Topic: Technology

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 »

EU Lays Out Cloud Computing Strategy: 3 Takeaways for Businesses Operating in Europe

In late September, the European Commission published “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe,” a detailed report on the current state and future promise of working “in the cloud” across the EU. The report sets the stage for what the Commission hopes will be a rapid development of cloud computing technology and services, while… 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 »

Doing Business in China: A JD Supra Legal Reader

For your convenience, here’s a roundup of recent legal commentary and analysis on a broad range of issues facing companies doing business in and with China: Life Sciences Health Industry China Briefing – June 2012 (Reed Smith): “China’s new patent regulations allowing the government to force drug companies to grant compulsory licenses for generic versions… Read more »

New FDA User Fee Law Includes Biosimilar & Generic Drug Approval Pathways

On July 9, 2012, President Obama signed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) into law. The new legislation extends through 2017 the FDA’s program of charging user fees on drug applications – used to pay the agency’s employee salaries – in exchange for a quicker and more transparent product review process.… Read more »

You Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine – Why gTLD Reveal Day Matters to You

All businesses should be interested in “Reveal Day” – June 13, 2012 – when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) makes public more than 1,900 applications for generic top-level domain (gTLD) names. The publication of the applied-for domain names – along with the entities trying to obtain them – begins a 60-day… Read more »

Got Compliance? The EU Cookie Law & What You Need to Do

The European Union’s “Cookie Directive” went into effect on May 26, 2012. The new law requires EU-owned websites, as well as those merely accessible to EU users, to tell visitors about cookies that track traffic on their sites. In addition, websites must obtain “informed consent” from users before saving cookies to their computers. For the… Read more »

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: A Legal Overview

“Ultimately, the proper interpretation of the scope of the CFAA may have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court…” – Patton Boggs Thanks to a recent decision in the Ninth Circuit, the ever-evolving Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is back in the spotlight. The latest changes notwithstanding, what exactly is the CFAA? What… 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 »

Mobile Medical App? There’s an FDA Draft Guidance For That.

We’re seeing interest in the Food and Drug Administration’s Draft Guidance, issued July 21, 2011, on the regulation of mobile medical applications which, according to the FDA, pose similar risks as other regulated medical devices.  We’ll continue to update this reading list as additional commentary and analysis comes in: Draft Guidance Clarifies How FDA Plans… Read more »