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PTAB Ruling on CRISPR: No Interference

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) ruled in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in a closely watched patent fight with UC Berkeley over the breakthrough CRISPR...more

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

State Universities Gain Immunity from IPRs - Today, many universities own extensive patent portfolios that are managed by sophisticated tech transfer offices. Universities obtain these patents for many reasons, not the...more

State Universities Rejoice: PTAB Recognizes Sovereign Immunity Defense

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) upheld a defense of sovereign immunity asserted by the University of Florida Research Foundation (the...more

Florida Court Holds Budget Request Forms and Activity and Service Fee Records Not “Educational Records”

On August 11, 2016, a Florida state court judge held that the University Central Florida Board of Trustees (“UCF”) must produce Budget Request forms and Activity and Service Fee Database records to Knight News, Inc. (“KNI”)...more

FAA announces advisory committee and more ease for students to operate drones

Recently, Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA), Michael Huerta, announced the establishment of a broad-based drone advisory committee. The creation of this committee stems from the successful stakeholder-based unmanned...more

Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements Beyond College of Pharmacists’ Authority

by Field Law on

In Sobeys West Inc v. Alberta College of Pharmacists, 2016 ABQB 232, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that amendments to the College of Pharmacists’ Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice prohibiting inducements to...more

FAA Allows Drones for Educational Use

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a significant policy shift, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now permit students and to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) – with restrictions – for educational purposes. The FAA issued a...more

Drone U: Drone Use on Campus and Developing an Effective Drone Policy

Drones on campus is a key issue facing universities and educational institutions today. As small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) increasingly make their appearance on campuses across the U.S., colleges and universities are...more

Privacy and Security Guidance: Cloud Computing in the MUSH Sector

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I. Purpose of this Guidance Document and How to Apply - This document is intended to be used by decision makers in the MUSH Sector when considering using cloud services....more

FCC Denies E-Rate Appeal in Scorching Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On April 15, after a multi-year investigation arising from events in 2004-2008, the Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD) of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying appeals by an...more

Justice Department Settlement With edX Suggests Heightened Scrutiny of Online Course Accessibility and Potential Strategies for...

by WilmerHale on

On April 2, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with edX, a major online college course provider, over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to the accessibility of...more

How to Respond to FOIA Requests For Overall Teacher Summative Ratings?

LR-hands-over-laptopkeysIt has come to our attention that certain school districts in Connecticut have already received requests under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] for access to overall district and school level...more

New Law Requires Local Public Agencies in California To Notify Anyone Affected by a Security Breach

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cities, Counties, Special Districts and School Districts Must Now Notify Those Impacted by Security Breaches - Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1149 (AB 1149) and Senate Bill 46 (SB 46) into law,...more

Massachusetts "Gift Ban" Law: Emergency Regulations Implement Partial Repeal

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On September 19, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (“DPH”) amended the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Code of Conduct regulations (the “Code of Conduct”). The amended regulations modify the...more

School District’s Internet Filtering Software Violated First Amendment

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In a recent decision, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. v. Camdenton School District, a federal district court in the Western District of Missouri held that a school district violated the First...more

Commission Releases Order Implementing Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Commission has released the long-awaited Order1 adding statutory language from the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (“PCCA”)2 to the existing Commission rules implementing the Children’s Internet Protection Act...more

OCR Issues FAQ to Address Technology and Accessibility

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On May 26, 2011, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an online FAQ document discussing how OCR believes the “equal access” requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section...more

The Right Way to Mend the U.S. Immigration Law System

Our immigration system is badly broken. Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through. We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United...more

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