Rural Innovators Play a Key Role in the App Economy—Television White Spaces Can Help Them Do More

As we approach the 2020 election, Democrats and Republicans alike are increasingly interested in a key voting demographic: rural Americans. This isn’t without cause—this demographic has heavily swung red in recent years. With the impending election, Republicans have an interest in keeping these areas, while Democrats endeavor to understand the demographic well enough to get them to change loyalties. Intertwined with these political interests is the rural perception of the American economy: Namely, can rural Americans access basic, necessary services [...]

There’s a Platform for That

ACT | The App Association testifies before House Judiciary Committee on “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 2: Innovation and Entrepreneurship” On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, ACT | The App Association President Morgan Reed testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law as part of a series of hearings to inform the Committee’s inquiry into competition in digital markets amongst the tech giants of the United States: Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple (GAFA). [...]

Consumer Privacy Legislation and the Age of Uncertainty

I’ve been a member of ACT | The App Association since it was founded in 1998, and for the most part, I was a typical member: a software developer at a tech company. For the past five years, however, I have been a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. It was a major career change - I went from debugging code to evaluating business plans of high-tech startups and investing in the best ones. Venture capitalists spend all of their time [...]

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 [...]

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