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The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act Will Go Into Effect in 2023 – Businesses Must Be Prepared to Comply Virginia is poised to become the second state in the United States to pass a comprehensive privacy law that can rival the European Union and California’s privacy laws.  The new privacy law in Virginia does not take effect until January 1, 2023, which will give companies operating out of Virginia plenty of time to comply or decide…
A recap of Klemchuk LLP blog posts that made the weekly Texas Bar Today “Top 10 Blog Posts” in January 2021. Edge Computing Is the Next Big Thing You and Your Clients Need to Know About With IoT use on the rise, the use of edge computing over cloud computing has become a need in circumstances of low or unstable connectivity. Brand Gating on Amazon: A Way to Help Prevent Counterfeiting Amazon offers a feature…
The Robinhood Controversies: Congress Scrutinizing GameStop Trading and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In a previous blog post, we briefly discussed Robinhood’s background and how its entry into the trading section affected its competitors.  In this post, we discuss the current controversies that surround the trading app.  Specifically, Robinhood has found itself embroiled in controversies that involve the premature cessation of GameStop stock trading as well as a wrongful death filed against it. Robinhood Controversy Related…
Andrei Iancu Resigns as USPTO Director Since U.S. Patent and Trademark Director Andrei Iancu announced in January that he was resigning as director as of the induction of the Biden administration on Wednesday January 20. Iancu served as the director of the USPTO beginning in 2017. Iancu was regarded as a very pro-patentee director during his tenure. In a speech at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event Iancu announced his resignation and thanked those attending…
What Is the Robinhood App and Service Model? This is the first in a series of blogs about Robinhood.  The financial market and technology community has been abuzz recently with the story about Robinhood, an app that allows mobile trading.  Despite its popularity among its users, however, recent allegations have arisen that claim that this Robinhood steals from the poor and gives to the rich.  What the Robinhood App Does That’s Different The company behind the Robinhood…
Zoom Hearings and Trials: Tips for Presenting with Credibility With the arrival of (what appears to be) effective vaccines against COVID-19, the return of routine, in-person court proceedings and depositions could be only a few months away or several months away. But, given the substantial benefits from the use of Zoom, Google Teams, Skype, and other videoconferencing apps, virtual (bench) trials, hearings, and depositions are likely here to stay indefinitely to some degree. How Counsel…
Grindr Disclosure of Private User Data: Norway Seeks $11.7M in Data Breach Fines The European Union (“EU”) is fining Grindr, a popular dating application, for about $11.7 million for alleged illegal disclosure of its users’ private details.  According to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, Grindr disclosed private details about its users to advertising companies, violating many of the European Union’s privacy laws, which are considered to be the most stringent in the world.    Grindr Disclosure of…
The Use of Amazon Brand Registry for Brand Protection Brand protection – two of the most important terms in the modern online marketplace. In a world of international online sales, where not all sellers are subject to intellectual property laws in the United States, what does brand protection look like? For manufacturers and brands selling on Amazon, brand protection begins with Amazon Brand Registry. What Is Brand Registry and How Does It Work? In Amazon’s…
Encryption Backdoors: Do They Create More Concerns Than Good? As technology continues to become increasingly intertwined with a citizen’s daily life, companies continue to push to buy, sell, transfer, and collect personal information.  Today, analytics and information on a consumer is king, and as such, more and more companies push to have access to such data, and with that access, governments and law enforcement agencies have increasingly looked to gain access as well, through encryption backdoors. Balancing…
Amazon Offers Brand Gating to Help Prevent Counterfeit Issues by Third-Party Sellers The globalization of the Internet and tremendous growth of online sales have greatly benefitted manufacturer and retailers alike. But these advances come with their own challenges. Amazon’s focus on third-party resellers (fueling their ever-increasing growth), has sometimes undermined the trustworthiness of the resellers and products offered on its platform. Amazon created “brand gating” to minimize and ultimately eradicate the sale of counterfeit goods…