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Shortsighted Thinking Can Lead to Worthless Patents

by Snell & Wilmer on

A. The Goal Is to Make Money and Not to Merely Get a Patent. A patent defines a piece of intellectual property. Analogous to the size of a parcel of land, the size of a patent (usually referred to as its scope) is...more

The Numbers Do Lie: How Thieves Can Steal Your Cell Phone Number And Wreak Havoc On Your Life

by Dickinson Wright on

If you have an online account, you are familiar with the username/password method of user authentication. If you have been paying attention to recent news stories, however, you also recognize that this method of...more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 2

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is part two of the review of our survey released in October 2017. The survey feedback suggests that many automotive and technology companies are already forging ahead despite the challenges. While most industry...more

Blockchain: Not Just A Platform For Cryptocurrency But A Potential Method For Protecting Trade Secrets And Other IP

Cryptocurrency has dominated the attention of the financial world for most of the past 12 months as Bitcoin’s value (as well as other cryptocurrencies’) soared over 1,500% in 2017 (though it has experienced some recent...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

Cybersecurity Concerns Surround the Promise of Driverless Cars

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Driverless cars and driver-assist systems are poised to change transportation as profoundly and as quickly as the internet has changed shopping and communications. Examples of the first wave of this technology that is on the...more

DDTC and BIS Solicit Comments Regarding Controls over Explosives, Personal Protective Equipment, and Military and Intelligence...

• DDTC and BIS have published concurrent NOIs requesting public comments on the controls over the export and reexport of explosives, personal protective equipment, and military and intelligence electronics. (By volume and...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Three Technology Trends That Will Change the Gig Economy in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

Bill Gates once said “Information Technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.” The advent of the gig economy along...more

Lessons From The Waymo v Uber Trade Secrets Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

Just hours after the Eagles clinched their upset Super Bowl win over the Patriots, a different battle royale began in a San Francisco courtroom between an established juggernaut and its upstart rival. For techies and trade...more

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

by Bryan Cave on

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...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

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 1

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We’re in the midst of a rapid evolution not only in the way drivers operate their vehicles, but also in the operations, compliance, go-to-market strategy and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. More than 70...more

Using AI in a Compliance Function – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

I am exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to make compliance more robust in the three prongs of prevent, detect and remediate. This series is based upon an article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), entitled...more

Automation Of Our Auto Nation: New Tech Requires A New Look At Trade Secret Laws

Self-driving cars—once a thing of the future—are now becoming a reality. And, as with any new technology, there is a learning curve. Once consumers are able to test out new products, they adapt, preferences change, and what...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

Design Patent pto litigation statistics (through JANUARY 15, 2018)

The statistics below reveal the current trends on proceeding breakdowns, institution rates, and outcomes of design patent PTO litigation. No new design patent petitions have been filed since April 2017, and only one Board...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Cisco is warning customers using its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software about a virtual private network (VPN) bug that could "allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the affected system or to...more

Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey – 2017, Full Year

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This report analyzes key aspects of initial public offerings (IPOs) for technology and life sciences companies that went public in 2017, with emphasis on data from the second half of the year. Our IPO Survey was developed for...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

Section 9003 Biorefinery and Renewable Chemical Loan Program Gains Momentum - USDA Program Proves to Be Viable Commercialization...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Section 9003 Program) had an unprecedented year in 2017, issuing numerous conditional...more

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of the Blockchain

Akin to the hype that surrounded the Internet during its early years in the 1990s, blockchain technologies and their associated cryptocurrencies have dominated the news cycle recently. Cryptocurrencies are a form of digital...more

JPM Conference Takeaways: Biotech and Biopharma Set for Growth in 2018

Coming off a year that saw a record number of new drug approvals, significant scientific breakthroughs and a year-end tax reform package that both significantly lowers corporate taxes and provides the long-awaited tax...more

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