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High-tech entrepreneurs and the emerging technology companies they launch are the engines of innovation and progress in today’s highly competitive global technology market.  To reach the top requires careful navigation of the complex issues surrounding capital raising, intellectual property protection, and the structuring and execution of vital commercial arrangements.  Enter Brown Rudnick’s Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital practice group, lawyers fiercely committed to helping entrepreneurs excel.  This blog aims to provide timely, informative analysis of the legal and business issues facing emerging technology companies and their founders and financiers.  We hope this blog proves to be just another example of the many ways Brown Rudnick supports the entrepreneurial community.

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10 Primal Particular of a High-quality Virtual Data Contractor

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016


VDRs are becoming more and more demanded among deal-makers all over the planet. Investment bankers, lawyers and top managers of companies are interested in the convenient and protected room to keep their data and to fulfill many transactions. Thus, at the present moment, virtual room providers seem to offer highly useful programs as sophisticated rooms are able to fulfill the needs of the most demanding and difficult businessmen. All in all, virtual repositories have to bring the ease to complicated processes ran by firms, organizations, etc. The following pluses VDR users might experience while working with a virtual data room:

Security of the information

A virtual data room is expected to protect secret and sensitive corporate files. The files are encrypted, watermarked and remain non-accessible for individuals who do not have credentials to enter the room. The user verification requires different stages to reduce the threat of, in example, access with the help of stolen mobile phones. Therefore, the data is secured from external intrusions and internal misuses. Also, backups performed on a regular basis secure information from loss in a case of breakdowns.

Time savings

A VDR can be entered by different VDR users at once: this trait provides employees with a chance provides employees with a possibility to explore the data simultaneously. Moreover, advanced functions of the platform (search, upload, integration with certain software) save a lot of time when it comes to fulfillment of the automatic and habitual actions.

Saving you money

A setup of a virtual room costs less than an opening of a regular data room: there is no need for renting a space, making hard copies of documents. Moreover, less safeguards are needed to guarantee constant monitoring of the virtual platform.

Convenience of exploitation

Intuitive interface is a characteristic that makes exploitation of a VDR rapid and effortless. In a case no specific coaching is to be performed room visitors have an opportunity to work inside the VDR easily and concentrate their attention on their duties, not on the technical traits inherent to the virtual platform.

Well-prepared data system

A virtual repository administrator is the one to impose certain logic on the systematization process: all the virtual copies of the files have to be classified. Efficient search instruments such as full-text search and filtering capabilities guarantees that file system will be simple to utilize. Also, users can have a right to put links from a certain file to another and to distinguish favourite documents.

Restricted accessibility

A virtual platform allows its owners to define what kind of VDR visitors has a chance to browse what documents and how long for. That is why, there are numerous levels of information disclosure and limits can be imposed on the diverse VDR users, groups, files, folders, etc.

Simplicity of cooperative work

As long as it is possible to make a platform accessible for all the users who possess a login and a password, it is more convenient to stay in touch with the business partners. It is not required to meet face-to-face in a case all the files may be shared and discussed via a virtual data room.


Audit reports that are delivered on a regular basis allow the room administrators to follow all the actions of all the users working in a virtual repository. Therefore every action which took place in the room was included in the report and in a case of misunderstandings, unauthorized data sharing or other troubles the report might perform the role of evidence.

Legal compliance

Virtual platform providers are being in charge of making all the files stored in the virtual room consistent with the legal regulations and rules. That is why, the VDR administrator is not supposed to be anxious about the required file formats and certain legal misunderstandings.

Immediate support

A well-prepared support team and a dedicated project manager are supposed to consult visitors who work inside a room within seconds. It helps to get rid of abrupt malfunctioning and to prevent a possible breakdown. The benefits listed above allow you to realize how a decent repository will facilitate your work and help you in a course of different deal-making processes. Along with these functions, many rooms will provide you with innovative and unique options. However you have to be sure in your requirements and to pay attention the virtual repository that does not want to deluge you with weird abbreviations and impress you with the functions that you do not exploit. So, be attentive and select the virtual room that fulfills your requirements.

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Mobile App Privacy: Five Things Businesses Can Do To Stay Out Of Trouble

Posted on Friday, Dec 21, 2012


The business case for offering a mobile app can be compelling: an app can give a business a constant presence on its customers’ mobile desktop, building brand awareness and allowing easy and direct interaction.  But businesses that roll out apps need to pay attention to privacy rules, too, as the recent enforcement action by California’s Attorney General reminds us.

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A New Wave Of GPL Enforcement? Samba and Linux kernel copyrightholders join the fight

Posted on Friday, Jun 29, 2012


Talk about unintended consequences: Rob Landley, a lead developer of BusyBox, announced that he was rewriting that program solely to disarm GPL enforcers. In response, several other copyright holders came forward to hand the enforcers some bigger and more effective weapons.

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The Lore of Linux

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012


Advising clients on open source is always hard, because there’s not much law but a lot of lore.  There are a couple of court decisions that discuss open source licensing, but they don’t get at the really complicated and interesting issues that arise in the day-to-day.

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Copyright in APIs: The Sky Won’t Fall, and The Clouds Are Safe

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012


It’s “The End Of Programming As We Know It”! Oracle is going to “rewrite software law” to create crushing legal burdens on cloud computing! People will soon be able to copyright anything – there could even be a “land grab” for common words that would allow them to “lockdown” programming!

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Does Android Infringe Oracle’s Copyrights In The Java Platform? What The Jury Will – And Won’t – Decide

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012


It’s now up to a jury in San Francisco to determine whether Google’s Android mobile platform infringes Oracle’s copyrights in the code and documentation for the Java Platform.  Or is it?

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Mayo v. Prometheus: A Facile, and Flawed, Approach to Patent Eligibility

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012


A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories that promises to significantly disrupt well-established (and investment-backed) expectations in the biotech industry.

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Misusing The Defense Of Copyright Misuse

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012


Over on Groklaw, a recent post suggested that the copyright claims in Oracle v. Google might give rise to a defense of copyright misuse.   The copyright issues in that case have been fascinating from the start:  Google has argued, for instance, that software APIs are per se uncopyrightable.   Judge Alsup rejected this argument, but I expect that we’ll hear more about it before the case is over.

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GPL Enforcement: Is Copyleft A Force For Good?

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012


The debate over GPL enforcement continues, with the two leading GPL enforcers lashing back at the “anti-copyleft” forces.

A few weeks ago, Rob Landley sparked a firestorm of controversy within the FOSS community when he criticized the GPL enforcement campaigns conducted by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).

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HP Releases Source Code For The Accidental Android TouchPad: Do GPL Obligations Arise Even From Unauthorized Distributions?

Posted on Friday, Feb 10, 2012


Back in the fall I wrote about the flap over the HP TouchPad tablets that were shipped with Android 2.2, or FroYo, installed.  The TouchPad was a WebOS-powered tablet, but somehow at least a few units had Android installed.  Most thought that these were test units that were never meant to be sold.

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