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NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

This Week - Final arguments were heard Tuesday for litigation brought by Gov. Cooper (D) over the legality of legislation passed late last year creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement...more

Blog: Excitement about Adult Learning: A Lasting Impression from SXSWedu

Last week I was in Austin, Texas attending one of the largest gatherings of education innovators in the world, the SXSWedu Conference and Festival. After some time thinking about all of the great discussions I had, I want to...more

University Invokes Sovereign Immunity to Avoid Patent Invalidation Proceeding

In a recent decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “PTAB”) held that a states’ sovereign immunity applies to patent inter partes review proceedings. Inter partes review is an alternative to traditional litigation...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Clean Election Funding for Gubernatorial Candidates Being Challenged - Maine’s Clean Election...more

Cyberattacker Offers Access to Private Data From 60 Universities and Agencies

In February 2017, a private threat intelligence firm alerted more than 60 organizations – institutions of higher education and governmental entities – that their internal databases had been breached by a Russian-speaking...more

PTAB Ruling on CRISPR: No Interference

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in a closely watched patent fight with UC Berkeley over the breakthrough CRISPR...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs - Today, many universities own extensive patent portfolios that are managed by sophisticated tech transfer offices. Universities obtain these patents for many reasons, not the...more

State Universities Rejoice: PTAB Recognizes Sovereign Immunity Defense

In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) upheld a defense of sovereign immunity asserted by the University of Florida Research Foundation (the...more

Know Where Your Student Data is Going!

As we move into the second half of the school year, we want to remind districts and charter schools of the importance of securing and protecting student data. Educators use and share student data in dynamic ways that improve...more

PTAB Dismisses Three IPR Petitions Based on Sovereign Immunity

Covidien LP had a license to U.S. Patent 7,062,251, owned by the University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF, Patent Owner). UFRF alleged breach of contract by Covidien, and sued Covidien in Florida state court for...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

College Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Encrypted Data

The scourge of “ransomware”—malicious computer viruses that prevent entities from accessing their own data until they pay a ransom—has spread to the higher education sphere. In early January 2017, a California public...more

Los Angeles Community College Pays Ransomware to Retrieve Data

On December 30, 2016, the Los Angeles Community College computer network was kidnapped by cyber criminals requesting a ransom for its return. The ransomware encrypted the college’s entire network system, including...more

Increasing Ransomware Attacks in Higher Education

Malicious “ransomware” attacks — where a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts data, preventing the owner from accessing it until the victim pays a sum of money — are on the rise against...more

University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and Hogan Lovells Launch a Data Protection Officer Degree

On January 5, 2017 Paris Law School Panthéon-Assas launched its first university degree (diplôme d’université) aimed at training future Data Protection Officers (DPOs) under the new European General Data Protection Regulation...more

Matter of Dhanasar: A New Standard for National Interest Waivers in the United States

On December 27, 2016, the AAO issued a decision that modifies the standards for granting a National Interest Waiver (NIW) in Matter of Dhanasar. This decision will impact thousands of applicants seeking U.S. permanent...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: New York State Department of Financial Services to Implement Regulations Applicable to All...

Following a public comment period, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has published a modified version of new regulations, previously issued on September 13, 2016, aimed at creating higher cybersecurity...more

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of...more

Website Accessiblity - An Introduction to the Problem and Best Practices for Education Agencies and Schools

Are you reading this article on a computer? I would venture to guess that you are. How did you access this page? Did you have to navigate through multiple web pages? While you were at it, were you surfing the internet,...more

University of Wisconsin Announces Data Breach of Law School Applicants

Last week, the University of Wisconsin Law School notified 1,213 applicants from 2005-2006 that their names and Social Security numbers were breached back in November. The University discovered that a hacker gained access to...more

A Report on The World’s Most Innovative Universities Affirms Strengths of Massachusetts Universities and Others Around the World

As the recent U.S. Commerce Department survey affirmed (and discussed in our blog previously), intellectual property (IP) is a significant driver for our economy. Since universities are both key sources of IP and training...more

Michigan State Data Breach and the Value of Preparedness

Michigan State University’s announcement earlier this month that hackers had gained access to a school database of about 400,000 records highlights why colleges and universities are such tempting targets for hackers and just...more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a...more

California AG Guidance for the Ed Tech Industry: 6 Recommendations to Protect Student Data Privacy

Developers and operators of educational technology services should take note. Just before the election, California Attorney General Kamala Harris provided a document laying out guidance for those providing education...more

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