Technology

  • July 29, 2014

    Square Counters Patent-Holder Letter With Lawsuit

    Square Inc. launched a lawsuit in California federal court on Monday in which it insists its online marketplace product does not infringe on a pair of patents owned by data encryption company Protegy Corp., in response to a letter it received from the company.

  • July 29, 2014

    Toshiba Can't Force Settlement Discovery In Price-Fixing MDL

    A California federal judge on Monday denied a bid by Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to force several plaintiffs to fork over settlement agreements in multidistrict litigation over cathode ray tubes price-fixing, finding the discovery request was premature.

  • July 29, 2014

    Chinese Antitrust Watchdog Raids Microsoft Offices

    Chinese antitrust authorities on Monday raided Microsoft Corp.'s offices in the country based on concerns about interoperability issues related to the technology giant's popular Office software, officials said Tuesday.

  • July 29, 2014

    Patent ‘Troll’ Accuses Adam Carolla Of Spurning Podcast Deal

    Personal Audio LLC on Tuesday threw some punches at comedian and star podcaster Adam Carolla, accusing him of soliciting money from fans to cover legal fees even though the podcast patent-holding company had agreed to dismiss its patent infringement suit against him.

  • July 29, 2014

    HTC Loses Attempt To Transfer Rockstar Suit To California

    HTC Corp. on Tuesday lost a bid to move to California a lawsuit that alleges the company — and several others, including Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. — infringed on patents that Apple Inc.-based Rockstar Consortium US LP bought for $4.5 billion.

  • July 29, 2014

    Canadian Gov't Says China Hit Research Unit With Cyberattack

    The Canadian government's research and technology organization, the National Research Council, was recently hit with a cyberattack by the Chinese, according to a Tuesday statement from Canada’s Chief Information Officer Corinne Charette.

  • July 29, 2014

    Microsoft Loses Bid For AIA Review Of VirnetX Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has denied Microsoft Corp. review of a VirnetX Holding Corp. patent it was accused of infringing, finding that Microsoft did not file its petitions for inter partes review within a year of receiving a patent infringement complaint as required by law.

  • July 29, 2014

    Ex-HP Salesman Can't Duck Attys' Fees In Suit Over Bonuses

    A California federal judge has ordered a former Hewlett-Packard Co. sales representative to pay about $166,000 in attorneys' fees and court costs for filing a since-dismissed class action for unpaid bonuses that the court ruled wrongly relied on a state labor code amendment.

  • July 29, 2014

    Apple Must Turn Over Licensing Docs In $2B German IP Suit

    A California magistrate judge on Monday denied Apple Inc.’s bid to quash a German patent holding company’s subpoena for specific licensing agreements for use in an appeal of a €1.6 billion ($2.15 billion) suit against the iPad maker over a wireless network access patent, saying the plaintiff’s subpoena was timely.

  • July 29, 2014

    Windstream Looks To Cut Taxes, Debt By Forming REIT

    Telecommunications provider Windstream said Tuesday that it plans to spin off its fiber and copper networks into a real estate investment trust, an unusual move the company expects will lower its taxes and reduce its debt by $3.2 billion, freeing up money for acquisitions and network upgrades.

  • July 29, 2014

    Inadvertent Doc Disclosure Can't Shake Contract Award

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a request by Nexagen Networks Inc. and LinTech Global Inc. to cancel an award for multiple IT contracts over an inadvertent disclosure, which they said jeopardized the solicitation process.

  • July 29, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Pepe Jeans, Leighton, Sprint

    Private equity-backed clothing retailer Pepe Jeans is looking to sell its business, which could fetch as much as $941 million, while City Developments and Stockland Group are said to be vying for Leighton Holdings' $7 billion residential and commercial property portfolio.

  • July 29, 2014

    India's Flipkart Rakes In $1B In Fresh Funding

    Indian e-commerce hub Flipkart said Tuesday it raised $1 billion in its latest funding round, the largest sum ever for an Indian Internet company, providing a huge equity infusion the company says will help it capitalize on the country’s embrace of mobile technology.

  • July 29, 2014

    Google Settles Dispute Over 'Glass' Trademarks

    Google Inc. has resolved a dispute with two companies that stood in the tech giant's path to registering trademarks for its much-discussed Google Glass wearable technology, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records.

  • July 29, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Morris Manning’s David Calhoun

    I anticipate that the M&A deal flow will continue to be strong, especially in the middle-market and growth company market areas, as long as private equity funds and strategic buyers remain flush with cash and the cost of capital remains low, says David Calhoun of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • July 28, 2014

    Kodak Joins Aluminum Price-Fixing Suits Against Banks

    Eastman Kodak Co. on Monday became the latest plaintiff in a slew of antitrust lawsuits across the nation alleging Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase and Co., the London Metal Exchange and others schemed to inflate the value of aluminum by stockpiling huge amounts of the metal.

  • July 28, 2014

    Apple Won't Try To Ban Samsung Phones After $930M Verdict

    Apple Inc. on Monday moved to drop a cross-appeal filed earlier this year in an attempt to ban certain infringing Samsung Electronics Corp. Ltd. products after a $930 million smartphone patent damages verdict in Apple’s favor, according to a filing with the Federal Circuit.

  • July 28, 2014

    Appistry Fights Amazon's Bid To Move Computer Patent Suit

    Computer technology developer Appistry Inc. on Friday fought Amazon.com Inc.'s bid to transfer a pending patent infringement lawsuit from Missouri to Amazon's home state of Washington, calling the request “absurd” and suggesting that the move is a power play by the world's largest Internet retailer.

  • July 28, 2014

    ATopTech Says Synopsys Can't DQ Dickstein In IP Row

    ATopTech Inc. on Friday hit back against Synopsys Inc.’s bid to disqualify Dickstein Shapiro LLP from representing the company in a patent infringement suit, saying Synopsys lacks standing because it hasn’t shown it qualifies as a "client or former client" of a Dickstein attorney.

  • July 28, 2014

    Drone Order Needs Strong Privacy Rules, Lawmakers Say

    A pair of federal lawmakers is pushing the White House to include concrete privacy rules in an upcoming executive order expected to tackle the integration of commercial drones into domestic airspace, arguing that voluntary recommendations would fail to curb the most egregious privacy violations.

Expert Analysis

  • Does 'Consent' Survive Cellphone Number Recycling?

    Perrie M. Weiner

    The new Twitter case in the Northern District of California raises interesting issues regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s concepts of “consent” and “called party” that have not yet been finally determined by either the courts or the Federal Communications Commission, say attorneys with DLA Piper LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Top 10 Venue Arguments

    Alan E. Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to the “Heart of America” for its July 31 hearing, this column will take a bit of a detour from its regular format and present a top 10 list of arguments — some strange, yet true — made in support of a particular MDL venue, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • What The Supreme Court Said About Patents This Term

    Michael Martinez de Andino

    This year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on six patent cases that will have significant consequences for companies as they work to advance their strategy for protecting their intellectual property, say J. Michael Martinez de Andino and George Davis of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Peregrine Puts Hired-To-Invent Issues In Spotlight

    Michael Bunis

    Do you think your employees are hired to invent? A California federal judge's recent ruling in Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. v. RF Micro Devices Inc. serves as a reminder that oral agreements are insufficient and employees who perform general engineering, development or other activities will likely fall outside the scope of the hired-to-invent doctrine, say Michael Bunis and Vanessa Arslanian of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Litigator’s Perspective: 5 Tips On Arbitration Provisions

    Daniel T. McCloskey

    It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 6 Years In, Why Haven't FRE 502(d) Orders Caught On?

    John A. Rosans

    In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • A 12-Point Patent Monetization Plan

    Stephen Glazier

    A recent Delaware decision acknowledges that there may be an affirmative duty of officers and directors of a corporation to monetize the corporation’s intellectual property. Fortunately, there are steps available to manage this risk that are also profitable business strategies, says Stephen Glazier of Akerman LLP.

  • Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 1

    Lance Anderson

    Despite the benefits of working with academia, there remain significant distinctions in the core missions between research institutions and for-profit companies. Without understanding these distinctions, for-profit companies often run the risk of frustrating relationships, or worse, compromising their own intellectual property positions, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.