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The SEC Wants To Know What’s Next For Blockchain: Are You Keeping Up?

On October 12, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss Blockchain technology and its impact on the securities industry....more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

March-in Rights and Compulsory License in the United States

March-in rights in the US were created in 1980, as part of the Bayh-Dole Act. Simply stated, when the US government funds research that results in patents, it obtains rights to those patents. These rights are retained even...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Is it HIPAA or HIPPA? Either way, it still applies.

by Winstead PC on

I have negotiated hundreds of SaaS agreements for dozens of software companies and I always hated when the company on the other side was a healthcare provider. Invariably, they would bring up Protected Health Information...more

Positive Train Control: Roadblocks to Interoperability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Positive Train Control ("PTC") is a system that will automatically apply the train’s brakes in certain situations. PTC systems consist of technologies designed to help detect dangerous situations and automatically intervene...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - October 2017

March-in Rights and Compulsory Licensing of Biopharmaceutical Inventions - Very few topics in international intellectual property have been as controversial as compulsory licensing. In the US, consumer groups have...more

GDPR Countdown: Latham’s National Implementation Tracker

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018, changing how businesses and the public sector manage customer information. With seven months before the deadline, governments, supervisory...more

Significant WiFi vulnerability exposed

What is the problem? Belgian researchers have published information about a vulnerability in the most popular WiFi encryption protocol that makes monitoring of all communications possible, except those communications that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 6 October 2017 – 12 October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - Uncorrected evidence relating to Brexit from House of Lords Select Committee on European Union - On 12 October, the HoL Select Committee on the EU published an uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken from...more

Is Your Business In Compliance With The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A number of employers in Illinois are involved in pending class action litigation regarding violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1, et seq. (the “BIPA”). The BIPA, which was enacted in...more

Cybersecurity Guidance on the Way for Small Businesses

by Reed Smith on

On October 11, 2017, the House passed a bill that would provide guidance to small business on how to deal with cybersecurity issues. This legislation passed on the heels of a similar Senate bill that passed just weeks before...more

Implementing a Policy Review to Ensure You Are Protected Under The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Part 2: How to Conduct Your...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) and situations that are readily prohibited by the CFAA, such as when current or former employees gain access to an employer's databases or files...more

Not out of the woods yet: What the lifting of Sudan sanctions means for businesses and non-profits

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on October 12, 2017, the U.S. permanently revoked most sanctions against Sudan. This lifting represents the completion of a process that began in January 2017, and was extended in July 2017. ...more

SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

Shanghai Tightens Industry Interactions with HCPs

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In August 2017, multiple departments of Shanghai government, led by Shanghai’s Health and Family Planning Commission (“Shanghai HFPC”), jointly issued a series of administrative rules (collectively, “Recent Shanghai Rules”)...more

The Data Report Episode 17: What the GDPR Means for American Companies

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Five: International Law (Part II) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward expands his discussion on the GDPR, examining what it means for American companies and how thoughtful steps can be...more

Privacy Tip #109 – Cybersecurity Tips for Small (and all) Businesses

I travel around helping businesses, both large and small, work on assessing their cybersecurity risks and implement measures to protect data, reduce risk and comply with applicable state and federal laws. In doing so, it is...more

The connected car: How European data protection, smart transport systems, and competition law intersect

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, partner Winston Maxwell and counsel Gianni De Stefano discuss how European data protection, smart transport systems, and competition law intersect and the impact they will have on the...more

Getting to data nirvana: Mapping connected car data usage scenarios and creating a holistic data governance plan

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, partner Winston Maxwell discusses how Hogan Lovells helps connected car manufacturers to develop simplified frameworks that internal stakeholders can use to understand business and...more

Robots Will Reshape – Not Replace – Retail Work

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As we have discussed in earlier blog posts, rapid changes in the retail landscape due to the rise of e-commerce and a shift in customer’s interests from old-school, one-stop department store shopping to experiential retail,...more

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