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Overview

Carlton Fields is dedicated to addressing the full spectrum of technology companies’ legal needs. We work both with established tech companies and with grow-stage firms on cutting-edge intellectual property, corporate, employment, and privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Technological advances are constant, rapid, and unrelenting. To address these challenges effectively and efficiently, Carlton Fields employs an integrated team approach to help our clients develop, protect, and capitalize on their technology assets and to help them rapidly grow their businesses. In every stage of our technology clients’ life cycles, we render counsel with the goal of helping our clients succeed.

Experience

  • Structured sophisticated equity and debt financing transactions involving venture capital funds, private equity groups, and banks.
  • Bought and sold companies and divisions through mergers, stock purchases, and asset purchases. 
  • Structured complex joint venture transactions.
  • Enforced intellectual property rights through litigation, and defended against claims of intellectual property infringement.
  • Drafted and negotiated technology and content licensing agreements; customer, reseller, VAR, and OEM agreements; outsourcing and manufacturing agreements; technology transfer agreements; development and distribution agreements; source code escrow agreements; evaluation and beta test agreements; maintenance and support agreements; and equipment leases.
  • Advised with respect to cybersecurity, disaster preparedness, and data breaches.
  • Protected intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Protected human capital through invention disclosure programs, noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure agreements; compensation and benefit plans; and comprehensive employee manuals, policies, and procedures.
  • Conducted website audits to assess terms of use and privacy statements and electronic contracts.

All Insights

DFS Continues Focus on Cybersecurity: Issues Ransomware Guidance and Signals Increased Enforcement Actions

DFS Continues Focus on Cybersecurity: Issues Ransomware Guidance and Signals Increased Enforcement Actions

July 15, 2021

The New York State Department of Financial Services is continuing its focus on financial institutions’ cybersecurity, issuing new guidance, probing cybersecurity as part of routine examinations, and signaling increased enforcement actions. This alert discusses this new guidance and its impact on financial institutions.

No Password Required: A Cyber Practice Leader and Natural Optimist Who Believes Every Day Is the Best Day

No Password Required: A Cyber Practice Leader and Natural Optimist Who Believes Every Day Is the Best Day

June 30, 2021

Dan Burke is the Cyber Practice Leader at Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US. Dan is a natural optimist and family man who believes every day is going to be the best day and the next shot will always be his greatest golf shot.

Biden Administration Issues Practical Guidance for Ransomware Attacks

Biden Administration Issues Practical Guidance for Ransomware Attacks

June 15, 2021

On June 2, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum providing "recommended best practices" for protecting against ransomware.

No Password Required: An SOC Technical Manager Who Builds Things With Keyboards and Blowtorches...

No Password Required: An SOC Technical Manager Who Builds Things With Keyboards and Blowtorches...

May 20, 2021

Phillip Tarrant is the SOC Technical Manager at Compuquip Cybersecurity who is passionate about many things in life, including his pet chickens, building things both with and without a keyboard, disconnecting in nature, and welcoming people into the field of cybersecurity.

No Password Required: An OSINT Expert Who Credits Much of Her Success to Her Improv Comedy Skills...

No Password Required: An OSINT Expert Who Credits Much of Her Success to Her Improv Comedy Skills...

April 22, 2021

Rachel Tobac is the CEO and co-founder of Social Proof Security who hopes to one day work herself out of a job by improving education and awareness of social engineering attacks.

No Password Required: A Believer That the Key to Internet Safety Is Simple...

No Password Required: A Believer That the Key to Internet Safety Is Simple...

March 18, 2021

Roger Grimes is the defense-driven evangelist at KnowBe4 who confidently defines himself as the best in the world at defending against hackers. In this episode, Roger joins the No Password Required team to discuss how being a terrible accountant led him to the world of cybersecurity, why octopi cannot be trusted, and why music is the best way to create powerful connections.

No Password Required: A Pen Tester at Rapid7 With a Passion for LEGO Bricks, Star Wars, and Sometimes LEGO Star Wars

No Password Required: A Pen Tester at Rapid7 With a Passion for LEGO Bricks, Star Wars, and Sometimes LEGO Star Wars

February 18, 2021

Shane Young is a penetration tester at Rapid7 whose real-life acting and cyber skills would have been a great addition to the “Oceans 11” team. In this episode, Shane joins the No Password Required team to share some of his exciting stories as a penetration tester, how hacking his high school’s network got him into the world of cybersecurity, and why LEGO bricks are really made for adults, not kids.

No Password Required: An Inherently Trusting Person in an Inherently Distrusting Profession

No Password Required: An Inherently Trusting Person in an Inherently Distrusting Profession

February 18, 2021

Melinda Lemke is the Head of Information Security at King & Spalding with a decade of leadership experience in the cyber industry. In this episode, Melinda joins the No Password Required team to talk about her experience as a woman and leader in this field, how professional mentors can enhance success, and the best yacht-rock bands of all time. Maybe most importantly, the team discusses the John Hughes movie universe and why Kevin McAllister is a better problem-solver than Ferris Bueller.

No Password Required: A Journey From Math Camp to Cyber Intelligence

No Password Required: A Journey From Math Camp to Cyber Intelligence

February 18, 2021

Stephen “Scuba” Gary is a cyber intelligence professor at the University of South Florida with over 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. In this episode, Scuba joins the No Password Required team to discuss his journey in the field of cybersecurity, how one gets the nickname Scuba without scuba diving, and why math nerds throw the best parties. Scuba, Ernie, and Clabby analyze ransomware attacks in Florida, security lessons to be learned from the 2020 elections, and more.

What the Heck is Happening in California? An Update on California’s Privacy Laws

What the Heck is Happening in California? An Update on California’s Privacy Laws

February 12, 2021

In a period of less than two years, the California privacy law landscape has changed dramatically. With the effective enforcement date of the CCPA in January 1, 2020, to a new privacy law, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), passed by California voters in November 2020, as well as a new Attorney General on the horizon, California will certainly be a place to watch in 2021.

The Final CCPA Regulations May Be Ready, But Is Your Business?

The Final CCPA Regulations May Be Ready, But Is Your Business?

August 19, 2020

On August 14, California’s attorney general announced the approval of the final regulations for the CCPA. This alert discusses principal changes and key highlights in the final regulations.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws

February 6, 2020

Join Elizabeth Reilly from Fidelity National Financial and Carlton Fields’ attorneys Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson, and Steve Blickensderfer as they answer real questions from real members of the American Land Title Association on the resources and tools available to members of the land title industry, as well as some practical compliance tips for companies as they work to comply with the CCPA.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips

January 29, 2020

Join Elizabeth Reilly from Fidelity National Financial and Carlton Fields’ attorneys Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson, and Steve Blickensderfer as they answer real questions from real members of the American Land Title Association on the resources and tools available to members of the land title industry, as well as some practical compliance tips for companies as they work to comply with the CCPA.

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

January 23, 2020

Is your website suitable for the blind or deaf? If not, you may well be sued in California even though your business is elsewhere.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Service Providers and Sale of Data Under the CCPA

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Service Providers and Sale of Data Under the CCPA

January 22, 2020

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Who Does the CCPA Apply To?

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Who Does the CCPA Apply To?

January 15, 2020

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

CF on Cyber: Leveraging the Incident Response Guide to Prepare for the CCPA

CF on Cyber: Leveraging the Incident Response Guide to Prepare for the CCPA

November 7, 2019

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

CF on Cyber: Key Takeaways from the California AG’s Proposed CCPA Regulations

CF on Cyber: Key Takeaways from the California AG’s Proposed CCPA Regulations

October 15, 2019

The California AG recently published its long-awaited proposed regulations to implement the CCPA. This podcast describes a few key points from those draft regulations, including as they relate to online privacy notices, verifying consumer requests, and financial incentive offerings.

CF on Cyber & FICPA presents Refeathering the Pillow: Catching, Containing & Cleaning up Cyber Fraud

CF on Cyber & FICPA presents Refeathering the Pillow: Catching, Containing & Cleaning up Cyber Fraud

October 4, 2019

In this podcast, cybersecurity attorney Jack Clabby discusses safety and risk management in data loss incidents with Mia Thomas, CPA, CGMA, Director of Learning for the FICPA.

The Shared Economy

The Shared Economy

October 3, 2019

Before discussing how and whether the shared economy should be regulated, it is important to define the term. Simply, the shared economy is an economic model in which consumers grant each other access to their underutilized assets.

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