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Texas Rules Now Allow Substitute Service Via Social Media The global pandemic of coronavirus has changed the face of law practice today. With the need for social distancing, parties, attorneys and judges alike have all become accustomed to holding hearings, depositions, and other legal proceedings via video conferencing. And as technology continues to shape the practice of law, the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure now allows for substitute service on a defendant via social media. Perfecting Substitute Service of Process Via Social Media Platforms Via legislative mandate, SB 891 (2010) and TCPRC § 17.033c—if substituted service of citation is authorized…
USPTO Proposes Changes for Requirements to Qualify for the Patent Bar On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Request for Comments to ask for public input of proposed changes to the General Requirements Bulletin for Admission to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Current Eligibility Requirements Three main categories are used to show eligibility: Category A “Bachelor’s Degree in a Recognized Technical Subject” Category B “Bachelor’s Degree in Another Subject” Category C “Practical Engineering or Scientific Experience” If an applicant’s bachelor’s…
Apple Privacy Labels Now Required on All Apps in the Apple App Store In the past few months there has been a lot of sparring over new Apple privacy labels as they require companies that have apps in the Apple App Stores to comply with Apple’s new policy of disclosing to users what type of data they may be collecting on the user and whether that data can be linked to the user. What Are Apple Privacy Labels?  Since Apple rolled out these new privacy labels, many have likened Apple’s privacy label to FDA nutrition labels in that they show a user…
Cosplay in Japan Faces New Copyright Law Japan shocked a large population of their country this year by announcing that the popular hobby of cosplay would now be subject to Japanese copyright law. As Japan is seen as the Mecca for cosplayers and has been known to use “cosplay ambassadors” in the past, this new announcement seemed ominous for cosplayers across the globe. What Exactly is Cosplay? “Cosplay” is a popular hobby and a portmanteau for the words “costume play.” In order to cosplay, one generally dresses up identically to a character in popular culture, mimicking their entire costume and…
A recap of Klemchuk LLP blog posts that made the weekly Texas Bar Today “Top 10 Blog Posts” in February 2021. Credibility During Zoom Trials, Hearings, & Depositions As the use of virtual hearings and trials continue, attorneys can present with confidence and show credibility in remote settings by following some basic tips in presentation, preparation, and organization. Investing with Robinhood: The Allure and Controversy Investing with the Robinhood app has gained much interest due to commission-free investing, but it has now gained additional attention with the GameStop trading controversy. You may also be interested in:…
The Popular Discord Platform Has Been Targeted by a Patent Troll, Sued for Patent Infringement Claims Last week brought bad news for gaming fans of the popular messaging platform, Discord.  In a case filed on February 26, 2021, patent troll, Coretek Licensing, LLC. sued Discord, Inc., the company behind their popular eponymous messaging platform, Discord.  In the lawsuit, Coretek alleges that the Discord platform has infringed upon multiple patents they own, specifically patents that cover wireless networking technology. Discord Platform Popularity While most of the general public may not be familiar with the Discord name, Discord, Inc. has been around since 2015,…
The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act Will Go Into Effect in 2023 – Businesses Must Be Prepared to Comply Virginia is poised to become the second state in the United States to pass a comprehensive privacy law that can rival the European Union and California’s privacy laws.  The new privacy law in Virginia does not take effect until January 1, 2023, which will give companies operating out of Virginia plenty of time to comply or decide whether they want to move out-of-state.   New Virginia Law Compares to California’s CCPA   The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act protects consumer privacy rights in much…
A recap of Klemchuk LLP blog posts that made the weekly Texas Bar Today “Top 10 Blog Posts” in January 2021. Edge Computing Is the Next Big Thing You and Your Clients Need to Know About With IoT use on the rise, the use of edge computing over cloud computing has become a need in circumstances of low or unstable connectivity. Brand Gating on Amazon: A Way to Help Prevent Counterfeiting Amazon offers a feature called “brand gating” to help identify and prevent third-party counterfeit sellers on Amazon. You may also be interested in:…
The Robinhood Controversies: Congress Scrutinizing GameStop Trading and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In a previous blog post, we briefly discussed Robinhood’s background and how its entry into the trading section affected its competitors.  In this post, we discuss the current controversies that surround the trading app.  Specifically, Robinhood has found itself embroiled in controversies that involve the premature cessation of GameStop stock trading as well as a wrongful death filed against it. Robinhood Controversy Related to GameStop Stock Robinhood first catapulted to headlines with the rise and fall of GameStop stock, which had its price and value manipulated by a group of…
Andrei Iancu Resigns as USPTO Director Since U.S. Patent and Trademark Director Andrei Iancu announced in January that he was resigning as director as of the induction of the Biden administration on Wednesday January 20. Iancu served as the director of the USPTO beginning in 2017. Iancu was regarded as a very pro-patentee director during his tenure. In a speech at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event Iancu announced his resignation and thanked those attending for the privilege of serving.  Andrei Iancu Resigns with Call for Continued Reform for Patent Eligibility During the speech Iancu also made a call for…