Summer ’19 – the Summer of Interoperability

The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) spends our year addressing a wide range of digital health issues, but one of the most pressing issues in 2019 is health data interoperability. The efficacy of precision medicine, population health, clinical decision support—and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven tools in particular—depend in large part on the availability of massive data sets. The free flow of information and interoperability are, therefore, important and potentially life-saving for patients. CHI engages with a number of stakeholders to advance health [...]

Creating an App? There’s Copyright for That.

By Debbie Rose and Madeline Zick Let’s begin with a riddle. What do mobile apps, poetry, photographs, movies, books, and sculptures have in common? Answer: they are all eligible for copyright protection! The U.S. Copyright Act offers creators protection for original works of authorship, which according to the  U.S. Copyright Office website may include “literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.” Copyright protections also give creators control over who can use [...]

Why STRONGER is Weaker: The Imbalance of Automatic Injunctions and No Post-Grant Review

By Craig Beuerlein and Graham Dufault The 2006 eBay Inc. v. MercExchange LLC decision (eBay) was a historic moment in U.S. patent policy. The eBay ruling establishes a precedent that decreases a small business’s financial burden when it must defend itself against a legal complaint that either asserts a weak patent or makes a dubious case for an injunction. The eBay decision accomplishes this by establishing more concrete guidelines on when issuing a temporary injunction is appropriate. The decision fundamentally recognizes that [...]

FCC $100 Million Connected Care Pilot Program Takes Important Step Forward with July 10 Vote

On Wednesday, July 10, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) commissioners will meet publicly to vote on a range of items, including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to establish a three-year, $100 million pilot program to help healthcare providers cover the cost of broadband service that will enable low-income patients and veterans to have access to telehealth services. Building on a proposal championed by FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, this development is an important step towards realizing the [...]

FTC Releases New Guidance Document on Cybersecurity for Small Business

ACT | The App Association members develop the innovative solutions that will power the growth of the internet of things (IoT). While the rise of IoT holds great promise, it also raises security threats thanks to the increase in networked devices in a wide range of industries. Because of this, companies using IoT devices will require more evolved and dynamic risk management practices. No data is more important to Americans than their own personal information. Our members appreciate the value [...]

Tariffs on China May Slow Down the App Economy

Talk of a trade war between the United States and China dominates today’s news cycle. As continued rounds of talks occur (and more are planned), the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)—the executive branch federal agency that works directly with foreign governments to negotiate trade agreements and to resolve disputes—put tariffs in place for a range of Chinese goods through three rounds of rulemakings. Now, in a fourth round, USTR is proposing to extend its tariffs on Chinese goods [...]

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