Legal

A new but relatively obscure federal law has rendered illegal many common daily transactions, according to Wisconsin attorney Christian Lavers. In this WTN Guest Column, Lavers said the International Emergency Economic Power Enhancement Act might place companies that ship software overseas in legal jeopardy, especially...

Evaluating whether an attorney is needed when licensing software or acquiring hardware is a bit like the triage process used in the medical profession, according to Wisconsin attorney Mark Foley. In this edition of Digital Lex, he offers 10 questions that companies or information technology...

A doctrine that limits the control a patent owner can exert upon a patented product once it has been sold is now being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court. As attorney Grady Frenchick explains, at stake is whether an unrestricted sale of a patented...

In trademark law, the subjective intent to deceive is no longer the standard for fraud, according to attorney Melinda Giftos. Fraud now occurs when an applicant makes a false material representation that he knows, or should have known, was false. That's why the need for...

Businesses face several legal challenges today, but the most daunting might be electronic discovery requests. Even though they have been place for more than a year, companies are paying a heavy price for their failure to prepare for and comply with the e-component of the...

In Wisconsin, the use of Social Security numbers was identified as the culprit of recent data breaches in state government agencies, but the solution actually lies elsewhere, according to attorney Mark Foley. In this edition of Digital Lex, which explores the intersection of information technology...

The implementation of globally integrated Human Resources Information Systems can be shaped nation by nation, or be predicated on key global standards, according to Wisconsin attorney Mark Foley. In this edition of Digital Lex, Foley offers a series of principles that amount to business process...

Failing to understand data privacy could cause CIOs and other managers headaches like sanctions and redesigns, writes lawyer Mark Foley. When data privacy laws collide with enterprise human resources information systems, even simple reports or data access can involve cross-border data transfers under multiple jurisdictions....

When it comes to major technology project failures, the problems often begin in the project's initial stages, according to attorney Erik Phelps. That means negotiating detailed, iron-clad contracts that serve the interests of both technology adopter and vendor. These deals are not rocket science, but...

Final decisions on two stem cell patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reinforce the patentability of University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Jamie Thomson's human embryonic stem cell discoveries. The patent office rulings mark the second time in two weeks that a patent examiner has...