Category Archives: Copyright Law

Smart watches: a helping hand or sinister culture of surveillance?

Kat friend Jessica Banks provides perspective on the potential legal challenges to privacy posed by the increasing use of smart watches, especially with respect to children.Use of smart watch technology is on the seemingly inexorable rise. One need only think of the use of a smart watch. A brief look around the office will show a growing proportion wearing some form of smart watch to track one's steps, monitor their heartbeat and distinguish their daily movements. With 71 million smartwatches reportedly sold in 2018 it was only a matter of time before this technology reached the younger generation. But the watches contain notable amounts of 'personal data' as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018, including location, call logs and phone numbers.Enter the 'Enox Safe-Kid-One', produced by ENOX Production Services GmbH. This watch is designed to allow parents to track the location of their child and contact them through an accompanying app. At first….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Family plans and bundling are a big hit for music service subscribers

Ovum’s Digital Consumer Insights 2018 survey has provided some interesting answers to the question of how consumers subscribe to music streaming services. Certainly, the availability of multi-user plans as well as bundled offerings with mobile access have been a big success but, until recently, the precise popularity of the likes of family and student plans was largely unknown. The results of this Ovum survey clearly show that family plans are a hit with subscribers, so much so that they are keeping a lid on music streamers’ average revenue per user (ARPU). Also, despite bundle deals for music services through mobile operators becoming less generous, a sizable share of subscribers still gain access to music through their mobile operator. Driving sales of recorded music in the last few years has largely been the responsibility of a small number of streaming services such as Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify. These services have successfully convinced consumers that….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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PTAB: Derivatives Trading Patent Claim Passes Alice Test, Opinion Designated “Informative”

Here is a sign that the USPTO’s January, 2019, guidance on 35 U.S.C. § 101 and patent-eligibility may have an immediate and significant impact on USPTO rejections under the Mayo/Alice abstract idea test. The guidance became effective January 7, 2019. The Patent and Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) soon thereafter decided In re Smith (Appeal No. 2018-000064; Application 13/715,476; Feb. 1, 2019), reversing an examiner’s § 101 rejection of claims directed to “trading derivatives in a hybrid exchange system.” Then, on March 19, 2019, the PTAB singled out Smith for designation as “informative.” The PTAB only very rarely designates a decision as “informative,” which it does according to a strictly defined “Standard Operating Procedure.” The “informative” designation means that, while the decision “is not binding authority,” it is deemed to “provide the Board’s general….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Philippines President Signs the Control Act on the National Integrated Cancer

The National Integrated Cancer Control Act Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, signed the National Integrated Act which is an act that specifically aims to lower the cases of cancer in the Philippines by increasing the rate of people considered as cancer survivor and detecting cancer signs earlier in order to prevent it from spreading. This can be done by implementing programs related to surviving cancer. This program targets all types of cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Colon cancer belongs to the top 3 deadliest disease in the world. This cancer is the main target of the program. Moreover, because of this, medical practitioners are into colonoscopy practice in New Jersey. Due to rising cases of colon cancer, colonoscopy business is also getting bigger. The Republic Act 11215 created the National Integrated Cancer Control Program which specifically should serve any type of program related to cancer.  According to one of the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Changes May Be Coming For Non-Competes In Washington State

  In early March 2019, the Washington Senate passed a bill that would limit the use of non-compete agreements in Washington. The bill, ESSB 5478, will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. It’s worth remembering that the Washington legislature tried and failed to pass non-compete legislation in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Perhaps its losing streak will end in 2019.While the 2019 bill doesn’t purport to ban the use of non-competes altogether, it would impose significant restrictions on their use by Washington employers if it becomes law. A sampling of the key restrictions are addressed below.Related: Non-Compete Agreements In Washington StateThe Bill Sets An Income ThresholdA central goal of the bill is to prevent non-competes from being used for low level employees. To that end, the bill would nullify non-compete agreements for any employee earning $100,000 or less per year.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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