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Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Darthmouth Unveils Magic Wand for Secure Data Transmission

Hanover, New Hampshire – Researchers at Dartmouth’s Department of Computer Science has unveiled “Wanda,” a prototype “magic wand” that securely transmits information to a medical device....more

Senate Panel Approves Expedited Medical Device Review Bill

(March 11, 2016) The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee approved a bill to expand an expedited review program for FDA approval of certain medical devices. The bill, S. 1077 “A bill to provide for...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016

Last week, five members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team took the unprecedented step of filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over their pay. The players argue that despite...more

Farm Data: Do you know who owns it?

At its roots, farming consists of performing particular tasks – such as planting, fertilizing or harvesting – against a predetermined schedule. Advances in technology have allowed farmers to do these tasks in a more...more

Motorola Mobility, LLC, v. Intellectual Ventures I, LLC (PTAB 2016)

After Multiple CBM Petitions, Motorola Invalidates Software Patent - On March 21, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in the Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review...more

Choosing Your CRM Builder

Selecting the right team to build your house is essential. We’ve all heard horror stories about dealing with bad contractors. Without the right building partner, you are likely to get a house that takes longer and costs more...more

Blog: Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About the FCC

You’re an entrepreneur developing cutting edge technology, so why should you care about the Federal Communications Commission? If you think the FCC only regulates broadcasters and old-time telephone and cable companies, the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC announced that it is expanding its use of its electronic charge status system to allow the public “information online and on demand.” The system allows charging parties to check the status of their...more

Posting Chargemasters On-Line: Less than Meets the Eye

Michigan is just the latest state to consider legislation requiring hospitals to post their chargemasters on-line. Mich. Sen. Bill 147. These proposals have been popping up since 2013, when Time magazine devoted a full issue...more

NHTSA Reflects Willingness of US Regulatory Authorities to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated it was taking an adaptive policy to address and encourage the fast-paced development of autonomous vehicles. The NHTSA develops and interprets...more

Manatt Digital Media - March 2016

In this newsletter, we take a detailed look at the world of virtual reality with an emphasis on the potential legal issues that exist in this area of media that is still in its infancy....more

JFTC Wields Antitrust Law to Enforce FRAND Obligations of Standard Essential Patent

On January 21, 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) published revisions to its guidelines for the Antimonopoly Act (“AMA”). The new guidelines make it a fair trade practice violation for holders of a standard...more

Issues for consideration: EPC contracts and technology licenses in petrochemical projects

In petrochemical projects, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are often negotiated after the technology licenses have been negotiated between the technology licensors and the project...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #2

Last week at the SHRM Legislative Conference, EEOC Chair Jenny Yang both praised and cautioned employers in talking about HR technology. In particular, Chair Yang said that some technology can reduce bias in the workplace,...more

USPTO News Briefs - March 2016

USPTO Seeks Sample Applications for eMod Project - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office distributed a Patents Alert USPTO News e-mail last week requesting that stakeholders provide .docx sample applications for testing...more

Technology and the Future of Cities: Oklahoma City's Innovation District: The new knowledge hub

Civic and community leaders in Oklahoma City are developing an Innovation District. An Innovation District is a development based on the premise that economic growth, job creation, and innovation can be fostered through the...more

Commerce Department Puts China Telecom Giant ZTE on Export Blacklist

On March 8, 2016, a notice appeared in the Federal Register indicating that Chinese telecom giant ZTE, effective immediately, has been placed on the Department of Commerce’s "Entity List." This means that nothing can be...more

Alert: US Restricts Exports and Reexports to Chinese Telecom Company ZTE

The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") has issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") and imposing trade restrictions against Zhongxing Telecommunications...more

The Road Less Traveled

Driving through Needles, California, on the way to the Grand Canyon, the Interstate is two fast lanes each direction. The road is smooth and the landscape through the car window passes in a blur. However, you can choose the...more

Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On March 1, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in a number of related appeals between Blue Calypso, LLC and Groupon, Inc. These related appeals arise from five Covered Business Method (CBM) reviews of five patents...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review - March 2016

Last week, Vitality Group, a health services firm, announced a new program designed to lower healthcare costs for its clients. Employees of a handful of companies, including John Hancock, Amgen, and others, will get a chance...more

In Daubert Ruling Excluding Both Parties’ Damages Experts, Judge Andrews Rejects FRAND Portfolio Rate as Ceiling on Reasonable...

On February 25, 2016, Judge Richard Andrews granted the parties’ cross-motions to exclude both sides’ damages experts in M2M Solutions LLC v. Motorola Solutions, Inc., C.A. No. 12-33-RGA, Dkt. Nos. 295 and 296 (D. Del. Feb....more

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge Provides Opportunities for Solar Energy Innovators

The United States is experiencing a period of rapid growth in the solar industry, and Fraunhofer TechBridge looks to enhance and continue through its SunRISE TechBridge Challenge to Realize Innovation in Solar Energy. The...more

Court Reporting – What’s it Really all About?

Why is court reporting such an underrated profession? I think one of the main reasons is that the general public is both uninformed and misled. Here are just a few mistaken beliefs of the court reporting world....more

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