USPTO Issues 10 Millionth Patent

Inventor Joseph Marron and his employer and patent assignee Raytheon Company, received patent no. 10,000,000 for a “Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection,” which improves laser detection and ranging (LADAR). It was not until 1911 that Francis H. Holton received U.S. patent no. 1,000,000 for an improvement in vehicle tires.  It would not be another…

Cal Senate Committee Scales Back Email Law Rewrite

On Monday, the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development (“BP&ED”) Committee held a hearing and voted on AB 2546, Assemblyman’s Chau’s wish list for plaintiff’s lawyers. The Internet Law Center submitted its opposition to the bill and appeared at the hearing to argue against Assemblyman Chau and Dan Balsam, the bill’s principal proponent.   We…

Did the 11th Circuit Just Disarm the Nation’s Cybersecurity Cop?

Over the years, the Federal Trade Commission has emerged as the de facto traffic cop in addressing cybersecurity breaches.  Two recent cases sought to challenge the FTC’s authority in this area. The first was Wyndham Worldwide Corporation which challenged the FTC’s authority over data security only to have the Third Circuit affirm’s the FTC’s authority. The…

Upcoming CLA-IP Lunch Events: Goldman on FOSTA and Raif Badawi

The California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Section’s Technology Internet and Privacy (“TIP”) Interest Group has two upcoming events. WED JUNE 6 (NOON PDT) – WEBINAR New Law, New Liability For User Generated Content: Can You Afford to Curate Content Under Congress’ Anti-Sex Trafficking Effort? Section 230 has long been a foundational part of the legal…

First GDPR Complaints Filed Against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp

Within hours of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into force on May 25th, a new non-profit – the European Center for Digital Rights (aka “noyb” for none of your business) – filed actions Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp seeking between 1.3 to 3.7 billion euros in penalties. Company Authority Maximum Penalty Complaint…

New Anti-Spam Legislation Endangers California E-Commerce and Charitable Organizations

California’s 2005 anti-spam law, which is designed to address deceptive email practices, is one of the toughest in the country.  This week the California Assembly likely will vote on amendments to the law that will seriously harm e-commerce companies and charitable organizations in California and beyond. Assemblyman Chau’s (D-San Gabriel Valley) AB 2546, was primarily…