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MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #2

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their...more

U.S. Government Open Source Software: OMB’s Memorandum on Federal Source Code Policy Exposes IP Ownership Risk

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) promulgated an Open Source Software (“OSS”) policy via the Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, M-16-21 (“Memorandum” or “M-16-21”). The...more

Lessons from Adobe’s State AG Data Breach Settlement

Last month, several state Attorneys General announced a $1M settlement with Adobe Systems, Inc. in connection with a 2013 data incident involving the personal information of roughly 534,000 consumers. The 15 Attorneys General...more

DHS Guidelines for IoT Device Security

In a recent post, we noted that the US federal government has become increasingly concerned about the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. On November 15, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance...more

The Alice Effect on 3D Printing

3D printing technology evolves through advances in software, hardware, and materials. Inventions in 3D printing hardware and materials are eligible for U.S. patent protection. Software is a different story. The U.S. Supreme...more

Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website. Originally published in Law360,...more

Facebook calls Illinois Biometric Law Unconstitutional

In the ongoing saga of Facebook’s challenge of the Illinois Biometric Law, it declared last week that the Illinois law violates the United State Constitution. According to Facebook’s Answer in a suit filed against it in...more

CMS Releases Online Tool to Facilitate Incorporation of MACRA Measures in Clinicians’ Software

On November 17, 2016, CMS released three application program interfaces (APIs) that make it easier to analyze the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 Quality Payment Program (QPP) measures and to build...more

The Future is Now

More than a decade ago Steve Spielberg’s Minority Report contemplated a future in which facial recognition would be ubiquitously used for targeted advertising. Now, a California court will decide whether to dismiss a...more

Improvements to technology used in your business are eligible for patenting?—?it’s not your business.

If you have talked about patenting inventions lately, you might have been told that software per se is not eligible for patenting and that you should protect your business’s intellectual property (IP) using copyrights, trade...more

Data Breach Trends

Verizon’s annual report investigating data breach information finds that phishing—which it defines as malicious correspondence involving a link or attachment to install malware on the victim’s computer or system—is still the...more

USPTO Provides Guidance to Examiners on Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Relating to Patent Eligibility of Software Claims

Over the past six years, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a series of decisions—Bilski, Mayo, Myriad, and Alice—that have significantly impacted patent eligibility law, particularly in the areas of software and...more

FDA Announces International Draft Guidance for Clinical Evaluation of Software as a Medical Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the availability of a draft guidance for the clinical evaluation of software as a medical device (SaMD). The draft guidance was prepared by the SaMD Working Group of the...more

Back to Basics: Trademarks – Part 3

Have you used your mark in commerce and what is the impact of that? If you are already selling your product or service with the mark on it, you are “using” your mark in commerce. As a result, you will need to provide...more

Top Takeaways from FDA Draft Guidance on Software as a Medical Device

FDA’s proposed adoption of an IMDRF document raises questions. On October 14, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) releaseda new draft guidance document, Software as a Medical Device (SaMD): Clinical...more

Federal Copyright Law Does Not Preempt Trade Secret Claim

Addressing issues of preemption, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that federal copyright law did not preempt the plaintiff’s trade secret claim because trade secret claims...more

IP Part 3: Enforcing Your Intellectual Property

"We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand" - Christy Susman made news for her surprisingly kind words to Patrick Wensink, author of Broken Piano for President, in a cease-and-desist letter after...more

Software as a Medical Device: FDA Releases Draft Guidance

Companies that develop software that functions as a medical device should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance that, once finalized, will classify the endless variety of Software as a...more

Use of a Trademark on Software in Canada

Xylem Water Solutions is the owner of the registered Canadian trademark AQUAVIEW in association with software for water treatment plants and pump stations. Xylem received a Section 45 notice from a trademark lawyer, probably...more

Autonomous Vehicle Business Models: How Will You ‘Own’ One?

Google, Uber, and several major automakers are working to bring autonomous vehicles (i.e. self-driving cars) to the marketplace. In mid-October 2016, Tesla announced that three of its models will be fitted with all the...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — October 2016

FDA sends warning letters to two New Jersey companies for insufficient PADE reporting - The warning letters raise issues concerning the standard operating procedures in place to monitor, receive, evaluate and report...more

Copyright: Europe Explores Its Boundaries - CJEU Draws the Line with the Resale of Back-Up Copies of Computer Programs

Europe’s highest court has ruled that software owners have potentially greater rights to prevent the resale of back-up copies of their works than may exist in relation to the original licensed programs. The Court of...more

Are You Allowed to Jailbreak Your Car? As of Today, the Answer is Yes.

Modern automobiles are operated by dozens of computers, known as Electronic Control Units or ECUs, which control almost all of the main functions in a vehicle, including engine control, fuel efficiency, and breaking. The...more

Latest Cyber Attack a Wake-up Call: What are your company’s IoT exposures?

The Internet of Things gives rise to many risks and exposures that companies and their insurers were not thinking about as recently as a couple years ago, and probably aren’t fully cognizant of today....more

Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Symantec Corp. -- Judge Mayer on the First Amendment

Decided September 30th, this Federal Circuit case is already making waves. The majority opinion seems to be at tension with the Court's outcome in BASCOM Glob. Internet Servs., Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, but the real...more

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