ACT | The App Association’s 2018 Gift Guide: Part Two

“Do you see what I see?” said the last-minute shopper to the void under the tree. Worry not, ACT | The App Association’s holiday elves are still tinkering away and compiled part two of our gift guide just for you! Check out these awesome apps that make the perfect gift - no one will even know it’s a last-minute grab. Missed part one of our gift guide? Read it here. The Final Countdown: App-ealing Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers Only [...]

EU Update: One Year After SEP Communication, Where are We?

A year ago last week the European Commission published a Communication on the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs).  It was an enlightened move to steer a fraught process that has been dogged by litigation, especially in the area of communications technologies. Lawsuits over the licensing of SEPs for communications chips have by and large involved smart phones. But as growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) gathers pace the number of devices requiring the same communications chips will explode. [...]

The P2B Regulation: A Good-Intentioned Road to Hell

A group of Europe’s SME app developers—representing myriad economic sectors (including healthcare, mobility, software development, cyber security, gaming, and e-commerce businesses)—sent a letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) urging them to reconsider its  legislative proposal on business practices of online platforms. The SME signatories warn MEPs that the Parliament's Internal Market Committee’s (IMCO’s) proposed amendments to said legislation could lead to market fragmentation, legal uncertainty, and a reduction to consumer protection and choice in the European Union [...]

Patents and the Public Interest: What Does the ITC Ruling Against Qualcomm Really Mean?

Earlier this fall, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Judge Thomas Pender issued a ruling in an ongoing dispute between Qualcomm and Apple over patent infringement. Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Thomas Pender’s Initial Determination found that while Apple may have infringed upon a patent owned by Qualcomm, he saw no merit in Qualcomm’s request to ban Apple imports of iPhones using Intel chips. Apple has argued that allowing the import was “in the public interest”– and so far, the ITC agrees. [...]

Member Monday: How One Small Developer Fought a Rogue App

What would you do if you came across a complete, unauthorized copy of something you worked very hard to create from the ground up? It would be shocking, frustrating, and demoralizing to say the least, especially if the copied item is the centerpiece of your business and livelihood. Unfortunately, this happens all the time to app developers. App content is stolen for all kinds of reasons, but one of the most damaging for the app developer, as well as [...]

Tips and Tricks for Navigating Cyber Monday

Leaves are crunching, turkeys are trotting, and homes are stuffed with extended family; you know what that means - Thanksgiving is here!  Which also means Cyber Monday is just around the corner. Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year – Cyber Monday’s 2017 sales even edged out Black Friday sales by But all the crazy clicking, tab refreshing, and internet traffic can turn even the holliest, jolliest shoppers into the Grinch! Worry not, we’ve [...]

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