Technology

  • March 4, 2015

    Intel Can Proceed With TM Suit Over Flick Intel's Name

    A New Mexico federal judge on Wednesday kept alive computer giant Intel Corp.'s trademark suit alleging video data technology company Flick Intel LLC's name is likely to create confusion and dilute Intel's mark, saying the two marks are similar and Intel's mark is "distinctive and very strong."

  • March 4, 2015

    Leaks Show EU Privacy Reform Being Gutted, Groups Say

    European Union leaders are gutting the reform of the bloc’s data protection regime, according to privacy groups on Tuesday who obtained and analyzed leaked changes to the regulation proposed by European Council members.

  • March 4, 2015

    PTAB Nixes 8 Patents At Issue In $44M Captioned Phone Case

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated eight Ultratec Inc. patents on closed-captioning technology for telephones used by people with hearing disabilities, four months after a jury found that rival CaptionCall LLC infringed the patents and awarded Ultratec $44 million.

  • March 4, 2015

    Online Crafts Retailer Etsy Files For IPO

    Online handmade goods marketplace Etsy Inc. said on Wednesday it was gearing up for a $100 million initial public offering on the NASDAQ stock market, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • March 4, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Willis Tower, Google, Essex

    Willis Tower is reportedly for sale and may already have a buyer, while Google is said to have paid WebMD to move out of a New York space and REIT Essex Property Trust has reportedly paid $67 million for a Northern California apartment development site.

  • March 4, 2015

    LightSquared Judge Says No More Delays To Ch. 11 Trial

    LightSquared Inc. is heading toward another contested trial on a strategy to emerge from bankruptcy protection, but lawyers for its fiercest opponent and largest single creditor, Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen, said they would seek yet more delay to appeal an unfavorable ruling.

  • March 4, 2015

    Jury Grants Samsung Win In LCD Circuit Technology Row

    A Texas federal jury on Tuesday found that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. did not infringe a patent held by a Japanese inventor covering liquid crystal display backlight inverter circuit technology.

  • March 4, 2015

    ITC Ends Software Patent Probe For Apple Products

    The International Trade Commission has called off an investigation into Apple Inc.’s consumer hardware devices after non-practicing patent entity Enterprise Systems Technologies S.a.r.l withdrew claims that the devices infringed its software patents, according to a Tuesday order.

  • March 4, 2015

    Apple Pushes Fed. Circ. To Ban Samsung Phone Features

    Apple Inc. pushed a Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday to grant an injunction against allegedly patent-infringing features of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. phones, saying Apple should have a lower bar for an order against specific features than for one against the phones as a whole.

  • March 4, 2015

    Market Rumors: Berkshire Hathaway, Evry, Tigar Pilar

    Berkshire Hathaway is planning to break into the euro bond market, marking the company's debut debt in the European currency, while private equity firm Apax has secured $709 million of financing for its acquisition of Nordic IT company Evry.

  • March 4, 2015

    GOP Intensifies Attack On FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

    Republican lawmakers kept up the assault Wednesday on the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules, introducing legislation to block the regulations and questioning how it will pay for litigation to defend what a top House Republican called “illegal.”

  • March 4, 2015

    Rival Of Facebook's Oculus Sanctioned in Trademark Row

    Online video hosting company Oculu LLC and its counsel, The Taillieu Law Firm LLP, were hit Tuesday with “modest sanctions” in California federal court for not timely producing financial records in its trademark suit against Facebook Inc. unit Oculus VR Inc., shortly after the company said Oculu should be held in contempt.

  • March 4, 2015

    GSA Seeks Telecom Comments On $50B Network Upgrades

    The General Services Administration has asked telecommunications companies to comment on the first glimpse of a 15-year, $50 billion program to upgrade government IT infrastructure, according to the agency.

  • March 4, 2015

    NCR May Face Liability In $1.5B Wis. Superfund Cleanup Suit

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Tuesday granted a paper company’s request to reconsider the court’s earlier finding that NCR Corp. was not responsible for cleanup costs at a Superfund site in northeastern Wisconsin, after an adjacent Seventh Circuit ruling in the government’s suit against the companies last year redefined their responsibility to the site.

  • March 4, 2015

    Sedgwick Adds Ex-Cypress IP Pro In LA Office

    Sedgwick LLP said Wednesday it has tapped a former partner at Cypress LLP specializing in intellectual property litigation and entertainment and technology transactions, with experience in licensing and contract issues, unfair competition and trade secrets, for its Los Angeles office.

  • March 4, 2015

    Temenos Pays Summit Partners $260M For Multifonds

    Temenos Group AG has agreed to buy fund administration software provider Multifonds from private equity firm Summit Partners for €235 million ($260.23 million), the companies said Wednesday, in a deal designed to bolster the Swiss banking software maker's scale and product offerings.

  • March 4, 2015

    Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Falls Short, Groups Say

    A coalition of privacy groups slammed the Obama administration’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights in a letter Tuesday, criticizing the White House for largely leaving them out of the bill’s development and saying that the proposal falls short of protecting Americans’ privacy.

  • March 4, 2015

    Hellas Backers Want 2nd Shot At Safe-Harbor Defense

    TPG Capital and Apax Partners LLP said Tuesday that a lawsuit alleging they plundered $1.1 billion from Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA cannot stand in light of new appellate authority protecting a wider universe of prebankruptcy payments from clawback liability.

  • March 4, 2015

    Dem. Lawmakers Float Drone Privacy Bill

    Two congressional Democrats introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require commercial and recreational drone operators to register their drone use in a public database and require police to secure a warrant before using drones for surveillance.

  • March 4, 2015

    Judge Koh Signs Off On $415M Apple, Google Anti-Poach Deal

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Tuesday formally signed off on a $415 million settlement in the antitrust class action accusing Apple Inc., Google Inc. and others of illegally agreeing not to poach each others’ engineers, calling the revised settlement proposal a “substantial” payout.

Expert Analysis

  • Trouble Ahead For Federal Commercial Software Suppliers

    Albert Krachman

    Manufacturers who sell significant volumes of commercial off-the-shelf software to the federal government, and who either are or plan to be substantially in the cloud, may be disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s recent proposed rule if promulgated in its current form, says Albert Krachman of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Does Voluntary Disclosure Make More Sense After Goodyear?

    Robert Appleton

    It appears that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. made the right decision and voluntary disclosure was a beneficial move. A review of other recent cases tells somewhat of a mixed story, say Robert Appleton and Kenton Atta-Krah of Day Pitney LLP.

  • EB-5 — A Global Crowdfunding Platform

    Preeya Malik

    Transcending the Silicon Valley notions of crowdfunding, the EB-5 investor visa program has allowed a new wave of cash injection for startups and businesses, one whose promise for new startups and commercial real estate projects is both enormous and untapped, say Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik, co-founders of investment immigration services firm Step America.

  • Privacy Laws In Retro Packaging

    Shamoil Shipchandler

    The government's use of planes that trick cellphones into reporting their unique registration information and general location is yet another example of the increasing tension between privacy and security and a demonstration of how laws that are on the books do not keep up with technology, say Shamoil Shipchandler and Rachel Riley of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

  • Tips For Dealing With Open Source Issues In M&A

    Jeffrey Johnson

    For both the buyer and seller, understanding the implications of the target’s use of open source software should play a significant role in preparing for, and evaluating, a contemplated merger or acquisition, say Jeffrey Johnson and Michelle Pham of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Ignore The Digital Economy Tax Movement At Your Own Peril

    Gregory J. Hartker

    Once again, we find ourselves faced with a proposal attempting to target and provide special tax rules for income generated by digital goods and services. While it may be easy to dismiss this specific provision as unlikely to be implemented, it would be unwise to ignore the momentum that is building, says Gregory Hartker of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Report Highlights Continued Need For CFIUS Planning

    Farhad Jalinous

    The recently published annual report from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States shows a decline in reviewed transactions for 2013, an increase in cases taken to the 45-day investigation phase and some notable developments regarding the countries most active in CFIUS reviews, say attorneys with Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Netanyahu's Controversial Visit

    Richard A. Hertling

    As predicted, Congress managed to avoid a Department of Homeland Security shutdown, but the continuing resolution was shorter than expected. Both chambers will need to spend time this week trying to resolve the funding issue. Meanwhile, other issues remain up in the air as attention turns to Iranian nuclear development, with the Israeli prime minister scheduled to address Congress on Tuesday, say members of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Spotlight On Public Availability In Inter Partes Review

    Michael O’Neill

    Two back-to-back decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board — Sipnet EU S.R.O. v. Straight Path IP Group Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation v. American Vehicular Sciences LLC — help to bookend its views on when information in an inter partes review proceeding is or is not a printed publication, says Michael O’Neill of Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto LLP.

  • FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Regulations — What Lies Ahead?

    John Beahn

    If allowed to stand, the Federal Communications Commission's revised network neutrality regulations will have far-reaching implications for the telecommunications, media, content, Internet and technology industries. One of the first decisions that net neutrality opponents will need to make is whether to seek a judicial stay of the order and the regulations, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.