Technology

  • December 19, 2014

    Judge Slaps Down HP's 3rd Try At Autonomy Settlement

    A California federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett Packard Co. shareholders’ third attempt at a settlement in their derivative suit over HP's disastrous $11.1 billion Autonomy Corp. acquisition, ruling the deal’s potential release of claims was still far too broad. 

  • December 19, 2014

    Brand Battles: Detroit Pistons, Apple, JetBlue

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Detroit Pistons have a "bad" time trying to register the nickname of their late '80s dynasty, Apple spells out why it challenged an apple image, and JetBlue leaves an applicant feeling "blu."

  • December 19, 2014

    Samsung Tells High Court Memory Cartel Suit Should Survive

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Panasonic Corp.’s bid to rebury Samsung’s antitrust suit alleging Panasonic restrained competition through a patent-licensing deal on secure digital memory cards, arguing that the Ninth Circuit rightly found that Samsung alleged a single continuing violation.

  • December 19, 2014

    K&L Gates Lands Deals Ace From LipoScience In NC

    K&L Gates LLP has lured a transaction pro away from her role as LipoScience Inc.'s general counsel to work as a mergers and acquisitions partner in its Raleigh, North Carolina, office, the firm said Monday.

  • December 19, 2014

    EU Approves €385M IMS-Cegedim Deal Pending Fixes

    The European Commission on Friday cleared market researcher IMS Health’s €385 million ($470.1 million) acquisition of parts of French rival Cegedim's business, conditioned on certain divestitures and agreements, concluding the revised deal doesn’t threaten competition with less choice and higher prices.

  • December 19, 2014

    Microsoft Shells Out $23M To Settle VirnetX Patent Case

    Microsoft Corp. on Friday said it would pay $23 million and drop a challenge to one of VirnetX Inc.’s network security patents to end VirnetX’s infringement suit in Texas federal court claiming Microsoft breached a $200 million licensing agreement.

  • December 19, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Revives DataTern Database Patent Suit

    A Federal Circuit panel on Friday gave DataTern Inc. a second chance in its database storage patent infringement suits against MicroStrategy Inc. and its clients, ruling that a lower court relied on an incorrect claim construction when it tossed the cases.

  • December 19, 2014

    Amazon Fire Phone Infringes Messaging Patent, Tech Co. Says

    Amazon.com Inc. was slapped Thursday with a suit in Texas federal court, accusing the e-retail giant of ripping off Dynamic Hosting Company LLC's internet messaging patents through its Amazon Fire Phone.

  • December 19, 2014

    Market Rumors: Fitbit, Permanent TSB, American Apparel

    Fitbit, a wearable fitness tracker, has reached out to Morgan Stanley about a possible IPO, while Irish lender Permanent TSB Group is said to be mulling whether to double the amount of its anticipated share offering.

  • December 19, 2014

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Eye Indefiniteness In Google IP Case

    The full Federal Circuit on Thursday declined to review a decision that patents asserted against Google Inc. and Apple Inc. are indefinite, turning aside patentee Interval Licensing LLC's argument that the ruling is a "troubling" shift in patent law that could potentially derail "every single case."

  • December 19, 2014

    Taxation With Representation: Wilson Sonsini, Shearman, DPW

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Thoma Bravo snaps up Riverbed Technology in a $3.6 billion sale, while Emerson Electric unloads its power transmissions business in a $1.4 billion deal.

  • December 19, 2014

    MetroPCS Settles NY, Calif. Overtime Pay Claims For $1.85M

    A New York state judge has approved a $1.85 million settlement between MetroPCS Wireless Inc. and account services representatives who accused the telecom of failing to pay them overtime wages, resolving New York and California labor law claims claims remaining from a federal collective action.

  • December 19, 2014

    Judge Slams Symantec's 'Ridiculous' Quash Bid in Target MDL

    A California federal judge on Friday called Symantec Corp.'s bid to avoid handing over documents in multidistrict litigation over a massive breach of Target Corp.'s customer data “ridiculous” and ordered the antivirus software company to cough up details on the software it provided to the retailer.

  • December 19, 2014

    Tech Cos. Slam Ford's Claim They Misled PTO In Patent Row

    Two technology companies have urged a Washington federal judge to reject Ford Motor Co.’s contention that they intentionally deceived the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a row accusing the automaker of ripping off electronics systems patents, saying Ford hasn’t provided any evidence for its claim in three years.

  • December 19, 2014

    Google Sues Miss. AG For MPAA-Linked 'Campaign Of Threats'

    A day after Google accused the Motion Picture Association of America of orchestrating a secret attack through Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, the search giant formally lodged a suit accusing Hood of carrying out an unlawful “sustained campaign of threats against Google.”

  • December 19, 2014

    The Biggest M&A Moments Of 2014: First Half

    Deal makers' strong start to 2014 put the year on pace to hit high marks not seen since the financial crisis, priming the mergers and acquisitions marketplace for a long-awaited resurgence that has since taken firm hold.

  • December 19, 2014

    T-Mobile To Pay $90M To Settle FTC Mobile Cramming Suit

    T-Mobile USA Inc. will reimburse consumers at least $90 million to settle the Federal Trade Commission's accusations that the company hit them with unauthorized, third-party charges on their mobile phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming, officials said Friday.

  • December 19, 2014

    Xerox Unloads Outsourcing Biz In $1B Sale To Atos

    Xerox Corp. unveiled plans late Thursday to ship its information technology unit to French tech firm Atos for just more than $1 billion, the latest deal-making move to rejigger its portfolio amid a broader restructuring effort.

  • December 18, 2014

    Harbinger Backs LightSquared's New Restructuring Plan

    With the blessing of controlling equity holder Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, LightSquared Inc. filed a new restructuring plan in New York bankruptcy court on Thursday that anticipates $1.25 billion in exit financing for the reorganized company and a big stake for Harbinger.

  • December 18, 2014

    Alice Saves Amazon, Barnes & Noble From Not-So-Novel Idea

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday invalidated a pair of digital file identification patents used to sue Amazon.com Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc., ruling they described nothing more than an abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Top 10 Things To Know About Obama’s Cuba Announcement

    Les P. Carnegie

    While signaling a dramatic shift in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, the president’s authority to lift sanctions is limited in several key respects, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Reasonable Royalties: All About That Base ... Or That Rate

    DeForest McDuff

    The Federal Circuit’s recent opinion in Ericsson Inc. v. D-Link clarified certain conceptual points that, while generally consistent with past opinions, provide practitioners with more insight into the court’s broader view of acceptable reasonable royalty methodologies. In particular, the court acknowledged that apportionment can indeed occur within the base or the rate, subject to certain constraints, say DeForest McDuff and Justi... (continued)

  • What Happens When Legal Aid Cuts Stimulate Pro Bono?

    Kevin J. Curnin

    The bad news coming out of the European Pro Bono Summit in November was the rising toll of heavy cuts to public legal aid in England. From this crossroad, there is a lot to be learned about the relationship between public and private assistance, the direction of legal help for the poor in the EU, and whether the American legal aid/pro bono experience offers a road map for what’s next in Europe, says Kevin Curnin of the Association ... (continued)

  • Another Big Year For ITC: Top 12 Section 337 Highlights

    Shara Aranoff

    This year, the Federal Circuit agreed to reconsider its decision narrowing Section 337’s applicability to induced infringement, as the U.S. International Trade Commission held onto its jurisdiction over standard-essential patents and confirmed its ability to reach digital imports. Meanwhile, the ITC took steps toward better exclusion order enforcement, even as it stayed a remedial order pending appeal for the first time, says Shara... (continued)

  • Is Jury’s Verdict In IPod Antitrust Litigation Irrelevant?

    Daniel Ferrel McInnis

    The iPod antitrust trial proceeded to a verdict Tuesday in Apple Inc.’s favor, despite the lack of an actual plaintiff. This class action presents the stark contrast between the broad discretion of courts to organize and manage cases, especially complicated ones, against the federal courts’ limited power to hear cases as cabined by the Article III standing requirement of the Constitution, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Cybersecurity In 2014: A Look Back At The NIST Framework

    Mauricio Paez

    One of the more significant cybersecurity developments in 2014 was the release of the the National Institute of Standards and Technology's "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." Some of the key qualities of the framework include its adaptability, structure and voluntary nature, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Top 10 Trade Secrets Developments Of 2014: Part 1

    Kerry Bundy

    Trends we saw in trade secret law this year — including the growing importance of specifically identifying trade secrets early in litigation and the continuing trend toward large damages awards and settlements in trade secrets cases — promise to shape developments in the years ahead, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • A Look At 2014 Fed. Circ. Cases Impacting AIA Proceedings

    Raquel Rodriguez

    The first wave of appeals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s final written decisions in inter partes review, covered business method review and post-grant review proceedings are just starting to reach the Federal Circuit. The court issued several opinions in 2014 that are important to practitioners in this area, say Russell Cass and Raquel Rodriguez of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • In-House Forecast For 2015: Past Is Prologue

    Veta T. Richardson

    Taking stock of 2014 trends — from increasing multinational expansion to new anti-corruption laws to major data breaches affecting millions of customers — provides a good opportunity for corporate counsel to renew their focus on a number of issues deserving attention in 2015 and beyond. Consider a few takeaways, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Top International Trade Compliance Lessons From 2014

    Brett Johnson

    In 2014, there has been an influx of increased trade regulations and enforcement cases, such as the new Russia export restrictions, the fifth largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement since the law’s creation, and congressional debates over increasing Iranian sanctions, say Brett Johnson and Sarah Delaney of Snell & Wilmer.