Technology

  • August 31, 2015

    Qualcomm Lobs 10 AIA Petitions Over ParkerVision Patents

    Qualcomm Inc. last week delivered the latest salvo in a patent battle with ParkerVision Inc., firing off 10 petitions challenging the validity of three wireless signal conversion patents under the America Invents Act.

  • August 31, 2015

    High Court Urged To Ban Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

    Several advocacy groups called on the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before obtaining an individual’s cellphone location data from wireless carriers, arguing the modern age of ubiquitous cell use has rendered the information a privacy right protected by the Fourth Amendment.

  • August 31, 2015

    Futures Watchdog Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules

    The National Futures Association, the self-regulatory body of the futures industry, proposed new rules regarding cybersecurity requirements for its members Friday, telling the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that they’re necessary because of recent security breaches.

  • August 31, 2015

    Indian Antitrust Watchdog Accuses Google Of Rigging Search

    India's competition watchdog has voiced preliminary concerns that Google Inc. has violated the country's antitrust rules as the search giant continues to fight a formal complaint about its shopping search in Europe.

  • August 31, 2015

    Electrolux, GE Say Samsung Withholding Docs In Merger Fight

    General Electric Corp. and AB Electrolux Inc. pushed a D.C. federal court Friday to force Samsung Electronics America Inc. to turn over information about its business plans that the companies hope to use to fight the government's challenge to their $3.3 billion appliance merger.

  • August 31, 2015

    Cisco Still Off Hook In China, Falun Gong Spying Row

    A California federal judge refused Monday to vacate a ruling that Falun Gong practitioners failed to show Cisco Systems Inc. knowingly provided surveillance systems the Chinese government used to persecute the religious group, holding a recent Ninth Circuit decision also asserting the Alien Tort Statute didn’t change his opinion.

  • August 31, 2015

    Niro Haller Fights Toshiba's Bid For Sanctions In Patent Case

    Niro Haller & Niro Ltd. is fighting back against Toshiba Corp.'s claim it's entitled to $2 million in fees and costs in a recently ended patent dispute, telling a Delaware federal court the firm should not be sanctioned and there was nothing exceptional about the case.

  • August 31, 2015

    Utah High Court Revives InnSys Trade Secrets Suit

    The Utah Supreme Court on Monday revived a trade secrets lawsuit that defense industry tech firm InnoSys Inc. had filed against a former employee, declaring that companies deserve a presumption of harm when their trade secrets are stolen.

  • August 31, 2015

    Data Backup Co. Accused Of Mailing Unsecured Hard Drives

    Online data recovery provider Backblaze Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court on Friday that accused the company of failing to adequately secure users’ personal documents by sending unencrypted hard drives through the mail when customers request their backup files.

  • August 31, 2015

    Pleasant Lake Launches Hostile Takeover Bid For Chipmaker

    New York-based hedge fund Pleasant Lake Partners on Monday launched a hostile takeover bid for Magnachip Semiconductor Corp. that values the company at roughly $346 million, saying that the South Korea-headquartered chipmaker is in need of “immediate strategic change.”

  • August 31, 2015

    Users Slam Shutterfly's Bid To Toss Photo Scan Privacy Suit

    A proposed putative class suing Shutterfly Inc. for allegedly violating an Illinois privacy law by using facial recognition technology to gather biometric data from users’ photos struck back at the company’s motion to dismiss, saying Friday that scanning face geometry for biometric identifiers is clearly covered under the law.

  • August 31, 2015

    5 Insights From 3M General Counsel Ivan Fong

    Going in-house for the right reasons and for the right company can be one of the most rewarding professional decisions you can make. It also comes with a certain amount of risk, for your career may rise or fall due to business or industry tailwinds or headwinds beyond your control, says Ivan Fong, general counsel for 3M Company and former GC of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • August 28, 2015

    Collecting Fees Still Tough After Octane, Highmark Cases

    More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Octane and Highmark decisions made it easier for courts to sanction nonpracticing entities and others that pursue meritless patent cases, lawyers say the rulings have helped accused infringers gain leverage to resolve weak cases earlier and get attorneys' fees awarded, but not to collect them.

  • August 28, 2015

    ITC Won’t Block Nokia Phone Imports In InterDigital IP Row

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined on Friday that Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. hadn’t infringed two of InterDigital Communications Inc.'s smartphone network connection patents and refused to block Nokia handsets from import and sale in the U.S.

  • August 28, 2015

    DC Circ. Protects Secret Gov't Programs In NSA Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit's decision to lift a lower court's injunction against the National Security Agency's phone metadata collection will have limited practical impact on the program soon to be curtailed by Congress, but attorneys say the ruling established a precedent making it difficult for plaintiffs to challenge other secret government programs.

  • August 28, 2015

    Apple Loses $15M Fees Bid In Voice Recognition IP Row

    A California federal judge on Friday refused to award Apple Inc. $15 million in attorneys' fees in an infringement suit brought by patent holding company Unwired Planet LLC over voice recognition technology, holding there was nothing exceptional about Unwired’s conduct during proceedings that warranted the amount.

  • August 28, 2015

    Foxconn Enters Into $1B Alliance With Silicon Precision

    Apple Inc. manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which trades as Foxconn Technology Group, will purchase a 21.24 percent stake in Silicon Precision Industries Co. Ltd., as part of a strategic alliance the two companies announced on Friday.

  • August 28, 2015

    CaptionCall Slams En Banc Bid In $44M Patent Row

    CaptionCall LLC slammed a request that the full Federal Circuit review a decision to pause a $44 million patent infringement case while parallel proceedings play out at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, saying Friday the request “borders on frivolous.”

  • August 28, 2015

    ‘Patent Troll’ Must Pay HTC, Motorola Atty Fees In IP Row

    A New York federal judge on Friday awarded partial attorneys’ fees to HTC Corp., Motorola Mobility LLC and BlackBerry Ltd. in a dismissed patent infringement suit brought by Advanced Video Technologies LLC, which the judge called a "patent troll” that must pay fees under the U.S. Supreme Court's Octane ruling.

  • August 28, 2015

    ADP Readies $2B Bond Offer, Boosts Buyback

    New Jersey-based Automatic Data Processing Inc. on Friday said it is planning a $2 billion debt offering, which will be followed by an increase of 25 million shares to the company’s buyback authorization, as the payroll software giant rejiggers its capital structure.

Expert Analysis

  • A Rock And A Hard Place: US Discovery And Chinese Law

    Amiad Kushner

    Chinese companies increasingly find themselves embroiled in litigation in U.S. courts, which can pose unique dilemmas, especially in the realms of discovery and jurisdiction, for even the most sophisticated Chinese companies — as illustrated in the recent Southern District of New York decision Vring Inc. v. ZTE Corp., say Amiad Kushner and Jae Zhou at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • Using Patents To Secure Repeat Customers

    Andrea Merin

    The aftermarket for consumable products — e.g., disposable printer cartridges, razor cartridges, single-serving coffee pods — can be significant and oftentimes more profitable than the sales of the corresponding base products. The high profit margins, however, create an incentive for generic imitations. Fortunately, patent protection can help deter competitors, say Larry Green and Andrea Merin of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • REJOINDER: Still An Inappropriate Reasonable Royalty Rule

    William C. Rooklidge

    In arguing in favor of the patentee obtaining as reasonable royalty damages the entire incremental profit earned by the alleged infringer on the smallest salable patent practicing unit, a recent Law360 guest article makes several arguments that are either incorrect or irrelevant, say William Rooklidge and Andrew Brown of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • 7 Benefits Of Arbitration In A Patent Dispute

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    A recent survey across various industries showed that 73 percent of companies agreed that arbitration is their preferred mechanism for dispute resolution. Arbitration of a patent dispute, especially those with international overtones and complicated subject matter, provides many of the benefits of a courtroom decision with some additional features, say JAMS member Ron Dimock and Michael Rubinger of Dimock Stratton LLP.

  • Tips For Responding To An FTC Subpoena

    Julie A. Flaming

    A subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission can be unnerving and may appear daunting in the scope of its requests. Negotiations with the FTC regarding scope of discovery, time frames and even format of production can assist in reducing the burden for companies, say Julie Flaming and Katie Smith of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Game Developers Now Need Strong IP Strategy

    Chinh H. Pham

    Historically, gaming companies have shied away from pursuing patent protection. However, as the market continues to expand and more video game companies emerge, ignoring patent protection can be perilous, says Chinh Pham of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Inside DOD's Interim Rule On Cloud Cybersecurity

    Lawrence Prosen

    As the sophistication of cyber incidents increases and the security of government-protected data gains ever heightened stance, it is key that we continue to develop stronger regulations and protections. The U.S. Department of Defense interim rule relating to DOD-contracted cloud computing services is a good next step — but it is only a step on an undoubtedly long road, says Lawrence Prosen of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • 5 Takeaways From Former SAP Exec's FCPA Case

    Stacey Sprenkel

    Vincente Garcia, former head of Latin American sales for SAP International Inc., recently pled guilty in San Francisco federal court to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and settled civil FCPA charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, underscoring the agencies' continuing focus on the technology sector and Northern California in general, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Obscure Russian Thesis Qualifies As Prior Art At PTAB

    Scott D. Marty

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently provided important guidance when it found that a Russian doctoral thesis was sufficiently accessible to qualify as prior art in GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc. v. Zond LLC. The majority and dissent opinions shed light on how parties should approach qualifying and challenging similarly obscure printed publications, say Scott Marty and Jonathon Talcott of Ballard Spahr LLP.

  • Global Migration Issues Between Australia And The US

    Naomi Sheridan

    While interest in Australia-U.S expansion is on the increase, especially for tech companies and venture capitalists, immigration issues are making it increasingly difficult to obtain visas in either country, say Naomi Sheridan at Littler Mendelson PC and Valerie Pereira of Dagama Pereira & Associates Pty Ltd.