Category Archives: UMBLR Insights

The Landscape and Impact of AI as an Inventor: Is AI the next Edison?

Aaron Ostler – On August 5, 2022, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals released Thaler v. Vidal, an important decision concerning patent law with implications for future research and development (R&D) practices. Stephen Thaler develops and runs artificial intelligence (AI) systems that generate patentable inventions. Thaler submitted a patent application to The United States Patent […]

The Broader Implications of An Unexpected Dispute: Athlete Luka Dončić vs. His Mother

 Ryan Brida – The business of sports occasionally creates rifts between athletes and those who seek to profit from their name, image, likeness (“NIL”). Filed in September 2022, the petition for trademark control filed by NBA player Luka Dončić against his mother, Mirjam Poterbin, made evident the complexity of mingling sports and business. It is […]

The Terra and LUNA Coin Collapses Present an Opportunity to Clarify Stablecoin Regulation

Mitchell Koch – In November 2021, the SEC brought legal action against Terraform Labs (“Terraform”) and its CEO, Do Kwon, requiring their compliance with investigative subpoenas. Founded in 2018, Terraform creates cryptocurrencies for use in blockchain-based financial infrastructures. As of September 2022, Do Kwon and Terraform remain under investigation for selling unregistered securities in the […]

ESG and Climate Disclosures: The SEC is Hanging Out Company Greenwash to Dry in 2022

Kaitlyn Jauregui – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posted two proposed rules to amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on the federal registrar calling for increased climate-related disclosures. If enacted, investors will gain the material knowledge needed to make strategic investments that align with their values. There […]