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Not So Fast! HIPAA (Surprisingly) Doesn’t Apply To THAT!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many employers who have had it drilled into them that HIPAA applies to protected health information (PHI) of employees are often surprised to learn that the applicability of HIPAA to employee health information (EHI) is...more

Can Companies Disclaim And Limit Liability For Data Breaches In Online Terms Of Service? (Part 1 Of 2)

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Companies that operate online often include disclaimers and limitations of liability in standardized terms of service. If a company suffers a data breach involving personal information collected from its customers, can...more

Why Your Small U.S. Business Should Care About GDPR

by Barley Snyder on

You’re not alone if your small business hasn’t been paying close attention to the fact that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live May 25. ...more

The Federal Circuit Disagrees Over How to Analyze Patent Eligibility

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 8, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Exergen Corp. v. Kaz USA, Inc., held that patent claims involving body temperature detection were directed to patent-eligible subject matter under § 101. The...more

Will EU Data Protection Authorities ‘Consistency Mechanism’ Be Ready in Time for the GDPR?

by Reed Smith on

During an Article 29 Working Party (WP29) press conference on 7 February 2018, the outgoing chair and French privacy chief, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, expressed concerns that EU data protection authorities (DPAs) may not be...more

Blog: SEC Commissioner Jackson Sees Cyber Threat As A Corporate Governance Issue

by Cooley LLP on

In remarks on Thursday of last week to the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson discussed what he termed to be “the most pressing issue in corporate governance today: the rising cyber threat.” ...more

New ECHA Website Includes Information on Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on March 15, 2018, a new website, “Chemicals in our life.” The website is available in 23 European Union (EU) languages and “provides useful information on the benefits and...more

Innovation in Compliance-Digital Transformations in Compliance with Vince Walden

by Thomas Fox on

The Innovation in Compliance Podcast is here! In this inaugural episode, I’m interviewing Ernst & Young partner and Big Data expert Vince Walden on the ways in which automation and data analytics are transforming the...more

Selling the Fear: Is GDPR The Next Y2K?

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In-house perspective on GDPR and related coverage from Matt Fawcett, senior vice president and general counsel for global data company NetApp....more

FDA Approves Blood Test for Concussion

by Knobbe Martens on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced approval of Banyan Biomarkers, Inc.’s Banyan BTI (Brain Trauma Indicator) under the FDA’s De Novo premarket review pathway. According to the press release, Banyan BTI is...more

Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Emphasize Effect of Factual Questions on Patent Eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

In two recent cases, the Federal Circuit addressed the role of factual questions in resolving patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The first case was Berkheimer v. HP Inc. and the second was Aatrix Software v. Green...more

FAA Plans to Bring LAANC to 500 More Airports by Next Month

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the nationwide expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 more airports, and include 300 air traffic control...more

Patent IPRs and Allergan’s Sovereign Immunity Defense

In an age of rising healthcare costs, pharmaceutical companies can be an easy target in calls for patent reform. Patent protection helps drug manufacturers recoup their investment in developing the new drug,. It also...more

Federal Circuit Appeals from the PTAB: Summaries of Key 2017 Decisions

In 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit docketed more appeals from the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) than any other venue—a first in its over 30-year history. The post grant proceedings created by the...more

AAM Publishes White Paper on Need for Increased Access to Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

A recent white paper from the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) highlighted the continued need to lower prescription drug prices. According to the paper, up to half of all patients fail to adhere to their medication...more

JHUISI Creates New Way to Protect Drones from Cyber-attacks

OnBoard Security, a Wilmington, Massachusetts-based security provider, announced last week that graduate students from Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (JHUISI) have successfully implemented a secured...more

Bridging the Week - March 2018 #2

J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, laid out his priorities for the remainder of 2018 in a speech before the FIA at its annual conference last week. Unrelatedly, the Securities and...more

UK Supreme Court Decision In Actavis V. Eli Lilly – Doctrine Of Equivalents Recognized

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In its decision of July 12, 2017 in Actavis v. Eli Lilly, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom for the first time formally adopted the concept of a doctrine of equivalents when considering what constituted an infringement...more

HIMSS18: What We Learned in Vegas Doesn’t Have to Stay in Vegas

Complex. Hard. Humbling. These are the descriptors former Google CEO Eric Schmidt used last week at the HIMSS 2018 Annual Conference in Las Vegas to describe the work to be done in health information technology (HIT). ...more

EU Trade Update

• European Commission publishes survey on concept of “Specially Designed for Military Use,” and issues request for input for possible EU commercial policy measures targeting the United States • Netherlands introduces...more

473,807 Patient Records Compromised in January, 2018—83 Percent Caused by Hacking Incidents

The recently released Protenus Healthcare Breach Barometer report notes that in January, 2018, at least 473,807 patient records were compromised in 37 breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights. ...more

Former Equifax Exec Charged with Insider Trading: Underscores Need for Trading Halt Plans

The Equifax hack has taken another twist – one that raises questions that every public company should consider....more

USPTO Withdraws Newly Characterized Antigen Test For Written Description Of Antibodies

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO issued a two page memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps noting that some of the USPTO’s written description guidance pertaining to antibody claims is “outdated.” The memo specifically notes withdrawal of the...more

Amgen’s Motion to Dismiss Genentech’s Complaint in the Delaware Mvasi Litigation

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, Genentech has filed two pending cases (Case Nos. 1:17-cv-01407 and 1:17-cv-01471) in the District of Delaware related to Amgen’s proposed Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), a biosimilar of Genentech’s...more

The Race For Cyber Security: An Invitation to Join With the SEC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

There is no doubt that technology presents any number of new opportunities for firms and individuals and that it is transforming the market place for goods and services at an increasingly rapid rate. Computer systems, the...more

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