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California federal court finds plaintiff AI developer’s trade secret identification insufficient in trade secret misappropriation litigation (Loop AI Labs Inc. v. Gatti)

  • Government
  • Judicial
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Provides guidance to parties alleging trade secret misappropriation on the level of detail they must disclose about the trade secrets to meet the standard of “reasonable particularity” required by the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

Updated last August 18, 2017
for the 07/06/2016 decision.

Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S 1276, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Requires the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to reassess the appropriate drug schedule of cannabidiol and reduces barriers for cannabidiol medical research.

Updated last August 17, 2017
for the 05/25/2017 version of S 1276.

Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics (Model Policy)

  • Other
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Revises the Federation of State Medical Boards’s Model Policy for the prescription of opioid pain relievers, in accordance with recent scientific evidence and expert opinion, to guide medical professionals in the effective and responsible prescription of opioid analgesics.

Updated last August 10, 2017
for the April 2017 Guidelines.

Jessie's Law (S 581, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Requires the creation of best practices for including information regarding a patient’s opioid use disorder history in certain medical records.

Updated last August 9, 2017
for the 08/04/2017 version of S 581.

Military Asset Protection Act (HR 1968, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Gives the Department of Defense more jurisdiction to protect military-related entities from unmanned aircraft.

Updated last August 4, 2017
for the 04/06/2017 version of HR 1968.

Vaccine Safety Study Act (HR 3615, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States.

Updated last August 14, 2017
for the 07/28/2017 version of HR 3615.

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