Social media has changed the way we do business by connecting us online to buy goods and services from each other.
After the Italian term, the Latvian Prime Minister, Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma, took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Prime Minister, during the debate before the European Parliament, outlined the priorities of her country’s term (you can find here the programme containing the main topics on the agenda).
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) continues to grow. (IoT refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and one another.) It is estimated that there will be 4.9 billion connected appliances, devices and other “things” in use worldwide by the end of 2015, an increase of 30 percent from 2014. The global market for IoT products is expected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020.
After months of discussions, it is likely that the new so-called “Telecom Package”, expected to come into effect in 2015, will indeed prohibit telecom operators from charging customers additional fees for intra-EU roaming.
The past few years have seen 3-D printing – a process that involves the creation of a three-dimensional object from a pre-conceived design – evolve from a futuristic idea into a multi-billion dollar business, and few industries have benefitted more from this technology than life sciences and health care.
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) announced on December 17, 2014, that the Federal Council decided to continue the action plan for synthetic nanomaterials until 2019.
Copyright infringement is normally a factual question – it doesn’t matter whether one intended to copy a substantial part of someone else’s original expression if, in fact, one did so– but there are circumstances where the alleged infringer’s state of mind does matter. Knowledge is relevant to secondary infringement under s. 27 of the Canadian Copyright Act, or to the assessment of statutory damages under s. 38.1, for example.
The U.S. Supreme Court created some wake by issuing their first substantive trademark ruling in more than a decade this week. The Supreme Court decided to hear a case on appeal from the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Hana Fin., Inc. v. Hana Bank, 735 F.3d 1158 (9th Cir. 2013) cert granted, 134 S. Ct. 2842 (2014).
Employers want to blame cyberthreats on bad guys but “the threat actually originates from within when employees’ ignorance and/or negligence opens the door for cybercriminals” as reported by Kasperky in “Top 10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cybersecurity.”
When someone posts a harmful YouTube video about another person or organization, not only can this cause significant harm in and of itself, but it can also be difficult for the subject of the video to get it taken down.