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Virtual Porn – Real Patent Lawsuit

The porn industry is often one of the early adopters for new technologies. VR is no exception. Virtual Immersion Technologies LLC is enforcing its patent against live VR porn operators. The patent 6,409,599 (“the ’599...more

Subject Matter Eligibility May Rest on Whether Software is “Technological”

Two recently issued decisions by federal courts highlight the uncertainty around claims to software-implemented inventions after the Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. Both decisions relate to the patent...more

Will computers replace lawyers? – College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference 2016

At its annual Futures Conference, the College of Law Practice Management brings together a uniquely multi-disciplinary group of legal industry participants and observers—partners, technologists, marketers, and managers from...more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

Off-Label Promotion —To Speak or Not To Speak?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a two day public hearing to take place November 9 and 10 aimed at obtaining input from industry to help shape FDA's policy regarding communications...more

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Uber’s plan to launch autonomous cars invokes the question, “Who’s responsible?” When reading a police report, most attorneys cringe when the narrative states, “Driver 1 admitted it was totally his fault” (especially...more

Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality Revealed in Perkins Coie and Upload Survey

Could 2016 be the year when augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) finally take off? The launch of Pokémon Go in July took the world by storm, with downloads of the AR game reaching more than 100 million within...more

The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has existed for more than 15 years. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton is widely credited with coining the term in 1999 to describe the connection of physical objects to the internet...more

iPhones Vulnerable to Pegasus—Update Your iPhone Now

Apple has issued an urgent warning to iPhone users about a crucial iOS update that is the only way to protect iPhones from “the extremely malicious Pegasus software.” According to Apple, Pegasus can completely take over...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.12.16

The past 2 years have been just short of disastrous for most hedge funds. But even without much to show in the form of results, the world’s biggest fund manager—Bridgewater Associates—has attracted $22.5 billion in investor...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications

The 2016 Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS) will be held September 7-9, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. Each GSRS meeting focuses on an area of regulatory science that would benefit from discussions aimed at identifying...more

Music and the Blockchain

The promise of blockchain technology for the music industry is its ability to solve the problem of “shared facts” and to provide transparency in real time or near-real time....more

Espionage and Export Controls: The iPhone Hack Highlights The New World of Warfare

Last week, researchers at Citizen Lab uncovered sophisticated new spyware that allowed hackers to take complete control of anyone’s iPhone, turning the phone into a pocket-spy to intercept communications, track movements and...more

Need for Illumination of Maximum Recovery Rule Warrants Interlocutory Appeal

Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts recently issued an order paving the way for the Trustees of Boston University to seek an interlocutory appeal to clarify the Maximum Recovery Rule for remittitur....more

Final Rules Affecting Definitions of Export and Fundamental Research Take Effect

Amended definitions under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) became effective today, Sept. 1, 2016. Although there are no significant changes to the scope or...more

Value as a Means of Disrupting Legal Services

Digital Disruption is a term often quoted by legal doomsayers who cite Kodak and Blockbuster case studies and hypothesize that the delivery of legal services in ‘Big Law’ is headed for an apocalypse. Debate rages about...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: The Billion Dollar Questions – When, How and What?

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference on the topic of autonomous vehicles. Coincidentally, the presentation was the same day Uber announced it would be launching...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

U.S. Appeals Court Finds a Software Patent Valid Even Under the Supreme Court’s “Alice” Test

A recent Federal Circuit decision in Bascom Global Internet Services, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, gives patent owners another illustration of patent subject matter eligibility under section 101....more

HR Tech and the Law: An Update

Over the past two years, we at the Navigator have been fascinated with all the new technology showing up in the workplace. We’ve repeatedly cautioned employers about the risks of adopting technology before understanding and...more

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC (PTAB 2016)

Sally Beauty (Petitioner) filed a Petition requesting a review under the transitional program for covered business method (CBM) patents of U.S. Patent No. 5,969,324, owned by Intellectual Ventures I LLC (IV)....more

Key Metrics for Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

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 comprises a number of graphs and charts...more

When Can Common Sense be Relied Upon to Find an Invention Obvious?

All patent practitioners recognize that a single prior art reference can be used to reject claims in an obviousness rejection. However, the issue is whether the Patent Office must provide additional evidence, above and beyond...more

The Pitfalls of Using Technology to Improve Compliance Effectiveness; Cecelia Jefferson Explains [PODCAST]

Everybody has the intention of being committed to compliance, but when resources need to be devoted to compliance, the company’s true commitment comes into focus. Cecelia Jefferson is a strategic, multi-talented...more

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