days before the policy went into effect worldwide, the EU tasked the French government’s privacy agency to ascertain whether Google’s privacy policy violated new EU privacy law. Should the French agency find Google’s policy to be illegal, it has the power to both fine Google and to seek an injunction against Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 17, 2012

As the Library of Congress commences its triennial consideration of rulemaking updates to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed harsh responses to third-party requests for the express exemption of DVD ripping. The rule allowing for consumer jailbreaking of iPhones, adopted originally in 2010, is also up for reconsideration in the same proceedings. Apple’s legal battle with Samsung over mobile device patents has expanded to comprise 8 patents and 17 Continue Reading →