Technology

  • July 25, 2016

    Yahoo Inks $4.83B Sale To Verizon, Ending Bidding Process

    Yahoo Inc.'s core business will be bought for $4.83 billion by Verizon Wireless Inc., the companies said Monday, marking the final chapter to a contentious activist campaign that has long pushed for a sale of the flagging tech giant.

  • July 22, 2016

    ComEd Wins Attys' Fees In Patent Suit But No Sanctions

    Utility company Commonwealth Edison Co. will receive attorneys’ fees and costs from a company accusing it of patent infringement, an Illinois federal judge ruled, but law firm Stadheim & Grear Ltd. won’t be issued any specific sanctions for bringing its suit.

  • July 22, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: MoFo, Davis Polk, Cooley

    This week’s Taxation With Representation sees Japanese companies expanding into the U.K. and the U.S. while two drug companies team up to develop and market cancer treatments.

  • July 22, 2016

    AI Startup Calls Sanctions Bid 'Desperate' Move In IP Row

    A Silicon Valley artificial intelligence startup in a heated trade secrets fight with a former CEO who decamped to a rival urged a California federal court Thursday to reject $1.25 million in proposed fee reimbursement sanctions against it and counsel, calling the move a “meritless” attempt by the rival to escape liability.

  • July 22, 2016

    Auto Industry Group Floats Cybersecurity Best Practices

    The automotive industry’s cyberthreat information sharing group on Thursday released a set of privacy best practices aimed at guarding against cybersecurity risks that may arise as cars become increasingly connected to the internet and to one another.

  • July 22, 2016

    BU's Patent Trial Win Stays, But Damages Need Redo: Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday validated a jury’s November finding that a group of electronic companies willfully infringed a patent for semiconductor technology held by Boston University, but said a do-over was necessary on the $13.7 million damages award because trial evidence didn’t fully support it.

  • July 22, 2016

    SEC Fights To Keep Grip On Insider-Trading Victory

    Federal securities regulators on Friday defended civil verdicts against two brokers who traded on a $1.2 billion IBM deal before it was public, citing a jury's unanimity and the volume of evidence around each link of a complicated chain as reasons for a New York federal judge not to grant a new trial.

  • July 22, 2016

    PTAB Rejects GIA’s Gem-Grading Software Patent Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused Thursday to hear Gemological Institute of America Inc.’s challenge of a rival company’s patent covering gem-grading software, concluding that GIA’s petition is unlikely to show that prior inventions render the technology obvious.

  • July 22, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Revives Unwired Planet’s Apple Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Friday gave new life to Unwired Planet LLC’s patent suit against Apple Inc. over wireless and voice recognition patents, finding that a district judge wrongly granted Apple summary judgment of non-infringement on three of the four patents at issue.

  • July 22, 2016

    SEC Bans Accountant, Punishes Firm For Faulty Audit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday that it has permanently suspended an accountant from participating in the financial reporting and audits of public companies and punished his accounting firm after regulators said he and the firm had failed to uncover a fraud scheme at a company they audited.

  • July 22, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Verizon, Goldman Sachs, BRF SA

    Verizon may have won the battle for Yahoo's core internet assets, Goldman Sachs intends to raise up to $8 billion for a private equity fund, and BRF SA could try to raise $1.5 billion via an IPO of its Sadia Hala unit.

  • July 22, 2016

    Ex-Worker At Dallas Tech Co. Charged With Embezzling $2.4M

    A former lead systems engineer at a Dallas technology firm was arrested Thursday and charged by Texas federal prosecutors of embezzling $2.4 million from the company by causing it to place orders with fictitious businesses he created and using the funds for his own use.

  • July 22, 2016

    Hellman & Friedman Invests $900M In Software Co. Genesys

    Private equity outfit Hellman & Friedman LLC has agreed to inject $900 million into California-based Genesys, the companies said on Friday, an investment that values the marketing, sales and service software provider at roughly $3.8 billion.

  • July 22, 2016

    4 Ways Employers Can Avoid Pokemon Problems

    Just weeks after its release, smartphone game "Pokemon Go" has become so ubiquitous in pop culture that it already rivals Twitter in terms of daily users, creating a legion of dedicated players — some of whom play on work time on company-issued mobile devices. Here, legal experts explain four pitfalls employers may face from the Pokemon craze and how to sidestep them.

  • July 22, 2016

    Judge OKs $125M In Settlements In Optical Disk Drive MDL

    A California federal judge on Thursday granted a request by purchasers of optical disk drives and computers containing those components to approve $124.5 million worth of settlements, including deals with Sony and Hitachi-LG Data Storage, in litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme.

  • July 22, 2016

    Software Developer Hit With Sanctions Bid In Copyright Row

    A software program owner being sued for $10 million by a South Korean native who claims he developed the program and was falsely promised the copyright has urged a California federal court to sanction the man, saying he’s frivolously trying to relitigate issues that were settled more than five years ago.

  • July 21, 2016

    Mitek Convinces PTAB To Invalidate Digital Images Patent

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday found non-practicing entity Mitek Systems Inc. had shown a Rothschild digital images patent was invalid, after a yearslong infringement battle over claims it flouted patents on technology that allows customers to deposit checks by taking pictures with their phones.

  • July 21, 2016

    Protostorm Takes Malpractice Coverage Row To 4th Circ.

    Protostorm said on Thursday it intends to appeal to the Fourth Circuit a federal judge's ruling that a Virginia law firm's malpractice insurance policy for $5 million, not $10 million, applies to a verdict for botching a client’s online game patent.

  • July 21, 2016

    Amazon Wins Nix Of 2nd Set Of Appistry Patents Under Alice

    A Washington federal judge has dismissed a second suit accusing Amazon of copying Appistry’s patented technology for high-speed computing, finding the patents cover abstract ideas that are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • July 21, 2016

    Mich. Justices' Ruling Ends Pandora Row, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s decision tossing a proposed class action against Pandora Media Inc. for revealing users’ listening habits after the Michigan Supreme Court held earlier this month that a man didn’t rent or borrow songs from the streaming service.

Expert Analysis

  • Testing The UBE: Show-Me State Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Feeding The Future World: The Israel Outlook

    Meital Stavinsky

    While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Microsoft Search Warrant Case Is A Win For Privacy

    Bradley S. Shear

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling that the U.S. Department of Justice may not utilize a U.S. search warrant to access customer data stored overseas is a victory for not only personal privacy rights but also for the theory that people’s rights in the physical world should be extended to the digital world, says attorney Bradley Shear.

  • Curing Substantive Ambiguities In Debt Documentation

    Abbe Dienstag

    Recent New York state court decisions in GSO Coastline v. Global A&T Electronics present a cornucopia of issues arising under standard indenture clauses. First, beware of seemingly technical amendments to indentures that have substantive consequences, says Abbe Dienstag of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

  • 3 Concrete Approaches To Defeat Abstractness

     A.J. Tibbetts

    While the claims in all Section 101 Federal Circuit decisions last year were found to be patent-ineligible, an analysis of the 2014 DDR Holdings ruling and three recent decisions reveals three ways to overcome or forestall a Section 101 challenge, say A.J. Tibbetts and Justin Colannino of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC and Gary Cohen of Xerox Corp.

  • Catch These 'Pokemon Go' Data Collection Lessons

    Brian H. Lam

    The meteoric rise in popularity of the mobile game "Pokemon Go" provides three key privacy takeaways for would-be application developers and their marketing partners, says Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Finding Consistency Among Claim Construction Standards

    Miyoung Shin

    In light of all the attention given to the U.S. Supreme Court's Cuozzo decision, let's take a closer look at how the broadest reasonable interpretation standard and the ordinary meaning standard have been applied historically, and decide what impact operating under the two standards may have in practice, say Miyoung Shin and Peter Lee of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • The EU-US Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide

    Lisa J. Sotto

    The Privacy Shield — formally adopted last week — is more flexible, more convenient and less costly than other available data transfer mechanisms. Organizations that will derive the most benefit from the Privacy Shield are those that route the majority of their EU-originating personal data from the EU to the U.S., say Lisa Sotto, leader of Hunton & Williams LLP's privacy and cybersecurity practice, and Christopher Hydak.

  • VPN Dilemma: Anonymous Expression Vs. Defamation

    Adam C. Sherman

    The combination of cheap virtual private networks and federal law that protects websites from liability can cause serious problems for victims of online attacks. It will only get worse as VPNs become more popular. This is a situation where technology is outpacing the law, and it needs to be addressed, says Adam Sherman of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.