USDOT seeks to remove “speedbumps” for transportation infrastructure projects, opens a revamped grant program to accelerate public-private infrastructure investment

President Trump recently debuted his “Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” which describes his vision for overhauling the nation’s infrastructure.  Although details of the plan have yet to be announced, two important components of the plan—decreasing permitting timelines and increasing funding opportunities—have begun to take shape. USDOT requests input on “unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects” ...›

June 27, 2017Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

Cry, Cry Again: More Global Ransomware Attacks Reported

It is being widely reported that a new wave of cyberattacks is currently hitting companies and governments. The attack has spread around the globe in a matter of hours, affecting the Ukrainian government, Russian enterprises, and other companies throughout Western Europe. Just like the WannaCry ransomware that struck worldwide in May, the new attacks apparently ...›

June 26, 2017Technology

The Blockchain Comes to Washington

Those who follow developments in technology and business have been inundated over the past several months with stories about the rapid adoption of blockchain technologies across the private sector.  Less discussed is the U.S. government’s exploration of the use of blockchain technologies. At a high level, a blockchain is a decentralized, distributed transaction ledger.  What ...›

June 12, 2017National Security

Sitting Presidents Can’t Be Prosecuted. Probably.

The world watched last week as former FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A central question dominated much of the hearing: Did the president commit a crime? Comey demurred, noting that the answer will likely rest with ...›

Federal Court Rules that FAA Overstepped Its Authority in Requiring the Registration of Model Aircraft

On Friday, May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down an integral part of the FAA’s attempt to safely monitor small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS”) and integrate them into the national airspace.  The D.C. Circuit found that the FAA’s Registration Rule—which was promulgated in December 2015 and subject to an expedited rulemaking process—directly conflicted ...›

May 22, 2017Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack could have been prevented. Here’s what businesses need to know.

By now everyone has heard about last week’s unprecedented cyber attack, in which a piece of ransomware known as “WannaCry” wreaked havoc across the world, impacting more than 150 countries and crippling hundreds of organizations—from global businesses to government entities and even Britain’s National Health Service. As the attack made abundantly clear, the public and ...›

May 16, 2017Intellectual Property

Trump’s Impact on IP During His First 100 Days in Office

While President Trump has not been outspoken so far about intellectual property issues, his actions in his first 100 days in office have revealed that there may be upcoming changes to intellectual property law and policy. Trump’s actions indicate that his administration may seek to promote patent enforcement over antitrust issues, encourage review of administrative ...›