Alice Corp. V. CLS Bank – Supreme Court Continues Trend Of Finding Abstract Ideas Ineligible For Patent Protection

June 23rd, 2014

However, Many Computer Implemented Inventions Remain Patentable Subject Matter


by:  John R. Harris,  Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP









On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its eagerly anticipated decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 573 U.S. ___ (2014).  The court held that the claims of several patents held by Alice Corp. were drawn to patent-ineligible abstract ideas, and were thus unpatentable subject matter under the U.S. patent laws, 35 U.S.C. § 101.  The patent-ineligible claims were directed to a scheme for

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SEC Pushes Cybersecurity Awareness with OCIE Cybersecurity Initiative

On April 15, 2014, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert (the “Risk Alert”) pertaining to its initiative to assess cybersecurity preparedness in the securities industry. The OCIE willbe conducting examinations of more than 50 registered broker-dealers and registered investment

Cyber Security Updateadvisors, focusing on areas related to cybersecurity. This initiative is designed to assess cybersecurity preparedness in the securities industry and to obtain information about the cyber threats that have recently affected the industry. C-level executives, in-house counsel, security officers and risk management officers should

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Tesla Motors Open-Sources Patents – What It Could Mean for Entrepreneurial Ventures

June 16th, 2014


Tesla Motors Open-Sources Patents – What It Could Mean for Entrepreneurial Ventures

By: John R. Harris

In a blog post on June 12, 2014, Elon Musk said that he removed the wall of Tesla patents from the lobby of their headquarters in Palo Alto, in the “spirit of the open source movement.”  Mr. Musk added that, “We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.”  What does this

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The Changing Dynamic of Healthcare: Webinar Recording

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The current regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are changing the business of healthcare. Companies immersed in the industry must understand the current regulations in order to provide value in the market, meet business goals and comply with state and federal healthcare laws. Add to that the shifting dynamics as insurance payers expand control in the marketplaces; the reimbursement changes from health insurance exchanges (HIEs); and the bundled payment and clinical integration programs driving healthcare delivery. There’s a lot at stake for vendors going forward.

The following topics will be addressed:

Open Source Software: Adding Terms to GNU General Public License

The information presented and contained within this document are provided by MMM as general information only, and do not, and are not intended to constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed within this document are solely the opinion of the individual author(s). For more information, contact Paul Arne:

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Silicon Valley Journal – 30th Anniversary

February 25th, 2014
MMM Tech Perspectives


CHAPTER 1 – FEB. 25, 2014

Thirty years ago almost to the day I made my first visit to Silicon Valley.  I’m returning today on what is probably my 100th trip to the Bay Area to visit venture funds, private equity groups, clients and friends.  I’m proud today to be joined by Mayor Kasim Reed and his Invest Atlanta team.

I thought I’d share my insights on how the Valley has changed, how Atlanta has been impacted by the Valley and how technology has evolved through my 30 years of crossing

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Healthcare IT Companies Should Prepare Now for HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule


Almost four years ago, the HITECH Act was signed into law, but a major regulation implementing its provisions—the HIPAA/HITECH “Omnibus Rule”—has yet to be published. The final rule, however, is expected soon, and healthcare IT companies must prepare for it.

In 2009, HITECH enhanced the HIPAA requirements and the penalties increased dramatically. Specifically, the civil monetary penalties increased from $250,000 to $1,500,000. Since the enactment of HITECH, we have seen an extensive increase in audits and HIPAA enforcement activities. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) alone has investigated and resolved 18,122 privacy complaints

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“Preparing Your Company for an Initial Public Offering”

by John C. Yates, Esquire

Are Incorporation Documents and Corporate Records in proper form?

  • Articles of Incorporation must comply with state law (O.C.G.A. §14-2-202 for Georgia corporations) and should indemnify Directors to the maximum extent.
  • Bylaws must accurately reflect an effective plan for managing the Company and regulating its affairs and should protect the Company’s Officers and Directors from liability to the maximum extent provided by law.
  • Foreign Qualification Certificates must be available from every state in which the Company conducts the required level of business.
  • Stock

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