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FDA begins to update how it regulates software used as a medical device

by Dentons on

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering changes to the regulatory pathways for software used as a medical device (SaMD). Members of Dentons' Life Sciences team attended FDA's public meeting, "Fostering...more

Express Scripts and Walgreens Expand Their Group Purchasing to Include Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

Express Scripts and Walgreens Boots Alliance announced this week that “they are expanding their group purchasing efforts to include the procurement of specialty brand drugs,” including biosimilars. According to Tim...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - State agency drops objection to city rules on waterfront development - SFGate - Feb 21 Under a settlement announced Wednesday, the California State Lands Commission (SLC), which governs much of the state’s...more

Federal Circuit rules distribution agreement may be invalidating 'offer for sale'

by Dentons on

In a February 6, 2018, decision, a Federal Circuit panel reasoned that a pharmaceutical distribution agreement can qualify as an invalidating “offer for sale” under 35 USC section 102(b) when the terms of the agreement...more

TOPS Software Company Hit with TCPA Class Action

Last week, TOPS Software LLC (TOPS), a software company that specializes in condominium and homeowners association communication platforms, was served with a class action in Illinois federal court which alleges that TOPS...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Public Companies’ Disclosure of Cyber-Attacks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated guidance to public companies this week on how and when they are to disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches. The SEC suggests that public companies should disclose...more

SEC Guidelines on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures

by Lane Powell PC on

On February 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published interpretive guidance concerning cybersecurity disclosures for public companies. The new guidance reinforces companies’ existing obligations to disclose...more

New FERC Rules Open the Door Wider for Electric Storage Participation in Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Establish Primary...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted unanimously to issue a highly anticipated final rule that directs regional grid operators to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage...more

Deadline Looms for Companies to Meet GDPR Compliance

by Harris Beach PLLC on

The European Union’s (EU) comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) replaces the long-standing Data Privacy Directive 95/46-EC (Directive), regulates the collection, processing, and transfer of an...more

Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

To seek H-1B “professional” work authorization for foreign recruits during 2018 employers should start now to get their preliminary Labor Condition Applications filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Preparations must then...more

The Cattle of the Future

by Knobbe Martens on

When most people think of cattle, they think of Ferdinand the Bull and their favorite steakhouse. The reality of beef production is far from most consumers’ radar. However, as of 2016, less than 2% of the U.S. population...more

Top 20 to Watch—Digital Media Edition

One of our missions at Manatt Digital is to discover and get to know companies and founders who are innovating and executing with disruptive technologies. We are continuously on the hunt for companies that have market/product...more

Issuers of Tokens Beware: Class Action Lawsuits Are Coming

by Polsinelli on

Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, were an extremely popular way of raising capital in exchange for crypto tokens in 2017 and have led to class action litigation in 2017 and 2018. While ICOs have been around since 2013, they...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Chinese government has seized control of Anbang Insurance Group, the formerly staid insurance conglomerate with a murky leadership structure that in recent years has amassed billions in debt through a global acquisition...more

Swiss Regulator Publishes ICO Guidelines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a set of guidelines, setting out how it intends to apply its financial markets legislation in the context of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Despite the...more

EDUCAUSE Challenges the US DOE’s Guidance on Data Breach Reporting

On January 30, 2018, EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology association, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education describing concerns that it had with the Federal Student Aid (“FSA”) ability to protect federal...more

Recent Conference Highlights Cyber Risks and How to Protect Against the Same

On February 13-14, 2018, Advisen held a conference focused on exploring cyber risks and how companies can best move to address potential exposures. Below are key takeaways and trends discussed by the panelists....more

SEC Releases Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved the release of Interpretive Guidance relating to public company disclosures of cybersecurity risks and incidents. ...more

Pair of Federal Circuit Decisions May Impact Early Section 101 Challenges in Patent Litigation

In the span of a week, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated two district court rulings of patent invalidity under 35 U.S.C § 101. The first decision, Berkheimer v. HP Inc., vacated-in-part a grant of summary...more

Federal Circuit requires more evidence before invalidating as ineligible

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In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a district court's grant of summary judgment of patent ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 1011. The Federal Circuit...more

Bold Thinking, Not Tinkering - What is the Hackathon's purpose?

The Hackathon brings together multiple streams of entrepreneurial activity (internationally) and taps into a global community of individuals and organizations with a passion for innovation via legal technology. Given that it...more

CAFC Rule 36 Judgement: 24 Hour Affirmance with No Explanation

Nothing hurts worse than a Rule 36 (single page, single sentence affirmance of the decision below) after years of work and millions of dollars spent on a case. Rule 36 makes rehearing, en banc review, and/or cert petitions a...more

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Updates Cybersecurity Disclosure Guidance - Agency Continues to Prioritize Cybersecurity...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released, on Feb. 21, 2018, updated guidance regarding public company cybersecurity disclosures. The guidance updates the Commission's 2011 non-binding guidance and...more

Blockchain and Quantum Computing

2018 promises great inroads in the realm of “quantum computing.” While conventional computers use binary data or bits (i.e., 0s and 1s) to store and process information (a bit can either store a 0 or 1), a quantum computer...more

BioArctic Announces Patent Allowance Entitled Spinal Cord Devices and Methods for Promoting Axonal Regeneration

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BioArctic AB, a public Swedish biopharma company, recently announced that they received allowance of a patent application directed to a method of promoting axonal regeneration using a biodegradable spinal cord device. The...more

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