Robots May Be Taxed in San Francisco

Human labor is increasingly being replaced by robots. Robots are cheaper to maintain, and can provide maximum efficiency. Yearly the public sees regular changes to every day experiences, like using a self-checkout line in a grocery store or automated coffee machines that use precise technology to make delicious lattés. When workers inevitably lose their jobs

You Can’t Put Lipstick on a Bad Law: Criminalization of Drones Flying over Pig Farms

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, unmanned drones became critical tools for rescue teams in Texas. Described as a “landmark in the evolution of drone usage” by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, pro-pilots of the small, camera-enabled flying-machines aided the National Guard in creating maps to identify the locations of survivors, show landscape changes, and

How is TC Heartland Impacting the Patent Litigation Landscape?

“TC Heartland changed the venue landscape. For the first time in 27 years, a defendant may argue credibly that venue is improper in a judicial district where it is subject to a court’s personal jurisdiction but where it is not incorporated and has no regular and established place of business.”  Westech Aerosol Corp. v. 3M

How Technology Can Reduce Fatalities from Gun Violence

Background The debate over gun rights has been re-sparked this month after the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 fans at a Las Vegas music festival from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, using a rapid-fire weapon. 59 people were killed and 527 were

YouTube: A New Regulatory Agency for Gun Control?

When one thinks of online entertainment, many domains, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Buzzfeed come to mind. However, few websites have as much clout, recognition, and daily traffic as does YouTube. YouTube, whose users watch nearly 1 billion hours of video per day, has become a staple in the online presence of billions of users

ShotSpotter Technology: Response and Deterrence from Gun Violence within Earshot

In the wake of the Las Vegas Massacre, advocates on both sides of the political spectrum have sought solutions for avoiding future tragedies caused by gun violence. While much of the debate has focused on banning “bump stock” attachments and implementing tighter ownership restrictions, one company has taken a different approach to preventing such catastrophes,

Airbnb and Hotel Industry Fund “Grassroots” Armies in Lobbying Battle: A Challenge to Lawmakers

“Sharing economy” businesses, like Airbnb and Uber, typically function by facilitating peer-to-peer transactions and then taking a cut of the exchange. These corporations have been criticized, for years, for using business models that are largely based on evading regulations and taxation. However, others advocate for the businesses because they create new services that consumers enjoy,

Dept. of Energy Proposes New Rule to Support Baseload Resources. How Will FERC Respond and Is This Good Policy?

A recent movement within the electricity sector focuses on the potential threat of intermittent renewable resources rapidly tying into the grid. Renewable resources, like solar and wind, are considered “intermittent” because electric power flow from these resources is subject to potentially significant variations throughout the day, the week, and the year. Imagine a partly cloudy