Big Ideas Series: Who Needs Tech Collaborators?

  By Scott Stewart Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in investment in FinTech companies and partnerships. At the same time, there has been a sea change in the environment for the financial industry in Washington DC and even around the globe. Financial firms face significant pressure from policymakers on almost […]

White House Cyber Directive: What Does it Mean and What’s Next?

On Tuesday, July 26, the White House released a new Presidential Policy Directive, PPD-41, United States Cyber Incident Coordination that aims to clarify how the federal government will coordinate the response to a large-scale cyber incident, including how it will coordinate with affected private sector entities. This initiative is an important...

FOCUS BLOG: Anger Management

With the Party Conventions upon us, soon we will hear roaring speeches about how we will be “Stronger Together” in order to regain our footing as a nation. There’s no question that America is going through a period of turmoil. People are angry and frustrated. Friends and relatives of all political stripes talk about their […]

FOCUS BLOG: Fighting Patent Trolls With the Covered Business Method

Patent trolls try to make easy money by patenting routine business processes and methods already in use. To protect against such extortionary behavior, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has implemented the Covered Business Method (CBM) program. The CBM program has been especially helpful to the financial industry, whose business methods...

FOCUS BLOG: Patent Trolls and the Financial Services Industry

The protection of intellectual property is a key feature of the U.S. economy. Our robust patent system encourages innovation, and innovation in American industry has fueled centuries of economic growth around the world. Unfortunately, the patent system has been increasingly misused to disrupt and extort. Some have embraced the role of troll as a...