Technology

  • August 26, 2016

    Cisco Wants $24M Surveillance Tech Patent Verdict Nixed

    Cisco is urging a Delaware federal judge to throw out a $24 million jury verdict awarded to SRI International in a patent infringement trial over network surveillance technology, saying the verdict was not supported by the evidence and the award was excessive.

  • August 26, 2016

    Rule For Foreign Startup Founders Seen As Helpful Stopgap

    A long-awaited rule that would allow immigrant startup founders to temporarily stay in the U.S. was largely greeted by attorneys Friday as a welcome stopgap since entrepreneurs have limited visa options, but its potential investment demands mean the program likely won’t be for everyone.

  • August 26, 2016

    ACLU Says Feds' Gag Order On Microsoft Makes No Sense

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday shot back at the government’s attempt to get rid of Microsoft’s challenge to gag orders that prevent service providers from telling customers about law enforcement demands for user data, arguing that the stance that consumers shouldn’t be notified “makes no constitutional sense.”

  • August 26, 2016

    Gilstrap Kills 2 Intellectual Ventures Patents Under Alice

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has invalidated two retail patents that Intellectual Ventures accused J. Crew of infringing, saying they claim only abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision, but he decided not to invalidate a third patent.

  • August 26, 2016

    Ex-Basho Exec's Chancery Suit Survives Dismissal Bid

    A Delaware Chancery judge on Friday refused to dismiss derivative and individual claims against Basho Technologies Inc. related to a 2014 financing transaction, saying the corporate behavior alleged in a former executive's complaint was so abusive that normally effective defenses don’t hold up under scrutiny.

  • August 26, 2016

    Ugly IP Feud Results in Sanction Call For Counsel

    Witness-coaching by a New York lawyer and repeated instances of bad deposition conduct in a combative trade secrets case violated a court order and justify sanctions, a California magistrate judge said in a Thursday decision.

  • August 26, 2016

    3 Cos. Boost IPO Pipeline With $250M In New Filings

    A venture-backed technology startup, Chinese data analytics provider and branded cosmetics company filed initial public offerings totaling $250 million on Friday, boosting a thin IPO pipeline that is beginning to show signs of emerging from late-summer doldrums.

  • August 26, 2016

    5 Things To Watch As Commercial Drone Rule Takes Off

    The Federal Aviation Administration's newly finalized regulations for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems take effect Monday, providing operators with long-sought flexibility to fly drones for newsgathering, agricultural, land surveying, photography and other business purposes. Here are five things to keep an eye on.

  • August 26, 2016

    Hackers Could Exploit Apple Security Flaws, Pol Warns

    A California congressman on Thursday called for a hearing to address security flaws in Apple’s iOS operating system, warning they could allow hackers and foreign governments to access a cellphone user’s location, passwords, text messages, emails, calls and contacts.

  • August 26, 2016

    Yahoo Email Privacy Deal OK'd With $4M In Attys' Fees

    Yahoo Inc. will stop scanning emails for advertising purposes before users have a chance to read them, among other changes, and pay $4 million in attorneys' fees to settle a privacy class action, according to a deal approved Thursday by a California federal judge.

  • August 26, 2016

    Amazon Says FCC Can ‘Blend’ Set-Top Plan With Alternative

    Amazon.com Inc. urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to consider a plan that adopts the agency’s proposed rule to bring competition to TV set-top boxes but allows for an industry-backed, apps-based alternative as a “fallback.”

  • August 26, 2016

    NH Man Cops To Hacking Charges In ‘Sextortion’ Scheme

    A New Hampshire man pled guilty Thursday to federal charges he hacked the online accounts of nearly a dozen women and threatened to release sexually explicit photos of the victims unless he was provided with more photos, according to federal prosecutors.

  • August 26, 2016

    Software Co.'s $20M Suit Claims Merger Misrepresentations

    Software company E2.0 LLC was hit by a $20 million lawsuit Thursday in Delaware federal court claiming the company deceived C3 Inc. in the run-up to the companies’ merger, lying about energy savings associated with its software, opening sham accounts to report false customer usage levels and talking up a shoddy product.

  • August 26, 2016

    Ex-Logitech Execs To Face Inflated Earnings Suit, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday pushed back against two former Logitech International SA executives’ efforts to duck the agency’s securities fraud suit accusing them of lying about the firm’s bottom line, calling its claims adequately pled.

  • August 26, 2016

    Cerner Targets Real Estate In Full Court Press For $63M Award

    Cerner Corp. asked a Washington federal court Thursday to send the medical records technology firm's dispute with a Middle Eastern businessman and his real estate company back to state courts, where Cerner has litigated contract claims concerning a $63 million arbitration award.

  • August 26, 2016

    Apollo Taking Cloud Giant Rackspace Private In $4.3B Deal

    Paul Weiss Rifkind & Garrison LLP represented Apollo Global Management LLC on the private equity firm’s $4.3 billion dollar purchase of cloud computing giant Rackspace in a deal that also involves an equity investment by Searchlight Capital Partners LP, which was advised by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • August 26, 2016

    New Entrepreneur Rule Could Let Startup Founders Stay In US

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a proposed rule on Friday that would allow immigrant startup founders to receive temporary permission to be in the country, otherwise known as “parole,” setting the stage for a new potential way for foreign entrepreneurs to build companies in the U.S.

  • August 25, 2016

    Panasonic, Others Want Resistor Price-Rigging Suits Tossed

    Panasonic and other companies accused of rigging prices of resistors asked a California federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a pair of proposed class actions brought by direct and indirect buyers of the common electrical components, saying the bulk of allegations were filed too late and others were “wholly conclusory.”

  • August 25, 2016

    BlackBerry, Tech Security Firm Can't Wrap IP Suit, Judge Says

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday declined to grant competing summary judgment motions on whether global mobile device maker Blackberry infringed a data encryption patent owned by Maz Encryption Technologies Inc., saying there was not yet enough evidence to rule on the issue one way or the other.

  • August 25, 2016

    Toshiba JV Says Dell Can't Take Discovery Spat To 3rd Circ.

    Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corp. accused Dell Inc. of overdramatizing a ruling blocking it from deposing TSST employees in a price-fixing case during the joint venture's Chapter 15 bankruptcy, urging a Delaware bankruptcy court on Thursday to reject Dell's bid to involve the Third Circuit.

Expert Analysis

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.

  • State Of Texas Legal Market: It Isn’t Just About Oil

    Geoff Schuler

    Some market watchers believe that law firms with significant energy-related practices have experienced precipitous declines in revenue and profits due to the dip in oil prices. Yet, firms continue to be bullish on Texas, and those still looking for a point of entry will jump at the right opportunity, say consultants with LawVision Group LLC.

  • End-Of-Summer Recap For Government Contractors

    Daniel S. Koch

    It’s been a busy summer for government contractors, with a torrent of regulatory changes and even a U.S. Supreme Court decision interpreting small business regulations. There are six key developments that every government contractor should know about before charging into the fiscal year-end frenzy, says Daniel Koch of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • E-Textiles: Regulating The Future Of Fashion

    Lois F. Herzeca

    While smart textiles promise to make our lives easier, more connected and healthier, they inevitably raise concerns about efficacy, safety and security. Sizing up the future of fashion is Lois Herzeca, co-chair of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's fashion, retail and consumer products practice group.

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • 5 Insurance Issues To Consider In Tech Transactions

    Darren S. Teshima

    Technology services and software companies face a variety of insurance issues while negotiating licenses and other service agreements, particularly in this era of data breaches and cloud computing. There are five primary issues to keep in mind in order to safeguard company success, says Darren Teshima of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • FTC Alums: Retail Mergers Reflect New Approaches At FTC

    Joshua D. Wright

    The Federal Trade Commission is poised to take the next step — perhaps the most significant one in its century-long history — in the evolution of its approach to merger enforcement. This evolution is apparent in the context of retail markets, as illustrated by FTC decision-making and analysis in the recent Safeway and Family Dollar transactions, say former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright and Theodore Serra of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • Chancery Endorses Share Tracing In Dell

    Nicholas O'Keefe

    After a string of decisions that have been widely interpreted as rejecting a share-tracing requirement in appraisal proceedings, the Delaware Chancery Court in Dell adopted a new test that introduces a means by which defendant corporations can rebut an appraisal petitioner’s prima facie case, says Nicholas O'Keefe of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • FTC Alums: 5 Institutional Challenges For The FTC

    William E. Kovacic

    The five institutional challenges confronting the Federal Trade Commission deal with fundamental assumptions that guided the agency’s creation. These challenges are policy perennials and will face the agency regardless of who wins the 2016 presidential election, says former FTC Chairman William Kovacic, a professor at George Washington University Law School.