NEW YORK, May 8, 2018 –Big Data and analytics technologies play a vital role in the future of commerce, and are already experiencing exponential growth. The technological changes Big Data brings to industries and the global economy will also bring challenges in law and policy. 

Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced the release of the BIG DATA Handbook: A Guide for Lawyers. The Handbook, published by Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, U.S., provides guidance for creating and implementing privacy and Intellectual Property (IP) policies, drafting data usage agreements, navigating the regulatory environment, and staying one step ahead of cyber-criminals, as well as an overview of current technology trends in the field. 

“Within a few years, every sector of the global economy will be touched in some way by Big Data, its benefits, and its pitfalls,” said Rob Maier, Baker Botts Intellectual Property partner and co-author of the BIG DATA Handbook: A Guide for Lawyers. “As the Big Data market expands and evolves, the attending legal and regulatory concerns will, too. This Handbook is intended to act as a roadmap and a high-level primer for the most critical issues that arise.”

“The challenge for all Big Data businesses, large and small—and their lawyers—will be to keep up with these issues and to stay ahead of the Big Data market,” said Josh Sibble, Baker Botts Intellectual Property senior associate and co-author of the BIG DATA Handbook: A Guide for Lawyers. “This Handbook surveys many areas in the law that will be, and have already been, impacted by these technologies and provides a starting point for practitioners in this growing field.” 

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The BIG DATA Handbook: A Guide for Lawyers is designed for practicing lawyers, including in-house counsel, but may also be a helpful overview for technologists and businesspeople across many industries. It provides a broad overview of the various legal implications, technical considerations, and other factors that may be important to Big Data businesses in the coming years. 

Chapters and accompanying sections of the BIG DATA Handbook: A Guide for Lawyers, include: 

Chapter 1: IP Rights

  • Patent Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Copyright
  • Open Source Software
  • Patent Defense Approaches
  • Standard Essential Patents
  • IP Policies

Chapter 2: Technology Trends
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biometric Data

Chapter 3: Data Privacy
  • Selected Definitions
  • Privacy Problems in Big Data
  • Potential Solutions

Chapter 4: Cybersecurity
  • Information-Security Challenges and Threats
  • Best Practices
  • Legal Issues

Chapter 5: Data Usage Agreements

  • Best Practices for DUAs
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Baker Botts Increases Rankings in Chambers USA 2018

HOUSTON, May 9, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Chambers USA 2018 has awarded the firm 34 practice group rankings and 12 new individual lawyer rankings. Baker Botts' Antitrust practice also achieved a national ranking for the second consecutive year.

Seven of the practice group rankings earned by the firm were in Band 1:
  • National: Projects: Oil & Gas (for the 11th consecutive year)
  • National: Projects: LNG
  • Texas: Corporate/M&A
  • Texas: Environment
  • Texas: Intellectual Property
  • Texas: Real Estate
  • Texas: Tax

In addition, the firm received 12 new individual lawyer rankings:
  • John Taladay, National: Antitrust (Band 3), National: Antitrust: Cartel (Band 3)
  • Megan Berge, National: Climate Change (Band 3), District of Columbia: Environment (Up and Coming)
  • Michael Rosenwasser, National Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (Band 2)
  • David Jetter, National: Projects: LNG (Band 2)
  • Chris Carr, California: Environment (Band 3)
  • Bridget Moore, District of Columbia: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 5)
  • Kurt Pankratz, Texas: Intellectual Property (Band 4
  • Jordan Herman, Texas: Technology: Corporate & Commercial (Band 3)
  • Aaron Streett, National: Appellate Law (Up and Coming)
  • Jessica Pulliam, Texas: Litigation: Securities (Up and Coming)

Regarding the firm’s Tax group, Chambers USA commentary states, “The team is known for its eminent practice held in high regard for advising on the full range of domestic and international tax structuring matters and high-value corporate transactions.” 

Additionally, a firm client noted of Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property group, “They’re kind of my standard-bearer for how I judge all the other firms I work with. They set the benchmark for firm performance. They’re proactive and thorough in handling matters.”

Please click to view Baker Botts’ complete Chambers USA results and editorial comments.
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Baker Botts Appoints New Partner in Charge for its Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm today announced the appointment of Paul Cuomo as the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

“Paul is an outstanding lawyer, and leader, and is ideally suited to take on these new responsibilities, having previously served as the Deputy Partner in Charge of the Washington office” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Washington is a key office for our firm and we have seen real momentum in the market in recent years. In addition to naming Paul as the new Partner in Charge, we announced in February that we will be moving to new office space, located at Anthem Row, a development under construction in Washington’s East End,” said Mr. Baker.

“I also want to take the opportunity to thank John Taladay, who has served as Partner in Charge since 2013, while maintaining and expanding a world class Antitrust practice. John has been an outstanding leader, and we as a firm are in his debt,” said Mr. Baker.

“As our firm’s second largest office, the Washington, D.C. office is an important part of our firm’s growth strategy. I am excited by the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of lawyers and professional staff,” said Paul Cuomo.

Mr. Cuomo is a partner in the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice. He advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law, with an emphasis on U.S. and multi-jurisdictional merger reviews. In addition to appearing before the U.S. antitrust authorities, Mr. Cuomo regularly represents clients in international investigations and has appeared in person before numerous international authorities including the European Commission, the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Mr. Cuomo has handled transactions valued at over $100 billion and has received U.S. and foreign antitrust clearances across a wide variety of industries, including oilfield products and services, metals, electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, mining and forestry equipment and services, software, pulp and paper, general industrial manufacturing and various chemical products.
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Baker Botts Selects 2018 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

HOUSTON, May 16, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that four students have been selected for the Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship. In addition to receiving scholarship funds, each student will participate as a summer associate in the firm’s 2018 summer program. The Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship provides talented law students with the opportunity to gain valuable experience at a large, global law firm.

A selection panel comprised of members of the firm’s Diversity committee carefully reviewed all applicants and have chosen four outstanding students. These students, in addition to their academic achievements, have demonstrated strong leadership attributes and a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession:
  • Natalie Diala, University of Houston – Houston office

  • Ohi Eromosele, Howard – New York office

  • Gina Han, UCLA – Austin office

  • Andrea Siso, Yale – Houston office

Baker Botts is committed to the recruitment, retention and development of exceptional attorneys and law students. Diverse perspectives play an integral role in the continued growth of the firm and the Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship is one of many programs aimed at promoting diversity in the legal profession.

For more information on the Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship, click here.

Newly Released ‘BIG DATA Handbook’ a Roadmap to Intellectual Property, Technology Changes