Intellectual property and cybersecurity disputes are top legal concerns for tech companies – TechCrunch

No industry is foreign to litigation, but for the technology sector, it appears that intellectual property (IP) and patent litigation, followed by cybersecurity and data protection issues, are among the top legal issues preventing business leaders technologies to sleep at night.

According to the 17and An annual Litigation Trends Survey by Norton Rose Fulbright, which surveys hundreds of internal litigation managers from global corporations, labor and employment disputes also top the list for technology companies.

Startup teams, legal advisors and other internal stakeholders looking to address these legal challenges need to consider three key factors impacting the industry.

Intellectual Property Disputes: The Top Litigation Concern in the Industry

Technology respondents were more likely to be concerned about intellectual property litigation than any other potential source of litigation, with 46% citing it as a top concern, compared to 16% in all sectors.

Given that the primary function of most technology companies is to develop and commercialize innovative technologies and solutions, it is not surprising that technology companies indicated that intellectual property litigation was the most relevant and most important to them. Respondents cited the critical nature of intellectual property assets to their core business as the reason litigation was such a concern.

The costs associated with such litigation, particularly when defending against patent infringement charges, were a top concern for respondents. Defending against intellectual property litigation can be a drain on resources, especially given the cost and prevalence of litigation initiated by “patent trolls” – entities whose primary business is to obtain and enforcing patents against technology companies – far outweighs the costs associated with exploiting the patent to provide goods and services.

Many respondents would expand their legal teams. Strategies include adding additional in-house legal staff, engaging outside attorneys to focus on specific intellectual property strategies, expanding investigation and enforcement against potentially infringing activities, improving of the company’s patent protection and the establishment of a more mature and robust contract drafting and review process for intellectual property. – related contracts.

Tech companies feel exposed to cybersecurity and data protection disputes

Technology respondents ranked cybersecurity and data protection issues as the top litigation trend, more than any other industry – 71% said they felt more exposed to cybersecurity/data protection litigation, per compared to the previous 12 months. They said protecting both their own proprietary information and their customers’ information was essential, especially in an increasingly global marketplace.


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