Financial disclosures from the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday show several justices held stakes in companies involved in cases last year, including Chief Justice John Roberts, who owned at least $250,000 in Time Warner Inc. stock when it was involved in the American Broadcasting Company v. Aereo case.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday said Apple Inc. did not willfully infringe media storage patents held by Smartflash LLC, nullifying a jury’s determination of willful infringement which Smartflash asserted entitled it to have a $533 million damages award tripled to $1.6 billion.
In this week's Taxation With Representation, property and casualty insurer ACE Group picks up The Chubb Corp. for a cool $28.3 billion, while insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings PLC scores professional services firm Towers Watson & Co. in a deal valued at about $18 billion.
OSI Systems Inc. could be facing “thousands” of angry investors after an Arkansas retiree benefit fund asked a California federal judge on Tuesday for class certification in its lawsuit accusing OSI of failing to disclose that the company’s Transportation Security Administration scanners showed subjects naked.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Bayer's Phillips' Milk of Magnesia and Koninklijke Philips come to blows, HBO takes on Sling Media over a “Slingshot,” and Red Bull is “red” in the face over soft-drink mark.
Apple Inc. retail employees who claim they weren't paid for time spent undergoing required bag and technology checks renewed their bid for class certification in California federal court Thursday, arguing that the fact that they were all subject to Apple's inspection policy creates a common question.
An Android user whose case was found to be different from another class action accusing Google Inc. of providing personal information to app developers without permission told a California federal judge on Wednesday that the cases are now aligned and should be related.
Coming off a robust 2014, corporations kicked up their buying spree again in the first half of 2015, led by deal-hungry health care and pharmaceutical companies and buoyed by cheap financing that has fueled the mergers and acquisitions boom to its highest level in eight years.
The day after a court victory in South Korea, Samsung C&T Corp.’s planned $8 billion merger with Cheil Industries Inc. hit a snag when a proxy adviser in a report released on Thursday pushed for shareholders to vote no.
One law firm cashed in on initial public offering activity in June, leading the underwriters on 11 of the month’s 35 floats and championing four new issuers’ debuts — including one that had the largest first-day pop in roughly 18 months — as the month marked the busiest for IPOs since 2000.
Electronic Arts Inc. made another bid in Texas federal court Tuesday to escape a jury’s $4.9 million verdict in a patent infringement case, arguing a key expert offered conflicting testimony and that Uniloc Luxembourg SA secured the verdict through “fraud, misrepresentation or misconduct.”
A consumer watchdog appeared at Time Warner Cable’s shareholder meeting Wednesday to present the board of directors a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures demanding the company disclose its political spending, especially on campaigns against net neutrality.
Samsung C&T Corp. cleared a hurdle Wednesday to its planned, $8 billion merger with Cheil Industries Inc., when a South Korean court tossed an activist effort to derail the tie-up that claimed it would shortchange Samsung C&T shareholders.
China Petroleum & Chemical and Cnooc are among the companies interested in buying stakes in Brazilian oil company Petrobras, Montagu Private Equity moves toward unloading its prescription retail unit Centor in a potential $700 million deal and Interactive Data explores a possible sale or initial public offering that could value it around $5 billion.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the Federal Circuit ruling in Google Inc. v. Oracle America Inc. We asked 25 litigators, copyright experts, economists, in-house counsel and former regulators about the implications for software innovation and interoperability. Here's the latest from IP Law360's Voices of the Bar.
Patent portfolio manager Longitude Licensing Ltd. told a California federal court Tuesday that Apple Inc. has improperly withheld documents and communications pertaining to licensing discussions and source codes in a suit alleging Apple's iPads, iPhones and iPods are infringing 13 patents related to flash memory technology.
The Federal Circuit said Tuesday it was reasonable for a lower court to pause a patent infringement case after several telephone closed-captioning patents CaptionCall LLC was ordered to pay $44 million for infringing were found invalid by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Google Inc. urged a D.C. federal judge on Monday to transfer to Mississippi its quest for documents showing Jenner & Block LLP supported the state attorney general’s “anti-Google agenda” on behalf of anti-piracy interests, saying it’s clear the parties are heavily involved in Mississippi’s affairs.
NCR Corp. on Tuesday asked a Wisconsin federal judge to reject requests by the federal government and other co-defendants that he reconsider his ruling that NCR can’t be held fully liable for part of a $1.5 billion Superfund cleanup.
Android users claiming that Google Inc. handed their personal information to app developers without permission urged a California federal judge on Tuesday to deny the Internet behemoth’s bid to oust their expert’s testimony, saying that it’s up to a jury to decide whether to accept the expert’s opinion.
One year on, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Octane and Highmark decisions have drastically altered the fee-shifting landscape in patent cases, and courts have repeatedly permitted fee-shifting in cases where there are clear differences between the asserted claims and accused products, or where a patentee has ignored settled law or otherwise proceeded in bad faith, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
Increasingly, those creating software for 3-D printing have turned to trade secret protection. But software innovators who choose trade secret law rather than patent law to protect their innovations must have a strong risk tolerance, says Bryan Vogel of Robins Kaplan LLP.
Now that we have reached the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on fee-shifting in patent cases, it is worth looking back at the history of fee-shifting and how the Federal Circuit and various district courts have applied Octane and Highmark, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
As the Internet of Things expands, so too do cyber risks created by the supply chain. Manufacturers looking to control that risk may seek indemnification and insurance protection from their suppliers, however that strategy contains hidden risks as well, say Lon Berk and Sergio Oehninger at Hunton & Williams LLP.
Throughout the Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc. opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court treated knowledge and intent as binary concepts — the accused inducer either possessed knowledge and intent or it did not. Unfortunately, this understanding does not reflect the realism of litigation in the district courts, says J. Karl Gross of Leydig Voit & Mayer Ltd.
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With a rapidly increasing and largely inelastic demand resulting from health-conscious and aging populations throughout the world and the relative availability of capital, the life sciences industry is in an enviable position regarding patent growth — especially when compared with other industries competing for revenues, say Kevin Granahan and David Magagna at Fox Rothschild LLP.
Can licensed code be embedded in other code and still receive copyright protection? Jury decisions like the recent U2logic Inc. v. American Auto Shield LLC case in Colorado may provide some guidance and help software developers protect their valuable programs, says Jeffrey Kass of Polsinelli PC.
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The city of Chicago will attempt to tax the “cloud” more directly and comprehensibly than any other U.S. jurisdiction, demonstrating that bad times make for bad tax administration. And there are strong arguments that the tax rulings run afoul of provisions in the Federal Telecommunications Act, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and federal and Illinois constitutional limits on taxation, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.