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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

New developments in information technology can be worth millions, but only if businesses protect their valued research, products and methods. Those in the IT industry must also balance the intellectual property rights of their own innovations with the rights of copyright holders who created the content that IT delivers to the public. Open source software, software licensing negotiations and technology transfer all come with the potential for legal disputes for information technology producers, vendors and users. And because information technology is integral to businesses in virtually every industrial sector, it’s important to work with a law firm that has insight into and understanding of those different sectors as well as IT issues.

Our attorneys accept the reality that IT products and methods are developed faster than the laws to regulate them, and that some laws, such as tax laws, could not have anticipated the advent of such technology and its new form of “property.” Several of our intellectual property attorneys represent IT clients on matters ranging from prosecuting patents, to communicating with clients on the risks and benefits of open source software, to litigating all manner of intellectual property issues.

The building of computer data centers also entails unique legal considerations related to intellectual property, real estate, utility and other areas of law. One of our real estate attorneys is one of the few in the nation knowledgeable in the real estate issues affecting large computer data centers, and has even published on the subject. In short, our attorneys have as dynamic a practice as the industry demands.

Publications

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products

What U.S. companies need to know about their IP rights post-Brexit

Key considerations for representation and warranty insurance

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule updating overtime regulations

Voluntary disclosure opportunity for cloud computing services in Chicago

Missouri passes data center incentive legislation

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

USPTO publishes new (and largely improved) guidance for subject matter eligibility

Counterfeits can kill U.S. troops. So why isn't Congress and DoD doing more to stop it?

Does the Prometheus decision extend to business and computer method claims?

Acceptable specimens are key to strong trademark protection

Blog Posts

Copyright Office changes procedures for DMCA agent designations

11th Circuit better defines FTC’s ‘Unfair’ standard – The details are in the damage

FINRA forces firms into the weeds on security policies

How to combat the risks of impersonation emails, imitative domains

Securing assent: The Internet twist of electronic contracts

When smart goes bad: Why internet security does not just refer to computers

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

Don’t doubt the data breach: Massive Yahoo hack reminds us it’s not if, but when

FTC sets new standard for mobile app location tracking – indirectly

Chicago cybersecurity event to address U.S.-EU data regulation

TCLE

Ethics and Cybersecurity

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

Mobile Medical Apps and FDA’s New Cybersecurity Guidance: It’s a New World

Cloud Computing 101- How It Works, What Are Its Risks and What Are Its Rewards

News

Claire Schenk appointed Receiver in FTC enforcement action against tech support scam

Melissa Ventrone to present at data breach summit

Melissa Ventrone to chair DRI data security conference

Matt Hafter joins corporate practice in Chicago

New Thompson Coburn blog In Focus covers photo copyright cases

Thompson Coburn's lobbying group honored as among the top in the nation

Sean McGowan, Tyler Black publish series on drone technology for global security publication

Updated trade compliance materials now available

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

Thompson Coburn earns corporate counsel recommendations five years running in national report

Aaron Lacey, Chris Murray author paper on regulatory hurdles for competency-based education

Thompson Coburn earns eight national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Intellectual property litigator Sam Watkins joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

Chris Murray named to National Law Journal’s '40 under 40'

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Jason Schwent, Kelly Simon named 2014 Up & Coming attorneys

Jim Burger leads panels at 2014 ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Betsy Haanes co-authors article on obviousness-type double patenting

Mark Sableman talks to Bloomberg BNA about Europe’s historic ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

Thompson Coburn sponsors St. Louis ‘Inventor of the Year’ awards celebration

29 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Jim Slear leads webinar on ‘Navigating the Russian and Ukrainian Sanctions Maze’

Claire Schenk to speak at 10th Annual ABA National Institute on False Claims Act

Steve Ritchey writes about the America Invents Act for the American Ceramic Society

UMSL Research & Innovation Week to feature Tom Schlafly presentation

Jim Burger writes about counterfeits for Defense One

Jim Burger a featured speaker, moderator at ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Mark Sableman co-authors NLJ article on data privacy legislation

Lobbying & Policy group revs up with first three clients

Thompson Coburn launches new bipartisan Lobbying & Policy group in Washington, D.C.

Jason Schwent publishes article in Bloomberg BNA patent journal

IT news site interviews Matt Braunel on patent infringement litigation

102 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2013 Best Lawyers list

Mizzou forums feature Thompson Coburn partners

Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry.

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, ...

Jim Burger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6528

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities, and national and international companies in commercial transactions and counseling involving t...

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities,...

Chip Fendell
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2306

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entrepreneurs toward growth and success at each stage of their business.

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entreprene...

Matt Hafter
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6049

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed Harvey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6415

Amanda is a litigator and a highly experienced litigation trial team leader for Fortune 500 companies facing class actions and complex business disputes.

Amanda is a litigator and a highly experienced litigation trial team leader...

Amanda Hettinger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6054

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigation practice in complex commercial disputes and white collar crime cases.

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigatio...

Steve Higgins
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6536

Paul represents employers in immigration matters and in litigation in a variety of state and federal courts across Missouri and Illinois.

Paul represents employers in immigration matters and in litigation in a var...

Paul Klein
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6170

Michele serves as a key corporate securities and compliance advisor to public and private companies.

Michele serves as a key corporate securities and compliance advisor to publ...

Michele Kloeppel
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2242

Litigation can be a chess match or a street fight: Rob has the skills and experience needed to navigate either approach.

Litigation can be a chess match or a street fight: Rob has the skills and e...

Rob Lang
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6595

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6095

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor t...

Chuck Poplstein
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6291

Jason's practice is centered on technology with an emphasis on cybersecurity breach response and software and intellectual property licensing.

Jason's practice is centered on technology with an emphasis on cybersecurit...

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6580

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups.

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law pra...

Jennifer Visintine
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6352

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal practice, which primarily focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal...

Ben Volk, Jr.
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9448

Barry serves as a corporate strategist and outside general counsel to small- to mid-sized companies, as well as their principals, in a variety of industries.

Barry serves as a corporate strategist and outside general counsel to small...

Barry Weisz