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Alert: DOJ Puts Pressure on Schools and Ed Techs to Provide Accessible Educational Technology

In our last alert on the growing interaction between ed tech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice ("DOJ") appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to...more

At the edge of a new frontier: USCIS begins transition to Electronic Immigration System

In July 2015, the White House announced a series of technology initiatives aimed at modernizing the application process for certain immigration benefits. As part of this effort, the United States Citizenship and Immigration...more

2015 Form 1095-C Reporting: IT Vendor Survey

On August 18, 2014, we posted our, “First Look at ACA Employer Compliance Software.” It’s time for an update. We invited less than a dozen vendors to answer these twenty-two questions....more

TCPA Connect - August 2015

New Bill Would Create Criminal Penalties for TCPA Violations - Could telemarketers be facing jail time for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? The answer might be "yes" if a bill introduced by Sen....more

Credit Card Fraud Liability Shift Looms for Retail Industry

On October 1, 2015, a substantial portion of the liability associated with in-store fraudulent credit card purchases will shift from credit card issuers, such as banks or credit unions, to retail merchants. Credit card...more

2014 Wind Technologies Market Report – Highlights and Takeaways

In August, the U.S. Department of Energy released its 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report. The report, released annually for the past three years, tracks American progress in wind related areas including installed capacity,...more

CFPB Publishes Results of eClosing Pilot Program

On August 5, the CFPB released a 90-page report summarizing the results of its eClosing pilot program, a research initiative launched in April 2014 to explore whether electronic closing processes offer measurable benefits to...more

Mobile health apps: Are they a regulated medical device?

With the proliferation of smartphones, the market for mobile applications (apps) has developed very rapidly in recent years, becoming a key driver of mobile health (mHealth) deployment. App developers have created health apps...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #2

Pay was the big deal last week. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve the CEO Pay Ratio Rule. The new rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officer’s...more

The Imperative for Data-Driven Compliance: Provide Your Organization with an Affirmative Defense with Useful Data

When I think of compliance data, the first thing that comes to mind is defense. If you don’t know if or how well your compliance initiatives are working, you’ll be hard pressed to defend or improve your program. However, a...more

Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey - 2015, First Half

Survey Introduction and Background - This report has been developed as a resource for our clients and friends interested in understanding recent IPO activity of technology and life sciences companies. This information...more

Venture Perspectives: Fourth Quarter 2014

The Numbers - Venture financing activity in New England increased modestly in the fourth quarter of 2014, with Seed and B/Later round activity increasing by 40% and 26%, respectively, over Q3 2014. For the second...more

Lombard Medical Acquires Altura Medical

Lombard Medical, Inc. recently announced that it has acquired Altura Medical. Lombard is an Irvine, California-based medical device company that makes devices for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic...more

Deerfield Management Launches $550 Million Healthcare VC Fund

The firm indicated the new fund will invest in advancements in science that may lead to therapeutic interventions in genetic diseases, cancer and orphan diseases, as well as back new technologies focused on the development of...more

Two Hundred and Twenty Fifth Anniversary of U.S. Patent X000001

U.S. Patent X000001 was granted on July 31, 1790 to Samuel Hopkins. The original document went missing for many years, only resurfacing in 1956. The inventor named is Samuel Hopkins, but which Samuel Hopkins was much in...more

Jeep Hack Drives Cyber, Crisis, Liability and Supply Chain Coverage Issues

A recall notice to fix critical control software on 1.4 million vehicles should raise concerns for companies, brokers and insurers across several business lines. The vulnerability of vital control systems to a remote hacking...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 24, 2015)

In the Age of The Internet, Changing Your Name When You Marry Is a Terrible Idea: Fewer women are changing their names than ever, but 70 percent still do. That’s bad for women’s identities, their careers, and their online...more

Employees’ “Low-Tech” Sloppiness Causes High-Tech Problems

A good reminder for employers about maintaining cybersecurity comes from a recent Washington Post article (“This is why the government keeps getting hacked” by Jeffrey Neal) about the breach at the Office of Personnel...more

Versata: What's Technological and The New Rule Against Improvements

What Is a "technological invention"? The other part of the CBM definition at issue in Versata is the exclusion of a technological invention from the scope of CBM review. Correctly, the Court noted that the USPTO's...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #2

Last week, The New York Times’ The Upshot blog covered a topic that has been one of our top concerns for a while: how big data can discriminate. The post followed a Carnegie Mellon University study that reported, among many...more

Motion To Dismiss For Failure To Claim Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Is Granted In Part

Andrews, J. Defendants’ motion to dismiss amended complaints for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter pursuant to § 101 is granted in part. The court heard oral argument and considered plaintiff’s proposed claim...more

Check Your Technology License: Payments May Be Unenforceable

Expiration of a patent also terminates the rights to collect royalties on that patent – even if a license contract says otherwise. All businesses are reminded to check the termination date of any patent licensed to the...more

Proposed Rule to Subject Certain Cybersecurity Items to Greater Export Restrictions

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently published a proposed rule enhancing controls on certain cybersecurity items under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Specifically, the...more

It’s All About the Blockchain

Just returning from a blockchain workshop in London, where I worked with a number of incredible people to consider solutions to some of the pressing regulatory issues impacting the blockchain technology. While considering...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

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