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Technology and Intellectual Property

BETTER INNOVATIONS Are built on cutting-edge insights

Technology impacts every aspect of our lives—and it is constantly changing. HMB attorneys are at the forefront of the laws that influence how technology impacts our world, as well as connected to the innovations that bring new ideas to reality. We are here to guide you through this ever-evolving landscape.

Protecting Your Assets

Intellectual property (IP) is often your most valuable asset. We help individuals, founders, start-ups and companies large and small protect their IP and commercialize it to foster business success. When infringement occurs, we represent your interests vigorously to minimize disruptions to your business.

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Assessing Your Risk

The data you generate, collect and process is the intelligence that drives your business forward. It has value, internally and in the marketplace, but it also carries complex compliance and security risks. We work with you to assess the full spectrum of your data risk exposures, develop plans to mitigate potential issues and stay current with the specifics of all regulatory frameworks.

Transactions are Integral to Your Growth

We collaborate with other core practices at the firm—including our corporate/M&A, restructuring and tax practices—on all technology and IP aspects of public and private corporate transactions. This includes mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, joint ventures, financings and restructurings.

Cover Your SaaS: A Semi-Regular Publication on State and Local Tax Developments in the Cloud Computing and Digital Space - 4/10/20April 10, 2020

Welcome to the first edition of Cover Your SaaS, a new semi-regular publication from HMB Legal Counsel’s State & Local Tax team. Using the latest in news-scanning technology, i.e., the daily emails that land in our inbox, our goal is to keep you updated on key SALT developments in the digital and cloud computing space.

Cybersecurity PreparednessJanuary 29, 2020

As 2020 kicks off, cybersecurity remains ever present in the news whether its predictions for cyberattacks in conflict between state actors, such as the United States and Iran, or the recent New York Times report regarding a possible hack at the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment investigations.

The BEC/FBI Tech Hacking Advisory - Doing Business with Foreign Suppliers/BusinessesOctober 29, 2015

It was not so long ago that in the cyberspace realm businesses only needed to worry about having a good firewall and spam filter to prevent fraud. Now, as technology has advanced so have the fraudsters and the government is warning businesses, especially those conducting business with foreign suppliers and/or businesses, of a new and escalating scam called the Business Email Compromise, the BEC.

HMB Welcomes Tara Reedy Sliva and Expands Intellectual Property PracticeApril 15, 2020

4/15/20 Chicago, IL HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services in business and finance, litigation, trusts and estates, real estate, state and local taxes and corporate reorganization, bankruptcy and creditor's rights, announced that accomplished trademark and copyright attorney, Tara Reedy Sliva joined the firm as a partner and will lead the firm’s growing intellectual property practice. Tara’s practice…

Data Scraping Survives! (At Least For Now...) Key Takeaways From 9th Circuit Ruling on the hiQ vs. Linkedin CaseSeptember 20, 2019

The original case was brought in California federal district court in 2017 by a company (hiQ) trying to protect its business of using publicly posted user data on LinkedIn. The California federal district court awarded a temporary restraining order against LinkedIn. This order allowed hiQ to keep scraping data off of LinkedIn’s platform on employees in connection with one of…

As Reports of Hacking and Wire Fraud/BEC Scams Increase, Here's What You Can Do to PrepareJune 12, 2019

Business Email Compromise ("BEC") is a scam perpetrated by cyber criminals to attack businesses that first began to be tracked and reported by the FBI in 2013. BEC typically consists of phony or phishing emails that appear to originate from a company executive or member of a company's accounting or finance department containing fraudulent payment instructions with the objective to…

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