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InsideCounsel Magazine November 2015


  • Operation: Legal

    We are pressured to do more with less,” says Stephanie Corey, legal chief of staff at Flextronics.

  • Hot under the collar

    The long view of history will likely give more perspective on the myriad of factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis, but, whether the primary causes were systemic or not, the fact of the matter is, few individuals faced criminal prosecution for the roles they played in the meltdown.

  • Intellectual Curiosity

    According to a study by the Brookings Institute, intangible assets of the S&P 500 went from 38 percent to a staggering 85 percent of total assets over the course of the past three decades. Since intellectual property represents the vast majority of such assets, its clear that IP is more...

  • Comprehensively compliant

    Volkswagen is in the midst of an ethical and compliance nightmare after revelations surfaced about the company tampering with emissions software.

From The Editor


  • No time for board strategy discussions: Has governance gone awry?

    It is shocking to hear directors describe board agendas as so packed there is precious little time for strategy discussions. During the fall season, as the year is winding down with annual budgets, plans and stretch goals for the current year being tallied, boards and management usually carve out time...

  • Closing the value gap

    Value add” is a phrase that every business generator hears these days. Whether a client is procuring legal services or a customer is procuring a new company-wide IT system, value add is part of the procurement process and more so part of the client retention process. What provides value is...


  • The data deficit

    Proper measurement is a prerequisite to proper management. You need clean, accurate data before you can be data-driven. If you’re not collecting data now, you’re already behind. The first step towards running the legal department like a business and being data-driven is to decide why you’re collecting the data and...


  • Labor & Employment Digest: November 2015

    As the US economy grows more complex, so, too, do the demands placed upon labor and employment attorneys. With new challenges stemming from personal electronic devices, the “sharing economy” and frequent changes in the regulatory environment, L&E attorneys are forced to keep abreast of the newest developments in their chosen...


  • Design patents gone wild

    Design patents are now the most valuable of all, but for no good economic reason. A recent Federal Circuit decision in Apple v. Samsung (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 786 F.3d 983 (Fed. Cir. 2015), pet. for reh’g and reh’g en banc denied, Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics...


  • Top three ways legal can work effectively with IT and security teams to protect confidential assets

    We see it every day—an employee opens a door with a security badge and then lets someone else inside. While some may view this as a polite gesture, in reality, it's a potential security breach. The same happens with corporate technology networks. Employees may—and likely do—have access to confidential corporate...

  • Vexing vendors?

    On April 13, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued Advisory Bulletin 2012-03, which addresses vendor management rules and processes that are required to be used by supervised non-banks (See 12 U.S.C. §§ 5514-16). The bulletin requires covered non-bank consumer finance companies to develop and implement policies for risk...

Tour of Duty

  • Getting your mojo back—or moving on

    Hopefully, this column is not necessary for you at this time. But we all hit walls on occasion, and if you know someone who is unhappy in his or her career, I encourage you to share this advice.

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