An experienced attorney, Matthew Knouff serves as General Counsel and eDiscovery Counsel with New York-based Complete Discovery Source, Inc. (CDS Legal). One of the firm’s innovative products is CDS Digital Customs™, which facilitates cross-border data collection for international e-disclosure purposes.
Uniquely versatile, Digital Customs™ has been developed to meet U.S. discovery requirements, while maintaining full compliance with rigorous EU privacy regulations. The proprietary system combines a number of distinct discovery-related technologies in a single portable piece of equipment. The appliance can be deployed onsite and seamlessly integrate with the target infrastructure. It avoids cumbersome collections processes while efficiently identifying, filtering, de-duplicating, processing, and hosting data on-site at a corporate client’s facilities. Following the acquisition of custodian consent and other requirements, the resultant data set is carefully reviewed by attorneys for Personally Identifiable Information (PII), sensitive categories of data, responsiveness, privilege, and other criteria. Digital Customs™ is built to support terabytes of data and allows users the ability to leverage advanced analytics, Technology Assisted Review (TAR), and predictive coding functionality. Following review and compliance with all other legal and regulatory requirements, data can be exported to the United States for the final review and production phases.
In one successful assignment, Matthew Knouff and the CDS Advisory Services and Forensic Teams deployed Digital Customs™ in Germany for a major multinational manufacturing firm. The data was utilized in a U.S. civil suit that claimed unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Matthew Knouff, attorney, joined Complete Discovery Source, Inc., as General Counsel and eDiscovery Counsel in 2008. Located in New York, CDS concentrates on providing eDiscovery services that combine cost certainty with defensible results. For more information, visit www.cdslegal.com.
Electronic discovery, or eDiscovery, involves the identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, and production of data such as email, social media content, digital photos, and other electronic documents stored in various formats for use in legal matters. One growing area of interest in the eDiscovery discipline is the preservation and collection of data from entities located overseas.
Discovery, as we know it in the U.S., is an alien concept in many foreign jursidictions. Foreign corporations that come under the long arm of U.S. jurisdiction or U.S. companies with overseas operations may find themselves facing a unique dilemma where they are required to produce data pursuant to a U.S. discovery obligation that may be protected under privacy regulations or subject to blocking statutes.
Fortunately, there are certain practical steps that can be taken to help mitigate what many practitioners may view as a choice between Scylla and Charybdis. For further reading, please follow the included link: http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/articles/21817/cross-border-e-discovery-moving-towards-practical-solutions
When people hear the term “intellectual property,” they probably think of creative content like books or well-known inventions. Such a definition is true but ultimately simplistic. Intellectual property, or IP, can take many forms and influence our world in many ways.
Look around anywhere you go and you will probably see some form of IP: logos, books, movies, music, machines, and more. Often, one person’s intellectual property gives way to innovations in many fields. For example, the printing press dates back to 1440 A.D. and has influenced modern methods of disseminating printed information such as newspapers and publishing. Intellectual property also grants us greater public knowledge. In return for legal protection of IP, the patent holder or other owner shares discoveries, advances in technology, or creative material with the public.
The benefits of intellectual property protect not only the creator, but consumers as well. Customers who shop for certain products often choose those items because they favor a particular brand. Trademarked brands guarantee that consumers actually receive the quality or characteristics that they associate with the brand.
About the Author
The eDiscovery Counsel and General Counsel for Complete Discovery Service, Matthew Knouff brings many years of experience in intellectual property law, technology law, and electronic discovery to his company.
In the April edition of the American Bar Association Journal, attorney Matthew Knouff spoke about data security and cloud computing. Knouff, the General Counsel and eDiscovery Counsel for Complete Discovery Source in New York, is an industry recognized expert on eDiscovery issues. In this difficult economy, many law firms have outsourced their data storage to cloud-based companies. While cutting back on the internal IT department saves money, it can also carry risks. In the article “As Bulging Client Data Heads for the Cloud, Law Firms Ready for a Storm,” Matthew Knouff outlines some of the greatest risks firms incur from cloud computing, and what steps they should take to protect themselves.
Matt Knouff advises firms to carefully negotiate terms of service with their cloud providers. Since cloud providers may not have the same commitment to privacy as attorneys, it is up to the law firms to protect their clients and their data. In fact, in the case of a data breach, the firm, not the cloud provider, is ultimately liable. Firms must rigorously investigate the security protocols of their providers and take steps to indemnify themselves in the case of a breach.
In addition, Knouff warns that cloud firms are allowed to turn information over to the government with minimal notice. Attorneys must negotiate a notice provision in order to ensure that they receive prompt notice if the government seizes their data. In the end, Knouff urges law firms to engage in careful risk assessment and mitigation before joining the cloud revolution.
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