Cancelling a Trademark: What’s Peloton’s Spin?

By: Stacey C. Friends & Sean D. Detweiler During the recent pandemic, you've probably heard this brand everywhere: Peloton. If you don't have a Peloton bike of your own, you probably have a fitness-enthusiast friend who owns one (and tells you all about their spin class pursuits). With this stationary bike maker all the rage, …

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Event Recap: So You Want a Seat at the Table – Experience from Women on Securing Board Positions

On March 18, the Women Attorneys Group hosted a virtual program that focused on board service including the role, responsibilities, and compensation of board members. Moderated by Lisa Warren, Managing Partner at Morse, the panel included Ellen Richstone, Public Company Board Director, Sarah Feingold, Co- Founder of The Fourth Floor, Rebecca Liebman, Co-Founder and CEO …

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Morse Welcomes Dennis Parad and Ryan Whelpley to the Firm

Morse is pleased to welcome Dennis Parad and Ryan Whelpley to the Firm as Associates. Dennis joins the Firm’s Patent Practice Group and Ryan joins the Corporate Practice Group. Dennis is a Registered Patent Attorney and former Patent Examiner with more than 15 years of intellectual property law experience. He advises clients in the life sciences with respect to the preparation and …

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Virginia Follows California Lead on Data Protection—With Narrower Scope

By: Faith D. Kasparian & Ann M. O'Rourke On March 2, 2021, a new comprehensive data protection law was enacted in Virginia, which will become effective on January 1, 2023.  The scope of the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) is narrower in many respects than the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  Notably, unlike the CCPA, there is no threshold …

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COVID-19 Alert: Covid-19 Relief Law Decoded: What Clients Need To Know Now

By: Matthew Mitchell, Joe Hunt, & Amanda Thibodeau On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “CAA”) passed into law. The CAA includes long-anticipated measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The CAA supplements and extend measures enacted earlier this year, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the …

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New York Extends Its Right of Publicity and Penalizes Sexually Explicit Deepfakes

By: Howard Zaharoff On November 30, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill S5959D, effective on May 29, 2021, to amend New York law in two ways. First, the bill establishes the right of publicity for certain deceased individuals, and second, it provides a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of certain sexually explicit depictions. …

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Attorneys Elevated to Member and Senior Attorney

We are pleased to announce that Amanda Schreyer has been elevated to Member, and Joe Hunt and Ryan Perry have been elevated to Senior Attorney. An experienced transactional lawyer, Amanda represents a variety of media and technology clients in connection with content creation and licensing, marketing and advertising, and intellectual property protection and enforcement. She has been with the Firm since 2017, most recently as …

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FTC Issues 6(b) Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Services

On December 14, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them to provide a special report on data collection, advertisement, and user engagement practices. By a vote of 4 to 1, the FTC issued the orders to conduct a study, authorized by section 6(b) …

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IoT Baby-Steps: The Feds Enact Cybersecurity Improvement Act

By: Howard Zaharoff On December 4, 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 (H.R. 1668, 116th Cong.) (the “Act”) was signed into law. This bipartisan bill requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create minimum cybersecurity standards for IoT devices purchased or used by the federal government. Guidelines are to be developed over the next several months, so …

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Trademark Fees Increasing January 2, 2021

By: Stacey Friends and Sean Detweiler For the first time in three years, The USPTO is setting and adjusting Trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board fees through its Final Rule, effective January 2, 2021. The goals of the fee increases, as stated by the USPTO, are to: Enhance the quality of examinations Achieve optimal examination times Invest in modernizing USPTO systems and infrastructure …

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