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Security bug found in Samsung® smartphones

Samsung recently announced that about more than 600 million Samsung mobile devices contained a factory installed third party software produced by SwiftKey that predicts the words you will types on your keyboards. The issue...more

Copyright levies on memory cards for mobile phones: another landmark decision from the CJEU (Case C-463/12)

Questions of copyright levies are hotly debated, since the decision as to whether such levies have to be payed or not has a significant influence on the price of the affected technical products and the movement of these goods...more

DOL Wage and Hour Division to "Clarify" FLSA Independent Contractor Definition

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division expanded its already busy agenda, announcing upcoming guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act’s definition of “independent contractor.” WHD Administrator David Weil, speaking at New York...more

Map Apps, Distracted Driving, and Car Accidents

Many drivers in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley claim that Waze is the best invention since sliced bread. Waze is an app with 40 million registered users that shares real-time traffic and road info, with the goal of...more

Alert: FCC Expands Disability Access Requirements to Tablets, Laptops and Smartphones

Consistent with its recent actions expanding the Federal Communications Commission's ("FCC") oversight of the Internet and of privacy, the FCC has further extended its reach in another area—disability access. Expanding on its...more

DANGER – “General” Search Warrants in the Digital Age

If you knew that there was a chance—maybe even a good chance—that a law enforcement officer could gain access to every single text, email, photograph and voice mail on your smartphone, going back years, because you were...more

Department of Labor Seeks Information about Employees' Use of Smartphones

The Obama Administration used the occasion of Memorial Day weekend to release its required Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda, which is not binding on the DOL, lists a number of items including two specifically related...more

Employment Law - May 2015 #2

Coming Soon to an In-Box Near You: An EEOC Charge - Why it matters: Employers, take note: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has initiated the rollout of its electronic complaint program, the first...more

The Federal Circuit Validates Strong Design Patent Protection

On May 18, 2015, a panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling strengthening broad design patent protection in the long-running legal battle between Apple and Samsung over their competing smartphones,...more

Wage and Hour Division Seeks Information on Smartphones’ Impact on Hours Worked

In the Department of Labor’s regulatory agenda for Spring 2015, the Wage & Hour Division announced a request for information (RFI) regarding “the use of technology, including portable electronic devices, by employees away...more

Apple-Samsung Trade Dress Case Demonstrates Potential Value of Design Patents

A jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages after finding that smartphones sold by Samsung diluted Apple's trade dress and infringed Apple's design and utility patents. After a partial retrial limited to determining...more

Green vs. Blue Bubbles: A Thought on Thorough e-Discovery

If you own an iPhone, take a look at your most recent text messaging threads. Are the words contained in a blue or a green speech balloon? A blue speech balloon indicates that the communication was sent via Apple’s...more

The Ever-Expanding Scope of Social Media Discovery [Video]

Social media discovery is now commonplace within civil litigation, with Facebook continuing to be a primary source of potentially-discoverable information. As technology continues to advance, though, the judicial system is...more

Emergence of Live Streaming Apps Brings Up Copyright, Privacy, Legal Concerns

The big fight may be over, but the implications of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao with respect to real-time, one-to-many streaming of video through apps like Meerkat and Periscope are still rippling through the media industry. In...more

Status Updates - May 2015

Social discovery. Are the photos and status updates that you post to your social media accounts discoverable regardless of the privacy settings you choose? If they contain information that is especially relevant to the case,...more

Policyholder Insider Quarterly

Makers and Users of Smart Devices Beware: You May Have a Critical and Costly Gap in Your Insurance Coverage - The drumbeat of high-profile data breaches has led to rapid growth in the number of companies purchasing or...more

The magic button of smart homes and social media

The launch of smart home technologies and social media functionalities enabling quick purchases hides the risks of lack of compliance with European e-commerce and distance regulations....more

New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research

Smartphone applications ("app") are saturating the health care world in numerous and various ways. There is an app to track your sleep, one to track your heart rate, one to track steps and even one to measure your blood...more

IoT in the E-Commerce sector faces legal hurdles

Internet of Things devices are modifying the path-to-purchase as we know it allowing consumers to instantly re-order everyday products with one click or one tap. How does this affect businesses in complying with the current...more

“Bring Your Own Device” To Work Programs: Regulatory and Legal Risks and How To Minimize Them

If you’ve ever left your mobile phone on an airplane, in a restaurant, or somewhere other than in your possession, you know it’s frightening enough to think of losing the device itself, which costs a premium, as well as your...more

Enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act in Singapore

The Personal Data Protection Commission (the “Commission’) was established in January 2013 to implement and enforce The Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”). The PDPA fully came into force on 2 July 2014. So far, the...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 20, 2014)

From Around the Web - Restore Order to Your Desk to Reduce Stress: Stacks of paper, overflowing inboxes, and cluttered desks are major contributors to stress. To regain a sense of calm, you need to take control of your...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

Is the Patent Litigation Boom Coming to an End?  [Video]

Feb. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- David Marcus, reporter for The Deal, talks with Lee Pacchia about how a recent sale of a patent portfolio could signal a slowdown in patent litigation work. Lee wonders if this spells a problem...more

This Party is BYOD, Part One

The word you’re looking for is “ubiquity.” It describes the near-total assimilation of technology into every aspect of our lives. The words “cell phone” are falling by the wayside as the words “smart phone” take their place,...more

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