Technology

  • September 22, 2014

    Fight Over Nortel $7.3B Liquidation Haul Nears End

    The long cross-border battle over how to dole out $7.3 billion raised by Nortel Networks Corp.'s liquidation entered the home stretch on Monday, with parties focusing on the intellectual property that accounted for the bulk of the proceeds brought in by the telecom's breakup.

  • September 22, 2014

    Pantech Must Face Rockstar's IP Suit Over Android Phones

    A Texas federal judge on Monday refused to toss Apple Inc.-backed Rockstar Consortium US LP’s suit accusing Pantech Co. Ltd. of patent infringement by making and selling smartphones with Google Inc.’s Android operating system, saying Pantech’s arguments were already rejected in related suits.

  • September 22, 2014

    USPTO Nixes Numerous Re-Exams In Cisco Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has partially terminated re-examination proceedings for four communications network patents held by VirnetX Inc., saying a Texas federal judge's ruling on the validity of several of the patents' claims in a related suit precludes continuation of their re-examination.

  • September 22, 2014

    HP To Pay $11.8M To Settle Overtime Suits With IT Workers

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $11.8 million to settle claims that certain information and telecommunications employees were improperly denied overtime, along with various state law wage-and-hour allegations, according to an agreement filed in New York federal court on Friday.

  • September 22, 2014

    Oracle, Myriad Resolve Java Software Licensing Dispute

    Oracle America Inc. and Swiss mobile software company Myriad Group AG said Monday they had settled their nearly four-year intellectual property and unfair competition dispute over Java technology, more than a year after the Ninth Circuit ruled that an arbitrator should decide whether Myriad could force arbitration.

  • September 22, 2014

    Israel Oks Intel's Plan To Inject $6B Into Chip Plant

    Israeli authorities on Monday said they have approved Intel Corp.'s $6 billion investment plan to upgrade its Kiryat Gat chip manufacturing plant and guaranteed the company a 5 percent corporate tax rate for 10 years, in what is the largest investment made by a foreign business in the country.

  • September 22, 2014

    FTC's Top IP Atty Says SEP Abuse Still A Priority

    Antitrust enforcers may not have been making as much news lately for their efforts on standard essential patents, but that doesn't mean that they no longer have concerns over intellectual property owners possibly taking unfair advantage of those patents, the Federal Trade Commission's chief IP counsel said Monday.

  • September 22, 2014

    McCarter & English Grows VC Bench With SorinRand Merger

    McCarter & English LLP, New Jersey's oldest law firm, said Monday it is combining with East Brunswick-based SorinRand LLP in a move that will expand SorinRand’s depth and breadth of resources and enhance McCarter’s venture capital and technology practice groups with additional expertise.

  • September 22, 2014

    High Court Asked To Clarify 'Foreign Official' Under FCPA

    Two libertarian think tanks have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify when a private company's employees count as foreign officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in an amicus brief filed in support of two former U.S. telecom executives who were convicted of bribing government-controlled Haiti Teleco.

  • September 22, 2014

    Accused Foundry Insider Can't Shake Tipping Charges

    Former Foundry Networks Inc. executive David Riley must face charges that he tipped off a hedge fund analyst about the company's 2008 merger with Brocade Communications Systems Inc., a New York federal judge ruled Monday in the midst of trial.

  • September 22, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Silver Lake, HP, TTM Technologies

    Silver Lake Partners LP is nearing a deal to buy California-based photo services company Shutterfly Inc. for more than $2 billion, while talks of a potential merger between Hewlett-Packard Co. and data storage heavyweight EMC Corp. have ceased.

  • September 22, 2014

    Alfresco Gets Open Text's Marketing Patents Nixed Under Alice

    A California federal judge on Friday invalidated two Open Text SA patents on methods of getting online customer feedback that Alfresco Software Ltd. was accused of infringing, ruling that they claim nothing more than abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Alice Corp. decision.

  • September 22, 2014

    Attys To Play Key Role After Google Privacy Ruling: EU Official

    A European Union commissioner said in a speech Friday that lawyers will play a key role in ensuring new privacy rules are uniformly applied following the European Court of Justice’s landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling, which held that Google Inc. must delete indexed content in certain situations.

  • September 22, 2014

    Legal Software Co. Rebuffs Fund's $1.1B Takeover Bid

    Kansas-based legal software company Epiq Systems Inc. rejected what it called an “inadequate” $1.1 billion buyout offer from hedge fund P2 Capital Partners LLC, which rallied by boosting its stake in Epiq to 16.9 percent to make it Epiq’s largest shareholder, according to regulatory filings Monday.

  • September 22, 2014

    Quinn Emanuel, Samsung Lose Bid To Lower $2M Leak Penalty

    A federal judge on Friday refused to reduce the $2 million in sanctions imposed on Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for disclosing confidential information during the Apple Inc. smartphone patent case, saying they hadn't shown the award was excessive.

  • September 22, 2014

    Accenture, Wellogix Settle $22M Fee Fight In Secrets Row

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday approved a settlement between consulting giant Accenture LLP and software maker Wellogix Inc. in a dispute over whether Accenture should be required to pay another $22 million in attorneys’ fees on top of a now-affirmed $44.4 million trade secrets theft verdict.

  • September 22, 2014

    TTIP Must Prop Up Open, Secure Internet, EU Official Says

    The European Union's top official overseeing Internet policy stressed Friday that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the U.S. must include rules that will clear the way for a seamless digital market between the two partners while also bolstering security for users online.

  • September 22, 2014

    Freescale, MediaTek Cut 11th Hour Deal Amid $23M IP Trial

    Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and MediaTek Inc. have reached an undisclosed global settlement in their ongoing chip-patent infringement war, the companies announced Monday just as a California federal jury was to begin deliberating in MediaTek's $23.4 million trial accusing rival Freescale of copying three patents.

  • September 22, 2014

    Alibaba IPO Breaks $25B After Underwriters Snap Up Shares

    The underwriters for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s already-historic initial public offering grabbed another 48 million shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant, a Monday statement said, officially making it not only the largest-ever U.S. IPO, but also the largest-ever globally.

  • September 22, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Gardere's Chris Converse

    We should be skeptical of so-called “reforms” that carry with them unintended consequences. Specifically, if Congress succeeds in imposing higher federal income tax rates on carried interest received by private equity firms, I think we would see a negative impact on certainly private equity, but also the broader economy, says Chris Converse, chairman of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP's securities and corporate governance practice.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Top 10 Billing Tips

    Francis M. Drelling

    Nothing makes an in-house counsel feel like they are being nickeled-and-dimed more than receiving a $3.50, stand-alone invoice. Forcing anyone to spend time on a $3.50 invoice is, quite frankly, just not cool, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • Unmasking And Suing The Anonymous Social Media Speaker

    Steven Richard

    Parties contemplating a lawsuit over anonymous online postings may seek court-ordered, presuit discovery to investigate who owns and operates the social media account. Recent New York and Texas decisions evidence the necessity to research and understand fully the extent to which a jurisdiction allows presuit discovery, says Steven Richard of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Avoiding Open-Ended Liability From Autonomous Vehicles

    Michael Preciado

    Technology and automobile companies concerned about outdated software-related accidents should consider drafting statutes of repose applicable to autonomous vehicle liability — they would protect insurance companies too as they are generally drafted to stabilize the industry by eliminating stale claims from open-ended liability, says Michael Preciado of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • What Alice Ruling Means For Software Entrepreneurs

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank is important to software startups because it goes to the very core of the value that they deliver to the market, says Robert Sachs of Fenwick & West.

  • Reminders From Italy's Privacy Ruling In Google Case

    Francesca Petronio

    In its recent Google Inc. decision, the Italian Data Privacy Authority highlighted once again that, pursuant to Italian data privacy laws, processing activities of personal data is allowed only if the data subjects receive specific and detailed information regarding the data processing activities and give their express consent to the processing operations, say Francesca Petronio and Marilena Hyeraci of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Apple Class Certification Will Affect All Tech Companies

    Ian C. Schaefer

    The greatest impact of the recent class certification in Felczer v. Apple Inc. may be in emboldening other lawyers to sue technology companies and use this case as a blueprint — other companies should expect suits with similar claims, theories, discovery, experts and trial plans, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.

  • AIA Section 102 — Simplified

    Paul Morgan

    Section 102 is perhaps the most important provision of the America Invents Act — but, not surprisingly, it is not a model of plain English. I attempted to rewrite it in simpler, shorter language for easier understanding, says Paul Morgan, former assistant chief patent counsel at Xerox Corp.

  • Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered On A Clear Day

    Michael G. O’Bryan

    An Oregon court’s decision in Roberts v. TriQuint SemiConductors Inc. shows that enacting an exclusive forum provision on a clear day, before a company sees the storm clouds of litigation on the horizon, may support the enforceability of the provision, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Brace For This Brief's Impact On The Supreme Court

    James H. Wendell

    SCOTUSblog founder Thomas Goldstein's no-party, no-argument amicus brief in M&G Polymers USA LLC v. Tackett is likely the first of its kind before the U.S. Supreme Court, making it one of the more intriguing developments of the upcoming term. It can demonstrate the power of a data-centric argument, says James Wendell of Riddell Williams PS.

  • Indiana V. IBM: What’s At Stake For IT Contractors

    Robert Metzger

    The Indiana Supreme Court recently announced that it will decide Indiana v. IBM Corp. The ruling by the Court of Appeals is an acute illustration of how a judicial process can produce a distorted and unjust result through simplistic reduction of a complex project and use of an ill-suited legal standard of performance, say Robert Metzger and Mark Linderman of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.