Linda Thayer

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The growing cloud computing industry brings many new opportunities, but with success comes litigation, both from competitors seeking to gain an edge in a crowded market and opportunists seeking to make a quick buck. Valid patents and good innovations deserve due respect and consideration, but the vast majority of infringement actions are started by non-practicing entities (aka "patent trolls") that acquire and assert broad patents, many with questionable validity. There is no question that patent litigation is costly. Litigation that goes to trial can cost over $3 million, and result in damage awards that can exceed $15 million. Being involved in or losing patent infringement suits also impacts customer relationships and marketing opportunities, translating to even bigger losses. Even so-called "nuisance suits" cost time and money to defend. With the presumption of ... (more)

Intellectual Property Law in Cloud Computing | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

You would have to be living under a rock not to notice that everything's going to the clouds, not the dogs. The cloud industry has continued to demonstrate its "sky-high" potential as intellectual property (IP) rights are becoming important in preserving competitive edges, and sky is the only limit. Is it? While intellectual property rights remain important to protect many hard-earned innovations, the news from the patent lawyers has not been as cheery. The Supreme Court's June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and its aftershocks rocked the tech community with the fear o... (more)

Cloud Computing Intellectual Property Law: Part 3 | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cybersecurity and the security of the data in the cloud is a hot topic. The number of companies hacked and the magnitude of losses have been growing at an alarming rate. Earlier this year, an international hacking ring stole as much as $1 billion from over 100 banks in 30 countries in what may be the biggest banking breach ever, and personal information for four million current and former federal employees was stolen when hackers breached the U.S. government's computer networks. What about your company's trade secrets? Are they next? In the "old days" the protection of trade sec... (more)