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Accessibility Standards for Equipment Covered By the Communications Act

New accessibility requirements could affect information and communications technology providers of computers, telecommunications equipment, software, and websites. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in...more

FCC Adopts Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Rules

The order classifies broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) today voted, by a 3-2 margin, to adopt rules designed to promote an open Internet...more

Draft Available Only as a Password-Protected Download Is Not a Printed Publication - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Rembrandt...

Addressing a petition to institute an inter partes review of a patent for communicating between different modem types, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) declined to institute...more

Generic top-level domains – the evolution of trademark protection

In early 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) received over 1,900 applications for unlimited generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Since then, over 325 new TLDs have launched with a total of...more

Data Protection – Cookie sweeps and enforcement actions – Time for a common approach

There have been a lot of discussions about the results of the latest Cookie Sweep carried out in 8 EU member states (for more information see also the latest post of our Patrick van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn, and the Cookie...more

Colorado Bill Targets Internet Sweepstakes Cafés and Similar Establishments

Colorado House Bill 1047 would make internet sweepstakes cafés illegal under Colorado law. The law declares that internet sweepstakes cafés and similar establishments in which simulated gambling devices are used to award...more

FDA Issues Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications: What Will be Subject to FDA Oversight and Enforcement?

On February 09, 2015, the FDA issued final guidelines[1] to outline its regulatory enforcement approach to mobile medical applications (or “apps”). The FDA is taking a risk-based approach, focusing its oversight on apps that...more

FCC Should Use Scalpel, Not Ax to Preempt State Laws Limiting Muni-Broadband

On Feb. 26, the FCC plans to act to preempt state laws that retard development of municipally owned broadband networks. The breadth of the potential preemption is unclear. The decision will occur at the same meeting at which...more

AliveCor, Inc., Maker of Smart Phone-Based ECG Device, Receives FDA Clearance for Two New Algorithms that Provide Users Immediate...

San Francisco-based AliveCor,Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the company clearance for two new algorithms for its Smart Phone-based ECG device, the AliveCor Heart Monitor and...more

Interface without Regulation – FDA Deregulates MDDS and Related Technologies

2015 has been a busy year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In January, the FDA issued guidance documents addressing wellness applications as well as accessories to medical devices and it looks like the...more

FDA Revises Approach to Presentation of Risk Information in Brief Summary

On February 6, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a revised draft guidance titled Brief Summary and Adequate Directions for Use: Disclosing Risk Information in Consumer-Directed Print Advertisements and...more

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Dangerous Supplements by New York Attorney General

Since the passage of the “Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act,” the supplement industry has effectively been a wild west of snake oil salesmen foisting their sometimes fraudulent and dangerous miracle cures on the...more

FCC Chairman Wheeler Outlines Proposal for Net Neutrality Regulations

On Feb. 4, 2015, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler published an opinion piece on Wired outlining new Net Neutrality regulations coming from the FCC. Net Neutrality is a hot button topic, and the...more

FTC Report Offers Privacy and Security Guidance for ‘Internet of Things’

On Tuesday, January 27, the FTC issued a 71-page Staff Report on the privacy and security issues with the Internet of Things. As we’ve noted in our previous blog posts, the Internet of Things (“IoT”) refers to the growing...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - January 2015

In This Issue: - FDA’s CDER, CDRH and CBER put out 2015 guidance agendas - FDA to study limiting major risk statements in direct-toconsumer TV ads amid concern that information is getting lost on consumers...more

Regulatory Challenges Facing the mHealth Industry

Innovations in health care technology have created unique challenges for developers and investment companies. Among others, changing FDA guidelines, data security, and reimbursement are all substantial issues facing the...more

Wellness innovators take note: FDA reveals risk-based approaches to the regulation of health IT and mobile medical apps

The way consumers access and interact with health information has changed exponentially over the past few years thanks to rapid innovation in health IT. Mobile medical application developers and other health and wellness...more

Privacy Update: Protecting Children From Cyber-Bullying

The Federal Government's Enhancing Online Safety For Children Bill 2014 Is A Significant Cyber Reform. The First Direct Response To Cyber-Bullying It May Also Herald A New And Targeted Approach To The Online Activity Of...more

FDA One Step Closer to New Direct-To-Consumer Television Ad Requirements

Last February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked for public feedback on a proposed research study related to prescription drug television advertisements. In a notice published in the Federal Register on January 13,...more

Prior Art Reference Does Not “Teach Away” if It Fails to Criticize, Disclaim or Discourage the Claimed Technique

Ultratec, Inc. v. CaptionCall, L.L.C. - Addressing the obviousness issue whether an asserted secondary reference impermissibly changes the principle of operation of a primary reference, the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Preemption and Primary Jurisdiction After Pom Wonderful

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Pom Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co., __ U.S. __, 134 S.Ct. 2228 (2014), fear arose among national marketers that the decision would produce a wave of class actions challenging food,...more

Cost of Combination Doesn’t Obviate Obviousness

Polaris Wireless, Inc. v. TruePosition, Inc. - Addressing the issues of patent priority dates (where the asserted priority document did not share an inventor with the challenged patent) and motivation to combine, the...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - December 2014

FDA replaces pregnancy labeling system with a new standard in a bid to provide more clarity - The regulator is discarding its decades-old system to explain the risks of prescription drugs to women who are pregnant or...more

Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming

On October 3, 2014, Marriott International entered into a consent decree with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where Marriott agreed to pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference guests' Wi-Fi hotspots at the...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #2

Uber’s Privacy Mess Results in Legislative Inquiry - Providing a lesson in how not to handle a privacy policy, car service app Uber is now facing questions from the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the...more

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