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Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed...more

EC draft withdrawal agreement: IP rights

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has produced a draft withdrawal agreement (the “Agreement”) chartering the path of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. In the coming weeks, the Council of the European Union and the Brexit Steering Group...more

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans...more

New Report Says Drones to Represent $30 Billion Industry by 2036

By 2036, unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) will represent a $30 billion industry according to a new report released by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Avascent, “Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and...more

Does Your Trademark Have Relevant Artistic Expression?

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

Traditionally speaking, we think of a ‘trademark’ protected under the Lanham Act as a mark used to identify and distinguish a good or service from other goods and services on the market. But what if the purported ‘trademark’...more

Remote Identification of Drones: For Commercial Operators Only or Hobbyists Too?

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received recommendations regarding remote identification of drones in a report from the unmanned aircraft Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking...more

Drones and Personal Privacy

Imagine that you are sitting in your backyard and a drone flies overhead. It hovers. The camera adjusts and looks right at you. Then it flies away. ...more

Drones Helping to Restore Power in Puerto Rico

In the mountains near Ponce, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria tore through, the terrain made it difficult to repair power lines that stretched from peak to peak. For over four months, the entire area was in the dark and so...more

Kansas State Offers UAS Training for First Responders

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus began working with law enforcement partners in the area to offer a training course specifically targeted for first responders seeking to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones)...more

Defence + Indemnity: February 2018 - II. LIABILITY ISSUES A.

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II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. Employing a video shot of a person jogging on a public jogging path for a commercial sales-pitch video was found to establish the privacy tort of intrusion upon seclusion. Vanderveen v...more

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Launches Drone Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) program for public safety purposes....more

Drone Policies & the Construction Industry

Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys, Brian Gaudet, David Lynch and Courtney Lynch want to make sure that the construction industry is prepared for the use of drones. This new technology creates some great opportunities, but also...more

DJI Software Now Includes Temporary No-Fly Zone for Olympics

Drone manufacturer, DJI, has updated its software in its drones to include a temporary no-fly zone around the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea (and other South Korean cities). The parameters of the no-fly zone are...more

More Passenger Drone Test Flights Hitting the Skies

We previously reported on the Y6S drone passenger test flights set for this year in London; now, two more companies have started testing passenger drones, too. Ehang 184 passenger drones, created by the Chinese company...more

Caution: Olympic Marks Ahead Staying In-bounds with the U.S. Olympic Comittee

Beginning February 9th, the eyes of those interested in athletic endeavor and spectacle will turn to Pyeong Chang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. As a brand owner, it is tempting to get caught up in and exploit the...more

World-Record Drone Show at Olympic Ceremony

As with any Olympics Opening Ceremony, the pageantry is of global scale, but this year, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Intel took it to a whole new level–a record-setting 1,218 drones hit the skies for a mechanical phenomenon....more

Validity of Ball State University Drone Policy Questioned

Public Relations and Government Affairs Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chad Budreau, says that Ball State University’s (Ball State) “Policy for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)” violates the...more

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

Drone Detection Technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

This past weekend, Scottsdale, Arizona police used new drone detection technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to keep attendees (and players) safe....more

City's General Plan Land Use Policy Survives CEQA Challenge Based on Potential Urban Decay

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, the California Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to a land use policy in the City of Visalia's General Plan...more

States Rev Up Drone Oversight

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report surveys proposed drone legislation in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont, and West Virginia and discusses recent drone...more

The Drone Market Environment – Disruption in 2018

It seems impossible to stay on top of all the major changes that are going on in the drone industry, so here’s a list of some trends to keep a close eye on this year...more

EPIC’s Standing Questioned in FAA Case

On January 25, 2018, oral arguments were heard in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) case by a D.C. Circuit panel. The court questioned EPIC’s standing to contest the...more

Privacy is None of the FAA’s Business

by LeClairRyan on

While most people agree that unmanned aircraft raise unique privacy issues, the question remains who is in the best position to deal with those concerns. The FAA has repeatedly indicated that it does not have the resources,...more

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