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You don't have to be an Internet giant to have a presence on the web. And the web has long been considered relatively lawless when it comes to government regulations -- think hacking, illegal trade and streaming, the lack of sales tax. But that sort of lawlessness doesn't apply to you.

There are, indeed, significant legal issues involving your company's website. Here's what every in-house counsel needs to know.

You have contracts with vendors and employees. You have trade secrets agreements and domestic patent protections. You're even pursing individual foreign patents. But, if you're not filing an application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, you're overlooking an important tool to protect your company's intellectual property internationally.

The Patent Cooperation Treaty creates a unified procedure for patenting inventions internationally. And while a PCT application doesn't actually result in an international patent, it does have numerous benefits, including reducing patent examination work and giving you an extra 18 months to file for patent protection in foreign jurisdictions.

A good in-house attorney is a generalist, able to move from complex compliance issues to corporate strategizing to internal H.R. disputes and back again. But being a jack of all trades shouldn't make you a master of none.

There are plenty of skills in-house counsel need to master in order to succeed. With that in mind, here are our top corporate counsel skill posts, from the FindLaw archives.

It just got a little easier for in-house and transactional attorneys to know if their legal documents meet current standards. Thomson Reuters's Drafting Assistant, the only end-to-end transactional drafting software solution in the world, just added a new "locate precedent" feature that allows you to compare your draft to similar documents, one clause at a time. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.)

That means greater confidence, quicker drafting, and many fewer errors sneaking through. That's great news for in-house attorneys.

Walk through your corporate halls today and you might see something new on your colleague's computer screens. Next to Word, Excel, Facebook, and Slack, everyone is checking their March Madness bracket.

Is March Madness a largely harmless time suck, an inappropriate (and possibly illegal) example of gambling at the office, or the perfect corporate bonding opportunity? It depends on how you handle it.

In case you haven't been reading the tabloids lately, Gawker, the Internet gossip site, is currently facing a $100 million lawsuit by Hulk Hogan, the 80's professional wrestling superstar.

Gawker, you see, posted an illicit video of Hogan having sex with a friend's wife, but the real shocker is how poorly Gawker's editors performed when deposed. Gawker's terrible showing is a helpful reminder to the rest of us: never cut corners when it comes to prepping high-level employees for litigation.

Attorneys have been cloud-cautious for awhile, worried about potential breaches of confidential data and other legal considerations. But that hasn't stopped them from jump onboard -- and they lag well behind businesses generally.

But it's not just law firms who should think carefully about their cloud usage. According to a recent survey, 88 percent of businesses with over 100 employees have to comply with some regulatory standards when using the cloud. But don't worry, a few corporate policies can help make cloud usage and regulatory compliance easier.

Data security remains a top concern among in-house counsel and for good reason. A breach can bring hefty fines, result in expensive litigation, and damage a brand. But breaches are also preventable.

If you're not already taking action to ensure your cybersecurity, or if you need to step your game up (and we all do), here's a quick refresher course.

You check your work email on your phone, have a copy of your weekly schedule on your personal tablet, and access company docs from both your work and home PCs. Welcome to the age of BYOD: bring your own device.

BYOD policies -- be they official or informal -- allow employees to bring their personally-owned tech devices to the workplace and use them to access privileged information. And with BYOD comes plenty of risk. Here's how corporate counsel can help protect against them.

If your company's reputation is under assault, in court or in the media, is your law department prepared? If you said, "probably not," you're not alone. Most corporate legal departments don't have an up-to-date strategy for reacting to a crisis such as high-profile litigation.

Yet having a clear crisis communication plan can be essential to protecting your corporate reputation, in court and out. And they're not too difficult to get started. Here's a quick guide to creating your own legal department crisis communications plan.