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On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Rothwell Figg attorneys Martin Zoltick, Jenny Colgate, and Caitlin Wilmot presented a Lexology webinar titled “Employee privacy and security considerations in the age of COVID-19”. To view the recording of the webinar, please click here. To request the slides from the webinar, please send an email to RFPrivacy@rfem.com.  The world changed dramatically in early 2020 as COVID-19 forced companies worldwide to change their practices and policies seemingly overnight.…
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducted a hearing to revisit the potential for a national data privacy standard. While the Committee had met last December to discuss what Congress should consider when drafting a federal privacy bill, the game has since changed. Given that COVID-19 has drastically altered life as we knew it, now with working from home, remote learning, and the whole country trying to curtail the spread of…
Is a U.S. federal privacy law on the horizon? Tomorrow, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m., U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.” The hearing will examine the current state of consumer data privacy and legislative efforts to provide baseline data protections for all Americans. It will also examine lessons learned from the implementation of state…
Partners Martin Zoltick and Jenny Colgate with associate Caitlin Wilmot will present a webinar in conjunction with Lexology titled “Employee privacy and security considerations in the age of COVID-19” on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 11 am – 12 pm ET. The world changed dramatically in early 2020 as COVID-19 forced companies worldwide to change their practices and policies seemingly overnight. Some employees began working from home as companies scrambled to accommodate them; others began…
The Federal Circuit reconfirmed its interpretation of the IPR joinder rules of 35 U.S.C. § 315(c) after the panel’s rehearing in Facebook, Inc. v. Windy City Innovations, LLC, No. 2018-1400, 2020 WL 5267975 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 4, 2020).  Appellant Facebook, Inc. had filed a combined request for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc.  The rehearing en banc was denied, but the panel granted the panel rehearing to the extent that it replaced its original precedential…
Partners Martin Zoltick and Jenny Colgate, along with associate Caitlin Wilmot, will present a webinar titled “Connected Healthcare – Navigating the Patchwork of US Privacy Laws and Developing a Platform that Promotes Trust” for the American Bar Association (ABA) on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 1 pm ET. As the field of connected healthcare grows exponentially, so too are the fields of privacy and data protection law. The problem is that the growth…
Last week, Microsoft got tripped up at oral argument on the blocking and tackling of IPR practice:  making sure your prior art is prior art. The specific error was eminently avoidable, though perhaps also eminently understandable. Under Federal Circuit law, a reference generally does not count as prior art unless it was “indexed.” (Think Dewey Decimal system, or the USPTO’s classification system). To clear this “indexing” hurdle, Microsoft found a document that helpfully titled itself…
Last week, four major technology companies – Apple, Cisco, Google, and Intel – brought suit against the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), challenging its authority to reject petitions for inter partes review (“IPR”) based on two precedential decisions by its Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”).  The decisions, Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc.,[1] and NHK Spring v. Intri-Plex Techs.,[2] allow the PTAB to deny institution of IPRs based on a number…
On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, Wayne Farms LLC, an entity engaged in processing, packing, and otherwise selling a variety of food products in the United States and internationally, brought suit in the N.D. Illinois against LinkedIn and an unknown “John Doe” or the “fake Pat Gomez” to stop the “John Doe” from posing as an employee, Pat Gomez, of Wayne Farms and soliciting fraudulent product orders.  A screenshot of the fake profile is shown above.…