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

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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