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Israeli Startups Continue to Fare Well in 2016

In what has become a staple of lists that review the top startup hubs in the world, a recently published list by Sparklabs Global Ventures has listed Tel Aviv as the number three global startup hub. The list has Tel Aviv right behind Silicon Valley and Stockholm, and ahead of New York City, Los Angeles, … Continue Reading

U.S. Market Entry Top 10

Over the last few months I have had the chance to speak to entrepreneurs from Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Norway, Singapore and Ukraine seeking to operate and solicit investment here in the U.S.  As an attorney, I’m expected to focus on best legal practices.  They’re indeed important, but perhaps not worth quite so much … Continue Reading

USCIS Proposes International Entrepreneur Rule to Spur Innovation and Job Creation

On Aug. 26, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for an International Entrepreneur Rule, and provided an advance version of the proposed rule for public review. According to an announcement from USCIS, the proposed rule will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise discretion, on a … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig partners with leading internet conference NOAH in Berlin and London

Greenberg Traurig sponsors the leading internet conference NOAH 2016. In June, over 3,000 attendees including entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, networkers and journalists met in Berlin to discuss disruptive trends across industries. Among the speakers was Rudolph W. Giuliani, who delivered a keynote on cybersecurity together with Bill Morrow, CEO of Quarri Technologies. The conference was … Continue Reading

Cloud Migration Demystified

Migration is already underway, but some of the world’s largest organizations are still reluctant. They handle proprietary data and a staggering volume of transactions.  They want to marshal information and deliver nuanced results.  But a lack of appreciation for the Cloud’s promise, together with questions surrounding security and cost, make many CTOs and COOs cling … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Trevor Chaplick to Present The Basics of Cap Tables

An important part of any angel or venture financing is the pro forma capitalization table (referred to as the “Cap Table”). On Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 12:00 pm -1:00pm EDT, Greenberg Traurig shareholder Trevor Chaplick will present “The Basics of Cap Tables,” a webinar hosted by the Angel Capital Association.  A Cap Table is typically … Continue Reading

Patent Eligibility After ‘Alice’

Nearly every patent practitioner has been impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014). Alice applied the two-part eligibility test set forth in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Labs, 132 S.Ct. 1289 (2014), i.e., is the claim directed to ineligible subject matter and, if so, … Continue Reading

USPTO Issues Subject Matter Eligibility Update with Examples for Life Sciences

Following the recent Supreme Court decisions in Alice Corp., Myriad, and Mayo which invalidated an array of claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101, patent subject matter eligibility has become a closely watched and debated issue. In its most recent attempt to decipher these decisions and apply them in patent examination, on May 4, 2016, the … Continue Reading

Food for thought: Florida, Israel can lead the way in agtech

By 2050, the global population is expected to increase to 9 billion people — a dramatic increase of more than 35 percent. Given scarce natural resources and the uncertainties of climate change, feeding that growing population means food production will need to increase by 70 percent, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. Florida, where … Continue Reading

Incubator or Accelerator Program: Which Is Right for Your Business?

The past few years have seen an uptick in new accelerator and incubator programs that are focused on helping startups launch and grow. Participating in one of these programs can be advantageous for an emerging business looking for expert insight, seed money, venture capital, or market exposure. But not all are created equal. While most … Continue Reading

WP29: Thumbs Down to Draft EU-US Privacy Shield

In a 58-page opinion published April 13, 2016, the influential European Union Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which includes representatives of the data protection authorities of the 28 EU Member States, expressed significant concerns with respect to the terms of the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield that is intended to replace the EU-US Safe Harbor. The … Continue Reading

DHS Set to Publish Final Rule Allowing Further STEM OPT Extensions for Foreign Students

Today DHS released an advanced copy of its final rule allowing foreign students with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an additional 24 months. DHS will publish the final rule in the Federal Register this Friday.  The rule will go into effect on May 10. … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Hosts First Annual International Entrepreneurs Summit of Philadelphia

Greenberg Traurig will host the First Annual International Entrepreneurs Summit of Philadelphia at the International House Philadelphia on March 22.  The First Annual International Entrepreneurs Summit of Philadelphia is an opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs and international students, including scholars and researchers interested in starting a business, to learn about launching a venture in the region. … Continue Reading

Could Star Trek’s Replicator Become a Reality with 3D Printing Technology?

The TV franchise Star Trek featured some amazing technological advancements that have continued to intrigue us for many years. For example, the “replicator” was a device that was able to instantly produce nearly any object, food or medicine on demand. Imagine how such a technology could change the way we live, the food we eat, and … Continue Reading

No Cybersecurity Crying in ’16

Cyber liability may have been an exotic notion as recently as a couple of years ago. But today, even after notorious breaches, some organizations still don’t appreciate that leaving firewalls and other technology-based precautions to the “IT Guys” won’t cut it. Effective management of a data security incident benefits from adequately addressing risks at all levels in advance. To … Continue Reading

10 Privacy and Data Security Mistakes Start-Ups Should Avoid

Most technology start-up companies lack the experience and resources needed to manage the plethora of security, privacy, and compliance issues inherent in a growing technology business. Nevertheless, the legal and business implications of poorly managed privacy and data security practices are too important to ignore. A single error can undermine the trust of investors and … Continue Reading

GCs Dust Off Resumes for Corner Office

Not often viewed as being on the short list for promotion, or perhaps already considered to have arrived at the top of their game, chief legal officers are unexpected candidates for the position of CEO in technology and other companies. Overarching responsibilities and involvement in critical matters afford them a thorough understanding of the business and … Continue Reading

Drafting Software Patents After Recent Federal Circuit Decisions

The Federal Circuit recently issued two opinions directly impacting software patent practitioners. Grounded in 35 U.S.C. §112(f) (or pre–American Invents Act §112, para. 6), the cases deal with claims containing “functional language,” and hold that there must be detailed support in the patent’s specification that describes the “means” by which a claimed function is carried … Continue Reading

Pitch Season in South Boston

It’s not where the Sox play ball.  It’s home to the world’s largest accelerator, MassChallenge, where 128 start-up businesses from around the world are polishing their plans and getting mentored in hopes of winning money or landing that critical investor audience. I just finished leading my third program on how to pitch.  The finalists are far enough along that they … Continue Reading

Ingenuity in Israel’s Water

Israel is a garden of inventiveness and Israelis have a strong tradition of contributing to technology and life sciences. Breathing the innovation when I lived there, I was privileged to test PrimeSense’s 3D camera, help bring Notal Vision’s tool to gauge macular degeneration to the United States, deliver a turn-key VoIP network in Nigeria and Zambia … Continue Reading

From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nanomanufacturing

The Boston Museum of Science is a pretty amazing institution. As a member of the museum’s Board of Overseers and a longtime supporter, I can attest to the high quality and diversity of the museum’s exhibits and programs, as well as its mission in playing a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science … Continue Reading
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