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  • App Industry Under Threat from Today’s Court Decision

    ACT | The App Association issued the following statement today in response to the District Court ruling that requires Microsoft to provide federal investigators access to email communications stored overseas. “It is clear from today’s actions that the court is out of step with global privacy concerns,” said ACT President Jonathan Zuck. “This has the [...]

  • FTC’s Brill & ACT’s Reed talk tech at Hill Newseum event

      Tech in Policy: Innovation Impacting Washington ACT | The App Association Executive Director Morgan Reed and FTC Commissioner Julie Brill will discuss health and education policy at The Hill’s Tech in Policy event on July 23rd at the Newseum.  Commissioner Brill is leading the FTC’s efforts to review consumer privacy and security in healthcare [...]

  • ACT Welcomes FTC changes to COPPA

    Today the Federal Trade Commission made updates to its FAQ for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in response to concerns raised by app makers and parents. This FAQ is the principal means by which the Commission provides guidance for its children’s online privacy regulation. Today’s action by the FTC gives platforms and app [...]

  • How to Read a Patent Application in Four Steps

     1. Skip the abstract. Patent abstracts are hard to read–meandering at best, and deliberately vague at worst. The abstract has little legal significance beyond shedding light on the claims and often does not accurately capture the essential nature of the patent. 2. Think through the drawings. The drawings in a patent application can assist in [...]

  • Show the USPTO the Money

    We’ve talked about patents a lot recently and one of our main points has always been that the best place to address patent quality is at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO plays a key role in promoting innovation by granting quality patents.   The USPTO is a “fee for service” [...]


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