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Perkins Coie is proud to announce that 206 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers In America®.

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Perkins Coie was ranked #4 on the Top Law Firms for Patent Quality in Information Technology and #6 on the Top 20 All Industries list put on by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in accordance with Ocean Tomo PatentRatings. Ocean Tomo is a patent ratings company that specializes in assigning value to intellectual patents.

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Perkins Coie Partner Dax Hansen was quoted this week in an article published by Internet Retailer, "Changing Their Stripes." The article discusses initiatives recently launched by Visa and MasterCard Worldwide in response to an increase in e-commerce and the rise of online competitors like PayPal and Facebook Credits. One example is MasterCard's Open APIs, which according to the article "is designed to make it easier for mobile and web developers to integrate MasterCard payments into their applications." The author quoted Hansen as saying this "appears aimed at developers looking for ways to sell games, music and other digital content to mobile consumers." "Developers are looking for flexible, easy solutions that don't require customers to input their card numbers," Hansen says.

News Article

The mobile commerce industry is rapidly expanding. New commerce business models are being developed and their number is increasing. In this article published by E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy, Perkins Coie attorneys Dax Hansen and Matthew Senechal offer one approach to organizing and classifying the many different mobile commerce business models, assess the legal issues applicable to particular business models and summarize some of the core and emerging US legal issues applicable to mobile commerce solutions.


Retailers and manufacturers are feeling the pressure to engage their customers through social media. But, many executives are concerned about legal risks and the conservative advice received from lawyers. Tom Bell addresses these risks and cautious counsel in "Social Savvy," an article authored by Bell and published by American Executive.

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Perkins Coie Associate Miriam D'Jaen published an article this month in E-Commerce Law Reports on Raggi v. Las Vegas Metro Police Dept., a case that determined whether a law enforcement personnel union was liable for posting offensive content on its Web site.  D'Jaen explained in the article that the case highlights the need for companies "to take proactive, strategic steps to minimize legal exposure for the online activities of third parties."


Earlier today, the Supreme Court decided Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International and unanimously held that Alice’s patent claims were not patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because they merely called for generic computerization of the abstract idea.


California recently enacted two laws regarding Do Not Track Transparency and Advertising to Minors that will have a significant impact on all companies that operate commercial websites, host mobile applications or provide advertising or analytics technology services.


Effective January 1, 2014, California residents must be notified when the information used to access their email or other online accounts is compromised in a data security breach incident.


On July 1, 2013 the FTC’s amended COPPA Rule went into effect. On the same day, the commission also released a six-step compliance plan to aid businesses in complying with the new rule. On July 26, the commission issued further guidance on the rule, particularly as it applies to social network plug-ins and ad networks, in the form of updated FAQs.


Even as efforts to achieve industry-wide consensus on Do Not Track appear to be stalling, self‑regulatory associations are forging ahead with their own rules governing online and mobile data collection.  On July 24, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) each released rules governing the use of data collected through mobile applications.


On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 the Tracking Protection Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) rejected a proposal put forward by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) to reframe the activity covered by Do Not Track (DNT) signals.