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Target Becomes a Target: Proposed California Bill Aims to Make Retailers Liable for Data Breach Incidents

Following a string of high-profile data breaches and new data suggesting that approximately 21.3 million customer accounts have been exposed by data breach incidents over the past two years, the California legislature has...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as FTC Commissioner, Congress Holds Hearings and FTC/DOJ Policy...

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as FTC Commissioner. Commissioner McSweeny will join Commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill as the third Democratic member of the five-member Federal...more

Brave New World or California Dreaming? Governor Patrick Proposes Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

At an economic development summit earlier today in Newton, Massachusetts, Governor Patrick stated that he will propose an economic growth bill that includes a prohibition on non-competition agreements that discourage workers...more

Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...more

House and Senate Bills Would Provide Incentive for Repurposing Old Biologics

Last month, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, that would extend the term of certain patents claiming a method of using a biological...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News

In the April edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you the latest energy technology highlights, an update on energy-related initiatives and issues from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry...more

Highlights of Digital Millennium Copyright Act Congressional Hearings

On March 13, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings regarding the copyright infringement notice...more

Stopping Bad Legislation -- The Innovation Alliance Speaks Out

On the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up S. 1720 (The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act), the Innovation Alliance delivered a letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley...more

Sweeping Changes to Medicare Payment for Clinical Laboratory Services

On March 31, 2014, the Senate gave final approval to the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (the Act), which includes significant reforms to the way Medicare pays for clinical diagnostic laboratory services. The House...more

Congress Approves Legislation Extending and Changing Medicare Programs

On March 31, 2014, the U.S. Senate approved comprehensive Medicare legislation reauthorizing and extending dozens of Medicare payment enhancements, but also making several substantive changes that will profoundly impact...more

Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...more

Pennsylvania Bio State Official of the Year

Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester) has been named State Official of the Year by Pennsylvania Bio. The award recognizes an official from Pennsylvania who has distinguished themselves in the bioscience industry. The annual recipient...more

The State of Vaccines Under the USPTO 101 Guidelines

In his State of the Union Address given on January 28, 2014, President Obama recognized the need for continued and increased investment in new technologies, including technologies specific to the biological and pharmaceutical...more

Monthly Update for March 2014

EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Updates EDSP Comprehensive Management Plan: On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)...more

The Target Breach Update

It has been difficult to keep up with all the various permutations of the Target data breach saga. Yesterday, the fingerpointing continued in the form of the release of a Harris Poll and testimony on Capitol Hill at a...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Upcoming Hearings and Markups. Excerpt from...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both on recess this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. suspended the operations of Syria’s U.S. embassy and consulates as the Syrian civil war enters its fourth year. Also Tuesday, details of an NSA...more

White House Big Data Initiative Seeks Public Comments On Privacy Issues

Last week, as part of the White House’s initiative on “big data” and privacy (led by John Podesta), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for information seeking public input regarding broad...more

U.S. Government Begins Process to Give Up Control Over Key Internet Functions

On March 14, the NTIA (the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration) announced that it would immediately start a process to transition control of “Key Internet Domain Name...more

The Download - February 2014

In this issue: - Heard on the Hill - Around the Agencies - White House Developments - Venable News - Excerpt from Heard on the Hill: Congress Holds Hearings on Preventing Data...more

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12, 2014, the Obama administration released the "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (the "Framework"), a voluntary cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of...more

GB: Advertising issues raised again in the POC Bill legislative debates

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill continues its progress through the legislature and we await Royal Assent. Throughout the process, amendments have been discussed in the House of Commons and, lately, in the House...more

Attorney General Holder Calls on Congress to Establish Strong National Data Breach Notification Standard

Yesterday, in his weekly video address, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to create a national data breach notification standard requiring companies to quickly notify consumers of a breach of their personal or...more

White House Issues Cybersecurity Framework: “Phase I” Implementation Begins

On February 12, 2014, the White House unveiled its final Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 along with a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.” This capped...more

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