Monthly Archives: October 2022

Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night . . . Will Stop the U.S. Postal Service from Stealing Its Contractor’s Trade Secrets?

It’s no secret that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been struggling financially for well over a decade. One means of combatting its struggles has been to contract with third-party resellers to market USPS services and drive customers to it. Indeed, just one of those resellers, Express One, delivered over $3 billion in revenue to the USPS in the past 12 months alone. Although the annual operating budget of the USPS is $77 billion, $3 billion is still real money—especially since the USPS suffered losses of $6.9 billion last year.

Read full article

Brigitte Garceau Designated Lawyer Emeritus

The title of Avocat émérite — Lawyer Emeritus — is one of the most prestigious distinctions that the Bar of Québec can give. It is awarded to members who stand out for their outstanding career, their exceptional contribution to the profession and their remarkable engagement in their community.

Therefore, RSS is both very happy and exceptionally proud to announce that Brigitte Garceau, Ad. E., is one of the nine members selected by the Bar to receive this title in 2022.

Read full article

Unpacking Averages: Using Natural Language Processing to Extract Quality Information from MDRs

Over the spring and summer, I did a series of posts on extracting quality information from FDA enforcement initiatives like warning letters, recalls, and inspections.  But obviously FDA enforcement actions are not the only potential sources of quality data that FDA maintains.  FDA has what is now a massive data set on Medical Device Reports (or “MDRs”) that can be mined for quality data.  Medical device companies can, in effect, learn from the experiences of their competitors about what types of things can go wrong with medical devices.

The problem, of course, is that the interesting data in MDRs is in what a data scientist would call unstructured data, in this case English language text describing a product problem, where the information or insights cannot be easily extracted given the sheer volume of the reports.  In calendar year 2021, for example, FDA received almost 2 million MDRs.  It just isn’t feasible for a human to read all of them.

Read full article
ILN Today Post

Use of the e-address is mandatory from 1 January 2023

Latvia: Latvian companies, branches, associations, foundations registered in the Republic of Latvia, and other entities registered in the registers of the Enterprise Register need to immediately activate the official electronic address (e-address).

What is an e-address? 

The official electronic address is a digital mailbox for communication between public administration institutions and individuals. One can receive and send letters, applications, documents, and request (often also receive) services there.

Read full article