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The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have made their first amendments to the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property since their origin in 1995.  The guidelines were updated in light of the fundamental changes in statutory and case law, agency enforcement, and policy work. The updates support innovation while incorporating the intervening changes in law that are advantageous to intellectual property owners and licensors. To read more about the updated guidelines…
It’s not uncommon for internet-based services to utilize names referencing their online presence, much like it is not uncommon for the monikers of app-based services to refer to their mobile format. But at what point does a suggestive term become merely descriptive to the point that it can be denied trademark registration? The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit weighed in on that question in a January 4 opinion that overturned the…
On June 21, 2016, the FAA issued its long-awaited regulations governing “Small Unmanned Aircraft,” or drone operation.  The regulations allow the use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds, traveling less than 100 mph groundspeed, and up to 400 feet above the ground, for a wide variety of purposes during daylight hours.  The regulations allow that a drone may be operated only by “a remote pilot in command” who has passed a written test, is…
Medical device companies and manufactures of other connected devices need to be attentive to the ever-increasing risk of a cybersecurity breach affecting their own devices and the hospitals and other health care organizations where their devices are connected. Taking these challenges into consideration, the FDA has issued several guidance documents concerning cybersecurity for medical devices.  Additionally, Reed Smith’s IP, Information & Innovation and Life Sciences Health Industry Group have teamed up to create a Task