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FEC to Consider Bitcoin Advisory Opinions

4/17. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) released two draft advisory opinions regarding application of the federal election campaign finance regulatory regime to Bitcoins. The two drafts, released on April 16 and 17, 2014, offer two different sets of conclusions.

The FEC released one draft [23 pages in PDF], labeled Draft A of Advisory Opinion AO 2014-02, on April 16. The FEC released another draft [21 pages in PDF], labeled Draft B, late on April 17.

Draft A would allow committees such as MYL to accept Bitcoins as in-kind contributions under valuation, and to purchase goods and services with Bitcoins that it receives as contributions. Draft B would allow committees such as MYL to accept as contributions only $100 worth of Bitcoins per contributor per election. Otherwise, MYL would not be allowed to accept Bitcoins as in-kind contributions or hold contributed bitcoins in a bitcoin wallet; nor would MYL be allowed to purchase goods or services with Bitcoins.

The FEC has also scheduled this matter for consideration at a meeting at 11:00 AM on April 23, 2014. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 76, April 21, 2014, at Page 22132.

The FEC is proceeding quickly, with limited notice, and with limited opportunity for public comment. The FEC has provided only one week's notice, at a time when the Congress and legislative bodies around the country are in recess, and many Americans are observing religious holidays.

Make Your Laws PAC, Inc. , also known as MYL, filed its request [11 pages in PDF] for an advisory opinion (AO) on February 11, 2014.  MYL is, within the meaning of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and regulations thereunder, a non-connected political committee.

FEC draft A concludes that MYL "may generally accept bitcoins as in-kind contributions under valuation, deposit, and reporting procedures similar to those that the Commission has previously approved for other in-kind contribution".

The FEC further opines that MYL "may purchase goods or services with bitcoins it receives as contributions".

However, Draft A adds "While the requestor may also purchase bitcoins with funds from its campaign depository, it may not make disbursements using those purchased bitcoins, because Commission regulations require such funds to be returned to a campaign depository before they are used to make disbursements".

Draft B concludes that while MYL "may accept bitcoin contributions, these contributions raise similar concerns to cash contributions, which are limited under the Act due to their untraceability and the ease with which they may be used for illegal purposes."

Therefore, Draft B concludes, MYL "may not accept bitcoins as in-kind contributions or hold contributed bitcoins in a bitcoin wallet, as proposed. But the requestor may accept a contribution of up to $100 worth of bitcoins per contributor per election if MYL both liquidates those bitcoins into dollars and deposits the dollars in its campaign depository within 10 days of receipt of the contribution."

FEC Draft B further concludes that MYL "may not purchase goods or services with bitcoins".

Finally, Draft B concludes that MYL "may purchase bitcoins with funds from its campaign depository for investment purposes, but may not make disbursements using those purchased bitcoins because Commission regulations require the committee's funds to be returned to a campaign depository before they are used to make disbursements."

Greg Abbott, the Attorney General of the state of Texas, is running for Governor of Texas. This election is regulated under Texas state law by state regulators, and not under the FECA by the FEC.

His campaign web site published a release on April 17 that announces that "Bitcoin will now be accepted as a form of campaign contribution through GregAbbott.com. Bitcoin, a new and decentralized digital currency, enables instant financial transactions with a new level of safety and security. Texans for Greg Abbott is one of the first major statewide campaigns to accept Bitcoin ..."

Consumer Watchdog Condemns Google Glass as Privacy Invasive

4/15. The Consumer Watchdog (CW) released a report [6 pages in PDF] that condemns Google Glass for the threats that it poses to privacy and public safety.

The CW report offers this product description: "Google Glass is a wearable computing device worn like eyeglasses that includes a camera and a high-resolution display screen that is the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away. It connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or through a smart phone via Blue tooth."

Google's web page titled "About Glass" offers this product description: "Glass is an elegant and beautifully designed lightweight frame and display that rests neatly above your eyes and makes exploring and sharing the world around you faster and easier."

The CW report states that "Google Glass users can easily photograph and video people without bothering to seek permission. Unlike a smartphone where it is obvious that a person's image is being captured and the subject can object, there is no simple indication to bystanders that Glass is taking photos or videos of them. Simply put, Google Glass is a stalkerís dream come true."

"Consider the possibility of a pedophile wondering around a park or playground capturing images of kids at play and sharing those images over the Internet."

The CW added in a release, "Say goodbye to using public bathrooms."

The CW report adds that "our tests of the device demonstrated how easily it could be used to surreptitiously capture a person's PIN when they use an ATM."

"Another real privacy concern that Google Glass poses is that the device could be used in conjunction with facial recognition software to identify people the user sees." The CW report elaborates that "The fact is that facial recognition software has already been developed for Google Glass and installed on some devices. Google is merely saying that it wonít make the facial recognition apps available through its official Glassware store, but there is nothing to stop apps developers from making it available. Nor, is there any indication that Google wonít make it available fairly soon."

The CW report also states that Google Glass "poses substantial risks to the user's own privacy."

"When the wearable computing device is tied to the Internet through a Bluetooth connection to the user's smartphone and to the userís Google+ account Google knows the userís geo-location and has access to the data on the account." The CW report adds that under Google's Terms of Service, "Google claims the right to whatever it wants with your material."

Guardian and Washington Post Receive Pulitzer Prizes for Coverage of Edward Snowden's Disclosures

4/14. The Columbia University announced the award of its 98th Annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. It awarded its prize for public service journalism to the Guardian and the Washington Post for their news stories based upon disclosures by Edward Snowden regarding widespread surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and others.

It stated in a release that it award one prize "to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy".

It awarded a second prize "to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security".

The Columbia University also stated its criteria: "For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material".

Glenn Greenwald was the lead reporter for the Guardian on this topic.

UK MP Condemns Snowden and Award of Pulitzer Prizes

4/16. Liam Fox, a Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, and a former Secretary of State for Defense, spoke about Edward Snowden in Washington DC at an event hosted by American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on April 16, 2014.

Liam FoxFox (at right) stated that "we know that 58,000 pieces of very confidential and secret parts of British information was leaked by Snowden. That is damaging to our security interests". See, transcript.

He continued that "I think it was also calculated to damage America's standing with its allies and damage the American diplomatic process, which I think is in line with what I described as the virulently anti-American and anti-Western views of both Glenn Greenwald and Snowden himself."

Fox also said that "if you tell the enemies of your country how you go about listening to their communications, the first thing theyíre going to do is to find a different way. And, very interestingly, itís not just terrorist groups. And I think this is a point thatís been very much missed in the American debate. This is also about the ability of economic enemies to steal our intellectual property, and, in the long term, damage our national prosperity. But itís also things like dealing with pedophile rings and being able to break them up."

And, he asked rhetorically, "in what sort of world do we live in when that gets a Pulitzer Prize for public service?" He said that "an award for public service for possibly the greatest betrayal of our national secrets of all time strikes me as quite bizarre. And I do think that thereís a real danger of a very cozy media world patting itself on the back without fully understanding the consequences for the dangers that we face in a very dangerous world".

More People and Appointments

4/11. President Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the Senate, she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who announced her resignation on April 10. See, White House news office release. Burwell is the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

4/10. President Obama announced his intent to appoint Mostafa El-Sayed to be a member of the Presidentís Committee on the National Medal of Science. See, White House news office release. He is a professor of chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology who has specialized in nanotechnology.

4/9. The Senate confirmed Terrell McSweeney to be a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by a vote of 95-1. See, Roll Call No. 105. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) voted no. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) did not vote.

4/9. The Senate confirmed Daniel Yohannes to be the U.S. Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

4/7. The Senate confirmed Francis Taylor to be the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis.

4/7. The Senate confirmed Reginald Brothers to be the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Under Secretary for Science and Technology.

4/7. President Obama nominated Gordon Tanner to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force. See, White House news office release.

John Carlin4/1. The Senate confirmed John Carlin (at right) to be Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD) by a vote of 99-1. See, Roll Call No. 95. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) voted no. See also, story titled "Obama Picks John Carlin to be Head of the DOJ's National Security Division" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,601, September 16, 2013.

3/31. The Senate confirmed Kelly Welsh to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce.

3/26. David Gossett was named acting Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). See, FCC release.

3/21. Mythili Raman, the acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division, announced her departure.

3/20. The Proskauer law firm announced in a release that Christopher Ondeck, who previously worked at Crowell Moring, has joined the Washington DC office of Proskauer as Vice Chair of its Antitrust Group.

3/18. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler appointed Diane Cornell to the FCC's Performance Review Board (PRB). See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 52, March 18, 2014, at Page 15122.

3/13. The Senate confirmed Caroline Krass to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

3/12. The Senate confirmed France Cordova to be Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a term of six years.

3/6. The Senate confirmed Suzanne Spaulding to be Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

3/6. The Senate confirmed John Roth to be Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

3/6. The Senate confirmed Rhonda Schmidtlein to be a member of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for a term expiring on December 16, 2021.

3/3. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting nominations for membership on its Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The ETAAC provides advice to the IRS regarding its "goal that paperless filing should be the preferred and most convenient method of filing tax and information returns". The deadline to submit nominations is April 21, 2014. See, FR, Vol. 79, No. 41, March 3, 2014, at Page 11877.

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In This Issue
This issue contains the following items:
 ē FEC to Consider Bitcoin Advisory Opinions
 ē Consumer Watchdog Condemns Google Glass as Privacy Invasive
 ē Guardian and Washington Post Receive Pulitzer Prizes for Coverage of Edward Snowden's Disclosures
 ē UK MP Condemns Snowden and Award of Pulitzer Prizes
 ē More People and Appointments
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Monday, April 21

The House will not meet the week of April 21-25. It will next meet at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 28. See, 2014 House calendar, and SConRes 35.

The Senate will not meet the week of April 21-25. It will next meet at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 28. See, SConRes 35.

Day one of a two day partially closed event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) titled "Cyber Division Forum". The NDIA states that Monday afternoon session will address "Advanced Persistent Threat",  and that it is "classified Secret -- U.S. Only". See, notice. Location: Lockheed Martin's Global Vision Center, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.

1:00 - 2:30 PM. The American Bar Association (ABA) will host a webcast panel discussion titled "You Mean HIPAA Applies to Lawyers? Keeping Data Safe, Clients Happy and Your License Secure". The speakers will be John Christiansen (Christiansen IT Law), Shannon Salimone (Holland & Knight), Lee Kim (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), and Clinton Mikel (Health Law Partners). Prices vary. CLE credits. See, notice.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) requesting public comments to assist it in preparing its 16th report on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming. This NOI is FCC 14-8 in MB Docket No. 14-16. The FCC adopted this NOI on January 30, 2014, and released the text on January 31, 2014. See also, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 29, February 12, 2014, at Pages 8452-8457.

Deadline to submit nominations for membership on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 41, March 3, 2014, at Page 11877.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Public Notice (PN) regarding expansion of its e-rate tax and subsidy program. This PN is DA 14-308 in WC Docket No. 13-184. The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released it on March 6, 2014. This 23 page PN, which is in the nature of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeks further comments in its proceeding initiated by the FCC's 2013 NPRM. That NPRM is FCC 13-100. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 47, March 11, 2014, at Pages 13599-13607.

Deadline to submit comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the proposed guidelines [56 pages in PDF] submitted pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and FTC rules thereunder, by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, which is also named iKeepSafe. See, FTC notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 53, March 19, 2014, at Pages 15271-15272. See also, FTC notice in its web site. See also, story titled "FTC Seeks Comments on Proposed COPPA Safe Harbor" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,634, March 19, 2014.

Deadline to submit comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Computer Security Division (CSD) regarding its draft SP 800-157 [29 pages in PDF] titled "Guidelines for Derived Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials".

Deadline to submit comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Computer Security Division (CSD) regarding its draft NIST IR 7981 [14 pages in PDF] titled "Mobile, PIV, and Authentication".

Tuesday, April 22

Passover ends at sundown.

Day two of a two day partially closed event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) titled "Cyber Division Forum". The DHS states that Jay Holcomb (DHS's NPPD's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications) will speak at 3:15 PM on a panel titled "DHS Enhanced Cyber Services Program Overview". The NDIA agenda places this panel at 10:00 AM. The NDIA agenda also lists a panel at 2:15 titled "Carrier/ISP Perspective". The NDIA states that the entire Tuesday session is "Unclassified -- U.S. Citizens Only". See, notice. Location: Lockheed Martin's Global Vision Center, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.

1:00 - 2:30 PM. The American Bar Association (ABA) will host a webcast panel discussion titled "Pro Bono IP Litigation Across Borders". The speakers will be John Bisbikis (Mc Dermott Will & Emery), Julianne Hartzell (Marshall Gerstein & Borun), David Higer (Kirkland & Ellis), Elmo Shropshire, and Marci Rolnik. Prices vary. CLE credits. See, notice.

1:00 - 4:00 PM. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host a webcast and telecast event titled "Webinar for State and Local Governments". There will be presentations titled "Modernizing the E-rate Program", "IP Transition Update", "Open Internet Rules", "Wireless Infrastructure Issues", "Facilities Siting Rulemaking", "Positive Train Control Historic Preservation Review", "FCC Speed Test App -- Measuring Broadband America", "Next Generation 911", and "Closed Captioning". For the telecast, call 1-888-858-2144. The Access Code is 8926297. See, notice.

Wednesday, April 23

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's (USCC) Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) will host an event titled "2nd Annual IP Champions Conference". The speakers will include Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), David Hirschmann (head of the GIPC), Mark Crowell (University of Virginia), Anastasia Danias (National Football League), Alun Jones (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime), David Lowery (University of Georgia), and Miriam Vogel (Department of Justice). Lev Kubiak (Director of the DHS ICE Intellectual Property Rights Center) will participate on a panel titled "recent successes in Information Protection theft enforcement". Location: USCC, 1615 H St., NW.

10:30 AM. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an event titled "Open Meeting". The agenda includes a huge universal service item and an NPRM regarding spectrum sharing in the 3550-3650 MHz band. Webcast. Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, Room TW-C305, 445 12th St., SW.

11:00 AM. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) will meet to consider two advisory opinions regarding application of the federal election campaign finance regulatory regime to Bitcoins. See, Draft A and Draft B. See also, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 76, April 21, 2014, Page 22132, and FEC's meeting agenda. And see, story titled "FEC to Consider Bitcoin Advisory Opinions" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,642, April 18, 2014. Location: FEC, 999 E St., NW.

1:45 - 3:45 PM. The Copyright Office (CO) will host an event titled "Movies: A Global Passion". The speakers will be Francis Gurry (Director General of WIPO), Matthew Harrison (director), Robert Newman (actor), and Mike Mashon (Library of Congress). Free. No webcast. See, notice. Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE.

2:30 - 3:30 PM. The American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law will host a teleconferenced panel discussion titled "Privacy Roundtable". The topic will be recent California privacy legislation. The speakers will be Aryeh Friedman (Dun & Bradstreet) and Joanne McNabb (California Office of the Attorney General). Prices vary. No CLE credits. No reporters. See, notice.

5:30 - 7:00 PM. The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) will host a reception in advance of its April 24 event titled "9th Annual World Intellectual Property Day Forum". The speaker will be Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Free. Open to the public. See, notice. Location: Room 121, Cannon Building.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) regarding extension of the freeze of jurisdictional separations category relationships and cost allocation factors for three years, through June 30, 2017. The FCC adopted this FNPRM on March 26, 2014, and released it on March 27. It is FCC 14-27 in CC Docket No. 80-286. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 63, April 2, 2014, at Pages 18498-18503.

Deadline to submit requests to make presentations at President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's (PCAST) April 30 public conference call on the PCAST's big data and privacy report. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 73, April 16, 2014, at Pages 21453-21454.

Thursday, April 24

8:00 AM - 4:15 PM. Informatica Corporation will host an event titled "2014 Informatica Government Summit". At 8:35 AM Mark Weatherford (Chertoff Group) will give a speech titled "Competing Priorities? Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Cyber Security. At 3:15 PM there will be a panel titled "Government Panel Presentation: Data Management Best Practices". The speakers will include Ann DiCamillo (DHS NPPD Office of Cybersecurity and Communications). See, notice. Location: Greater Washington Society of Association Executives Suite, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

8:15 AM - 1:00 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) will host an event titled "FCC Bankruptcy Mini Conference: The Intersection of the FCC and Bankruptcy Law". The price to attend is $125. CLE credits. See, notice. (The ABI is holding its annual meeting on April 24-27.) Location: JW Marriot, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) will host an event titled "9th Annual World Intellectual Property Day Forum". The speakers will include Geoffrey Manne (International Center for Law and Economics), Sandra Aistars (Copyright Alliance), Grant Aldonas (Center for Strategic & International Studies), Joe Damond (Biotech Industry Organization), Dana Colarulli (USPTO), and Stevan Mitchell (Globalview Strategies). Free. Open to the public. Lunch wil be served. See, notice. Location: Reserve Officers Association, One Constitution Ave., NE.

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. The Brookings Institution (BI) will host an event titled "How China's Youth are Transforming Chinese Society: New Research Findings from the PRC". See, notice. Location: BI, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM. The Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC/HIT) HIT Standards Committee will meet. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 243, December 18, 2013, at Page 76627-76628.

2:00 - 3:30 PM. The Heritage Foundation (HF) will host a panel discussion titled "Protecting American Interests in the South China Sea". The speakers will be Ely Ratner (Center for a New American Security), Steven Groves (HF), Dean Cheng (HF), Jonathan Odom (U.S. Navy), and Walter Lohman (HF). Free. Open to the public. Webcast. See, notice. Location: HF, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE.

6:00 - 8:00 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) Young Lawyers Committee will host an event titled "Happy Hour". For more information, contact Lindsey Tonsager at ltonsager at cov dot com or Justin Faulb at jfaulb at nab dot org. Location: Co Co Sala, 929 F St., NW.

Friday, April 25

Supreme Court conference day. See, October Term 2013 calendar.

9:00 AM - 1:15 PM. The U.S. China Economic Security and Review Commission (USCESRC) will hold a hearing. This is one of a series of hearings to assist the USCESRC in preparing its 2014 report to the Congress. This hearing is titled "U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities". See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 73, April 16, 2014, at Pages 21516-21517. Location: Room 608, Dirksen Building.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics' (RTCA) Special Committee 222, Inmarsat AMS(R)S, will meet. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 68, April 9, 2014, at Page 19706. Location: RTCA, Suite 910, 1150 18th St., NW.

10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON. The Heritage Foundation (HF) will host a panel discussion titled "U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Southeast Asia". The speakers will be Shigeo Yamada (Embassy of Japan), Satu Limaye (East-West Center in Washington), Yuki Tatsumi (Stimson Center), and Walter Lohman (HF). Free. Open to the public. Webcast. See, notice. Location: HF, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE.

12:00 NOON - 1:15 PM. The Internet Caucus will host a panel discussion titled "Revising The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): Should Congress Require a Warrant?". The speakers will include James Dempsey ( Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and Center for Democracy & Technology), Richard Downing (DOJ's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section), and Katie McAuliffe (Americans for Tax Reform). Box lunches will be served. Location: Room 2226, Rayburn Building.

1:00 - 2:30 PM. The American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law will host a webcast panel discussion titled "What's the Use? A Comparative View of Trademark Use Requirements". The speakers will be Sharra Brockman, Matthew Hintz (Servilla Whitney), Chrissie Scelsi (Scelsi Entertainment and New Media Law), David Postolski (Day Pitney), and Krystle Brown (RKO Pictures). Prices vary. CLE credits. See, notice.

Deadline to submit requests to speak at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) May 9, 2014 hearing on its memorandum titled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products (Laws of Nature/Natural Products Guidance)'', released on March 4, 2014. See, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 74, April 17, 2014, at Pages 21736-21738. See also, story titled "USPTO to Hold Hearing on Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting Laws of Nature" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,640, April 16, 2014.

Deadline to submit initial comments to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) in response to its Public Notice (PN) regarding the FCC's attributable material relationship rule. This PN is DA 14-414 in GN Docket Nos. 12-268 and 13-185 and WT Docket No. 05-211. The FCC released it on March 27, 2014. See also, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 71, April 14, 2014, at Pages 20854-20855.

Saturday, April 26

World Intellectual Property Day. See, World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) notice.