Technology

  • February 5, 2016

    InterDigital Wants Arbitration Award Against LG Confirmed

    Wireless communications technology developer InterDigital Inc. asked a New York federal judge Friday to confirm an award issued by an international arbitration tribunal in December against South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics Inc. in a patent licensing dispute.

  • February 5, 2016

    Nvidia's Tablets Don't Infringe Samsung Patent, Jury Finds

    A federal jury in Virginia on Friday found that Nvidia Corp.’s Shield tablets do not infringe a patent held by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

  • February 5, 2016

    Munsch Hardt Scoops Employment Vet In Texas

    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC said Friday it has brought aboard a seasoned labor and employment partner in its Austin, Texas, office, who has a client base that includes national retail, restaurant, hospitality, manufacturing, health care and technology companies.

  • February 5, 2016

    Toshiba Owes $25M In Digital TV Patent Royalties, MIT Says

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday launched a $25 million suit in Massachusetts federal suit court accusing Toshiba America Consumer Products Inc. of breaching a patent license agreement by underreporting sales and underpaying royalties for MIT’s digital television technology patents.

  • February 5, 2016

    DOJ Official Says Restraint Key In Standard Setting Approach

    Despite all the attention standard essential patents have gotten in the antitrust world in recent years, the U.S. Department of Justice's overall restraint when it comes standard setting is a key example of how the watchdog can foster innovation, a top antitrust official said Friday.

  • February 5, 2016

    FCC Video Plans Could Foster Diversity, Panelists Say

    The Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming proposal on changes to video set-top boxes and its plan to review barriers to independent programmers were hailed as ways to open the marketplace to more diverse voices at a Public Knowledge panel Friday, but not everyone saw it that way.

  • February 5, 2016

    Objector Says Class Counsel 'Piggybacked' In CRT MDL Deal

    Indirect purchaser objectors to a $577 million settlement in multidistrict litigation alleging price-fixing by cathode ray tube manufacturers have say they were not adequately represented and argued class counsel don't deserve $192 million in attorneys' fees because they "piggybacked" on the results of criminal antitrust enforcements from the U.S. and Europe.

  • February 5, 2016

    Ericsson Asks Fed. Circ. To Bury Intellectual Ventures Patent

    Ericsson Inc. has urged the Federal Circuit to uphold a U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding that an Intellectual Ventures wireless network security patent is invalid, arguing that the board relied on the proper legal standards in making its determination.

  • February 5, 2016

    PTAB Grants Review Of Patent Asserted In Apple Litigation

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Thursday to allow an intellectual property company to join a hedge fund’s challenge of a VirnetX network security patent that Apple has been found to infringe, saying little burden would result from the joinder.

  • February 5, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sharp Corp. Honest Co., Flakt Woods

    Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. is finalizing a $5.9 billion Sharp Corp. purchase, Jessica Alba's Honest Co. is readying for an initial public offering, and Sagard Capital Partners LP and Equistone Partners Europe Ltd. are trying to sell Swiss air treatment and ventilation systems company Flakt Woods.

  • February 5, 2016

    Major Publishers Get E-Book Antitrust Suit Tossed

    A New York federal judge on Friday tossed an antitrust suit accusing several major publishers of price-fixing e-books sold by Apple Inc., finding that the company that launched the suit has not shown antitrust injury from the alleged conspiracy.

  • February 5, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Judge Says Alice Caused ‘Tremendous Uncertainty’

    A Federal Circuit judge on Friday acknowledged the Supreme Court's Alice rule has created "tremendous uncertainty" over what makes a patent an ineligible abstract idea during separate appeals involving Microsoft, Enfish and others, questioning the rule's vague exceptions for those claiming new solutions to old problems.

  • February 5, 2016

    Sheppard Mullin Hit With Suit Over Tech Co. 'Fraud Artist'

    A technology company lobbed a negligence suit at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP on Thursday in California state court accusing the firm of helping its “fraud artist” former CEO set up sham entities for his own enrichment.

  • February 5, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Fee Rejection For LevelUp In Patent Beef

    A Boston-based startup that made quick work of a patent suit targeting its mobile payments app lost a bid for attorneys’ fees Friday, as the Federal Circuit refused to upend a Massachusetts federal court ruling that said the case was not exceptional.

  • February 5, 2016

    McDermott Taps BioTech Markets Pro For NY Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added a wealth of deals experience to its New York office with the hiring of its newest partner, a biotech markets specialist with extensive experience working on initial public offerings and follow-on capital markets transactions in the U.S. and Israel.

  • February 5, 2016

    Judge Won't Ax Alice Invalidation Of Data IP Despite Deal

    An Ohio federal judge has refused to undo her recent decision to invalidate a clinical trial software company’s data organization patent under Alice and to dismiss an infringement case the company had filed against a direct rival, despite the parties reaching a settlement.

  • February 5, 2016

    Fenwick Guides Symantec On $500M Silver Lake Investment

    Cybersecurity company Symantec said Thursday that it is accepting a $500 million investment from private equity firm Silver Lake and using it to help return $5.5 billion to shareholders, with Fenwick & West LLP providing legal advice.

  • February 5, 2016

    App Maker Settles FTC's Charges It Violated Users' Privacy

    App maker Vulcun has agreed to stop installing apps on consumers’ mobile devices without their permission and bombarding them with advertisements, after the Federal Trade Commission charged it with breaking federal privacy laws, according to settlement announced by the FTC Friday.

  • February 5, 2016

    Lockheed Wins $96M Next-Gen Air Force GPS Satellite Deal

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $96 million contract extension to supply global positioning system satellites until 2019, the military said in a statement Thursday.

  • February 5, 2016

    GAO Upholds Navy Scoring System On Tech Upgrade Contract

    The Government Accountability Office rejected L-3 Communications’ protest of a Navy contract award to upgrade flight training technology, finding that the Navy properly graded the strengths in L-3’s bid and considered its overall value compared with the lower-priced winning proposal.

Expert Analysis

  • Man Vs. Machine: The New Era Of Self-Driven Cars

    Kimberly L. Wald

    Although self-driven cars are a very new development, many different companies, like Google, Tesla and Nissan are scrambling to develop a foothold in this arena. Self-driving cars have already raised a host of legal issues, and states are already introducing new legislation to try and keep up with the fast pace of progress, says Kimberly Wald at Kelley Uustal PLC.

  • FDA's Strategy For Interoperable Medical Device Regulation

    Mark Mansour

    In order to balance the competing priorities of developing new and innovative interoperable medical devices and protecting patient safety and privacy laid out in its recent guidance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should conduct a fact-based technical analysis to assess the costs and potential burdens for medical device manufacturers and others in the health information technology marketplace, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A New Era Of Health Care Privacy And Security Enforcement

    Eric D. Fader

    Although no data breach or privacy violations were alleged, the Federal Trade Commission's involvement in the recent health care matter involving Henry Schein Practice Solutions Inc. may foretell a new era of cooperation by the FTC in cracking down on those in the health care field who are perceived as not taking their obligations to patients seriously enough, says Eric D. Fader of Day Pitney LLP.

  • EU Antitrust Vs. US Companies

    Paula Riedel

    From time to time, the European Commission is accused of unfairly targeting U.S. companies in its antitrust scrutiny. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has been quick to reject this suggestion. Our quick look at cases involving U.S. companies reveals a nuanced picture, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Using Anti-Suit Injunction To Enforce Arbitration Agreements

    Martin F. Gusy

    Varying approaches to anti-suit injunctions in the U.S. circuit courts — namely the liberal approach adopted in the Ninth and the more moderate approach adopted in the Second — reflect differing evaluations of comity in deciding whether to enjoin a foreign proceeding in favor of a concurrent, related arbitration or litigation. Two recent U.S. district court cases illuminate these methods, say Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon of Cozen O’Connor.

  • Fraud Trends For 2016 In 1 Word: Technology

    Gerry Zack

    The photo of a cat that an employee emails may actually contain some of the organization's most sensitive information. Steganography — a technique for hiding something in plain sight — has become a standard practice for cybercriminals in the last year and will continue to gain momentum in 2016, says Gerry Zack of BDO USA LLP.

  • When Valuations Go South For Unicorns, Other Startups

    Priya Cherian Huskins

    Those of us who have been in Silicon Valley long enough see the signs for an upcoming rash of down-round financings for some private companies, unicorns or otherwise, and many investors may decide to sell a company before all of its “inflated” value has drained. Situations like this call to mind the 2013 Trados decision — which gives insight into a board’s fiduciary duties, says Priya Cherian Huskins of Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

  • When Seller Contracts For IT On Behalf Of Acquisition

    Derek Schaffner

    In M&A, there is an emerging trend to contract for information technology infrastructure and back office services for the acquisition before the deal is finalized, thereby establishing an independent environment that eliminates integration problems that often plague acquisitions. This unusual contracting relationship produces a myriad of issues for the seller, service provider and buyer, says Derek Schaffner of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • What Every GC Needs To Know About Mobile Apps

    Mitzi L. Hill

    With many businesses delving into the world of app development, general counsels should be aware of several broad sets of issues, including rules of development and distribution, intellectual property and privacy considerations, and the differences between rules for U.S. and global audiences, says Mitzi Hill, leader of Taylor English Duma LLP's data security and privacy practice.

  • Hoverboard Liability Suits Could Float To The Top In 2016

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    For many, January is a fresh start, but one holiday craze of 2015 may “hover” right into courtrooms across the United States, generating a host of product liability and consumer protection lawsuits in 2016: the hoverboard, says Alexis Kellert at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.