App Developers Get More Guidance for Complying With COPPA

After giving the mobile app industry a few years of heartburn over the breadth and ambiguity of its expanded Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has gradually begun to provide some much-needed clarity. Earlier this month, the FTC revised three portions of “Part H” in its online FAQs, which deal with how entities[...]

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Augmented Reality and the Law of Trespass

Last week I wrote about the real estate as an arena for digital interactions, and suggested that some landowners would encourage this sort of thing by intentionally developing their land for that purpose. The flip side of “digital developers” and planned AR gaming activities, however, is when people congregate on someone’s property for the same activities[...]

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Sacred Ground: When (Augmented) Worlds Collide

A few years ago,years ago, a Native American tribe in northern Michigan tried protect a particular piece of land. This land was the site of an impressive rock formation. To the company who owned the mineral rights underneath that land, the rock was the most convenient place to drill an access tunnel to the mine[...]

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You Don’t Have to Give in to Yelp! Bullies

Last year, a local family contacted me about a demand letter they received from a nearby business. That business had served them poorly, and they said so in a review they posted on Yelp!, the popular social media review site. As more and more companies are doing, this business responded not by improving their services or apologizing[...]

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Why Software Startups Need to Register Their Copyrights Now

When it comes to building an IP portfolio, patents aren’t the only–or even necessarily the most important–ingredient. I am consistently surprised by the number of software startups who spend their last nickel on patent applications, but never even consider dropping $35 to register a copyright. The fact is that copyright registration offers many of the same[...]

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Augmented Assault

In common speech, the word “assault” is almost never heard apart from the term “battery” (or, occasionally, “a deadly Pepa“). We use the two words together in a phrase to describe a physical attack on a person. Because augmented reality deals with the non-corporeal, then, it may seem strange to suggest that one could use digital[...]

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Landmark TTAB Decision Invalidates REDSKINS Trademark Registrations

This post was authored by Jennifer Hetu, a partner of mine at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Ms. Hetu’s practice focuses on trademark law and brand protection. She advises clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of trademark matters in the U.S. and international markets. Ms. Hetu also collaborates[...]

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Anonymous Social Media in the Workplace

One of the latest trends in social media is anonymous speech. Sites such as Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak invite users to post without identifying themselves. The goal is to release users from their inhibitions and, according to Secret, allow “people to be themselves and share anything they’re thinking and feeling with their friends without[...]

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FTC Testifies on Geolocation Privacy

Today the FTC released the following press release.  I reproduce it here, verbatim, because it’s a succinct summary and pertains to important and cutting-edge issues of geolocation privacy that we frequently address on this blog. The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress on the Commission’s efforts to address the privacy concerns raised by the tracking[...]

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AWE 2014 in Review

That’s a wrap! The fifth annual Augmented World Expo took place last week in Santa Clara, California. As in prior years, this was the premier annual event in the industry, featuring speakers and exhibitors from the augmented reality field as well as from related endeavors–such as wearable technology–that make up the broader “augmented world.” USA[...]

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