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The Patent Landscape of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

With Bitcoin and alternative coins, such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Cardano, experiencing volatile price swings, cryptocurrencies have rapidly become mainstream and widely discussed, with many seeking to find ways to profit...more

The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Eighth Edition - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This fully updated eighth edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides an overview of evolving legal constructs in 26 jurisdictions around the world. It is intended as a business-focused framework...more

GDPR is Here: How EU Privacy Regulations Impact U.S. Business

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in the European Union (EU) on May 25, 2018. Although U.S. businesses may think that EU regulations do not apply to them, GDPR extends to any entity that collects,...more

Will High Court Provide Clarity On 'Clear Evidence'?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court may soon revisit one of its seminal decisions defining products liability law for pharmaceutical manufacturers. That decision — Wyeth v. Levine — addressed whether a branded manufacturer could be held...more

PTAB Releases Orange Book-Listed Patent Study

Pharmaceutical patent owners have been one of the more vocal groups decrying the creation and existence of inter partes reviews and other PTAB post-issuance proceedings. And for good reason. Congress enacted the...more

The Best Wisconsin Law Decision We’ve Ever Seen, Affirmed

by Reed Smith on

The district judge in the In re Zimmer Nexgen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation MDL issued a summary judgment order in October 2016 that we called “the best Wisconsin law decision we have ever seen.” What was the...more

Recent Healthcare Fraud Suit Puts Private Equity Industry on Notice as to Potential Liability for Portfolio Company Conduct

by White and Williams LLP on

In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened in a False Claims Act case alleging healthcare fraud, a common enough event. The case in question, originally began in 2015 as a whistleblower case brought by two...more

Blockchain in Energy – Where Do We Stand? Where Do We Go From Here?

For all the publicity generated by the recent increase in value of Bitcoin, as well as the generally increasing awareness of the existence of blockchain technology, the recent Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018 held in New York...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - March 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Verizon's Protected Health Information Data Breach Report Concludes that Insiders Are Greatest Threat to Health Care Entities - Verizon recently issued its Protected Health Information Data Breach Report, which is always...more

Insider Trading Charges Brought Against CIO for Post-Breach Trading

by White and Williams LLP on

On March 14, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a chief information officer (CIO) for a US business division of Equifax with insider trading in advance of Equifax’s September 2017 disclosure of the...more

Collection of Biometric Data Raises Privacy Concerns for Employees and Compliance Issues for Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Many of us have become comfortable with the convenience of logging into our laptops or smartphones using a fingerprint scan in lieu of remembering yet another password. We are familiar with television and movie portrayals of...more

The future of Bitcoin (regulation) in Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

The launch of the first Bitcoin future for trade in the United States of America during December 2017 has brought significant public attention to both the Bitcoin crypto currency, and the underlying bitcoin network...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - California could get more solar, geothermal power from Imperial Valley following lawsuit - The Desert Sun - Mar 7 As Governor Jerry Brown looks to neighboring states for cheap sources of clean energy, a legal...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How residential and office developers are preparing for the realities of net zero - URBAN LAND - Mar 12 In 2017, California passed the first net-zero building code in the United States...more

SEC Commissioners Provide Guidance On Cybersecurity Disclosures After Wave Of Record Incidents

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Much has been written about the SEC’s interpretive guidance on cybersecurity disclosures, issued in late February, including Commissioner Stein’s statement that it under-delivers for investors, public companies, and the...more

Initial Coin Offerings in the United Arab Emirates

by King & Spalding on

Background - Against the backdrop of the increasing prominence of cryptocurrencies globally, initial coin offerings or ICOs are becoming commensurately popular as a capital raising method. ICOs, essentially a method of...more

Digital Health: CE marking of medical devices

by Hogan Lovells on

In the EU, digital health technologies such as medical apps or wearable sensors can fall within the scope of the medical devices directives. ...more

A New Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is Available / So is A Revised Chapter 2000 For Duty of Disclosure

A New Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), the ninth edition, Revision 08.2017, was made electronically available on January 25, 2018...more

Mexican Fintech Law Becomes Effective

by White & Case LLP on

On March 10, 2018, the law regulating Financial Technology Institutions ("Fintech Law") became effective along with certain reforms to other financial laws....more

Finjan Your Claims into Patent Eligibility (Presentation)

by Workman Nydegger on

- Finjan is a cybersecurity company that provides various security services, including mobile VPN and virus screening services. Finjan owns several patents related to cybersecurity. - Blue Coat is a software company that...more

IT/Data Protection Newsletter – Germany – Winter Edition 2018

by Reed Smith on

The Winter 2018 edition of the quarterly IT & Data Protection Newsletter by Reed Smith Germany has just been released. We cover new case law on marketing consent, cookie consent, the liability of platform providers,...more

NIFA Issues 2017 Annual Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published its 2017 Annual Report: User Inspired Science Transforming Lives. The report provides an overview...more

Regaining Ownership of Copyright: Traps for the Unwary in UK and US Copyright Law

by Reed Smith on

The copyright laws of both the UK and the US include provisions for reversion and for termination of transfers of copyright that are only too easy to overlook when conducting due diligence or other chain of title...more

Fashion Law Newsletter - March 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it." – Diane von Furstenberg Welcome to our latest edition of Fashion Law where we provide you with the latest updates on legal issues affecting the...more

Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosure and Policies

by Cooley LLP on

In February, the SEC announced that it had adopted long-awaited new guidance on cybersecurity disclosure. While the new guidance builds on Corp Fin's 2011 guidance on this topic, it carries more weight because it bears the...more

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