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|Vermont: Sales Tax Moratorium for Remote Software Sales Removed|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 3, 2013, previously published on June 27, 2013Existing Vermont law (HB 528), which temporarily placed a moratorium on taxing remote software sales, is set to expire on June 30, 2013. Beginning July 1, 2013, certain remote sales of computer and similar electronic software will be subject to Vermont’s 6 percent sales tax. While many...
|EU Debate over Cybersecurity Laws|
Duane Morris LLP;
June 24, 2013, previously published on June 20, 2013We gave a progress report earlier this week in our Alert on the European Commission's plans for wide-ranging changes to data protection laws. It is worth remembering that the European Commission is also considering additional new laws to try and deal with the growing threats to cybersecurity that...
|Medical Devices and Hospitals Must Tighten Password Security|
Shapiro Lewis Appleton Duffan P.C.;
June 19, 2013FDA is telling the medical device industry and hospitals that it must take password security more seriously, due to risks of hacking, unencrypted data transfer and many other privacy and security threats
|Implementing Data Protection Policies in Russia: Hidden Issues|
Pavel Karpunin; Capital Legal Services;
June 12, 2013, previously published by The Moscow Times on May 2013Companies operating worldwide generally adopt data protection policies to be implemented by all of their offices. For instance, many foreign companies operating in Russia require that certain data be transferred from their Russian offices to the headquarters located abroad. As an alternative, some...
|Selected Highlights from The FTC's COPPA FAQs|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
June 10, 2013, previously published on May 2013The FTC posted on its website an updated version of its COPPA FAQs. (The FTC amended its COPPA Rule in December 2012, which we summarized in this Alert.) The deadline for complying with the amended COPPA Rule is July 1, 2013. The FAQs contain 92 questions and answers (some new and some old) on a...
|Software Licenses and Indemnities: What Obligations Are You Taking On?|
Richard Stobbe; Field Law;
June 7, 2013, previously published on June 5, 2013License agreements often contain indemnities. An indemnity is a contractual obligation to step in and reimburse some financial obligation such as a liability, loss, or damage. In essence, the party giving the indemnity will make the injured party “whole” by recompensing losses and...
|Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology to Review Computer Models at June 18-20 Meetings|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
June 7, 2013, previously published on June 4, 2013The Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology ("Commission") has scheduled three days of meetings beginning June 18, 2013, during which it will review computer models submitted under the Standards and Acceptability Process for 2011. Modelers will also give presentations...
|ITC Decides To Not Review Remand Initial Determination In Certain Gaming And Entertainment Consoles (337-TA-752)|
Eric W. Schweibenz, Thomas C. Yebernetsky; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
June 5, 2013, previously published on June 3, 2013On May 23, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued a notice determining not to review the Remand Initial Determination (“RID”) in Certain Gaming and Entertainment Consoles, Related Software, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-752).
|Software Patents Put to the Test - A Bad Sign for Trolls?|
Jeffri A. Kaminski; Venable LLP;
June 3, 2013, previously published on May 31, 2013One of the challenges presented by software patents, which are commonly asserted by so-called patent assertion entities (aka, patent trolls), is determining what the patent covers. Often the invention is described in vague terms that are difficult to decipher. A recent Federal Circuit decision...
|A Cloud of Suspicion: Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing|
Donna Ray Berkelhammer; Sands Anderson PC;
May 17, 2013, previously published on May 13, 2013We have seen a rise in the number of start-ups offering cloud-based services and are reviewing an increasing number of SaaS or cloud-based software services contracts for our clients. Cloud computing may be a viable business model for either vendor or business owner, but as with anything, you have...