Got blockchain? For many, the answer to this question is “no” but the technology and the medium of exchange built on it have arrived and many platforms and industries are looking to see how it can help facilitate transactions and allow for more efficiencies. Enter cryptocurrency, which relies upon blockchain technology, and is a secure, non-cash digital currency that is being considered in many industries as a form of payment or exchange for value. And, as often the case with newly implemented and much hyped technology, especially one that facilitates a financial transaction, the Federal Trade Commission is now paying attention.
Sarah L. Bruno
Sarah Bruno is a partner in the Arent Fox Intellectual Property practice and leads the firm's Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection group. Sarah works with her clients on their privacy and data security, advertising, trademark, and copyright issues. Her clients are in a variety of industries, including technology, entertainment, retail, and automotive. Sarah’s practice has been recognized by Legal 500 and the Daily Journal.
Sarah counsels in all areas of data security and privacy and routinely evaluates and advises on the applicable state, federal and international requirements related to data collection, storage, use and transfer. She advises her clients on issues related to behavioral tracking, anonymized data, in-store data collection and cloud storage. Sarah also conducts privacy audits and works with her clients on developing internal and external privacy policies for employees, customers and contractors. Many of Sarah’s clients are international, and she routinely advises on the data transfer issues in countries around the world. Sarah is IAPP CIPP-US certified.
Sarah’s advertising and marketing experience includes reviewing advertisements and claims, advising on unfair and deceptive trade practices, and counseling clients on compliance issues relating to the Federal Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau, as well as state and other regulatory laws. In this capacity, Sarah has advised companies on print advertisements, product placement and media agreements, clearing television commercials, endorsements, credit card processing requirements, and challenging and defending advertisements at NAD.
As part of the intellectual property group, Sarah has a great deal of experience in policing and enforcing client’s trademarks, copyrights, and publicity rights. Sarah manages the intellectual property enforcement and outreach for several trade associations, including the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA). Her work in this area involves conducting educational seminars, counseling members on intellectual property, as well assisting members with the enforcement of their rights at trade shows around the world. Sarah is also one of the primary attorneys responsible for protecting the name, persona, and trademark rights of Dr. Albert Einstein on a global level. As part of this work, Sarah has been involved in international and domestic litigation and settlement negotiations, domain acquisition, and retrieval and TTAB disputes.
Sarah has experience with issues related to counterfeiting and gray market goods. She routinely has meetings on Capitol Hill and the White House regarding enforcement strategies for combating counterfeiting.
Sarah also assists clients in developing, implementing, and administering all aspects of promotions, including auctions, contests, and sweepstakes. She drafts promotion rules to protect clients’ interests and reviews advertisements such as direct mail, websites, and banner advertisements related to the promotion. Sarah is also a member of the Promotion Marketing Association, Inc., and has attended numerous conferences related to advertising, promotions, and incentive programs.
Sarah represents a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller businesses that are just getting started. Some of Sarah’s more well-known clients are Mars Incorporated, DIRECTV, Lacoste, Benefit Cosmetics, Diesel, Dropbox, LG Electronics, American Express, IAAPA, Discovery Communications, and Sony Computer Entertainment.
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San Francisco — Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the selection of Partner Sarah L. Bruno to the Daily Journal's inaugural list of the "Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers" in California. As noted by the Daily Journal, this ranking honors 20 attorneys who help thwart cyber threats by advising companies on best practices, navigating legal and regulatory mandates on privacy and data security, and responding to data incidents and breaches.
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Belgium, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the State of Hawaii are looking into the lawfulness of “loot boxes” in mobile games. “Loot boxes” are virtual prize packages that may be purchased in mobile games where the player is unaware of what virtual items are inside the package until following the purchase. It is important to note that while several regulatory bodies have expressed some concern with this form of prizing, none have taken any formal action to ban them.
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