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First Drone Passenger Flight Set for 2018 in London

The first drone passenger flight (test flight that is) is set for 2018 in London. These passenger drones (also known as vertical take-off and landing aircraft—VTOLs) could cut the travel time from the Charing Cross train...more

It’s Not Nice to Fool The NTSB

by LeClairRyan on

Those of us of a certain age will remember the television ad for margarine that tastes so much like butter that even Mother Nature is fooled. When Mother Nature learns that the product is not her “delicious butter,” she...more

Stanford Medical Center Seeks FAA Approval for Blood Delivery by Drone

Stanford Medical Center (Stanford) is pursuing a new concept in the health care world—blood delivery to hospitals by drones. Currently, Stanford is seeking the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval for this type of...more

Drones and Liability—Four Ways to Protect Yourself

by LeClairRyan on

A gas company needs to inspect a far-flung pipeline. A brokerage firm seeks aerial views of a shopping mall. A pizza chain envisions delivering a pie to home plate as part of a baseball-themed ad campaign. In each of these...more

Surprising Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry in 2018

2017 marked a big year for the commercial drone industry; for starters, it was the first full year of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 operating license. Now, there are over 70,000 pilots flying drones all...more

Drones and the Future of Watching Sports

Some may consider drones to be annoying and noisy, but in the next few years, drones are going to become quiet, small, safe and almost effortless to fly. ...more

A Brief Review Of Key Legal Issues Affecting Drones In 2017

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Now that 2017 is wrapped up, a look back at what happened in drone world in 2017 and a look to what might happen in 2018 is warranted. While there were several exciting developments, this article will focus on a handful of...more

Europe: Double victory for Coca-Cola – General Court stops free-riding from outside EU

by Hogan Lovells on

Judgment of 7 December 2017 in Case T-61/16 – The Coca-Cola Company v. EUIPO / Modern Industrial & Trading Investment Co. Ltd (Mitico)) - The General Court confirms that actual commercial use of an EUTM application can...more

FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee: Final Report recommends standards for UAS remote ID and tracking

by DLA Piper on

On December 19, the FAA's Unmanned Aviation System Identification and Tracking (UAS-ID) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) released a Final Report detailing its recommendations to the agency. Earlier this year, the FAA...more

Protection of common elements in trade dress – comparison of practices in China and US

by Hogan Lovells on

In China, trade dress protection provides exclusive rights over a certain product get-up that acts as an indicator of origin. In order to qualify for protection, a trade dress must have a unique quality, rather than being...more

Controversial UAS Remote ID and Tracking ARC Report Published By FAA Yesterday

by Hogan Lovells on

Last year, for the first time, the FAA broadly authorized commercial drones here in the United States. Since that time, the commercial drone industry has grown to a level few could have imagined only a couple of years ago. ...more

Drones – Is the sky the limit? -‘Intellectual Values seminar series #3’ video

by Hogan Lovells on

On 17 October 2017, Hogan Lovells, London hosted its annual ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar which this year focused on the ‘connected world’. Paul Joukador, a partner in our London Tech Hub, gave a talk on the commercial...more

‘The City-Scale Impacts of Drone Delivery’ Report

RAND Corporation’s, a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges, report, “What’s the Buzz? The City-Scale Impacts of Drone Delivery,” deals with city package deliveries using drones. The...more

Drone delivery commercialization set to begin in Canada

by Dentons on

Canada is in a position to act as a first mover in the emerging space of commercial drone delivery services. Given Canada’s vast landscape and extreme weather conditions, it is often an onerous and costly process for...more

The Benefits and Hurdles of Using Drones for Conservation Surveillance

Drone technology has a myriad of conservation and environmental-protection applications. Drones offer quick, easy and cost-effective aerial imaging as well as sensor and monitoring capabilities. Unlike traditional surveying...more

Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a move that will likely benefit game developers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explicitly held that First Amendment protection extends to use of third-party trademarks in the commercial promotion of an...more

UAS Integration Program - Up And Running

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

President Trump's administration has announced the creation of a new Integration Pilot Program. According to the president, “Our nation will move faster, fly higher, and soar proudly toward the next great chapter of American...more

Purchased a drone for your company? - Considerations for establishing an “in-house” drone flight department or hiring an external...

by Dentons on

Has your company purchased a drone with the intent of using it at company events or in promotional materials? The price tag of the drone and its anticipated ease of use make the purchase a tempting one. However, flying a...more

Tethered Drone Operator’s Part 107 Waiver Granted by FAA

A Columbus, Ohio based company, CivitasNow, has just become the second company ever (CNN was the first) to be granted a Part 107 waiver to fly drones over people by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ...more

President Trump To Open Skies For Companies To Test Commercial Drones

Recently, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum purporting to relax rules for testing of commercial drones by private sector corporations. The Memorandum proposes that more companies should be allowed to fly their...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot program...more

Drones Make Bridge Inspections Cheaper and Easier

The United States has a lot of bridges –more than 600,000 –many of which are in disrepair or reaching the end of their planned lives. According to the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil...more

How Do We Control the Crowded Skies?

While the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) completed some of testing and research of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management system as directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we...more

Trump Orders FAA To Get Drone Regulations Off The Ground

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration has been slow to enact regulations allowing drones to operate commercially in the United States. In 2016, the FAA published rules allowing very limited use of drones for commercial...more

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update - Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The White House issued a Presidential Memorandum last week directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program to promote the safe operation of UAS, or drones, in...more

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