Trump Administration Launches Review of U.S. Export Policy on Military Drones

Trump Administration Launches Review of U.S. Export Policy on Military Drones

By Melissa Miller Proctor

As has been reported recently by Defense News, the Trump Administration has launched a formal review of the current policy on U.S. military drone exports, which was rolled out under President Obama in February 2015. U.S. manufacturers are hoping that the Trump Administration may be considering relaxing controls on international sales of military Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS”) to key allies and strategic partners around the world. For years, industry has argued that the current controls on military UAS have put U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace.

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FAA Establishes Committee to Develop Rules for Identifying UAS Vehicles

FAA Establishes Committee to Develop Rules for Identifying UAS Vehicles

By Bradley R. Gardner

As the number of unmanned aircraft operating in the skies continues to increase, it has become critical that authorities be capable of identifying the owner or operator of a UAS vehicle that is being operated in an unsafe or illegal manner. Unlike traditional aircraft, there are currently no rules or even guidance for requiring UAS vehicles to electronically broadcast identifying information. In order to come up with a solution, in late June the Federal Aviation Administration created an Aviation Rulemaking Committee tasked with: Identifying and recommending technologies for remote identification and tracking of UAS vehicles, identifying requirements for meeting the security and public safety needs of government agencies, including law enforcement, for remotely identifying and tracking UAS vehicles, and evaluating the feasibility and affordability of the potential solutions, and determining how well those potential solutions address the needs of the relevant government agencies. Committee members include representatives from more than 70 stakeholders, including manufacturers, UAS operators, law enforcement agencies, and research groups. A full list of the Committee members can be found on the FAA's website.
 

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Artificial Intelligence Legal Revolution - It Began with Parking Tickets...

Artificial Intelligence Legal Revolution - It Began with Parking Tickets...

By Adam P. Daniels

There was applause for IBM Corp.’s Watson when it beat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy, and people reveled at Google’s AlphaGo when it defeated Ke Jie, a Go world champion. But what about the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the law?

Recently, on July 12, 2017, Joshua Browder announced a major upgrade to his free legal aid chatbot, DoNotPay, which has already helped fight 375,000 parking tickets in the U.K, New York, and Seattle. As part of the major upgrade, Browder introduced 1,000 new chatbots to help generate transactional forms in a variety of new legal areas in all 50 U.S. states and the U.K. In addition, Browder also announced the DoNotPay platform is open to anyone that wants to create a “law bot” to assist clients with identifying and filling out relevant legal documents.

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Gasoline Powered Drone to Provide Long Duration Emergency Telecommunications and Internet Service in Disaster Areas

Gasoline Powered Drone to Provide Long Duration Emergency Telecommunications and Internet Service in Disaster Areas

By John R. Bednarz

A team of engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can remain aloft for five days that could be used for disaster relief missions. The engineers are part of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center and recently presented their research results at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Denver, Colorado. Previous UAS designs, such as Facebook’s Aquila drone, have suggested that an aircraft could be solar-powered and remain in flight indefinitely, but the team of engineers determined that this was not feasible for long duration emergency response missions in locations far from the equator during seasons when there is not as much sunlight. In addition to these limitations, a solar powered vehicle requires a large surface area for solar panels and a heavy battery.

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A Survey of Drone Patent Activity

A Survey of Drone Patent Activity

By: Adam C. Rehm

Drone technology has opened the door to fascinating possibilities.  Many companies around the world are working to take advantage of such by investing in research and development.  As with any investment of this nature, inventions are conceived and patent applications are filed in various patent offices around the world including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The USPTO provides a veritable treasure trove of data that can be processed to measure innovation and determine who is doing what and when.  

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