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Supreme Court dents the lives of patent trolls

Five recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have made the lives of “patent trolls” a little more difficult.
A patent troll (or a “patent assertion entity”) is an entity, usually a law firm or a mega-software company, that litigates in patent court on products that the entity does not manufacture. Patent trol ... (full story)


Useful new smartphone apps for lawyers

This is the kind of column that could be written nearly every day, but here are some good, new (or newi-sh) apps of interest.
Some people actually do use a smartphone as a phone. For them, try out TalkNotes and CallWho Smart Contacts.
TalkNotes ($2) is an Android app that allows you to take notes on your phone while a call is ... (full story)


Pittsburgh the hotbed of cybercrime prosecution

For several reasons, neighboring Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania seems to be cybercrime prosecution central. And it’s not because there’s nothing to do there because the Penguins got knocked out in the second round again (not bitter).
Two high-profile international cybercrime cases have recently been brought in front of the ... (full story)


Information governance

There’s a phrase for you. It’s about a year old, and fits right in with the now-popular “big data” meme.
Not that long ago, many lawyers’ offices were filled from floor to ceiling with file boxes. Go into someone’s office to negotiate, and some of the boxes would open, spilling out thousands o ... (full story)


Evaluating cloud providers

Ready or not, the legal industry seems poised for a shift into a positive view of placing at least some business functions in the cloud (or online, or whatever you want to call it). It does look like more and more legal billing, data storage, organizational and research functions are going into cyberspace.
This may still be part ... (full story)