Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag LLP is a law firm headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in New York City, Paris, and Washington, D.C.. The firm represents public and private clients in a wide range of disputes and transactions worldwide. It offers regional, national and international legal services.

Two reports crossed my desk this week that, together, made me wonder if we’re finally nearing the tipping point on climate change belief in the United States.  First, Yale and George Mason released Climate Change in the American Mind. The report shows that almost 75% of Americans think global warming is happening and more than 50% are very sure that it’s happening.  More than 60% of Americans think it’s mostly caused by human activity.…
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our collection of IP-focused blog posts directed to start-up companies, this one focusing on cybersecurity.  Here is the complete collection: Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies Copyright Strategies for Start-Up Companies Patent Strategies For Start-Up Companies Domain Name Strategies for Start-Up Companies Privacy and Data Security Strategies for Start-Up Companies Foley Hoag provides a full range of services to start-up companies, particularly in the areas of high…
Start-up companies know that, when potential investors kick the tires, they will look carefully at the company’s business model and IP portfolio.  These days, investors are also likely to look at whether the company is in compliance with privacy and data security laws.  Cybersecurity has become increasingly important for business of all sizes.  While identity thieves may focus on the target rich environments of large-scale enterprises, any company that stores personal data or sensitive business…
On 21 January 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (the “French DPA”) fined Google LLC 50 million euros for breach of the GDPR. As we reported on this blog, just after GDPR became applicable, noyb.eu (None of Your Business), the non-profit privacy organization set up by Max Schrems, the Austrian lawyer who initiated the action against Facebook that led to the invalidation of the Safe Harbor, and a French organization called “…
Aaron Ford will bring a wide array of legal and political experiences, as well as consumer protection zeal, to the Nevada Attorney General’s Office in his coming four year term.  Ford has been a political force in Nevada since his election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012, after which he served as Minority Leader from 2014 – 2016, and Majority Leader from 2016 – 2018, following Nevada Democrats’ re-taking of the Senate chamber in…
You may think the phrase “million-dollar smile” is just a metaphor, but a smile could cost you millions of dollars in litigation damages if you aren’t careful, at least according to Nirvana LLC, the legal entity that owns the intellectual property rights relating to the 90’s rock band Nirvana. Nirvana’s Smiley Face Logo If you thought the image of a yellow smiley face was too common to be owned by anyone, then think again.…
Can a fingerprint alone provide “testimony” about a person?  Earlier this month, a federal court in California said yes.  But the court was not engaging in a highly-localized form of palm-reading; rather, the question arose in the ever-evolving field of how to balance law enforcement needs and individual citizens’ privacy interests as new technologies emerge. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has been a hotspot for privacy-related litigation, but this…
On January 10, 2019, Advocate General Szpunar issued his much awaited opinion in the Google case that was referred to the European Court of Justice by the French “Conseil d’Etat”, the highest administrative court of the country.  The Conseil d’Etat basically asked the European Court of Justice to follow-up on its Google Spain decision: is the right to be forgotten – i.e., the right of individuals to request an operator of a search engine…
Governor Baker announced today that, as part of his FY 2020 budget, he would be proposing to increase the real estate excise tax in order to fund the Global Warming Solutions Trust Fund.  The Governor stated that, in the long run, the tax increase would provide $137 million annual to fund adaptation efforts.   Though my friends in the real estate industry may not be happy, I think that this is a fine idea.  They do…
Tiffany & Company announced last week that it would become the world’s first jewelry company to share with its consumers information about the country of origin of each diamond they sell. This is the first in a step of transparency measures that the company is undertaking. By 2020, Tiffany hopes to provide its customers with information about where each diamond was cut, polished, and set; and in the future it aspires to disclose to…