Cybersecurity and Cybercrime: Intellectual Property and Innovation

Emile Loza de Siles

©2015. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. 2, November/December 2015, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Cybersecurity and the industry, innovation, and issues it generates are profoundly transformative and intensely critical at every level and many or most social, corporate, and government functions.1 Cybersecurity legal issues cover a vast range: cyber warfare;2 national security;3 critical infrastructure defense;4 Internet access and freedom;5 data privacy and security;6 trusted software development and deployment;7 law firms’ protection of patent application, bank, and other confidential information;8 “hacking back” and other active cyber defense measures;9 information sharing by cyberattacked organizations;10 and more. This brief article begins the learning trek up that Matterhorn and outlines the relevance of cybersecurity and cybercrime to intellectual property and innovation.11

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