Looking first at patent litigation, approximately 20,000 companies have been sued for patent infringement in the U.S. since 2010; even your neighborhood restaurant is at risk. A particular global fast food chain is sued, on average, at least once a year for patent infringement. Those suits aren’t over hamburger recipes or kids’ meal toys: They’re over its mobile apps, point-of-sale technologies and other software that have nothing to do with food. Even financial and management consulting firms find themselves in the middle of trade secret, patent and copyright disputes over issues ranging from talent acquisition to website display carousels to website functionality to software the firms themselves developed.
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