Technology

  • July 29, 2015

    Williams Mullen Adds Data Protection, Cybersecurity Practice

    Williams Mullen is expanding its service to include a team that will advise businesses on protecting their personal data, intellectual property and sensitive commercial information, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 29, 2015

    Magistrate Recommends Contempt For Ex-GlobeTel CEO

    A federal magistrate on Wednesday recommended partially accepting the government's motion to hold former GlobeTel Communications Corp. executive Joseph Monterosso in contempt for failing to repay hundreds of thousands in penalties, calling his reasons “inconsistent or downright contradictory," but said he could avoid jail time by quickly repaying $120,000.

  • July 29, 2015

    Leidos Wins $9B Deal To Revamp DOD Health Records System

    A group of bidders led by Leidos Inc. have been awarded a massive contract worth up to $9 billion to overhaul the U.S. Department of Defense’s electronic health record system, beating out several rival bidders, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

  • July 29, 2015

    Vasco Faces Investor Class Action Over Illegal Iran Sales

    Vasco Data Security International Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday by an investor who says the Internet security company hid the fact that some of its products may have been sold to the Iranian government in violation of U.S. sanctions.

  • July 29, 2015

    FCC Commish Says Fed. Agencies Must Give Up Spectrum

    Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told senators at a hearing on Wednesday that federal agencies must relinquish some of their spectrum to help meet the growing demand, but the current system moves too slowly.

  • July 29, 2015

    Sens. Urge NHTSA To Investigate Cars' Software Weaknesses

    Following a recall of 1.4 million vehicles by Chrysler’s parent company FCA US LLC on Friday prompted by a media report of hackers controlling a Jeep remotely, lawmakers called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday to investigate cybersecurity weaknesses in other cars.

  • July 29, 2015

    4 Copyright Cases To Watch In The Second Half Of 2015

    From new proceedings in Google's epic clash with Oracle to key appeals over the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbor, here are four copyright cases you need to be watching in the second half of the year.

  • July 29, 2015

    NY Judge Moves Google Suit Against Film Studios To Miss.

    A New York federal judge said Wednesday that Google Inc. may transfer to Mississippi its suit accusing Hollywood studios of secretly orchestrating an anti-piracy investigation by the Mississippi attorney general, reversing an earlier decision to keep the case in Manhattan.

  • July 29, 2015

    PE Firm Great Hill Drops $218M For British HR Software Co.

    British employee engagement software firm Reward Gateway said Wednesday it has been purchased by U.S. private equity firm Great Hill Partners LP for £140 million ($218.8 million) from London-based Inflexion Private Equity, a deal it says will fuel product and geographic expansion.

  • July 29, 2015

    Prism Loses Fee Bid Despite $30M Sprint Verdict

    Patent holding company Prism Technologies LLC lost its bid Tuesday for attorneys' fees after it previously won a $30 million infringement verdict against a Sprint Corp. unit, with a Nebraska federal judge saying the fees weren't warranted under the framework established by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Octane Fitness ruling.

  • July 29, 2015

    Alibaba Pours $1B Into Cloud Computing Unit Aliyun

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. said Wednesday that it plans to dump an additional $1 billion into its cloud computing unit Aliyun, in part to fund the international expansion of the unit, as the company battles Amazon.com Inc. for marketplace dominance. 

  • July 28, 2015

    Google Urges 5th Circ. To Affirm Injunction Against Miss. AG

    Google Inc. filed a brief Monday seeking to persuade the Fifth Circuit to affirm an injunction blocking Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s investigation into whether the company allows pirates to sell drugs and stolen movies through advertising and YouTube, saying the probe defies federal law and the Constitution.

  • July 28, 2015

    Parrot Can't Avoid $1.7M Legal Bill In Drone IP Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge awarded a Taiwanese drone marker $1.7 million in attorneys’ fees Tuesday in its suit accusing Parrot Inc. of infringing its patents for drones piloted via mobile apps, saying that the fees were appropriate considering the company spent much of last year resisting discovery efforts.

  • July 28, 2015

    PTAB Allows 2nd Shot At Intellectual Ventures AIA Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has decided not to rehear a decision instituting America Invents Act review of an Intellectual Ventures I LLC patent, even though the board denied review of the same patent last year, saying it has the discretion to make such rulings.

  • July 28, 2015

    Wyden Blocks Intelligence Bill Over Social Media Monitoring

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., put a hold on the 2016 intelligence authorization bill in the U.S. Senate Tuesday after Internet and social media companies raised concerns over a provision that would require them to report suspected terrorist activity on their platforms.

  • July 28, 2015

    'Original Patent Troll,' HTC Want Pause For Samsung Appeal

    Cascades Computer Innovation LLC, whose CEO was once described as "the original patent troll,” and HTC Corp. asked a judge Monday to put their patent dispute on hold until Cascade’s related case with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. can be resolved.

  • July 28, 2015

    Sedgwick Nabs Cybersecurity Pro From Wilson Elser

    Sedgwick LLP has snagged a former Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP attorney for its Chicago office in a move to strengthen its cybersecurity, employment and insurance litigation capabilities, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • July 28, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Blackboard, Quiksilver, GE, Syngenta

    Blackboard Inc., a private equity-backed education technology company, explores a sale that will value it around $3 billion, while surf wear retailer Quiksilver Inc. hires a restructuring adviser to help it turn around its business, as General Electric Co. offers to unload assets to an Italian rival with the hopes of scoring antitrust clearance from European regulators for its purchase of Alstom SA's energy business.

  • July 28, 2015

    USPTO’s Battle Over 44-Year-Old Patent Exam Heads To Va.

    A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday said the court lacks jurisdiction in a suit brought by an inventor accusing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of sitting on his two patent applications for more than four decades and transferred the case to the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • July 28, 2015

    Google VC Arm Should Stay In Philly Uber Fight: Cab Cos.

    A group of Philadelphia cab companies told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday that Google Inc.’s venture capital arm should remain in a lawsuit seeking to give Uber Technologies Inc. the boot from their city because Google “was no passive investor.”

Expert Analysis

  • The Latest Inappropriate Reasonable Royalty Rule Of Thumb

    William C. Rooklidge

    A California federal court's recent order in Good Technology Corporation v. MobileIron Inc. characterized the defects in the expert’s methodology as factual in nature. It is clear, however, that a methodology that gives the patentee 100 percent of the suppositious licensee’s expected profits as damages is impermissible as a matter of law, say William Rooklidge and Andrew Brown of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Assessing Vicarious Liability Exposure After Akamai

    Stephen Hash

    While it is undoubtedly true that Akamai, as well as its predecessors, have made it difficult for patentees to prove infringement in multiple-actor scenarios, and correspondingly easy for defendants to avoid infringement, the Federal Circuit has seemingly left a window of opportunity for patentees, say Stephen Hash and Christopher Granaghan of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: The Problem With 3rd-Party Litigation Financing

    Lisa Rickard

    Manipulating gender disparity in the service of hawking a flawed investment product does nothing but trivialize a serious and important issue. The tortured logic in Burford Capital LLC’s recent plug for third-party litigation financing is nothing more than a marketing ploy to boost revenues, says Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

  • Where’s The Exit? New Opportunities In China For PE Firms

    Dean Collins

    With a deepening of China’s A-share market, it has become more attractive for private equity firms to sell their interest in a portfolio company to a Chinese listed company, although it has been unclear how, on account of regulatory constraints, this could be achieved for foreign sellers. A recent transaction has thrown interesting light on this issue, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Shedding Limelight On Multiparty Induced Infringement

    Lynda Calderone

    The statutes that define indirect infringement have not really changed in some time, at least not since an amendment in 1994. The Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court together could not overcome the past to embrace the future in Akamai v. Limelight, says Lynda Calderone of Flaster/Greenberg PC.

  • EU InnoLux Ruling Affirms Potential For Higher Cartel Fines

    Matteo Bay

    The recent ruling by the EU Court of Justice in InnoLux Corp. v. European Commission confirmed that the commission is in specific circumstances permitted to take into account non-European Economic Area sales of cartelized inputs, but the decision is surprisingly limited in its analysis of jurisdictional issues, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • The Internet Of Things: Liability Risks For Tech Cos.

    H. Michael O’Brien

    In light of several documented failures in Internet of Things devices in 2015 it is important for stakeholders at the forefront of the development and implementation of these technologies to be aware of the emerging liability risks, says Michael O’Brien at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of Criminal Antitrust Enforcement

    Rachel Brass

    Thus far in fiscal year 2015, the number and average length of prison sentences secured by the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division have decreased. If this trend continues, it will represent an eight-year low for average prison sentence length, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Reflections On The Goldman IP Theft Saga

    R. Mark Halligan

    The failed prosecutions of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. computer programmer Sergey Aleynikov in both federal and state court should be a wake-up call to Congress and state legislatures that statutes passed years ago when trade secrets were kept in a locked file drawer are no longer well suited for the cyberworld of the 21st century, says Mark Halligan of FisherBroyles LLP.

  • Recent Decisions Shed Some Light On Scope Of AIA Estoppel

    Barbara McCurdy

    The high success rate for petitioners in inter partes reviews has lessened would-be petitioners’ concerns about the risks of estoppel. There also has been some clarity from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the district courts about the scope of the America Invents Act estoppel provisions, which provides some good news for petitioners, say Barbara McCurdy and Arpita Bhattacharyya of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.