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|Applicant is not a Broadcasting Undertaking; thus held Not to have Previous Use in Broadcasting Services|
Adrian J. Howard, Beverley Moore, Chantal Saunders, Ryan Steeves; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014In this case, Unicast brought an application pursuant to s. 57 of the Trade-marks Act requesting expungement of the trade-mark “RED FM” from the Register. The Court dismissed the application.
|Social Media Generates Amendment to Right to Privacy Act|
Ryan A. Haas; Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 2, 2014Can an employer in Illinois lawfully require an employee to provide a password or access to his or her LinkedIn account? Under the recent amendment to the Illinois Right to Privacy Act, it depends on whether the account is considered a “professional account” or a “personal...
|Pinterest Contest Draws FTC Warning|
Barry M. Benjamin, Lindsay A. Victor; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP;
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014A Pinterest contest conducted by Cole Haan, Inc. recently resulted in an FTC warning. Shoe company Cole Haan held a contest via Pinterest that required contestants to create a board entitled “Wandering Sole.” Contestants then had to pin at least five images from Cole Haan’s...
|Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi|
Douglas A. "Drew" Svor, Dave Thomas; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and by unanimous vote, the FCC’s First Report and Order on U-NII will...
|Four Things You Need to Know About the SEC Roundtable on Cybersecurity|
Steven G. Brody, Jason E. Glass; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
April 10, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014Cybersecurity failures in 2013 exposed the vulnerabilities of the financial markets, financial institutions, and public companies to cyber-incursions. In setting an agenda for 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it would begin scrutinizing the cybersecurity...
|When is an E-mail a Business Record?|
Kelly Friedman; Davis LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014Following my previous post, “E-mail Use Policies Must Be Meaningful,” it was pointed out to me, quite rightly, that a difficult part of implementing an e-mail use policy is defining what is a “business record.”
|Email Use Policies Must Be Meaningful|
Kelly Friedman; Davis LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014Coming up in the elevator this morning, I was reading the “Elevator News Network” (I am on the 60th floor, so it is hard not to stare at something!). It contained a bit of advice about Email Use Policies. The advice: Do not allow personal emails before noon, so as to ensure your...
|Facebook Announces Purchase of Oculus VR, a Virtual Reality Gaming Company|
Irene Lu, Stephanie L. Zeppa; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014On March 25th Facebook announced the social media company’s plans to acquire Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion. Oculus is best known for its forthcoming product, Oculus Rift, a virtual reality gaming headset. By offering expansive 3D views and technology that reacts to a user’s...
|Virtual Reality: IRS Provides Guidance on the Treatment of Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency Transactions|
Robert S. Chase, Jonathan Goldman, Daniel R.B. Nicholas, Amish M. Shah, Rich Sun; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014On March 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (the Notice), which provides guidance regarding the tax treatment of Bitcoins and other virtual currency through a series of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs). The Notice provides that virtual currency is...
|Antisocial Media- Union Not Liable For Threatening Facebook Posts|
Gregory D. Ballew; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014Imagine if you will, that a company-sponsored website allows employees to post comments. During the course of a union strike, an employee who chooses to cross the picket line posts a comment threatening to kill union members who try to stop him. The company does not disavow the post. Would the...