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November Privacy and Security Roundup: Cybersecurity export controls, mandatory reporting bills and Safeguards Rule changes

BIS has issued an interim final rule, and entities dealing with cybersecurity exports are being asked to submit comments by early December. In this latest edition of our Privacy and Security Roundup, we share the details of the final rule’s two key measures including export restrictions and a new License Exception, provide an update on … Continue Reading

October Privacy and Security Roundup: Cryptocurrencies endure scrutiny, China’s Privacy Law goes into effect and new EU SCCs now required

Across the globe, concerns continue regarding cryptocurrencies and digital currency exchanges. In the October edition of our Privacy and Security Roundup, we dive into the latest details surrounding OFAC’s efforts to stifle ransomware attacks, how organizations should carefully assess the new Personal Information Protection Law in China, the new EU Standard Contractual Clauses requirement effective … Continue Reading

OFAC updates guidance on ransomware payments and sanctions risk

On Sept. 21, 2021, the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), updated its published guidance regarding sanctions risks associated with making ransomware payments and its official policy on such payments. This updated guidance, taken in conjunction with OFAC’s recent sanctions designation of a cryptocurrency payment exchange frequently used for ransomware payments, and … Continue Reading

September Privacy and Security Roundup: Funding national cybersecurity, violating Safeguards Rule and fighting cyber threats

Not only are public and private companies increasingly targeted for cyber-attacks, but local and state governments across the country are as well. In our latest Privacy and Security Roundup, we cover the Senate-passed bill that includes nearly $2 billion in national cybersecurity funding, recent sanctions by the SEC on investment advisors and broker-dealers, a new … Continue Reading

Privacy and Security Roundup: New consumer privacy laws, big developments in ransomware attacks and the FBI’s Operation Trojan Shield

More states, including Ohio, are working on comprehensive consumer privacy laws that could impact how companies share data. In our August 2021 Privacy and Security Roundup, we cover the nuances in the various legislation, more ransomware and supply chain attacks and news of a messaging app used as a Trojan horse by the FBI.… Continue Reading

Privacy and Security Roundup: Ransomware attack causes gasoline shortages, a new executive order to enhance cyber security and raising the stakes for trans-Atlantic data transfers

The past few weeks have provided some big developments in the area of data privacy and security. In this Privacy and Security Roundup, we cover a ransomware attack on the largest oil pipeline in the U.S., an Executive Order from President Joe Biden to enhance U.S. cybersecurity and potential mandatory reporting/sharing requirements, the U.S. Supreme … Continue Reading

Privacy and Security Roundup: The FBI removes malicious web shells from Microsoft Exchange Servers, clarity on auto-dialers and new privacy legislation

The technology industry is constantly evolving and trusted legal advice is more important than ever. The attorneys in our Privacy and Data Security practice group are proud to offer a new blog series to provide curated data privacy and security news, developments and things to know moving forward. We will provide analysis designed to keep … Continue Reading

A different approach—Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act

With Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature on March 2, 2021, Virginia, a bit surprisingly, became the second state to set comprehensive rules for how companies handle and share personal information. Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, incidentally the same day as the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), … Continue Reading

Avoiding smart contract conflicts despite ambiguity

A version of this article was originally published by Law360 on Oct. 21, 2020. Depending on whom you ask, the promise of smart contracts ranges from the mundane to the fantastic—from helping to “facilitate, verify, execute and enforce the terms of a commercial agreement”[i] to ushering in the end of contract law by providing a … Continue Reading

Two new opinions address personal jurisdiction and standing under BIPA

Two recent district court opinions addressed issues of personal jurisdiction and standing under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA imposes a number of requirements on those who obtain a person’s biometric data, including those set forth in Section 15(a), requiring those in possession of biometric data to develop a publicly available written policy … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court says “booking dot yeah” to federal registration in Booking.com trademark case

After filing applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) nearly eight years ago, Booking.com, the travel registration website known for its punny commercial tagline, celebrated victory on June 30, 2020. In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the trademark BOOKING.COM is not generic, and therefore eligible for registration.… Continue Reading

USPTO expedites review of COVID-19-related trademark and patent applications

With an eye toward supporting the fast-moving research and development process of COVID-19 treatments, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced two new programs aimed at expediting review of certain mark and patent applications. Under each program, applicants must demonstrate that the product or process is directly correlated to COVID-19.… Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit’s procedural ruling under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act may affect substantive rights of parties

On April 24, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Bryant v. Compass Group USA, Inc. that plaintiffs lack standing to assert in federal courts claims arising under Section 15(a) of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) for failing to develop a publicly available policy for the retention and … Continue Reading

Q1 2020 drone law update

This is the first quarterly blog post identifying U.S. drone law developments of interest in the legislative, executive and judicial branches, on both the federal and state levels. U.S. Congress On Feb. 10, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (H.R. 4432). The act would … Continue Reading

A BIPA lawsuit! Do we have coverage? Understanding West Bend Mutual v. Krishna

Companies doing business in Illinois are keenly aware of the recent flood of lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). They know that BIPA lawsuits can be costly to defend. And they understand that if they are found to have mishandled the retention, collection, disclosure or destruction of biometric information, they … Continue Reading

What college student-athletes should be thinking about now before NCAA name, image and likeness rules are released

On October 29, 2019, the NCAA Board of Governors unanimously decided to allow college student-athletes the opportunity to profit for the use of their name, image and likeness. The Board directed the NCAA’s three divisions to consider updates to their rules and regulations to effectuate such a decision. The NCAA announced the decision on the … Continue Reading

Consumer privacy protection in recent state legislation

Special thanks to Emily Cunningham, Porter Wright law clerk, for her assistance on this article. Since California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), many states have introduced similar consumer data privacy legislation, but so far only Maine and Nevada have passed legislation successfully. Nevada focuses on internet website operators, whereas Maine focuses on broadband internet … Continue Reading

Status of CBD products under Ohio law: Update

In our recent post, Status of CBD products under Ohio law: Part one, we discussed the perplexing regulations in Ohio that made it effectively illegal to sell hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) despite passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the 2018 Farm Bill. That landscape has now changed in Ohio with the passage … Continue Reading

The GDPR: A year in review

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective across the European Union. The GDPR is a regulation designed to give EU residents control over their personal data and simplify the regulatory framework for international organizations doing business in the EU. In its infancy, it was not entirely clear how the GDPR … Continue Reading

Status of CBD products under Ohio law; Emerging issues in intellectual property related to cannabis business: Part 2

In Part 2, we cover the key Intellectual Property issues that are emerging in this arena. Read part 1 here. United States Patent and Trademark Office update Following the enactment of the Farm Bill, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has officially issued guidelines when reviewing trademark applications for CBS and hemp-derived goods … Continue Reading

Status of CBD products under Ohio law; Emerging issues in intellectual property related to cannabis business: Part 1

Two emerging issues related to commercial cannabis are taking center stage for industry stake holders in Ohio: Current legal status of hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) based products under state law How intellectual property rights will be protected We will walk through both the background and current status related to these issues in this two part … Continue Reading

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s intellectual property attaché program offers valuable resources to guide U.S. businesses in navigating IP systems abroad

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers valuable IP-related business resources through an intellectual property (IP) attaché program. The program is structured to generally improve IP policies, laws and regulations abroad for the benefit of U.S. businesses and stakeholders, while providing country-specific IP-related materials and services to teach and inform. However, the program … Continue Reading
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