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Cyber Security Bill Passes Senate in Landslide Vote

On November 26, 2015 By rmcleod

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed the Senate with a vote of 74-21, and will now be merged with two other similar bills before reaching President Obama.

The CISA is intended to reduce the amount of corporate data breaches by permitting companies to share data regarding potential cyber threats with the Department of [...]

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Migrants fleeing persecution from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are streaming into Europe and have presented European policymakers with their biggest challenge since the debt crisis. The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 464,000 migrants have crossed into Europe during the first nine months of 2015. Syrians fleeing their [...]

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On October 6, the Office of Inspector General issued a Policy Reminder entitled “Information Blocking and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.” The purpose of this reminder was to ensure the public understands how information blocking can affect safe harbor protection under the Federal anti-kickback statute (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)) and to encourage the public to report [...]

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With the October 2nd release of The Martian and the September 28th confirmation that there is, in fact, water on Mars, outer space has been the subject of much conversation in recent months. But there is an aspect of space not being talked about, which may become far more important in the not-too-distant future: [...]

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As Brad Roberts noted in his post earlier this month, if you have turned on TV in the past month you have heard about daily fantasy sports operators. With DraftKings being the one you have most likely heard of after the over 100 million dollars they have poured into advertising this year alone. Brad covered [...]

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In February of this year, Smartflash LLC was awarded over $530 million in a judgment against Apple for willful patent infringement. The judge voided the award in July based on confusion surrounding his jury instructions which may have led to the jury miscalculate royalties. But this raises a bigger issue: in a world where new [...]

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As 2015 comes to an end, so too will the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. Implemented in June of 2013 by the White House’s Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), this three-year plan advanced the nation’s intellectual property enforcement and policy priorities. Aiming to better protect intellectual property rights domestically [...]

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No Pardon for Snowden

On August 3, 2015 By Allison Laubach

On July 28, 2015, the White House responded to a petition requesting a pardon for Edward Snowden. The petition, created over two years ago, was submitted through the government platform We the People, which requires the White House to respond to any petition that receives 100,000 signatures within 30 days of its publication.  It easily [...]

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Can the FCC Create Net Neutrality?

On April 16, 2015 By Allison Laubach

Statutory regulation of the telecommunications industry is outdated and unworkable in today’s increasingly tech-driven society.  The most recent legislation regarding the framework for telecommunications regulation, The Telecommunications Act of 1996, was passed nearly twenty years ago. The Telecommunications Act amended the Communications Act of 1934, which created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and authorized it [...]

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The Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration was established in 1958 with the purpose of providing international protection for appellations of origin.  The Agreement sets up an international register and ensures that registered appellations receive the same protection in all member countries as they do in [...]

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