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Who Will Drive Innovation in CBD Products?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has the potential to be big business. Since the descheduling of hemp-derived CBD, large corporations have been exploring how they might capitalize on CBD’s hold on the public’s attention.

REMS Helps A Speedy Launch of CAR-T Cell Therapy

I first learned of CAR-T cell therapy in 2015 while working in an immunology lab. It immediately caught my attention as a brilliant, unconventional cancer treatment: it modifies a patient’s own T cells and enlists them to fight cancer. T cells can recognize non-self antigens presented on a cell’s surface, label those cells exogenous, and eliminate them. Scientists have developed CAR-T cell therapy by utilizing these unique characteristics of T cells.

Physical Touch in a Virtual World

Virtual reality is more lifelike than ever before — not only can users see and hear the virtual world, but they can now feel and smell it too. Two major industries embracing this technology are gaming and mental health treatment.

Can Blockchain Technology Change How IP Rights are Granted and Sold?

When the term blockchain is thrown around, most people think about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies that often populate headlines. While blockchain technology gained popularity and recognition in the area of cryptocurrencies and financial transactions, at its core, the technology has applications far beyond this narrow subset.

Stretched Beyond the Breaking Point: The CFAA and iPhone Batteries

Did Apple hack users’ devices? That is the allegation in a class action lawsuit filed late last year. Specifically, the plaintiffs in In re Apple Inc. Device Performance Litig., 347 F. Supp. 3d 434, 451 (N.D. Cal. 2018) allege that Apple’s battery-slowing iOS updates violated a federal hacking statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). This is the latest effort to stretch a broad, vague, and inconsistently-enforced law to cover new circumstances. This case illustrates the urgent need to write a statute that reflects today’s technological reality.

Something Like Deference: PTAB and 1-Way Issue Preclusion

The patent law system currently has an interesting parallel track open for those seeking to oppose a patent. That parallel track runs through both litigation in the district courts and Inter Partes Review [IPR] at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board [PTAB], a part of the Patent and Trademark Office [PTO]. A little under one year ago, the Supreme Court decided Oil States Energy, in which it stated that IPRs were not unconstitutional.

Enhanced CFIUS review represents one of the strongest tools in the U.S. arsenal against China in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Fortnite Folly

Hyper-robust copyright protection for simple dance moves might not be ideal, but there does seem to be a cognizable harm in extracting an original dance from a community and monetizing it in the way Epic Games has with Fortnite’s emotes.

Biologics and the New NAFTA

Although USMCA does not appear to radically upend trade relations between the three countries, its ratification would usher in a variety of noteworthy changes.

My Car Broke the Law

In order to minimize accidents by making automated vehicles that behave in safe and predictable ways, it may be necessary to program them to break the law.

Satan, Sabrina, and Netflix: A Copyright Story

On October 28, Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple religious organization, tweeted the Temple’s intention to take legal action against Netflix for an allegedly infringing statue featured in the new show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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