Morrison & Foerster's New Issue of Award-Winning Magazine MoFo Tech Looks at Emerging Global Tech Hubs "Far Beyond the Valley"

Latest issue also covers what's new in mobile wallets, trade secret threats and sustainable fracking solutions

Oct 31, 2013, 14:31 ET from Morrison & Foerster

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Morrison & Foerster has just published the latest issue of MoFo Tech, the firm's award-winning magazine, which brings a legal lens to business developments in high tech and life sciences.

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The current issue's cover story looks behind typical technology industry media coverage and explores the growth of high-tech hubs beyond Silicon Valley and American borders. China, Israel, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Ireland have emerged as important sources of technology, talent and funding, and MoFo Tech explains why. The article also discusses the business and legal climate in those countries, revealing that Google and IBM have major operations in Israel, Beijing's incubation rate for tech startups is second only to Silicon Valley's, and Facebook is developing much of their next-generation IP in Ireland.

The new issue also examines the future of mobile wallets – the use of smart devices to pay for purchases. With the mobile wallet expected to break out in the next several years and estimates of up to $360 million in annual payments by 2018, MoFo Tech discusses what to consider from a legal standpoint, as mobile payments represent the convergence of business, technology and banking.

Since its launch in 2009, MoFo Tech is one of the only magazines to focus on the intersection of law and technology. Written by prominent business and tech journalists, MoFo Tech has won the Custom Publishing Council's Pearl Award four years running and was named "Best New Magazine" in its class. Its readership has grown each year and now surpasses 20,000, which primarily includes C-level executives and general counsel at many of the country's top tech and life sciences companies. MoFo Tech is also distributed at major airport executive lounges.

"Morrison & Foerster's technology practice is one of the cornerstones of the firm, and MoFo Tech is built on this foundation," said Tessa Schwartz, co-chair of the firm's Technology Transactions practice who oversees the content development of the magazine. "Our contributors are able to grasp both complex technological innovation and the legal issues that simultaneously arise, and then present that information in a relevant manner. This issue is rich with timely news, analysis, trend-watching and thought leadership."

Among some of the other topics covered in the new issue of MoFo Tech:

  • Mobile apps and privacy – how developers should disclose how they collect, store, use and protect the wide range of highly personal data being collected every day;
  • Things to consider before acquiring an app developer;
  • Different ways inventors can protect their market share;
  • The new biotech business model that is uniting nonprofits and for-profits;
  • The threat to trade secrets from California's new Green Chemistry Initiative and similar laws on the drawing boards in other states;
  • Sustainable fracking solutions; and,
  • The narrowing field of patent eligibility in life sciences.

The magazine can also be accessed through the MoFo Tech Blog (, a real-time companion that reproduces each issue and provides updates on stories. Follow MoFo Tech on Twitter @MoFoTech.


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