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  • The Fiscal Year 2019 NDAA Imposes Government-Wide Limitations on the Use of Lowest-Price Technically Acceptable Procurements
    08.29/Alert

    Introduction
    The annual Department of Defense (DoD) authorization bill has long been used to impose government-wide procurement reforms that extend beyond the DoD. The recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues this tradition, by restricting civilian agencies’ use of the much-derided lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA) procurement process, instead of the more fulsome best value trade-off process. The new NDAA now imposes limitations on the use of LPTA procurements that were previously imposed on the DoD and applies those limitations government-wide.

  • Real Property Transfers Ripe for Blockchain Disruption: Laws in the U.S. Must Follow the Technology
    04.17/Article

    When we consider the core goal of the real property recordation system in the United States—assuring owners that they are gaining clear title to a particular parcel of real property—the benefits of a blockchain-based system are so glaring that movement in this direction seems inevitable.

  • Blockchain Variations: Sidechains, Slidechains and the Potential of the Fork
    04.09/Blog

    As an ever-increasing numbers of blockchain-based patent applications seek issuance, savvy inventors and practitioners continue probing for patent-eligible space. Performance-related refinements to blockchain technology may provide that safe harbor.

  • Artificial Intelligence: A Grayish Area for Insurance Coverage
    04.02/Blog

    Companies that depend on artificial intelligence need to carefully evaluate potential scenarios that could affect their business and make sure they are insured accordingly.

  • Blockchain and the Legal Landscape
    03.26/Video

    In this video, Pillsbury partner Mercedes Tunstall discusses some of the important legal issues to consider when exploring a blockchain solution.

  • Oh No, Mr. Robot Just Hacked Our Smart Building…
    03.26/Blog

    Despite some very real-world examples, such as a 2017 breach of Dallas' emergency siren system, there seems to be little recognition of the security risk that connected buildings and smart cities entail.

  • Gibraltar’s Financial Services Regulator Adopts First-Ever Purpose-Built Blockchain Regulations
    02.06/Alert

    Firms in Gibraltar which use distributed ledger technology to store or transmit value belonging to others must now be appropriately licensed. What other countries might follow suit?

  • Cloud Computing by EU Financial Institutions Gets a New Rule Book
    01.23/Alert

    EU Financial institutions take note: the European Banking Authority’s new cloud computing guidance takes effect July 1, 2018.

  • The SEC’s Shutdown of the Munchee ICO
    01.02/Alert

    The SEC’s recent shutdown of Munchee Inc.’s planned initial coin offering illustrates just how murky the related securities law can be. To see an offering through—and ensure compliance with the Securities Act—businesses exploring an ICO should consider its Rule 506(c) and Regulation A provisions.

  • The Algorithm Did It: The Evolving Legal Landscape of the Internet’s Favorite Tool
    12.19/Blog

    There are no shortage of practical, legal considerations for businesses that employ algorithms.

  • Are Smart Contracts Smart Enough for the Insurance Industry?
    11.20/Blog

    Smart contracts may be the way of the future but when it comes to insurance policies, are they smart enough?

  • Legal issues in Additive Manufacturing Technology – peeling back the layers
    11.13/Blog

    As a result of dropping costs and advancing technologies, 3D printing and other forms of additive manufacturing (AM) have experienced rapid growth. A clearer regulatory framework seems sure to follow.

  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play
    11.08/Alert

    ICOs represent a new and innovative way for companies to raise capital but sponsors still need to ensure regulatory compliance. Here's what you need to know.

  • Global In-House Centers in India, v 2.0
    10.19/Alert

    Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Global In-House Centers (GICs) in India across a wide range of industries, including transportation, telecom, media, manufacturing, medical devices, oil & gas, aerospace, retail and hospitality. Despite India’s attractive low-cost talent pool, ultimate success with GICs depends on careful planning and execution—including committing necessary resources and understanding the country’s unique requirements.

  • ARC Dispute May Mean Further Delay in Needed Drone Regulation
    10.19/Blog

    The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee has failed to reach consensus on issues described as fundamental for operations over people and operations beyond the visual line-of-sight (BVLOS). The UAS industry is growing rapidly but If users are to capitalize on this opportunity, the FAA will need to get serious about catching up.

  • Singer v. Newton: Making Sense of Federal Preemption and Drone Regulation
    09.29/Blog

    A recent federal court decision limits state and local governments’ ability to regulate drones in areas preempted by federal law. The Massachusetts Federal District Court held that local regulations may not conflict with FAA regulations regarding registration, permitted flight or restricting flight within navigable airspace.

  • Keeping up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines
    07.24/Alert

    Consumer groups have filed a complaint alleging that My Friend Cayla, an internet-connected doll, violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by facilitating the collection of children’s communications and uploading them for commercial use without verifiable parental consent. The Federal Trade Commission’s June 2017 update to COPPA added internet-connected toys, children’s products that collect personal information, and voice-activated devices to the products and services covered.

  • The Safe DRONE Act of 2017: The Newest Drone Bill on the Block
    06.29/Blog

    In June 2017, U.S. Senators introduced the Safe DRONE Act of 2017, one of a number of bills aimed at addressing the regulatory needs of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. Current federal efforts focus on keeping up with technological advancements and creating a uniform framework for UAS-related laws.

  • Recognition of Smart Contracts
    06.01/Alert

    New laws and other legal developments are clearing the way for the use of smart contracts in the United States.

  • How Does a Freeze in Federal Hiring Affect Patent Examination Timelines?
    03.13/Blog

    While such a hiring freeze may not have an immediate impact on patent application pendency and/or examination quality, due to the relatively high attrition rate of the patent examining corps, the examination timeline and quality may be affected in the future. In particular, technologies having greater upfront value, including internet-based technologies and platforms, and clients relying on patent portfolios for valuation will be most acutely impacted