Technology

  • May 4, 2015

    Motorola Must Pay $10M For Infringing Fujifilm IP, Jury Says

    A California federal jury said Monday that Motorola Mobility LLC must pay more than $10 million in damages to Fujifilm Corp. for infringing a patent on converting digital photos to monochrome, but it invalidated two other patents related to recognizing faces in pictures.

  • May 4, 2015

    DOJ's Cybersecurity Guide Opens Door To Liability Risks

    The U.S. Department of Justice last week became the latest federal agency to spell out what constitutes a strong cybersecurity preparation and response plan by releasing guidance that attorneys say all companies would be wise to follow in order to avoid potential liability from regulators and class action plaintiffs in the wake of a data breach.

  • May 4, 2015

    Tech Union Fires Back At DHS Over Standing In F-1 Visa Row

    The technology workers union challenging the expansion of the “optional practical training” program for certain F-1 visa students blasted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Sunday, saying the recent D.C. Circuit decision that purportedly shows the union lacks standing is irrelevant.

  • May 4, 2015

    FCC Won't Rethink Ruling On Ariz. Utility's Rebanding Cost

    Arizona Public Service Co. lost a bid Monday to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its $2.7 million proposal to have Sprint Nextel Corp. reband a communications system when the agency found the utility had tried to introduce new evidence on appeal.

  • May 4, 2015

    Smartflash Wants $1.6B From Apple After ITunes Patent Win

    Smartflash LLC urged a Texas judge Friday to triple the patent judgment it won against Apple Inc. to nearly $1.6 billion to punish Apple for willful infringement, while Apple said the verdict should be thrown out on the ground that Smartflash's patents claim only abstract ideas.

  • May 4, 2015

    FCC Chairman Says Comcast Was Smart To Pull Out Of Merger

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday said that Comcast Corp. made the right decision in pulling the plug on a proposed $42.5 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc., signaling that the deal would have faced stiff regulatory opposition.

  • May 4, 2015

    US To Keep Close Eye On China's Rare Earth Export Policies

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman praised Monday China's announcement that it eliminated duties on exports of precious rare earth elements used in hybrid cars and cellphones but added that he would keep a close eye on the country to ensure its continued compliance with an adverse World Trade Organization decision.

  • May 4, 2015

    Local Carriers Want To Toss Verizon, Sprint Overbilling MDL

    A group of local exchange carriers urged a Texas federal judge Friday to toss Sprint Communications Co. and Verizon Communications Inc. suits alleging overbilling for wireless callers accessing local telephone exchanges.

  • May 4, 2015

    Greenberg Traurig Taps Ex-DLA IP Pro In Silicon Valley

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced on Monday that it has shored up its intellectual property practice in Northern California by tapping as a shareholder a former attorney at DLA Piper with experience representing technology, entertainment, media and retail companies in trademark and copyright issues.

  • May 4, 2015

    Comcast Settles DOL Sex, Race Discrimination Charges

    Comcast Corp. agreed to pay almost $190,000 to women and minorities to resolve race and sex discrimination allegations from the U.S. Department of Labor, the agency said last week.

  • May 4, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Charter, KKR & Co., BHP Billiton

    Charter Communications Inc. has attempted to initiate discussions with Time Warner Cable Inc.'s management concerning a friendly merger, while private equity outfit KKR & Co. LP is hoping to raise about $200 million through the sale of 195 million shares in Hong Kong-based equipment leasing company Far East Horizon.

  • May 4, 2015

    Jury Hands Drone Co. $7.8M Win In Patent Trial

    A Pennsylvania federal jury awarded Drone Technologies Inc. $7.8 million on Friday in a case accusing Parrot SA of developing unmanned aircraft that infringed on two of its drone technology patents, less than one-third of the amount the company had sought.

  • May 4, 2015

    High Court Won't Hear FCC Rural Reimbursement Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear four cases challenging a 2011 Federal Communications Commission decision to tie Universal Service Fund reimbursements to broadband offerings, ending several service providers’ bid to get more of their costs covered.

  • May 4, 2015

    Schiff Hardin Nabs Ex-Locke Lord Atty With Soft-IP Muscle

    Schiff Hardin LLP said Monday it has added a soft intellectual property expert to its corporate and securities group, who joined from Locke Lord LLP and will practice as a partner in Schiff's Dallas office.

  • May 4, 2015

    Apple Denied New Trial In Patent Fight With Golden Bridge

    A California federal judge on Friday shot down a new trial bid by Apple Inc. to revive claims that a patent held by Golden Bridge Technology Inc. was invalid, ruling that the jury’s decision in the patent infringement dispute over iPad and iPhone technology was backed by evidence.

  • May 4, 2015

    Amtrak Accused Of Derailing Telecom Contract

    A telecommunications provider hit Amtrak on Friday with a contract lawsuit in D.C. federal court accusing the national railroad of trying to derail its rights to established communications networks along the Philadelphia to Harrisburg line.

  • May 4, 2015

    Navy Contractor XTec's Sanctions Request Denied In IP Row

    A Florida federal judge shot down a request for discovery sanctions Monday in a suit from security company XTec Inc. alleging a security consultant misappropriated its proprietary information related to technology used by the U.S. Navy, ordering the two sides to engage in “reasonable compromise.”

  • May 4, 2015

    'Angry Birds' Maker Wins $2.7M Ruling Against Knockoff Seller

    A New York federal judge on Friday awarded Rovio Entertainment Ltd., the developer of the popular “Angry Birds” game, a $2.7 million judgment against a website operator accused of selling counterfeit merchandise related to the game.

  • May 4, 2015

    Hogan Lovells Guides Ciena In $400M Cyan Acquisition

    Hogan Lovells guided Ciena Corp. in its acquisition of network support products provider Cyan Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $400 million announced on Monday.

  • May 1, 2015

    Telecoms Ask FCC To Halt Its Broadband Reclassification

    Three telecommunications trade associations, AT&T Inc. and CenturyLink Inc. urged the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to stay the most controversial provision of its net neutrality order immediately, saying they face irreparable harm the day the rule goes into effect.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Meeting The Evolving Standard For Indefiniteness

    Andrew Grodin

    Recent decisions emphasize that the best way to survive an indefiniteness challenge is to use the language of the claims in the specification, provide sufficient examples, and avoid subjective language and ambiguities during prosecution, say attorneys with Dentons.

  • How To Draft Patents For Future Portfolio Growth

    Michael Moore

    By looking at long-term technology trends and likely future applications, a portfolio manager can provide support in the patent application at the time of drafting to cover future commercial implementations of the idea, some of which may seem distant at the time of filing, says Michael Moore, intellectual property and deputy general counsel at Rambus Inc.

  • IPR: A Key To District Court’s Assignor Estoppel Lock

    Jeremiah Frueauf

    By utilizing inter partes review proceedings alongside district court litigations, patent assignors can potentially circumvent the doctrine of assignor estoppel through a stay of the corresponding litigation, say Jeremiah Frueauf and Sana Hussain of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

  • Display Of FinCEN’s Aggressive Anti-Laundering Approach

    Matthew D. Lee

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s latest reporting demands on Miami-area electronics exporters, along with similar orders targeted at the Los Angeles Fashion District and California's U.S.-Mexico border, demonstrate FinCEN’s increased attention to trade-based money laundering schemes and confirm that criminals are aggressively using legitimate U.S. businesses to launder the proceeds of their illegal activity, says Matthew ... (continued)

  • Internet Privacy: Who's The Boss?

    Brita Strandberg

    As a result of the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules, broadband providers that are familiar with the Federal Trade Commission's enforcement regime must now become familiar with the FCC's rules and policies. However, they must do so without yet knowing how the FCC will approach its privacy oversight, say attorneys with Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.

  • TPP And The Next Frontier In International Arbitration

    Jeffrey Bleich

    If the Trans Pacific Partnership passes it will open up a new frontier in international trade and arbitration and offer an extraordinary opportunity for the legal community to help clarify, shape and enhance global trade law on digital technology, biotech, cleantech and other emerging markets through possible new dispute resolution provisions, say Jeffrey Bleich and Grace DiLaura of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • 4 Takeaways From The ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting

    Colin Kass

    As a deputy assistant director at the Federal Trade Commisision noted during one of the panels at the 63rd ABA Antitrust Section spring meeting, the FTC's investigations into nonmerger conduct typically are triggered by complaints from competitors, customers or suppliers. That means companies are not often aware that they are being investigated until it is too late, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Cybersecurity Sanctions: 5 Questions To Consider

    Mark Herlach

    Considering that the commercial risks associated with cybersecurity sanctions are severe, the new regime may deter non‑U.S. entities from doing business with U.S. counterparts and vice versa, say attorneys with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • The Challenges And Opportunities Of The Internet Of Things

    Henriette Picot

    Looking beyond the enthusiasm and high expectations raised by the Internet of Things as an exciting technologic revolution, it is important to start focusing on how the IoT can be transformed into a real business opportunity, say Henriette Picot and Roberto Camilli of Bird & Bird LLP.

  • Pretrial Dismissals And Judgments In Post-Alice Courts

    Michael Wilburn

    Ten months after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, the long-term effects are starting to emerge. Perhaps the most notable is a shift in the court’s willingness to consider the issues at the earliest stages of the litigation, leading to frequent pretrial decisions that a computer-based business method patent lacks patent-eligible subject matter, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.