Topic: tech law

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Stopping 23andMe Sales, Buying Privacy Liabilities, Changing Proxy Policies, Approving REIT Conversions

On November 27, 1924, the very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was held. As it should be… Happy Holidays! The FDA is routinely criticized in cases where regulation is perceived to stymy innovation. Shutting down 23andMe isn’t one of them… (Andrew Ittleman and Kelly Lightfoot, JD Supra Perspectives) Every mobile app that glitters is not… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Social Media, Virtual Currencies, Patent Trolls, Generic Drugs

On this day in 1974, the Department of Justice filed its final antitrust suit against the AT&T Corporation, leading to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System. Have a social media policy? You’ll want to add these items… (JD Supra Perspectives) Sure, Bitcoins and other virtual currencies present tantalizing investment opportunities, but look before… Read more »

Developers Take Note: California Sues Delta for Violating the State’s Mobile App Privacy Laws

Here’s a cautionary tale for any company connecting with customers and clients on mobile devices. During one of the year’s busiest travel seasons, when a change of plans can cost travelers upwards of $150, Delta Airlines was just hit with a lawsuit for NOT changing a thing. (Oh, the irony.) Earlier this year, California Attorney… Read more »

Canada Revises Copyright Law – You Should Know…

“Copyright reform in Canada has, after a decade of effort, finally moved towards implementation. On November 7, 2012, pursuant to an Order in Council, many provisions of the Copyright Modernization Act … came into force.” (Bennett Jones) It’s been a long time coming, but the first sections of the Canada’s revised copyright law – approved… Read more »

First Time Ever I Tagged Your Face… FTC Guidelines on Facial Recognition Technology

The Federal Trade Commission is turning its attention to facial recognition technology. Earlier this month the agency released a report, “Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technology,” setting forth guidelines on privacy and security for companies that use the technology. According to the report, while the technologies have a number of… Read more »

Akamai / McKesson Ruling Changes Standard for Proving Induced Infringement

On August 31, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling that, writes Tony Dutra at Bloomberg BNA, “will likely have more effect on patent law in the future than Apple’s iPhone design patents will.” Nicole Smith and Ryan Malloy (law firm Morrison & Foerster) explain: “In the 6-5 decision, the… Read more »

Apple v. Samsung: Patent Trial of the Century?

[Link: Court Allows Apple to Push for Ban on Samsung Tablets – LXBN] The latest round of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit over the design of Samsung tablets is underway in San Jose, California. But the dispute between the two tech giants goes beyond what Fortune magazine calls “the Patent Trial of the Century.” The… Read more »

FDA Publishes Draft Rules on Biosimilars – Legal Roundup

On February 9, The Food and Drug Administration released its draft guidelines for drug makers on the abbreviated approval pathway for biosimilars, a move that could open the door to cheaper generic versions of branded biotech drugs. For your reference, here’s a roundup of legal commentary on the proposed rules: FDA Publishes Draft Guidelines for… Read more »

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: FTC Proposes COPPA Rule Revisions

On September 15, the Federal Trade Commission proposed several important revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, which requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. Here’s a first look at what you need to know about the proposed… Read more »

Data Breach! Who’s Liable? What Next? (A Tech Law Reader)

“In case you haven’t heard, the days of having no obligation to notify consumers of a data breach or loss that involves only email addresses may have ended. This should be a major wakeup call for every CIO…” Your company’s data is in the cloud – including vital employee, investor, and customer information – and… Read more »