Technology

  • April 24, 2015

    Lockheed, Space Launch Co. Challenge NewSat's Ch. 15 TRO

    Two of Australian satellite company and Chapter 15 debtor NewSat Ltd.'s most important contractors, Lockheed Martin Corp. and space launch firm Arianespace SA, launched challenges Friday to the Delaware bankruptcy court's temporary order last week halting creditor action, both arguing it shouldn't apply to their agreements as is.

  • April 24, 2015

    3 Ways Firms Can Weather A Massive Deal Collapse

    When Comcast Corp. decided to officially withdraw its $45.2 billion proposal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. amid serious regulatory and public scrutiny, over a year of work by the companies and their attorneys seemed to go down the drain. But experts say firms can walk away from busted deals with their heads up as long as they’ve covered a few key bases.

  • April 24, 2015

    3 Takeaways From Comcast's Failed Bid For TWC

    Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. on Friday became the latest deal to fall apart in the face of tough antitrust and regulatory scrutiny, underscoring the increasing importance of national markets in competition reviews, the risks of having to face off with two watchdogs at the same time and the difficulty of tackling widespread public outcry.

  • April 24, 2015

    Diablo Beats Ban On Chip Sales After Trade Secrets Trial

    A California federal judge on Friday lifted a ban on Diablo Technologies Inc.'s sale of chips used in data storage products from SanDisk Corp., IBM Corp. and others, saying the injunction isn't justified after a jury largely handed Diablo a win in Netlist Inc.'s trade-secrets and contract trial.

  • April 24, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Backs SUFI's Fees Win In Air Force Phone Row

    The U.S. Air Force must pay attorneys' fees to a former telephone contractor who had won a $112 million judgment after the military reneged on an exclusivity promise, the Federal Circuit affirmed Friday, saying the government appealed under the wrong law.

  • April 24, 2015

    Del. Justices Nix Cyveillance Shareholders' $40M Bonus Bid

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday ruled QinetiQ North America Operations LLC did not shortchange former shareholders of Cyveillance Inc. after it acquired the cyber tech outfit, rejecting the investors' claim that QNA purposely tried to avoid triggering up to $40 million in earn-out payments.

  • April 24, 2015

    Lynch’s Skills Could Help Mend DOJ Rift With Lawmakers

    Incoming U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is unlikely to make radical changes to the Justice Department's focus on issues such as cyber- and financial crime, but her strong relationship-building skills could still help mend a rift between Congress and the DOJ, former colleagues say.

  • April 24, 2015

    Brand Battles: Mercedes, Instagram, White Castle, Tivo

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Mercedes and Land Rover tangle over electric cars and "range," Instagram takes exception to an online promotion from White Castle, and TiVo goes after a similarly named lighting company.

  • April 24, 2015

    Siemens Unit Sued Over Racist Work Environment

    A Siemens AG manufacturing unit in New Jersey was hit with a complaint Friday by an employee alleging it created an intimidating work environment pervaded by racial epithets and threats targeting black employees, which culminated in the hanging of a noose in front of their lockers.

  • April 24, 2015

    HP Snags $469M Internet Content Delivery Contract From DOD

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has won a contract worth up to $469 million to provide global content delivery services to the Department of Defense, the government said Friday.

  • April 24, 2015

    Locke Lord Bolsters DC Office With New IP, ITC Expert

    Locke Lord LLP snagged a new partner for its intellectual property department in Washington, D.C., who brings with him more than three decades of experience representing clients in the automotive, information technology and other industries in venues including the U.S. International Trade Commission, the firm said on Friday.

  • April 24, 2015

    China Poised To Scrap Rare Earth Export Duties

    The Chinese government announced late on Thursday that it would soon remove export duties on precious rare earth elements used in the production of hybrid cars and mobile phones, a move aimed at bringing Beijing into compliance with  an adverse World Trade Organization decision.

  • April 24, 2015

    Telecom Cos. Urge 3rd Circ. To Review Net Neutrality

    Full Service Network, TruConnect Mobile and others on Thursday lodged the latest suit contesting the Federal Communications Commission’s recently enacted net neutrality rules that reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service, telling the Third Circuit that the rules restrict competition.

  • April 24, 2015

    Elbit Again Says Hughes' USPTO Filings Show Willfulness

    Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. urged a Texas federal court Thursday to keep alive its willful infringement claims against Hughes Network Systems LLC, reiterating its argument that Hughes' references to its patent in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filings show Hughes was aware of its infringement.

  • April 24, 2015

    BU Says Epistar 'Death Penalty' Sanction Should Be Nixed

    Trustees of Boston University told a Massachusetts federal court on Thursday to reject Epistar Corp.'s bid for a so-called death penalty sanction that would strike all of the university's expert testimony in a suit accusing Epistar of infringing semiconductor technology, saying that Epistar's request lacks any legal basis.

  • April 24, 2015

    Feds Pump $1B Into New Metro-North, LIRR Braking System

    The Federal Railroad Administration has promised New York nearly $1 billion to update train lines running into Long Island and the suburbs north of New York City in an effort to prevent accidents like the one in the Bronx that killed four people in 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

  • April 24, 2015

    Carlyle Unloads French 3-D Software Co. To Astorg Partners

    Private equity giant The Carlyle Group LP said Friday that it will sell its majority stake in Metrologic Group, a developer of 3-D inspection and measurement software used in the automotive, aeronautics and energy sectors, to European buyout firm Astorg Partners for an undisclosed price.

  • April 24, 2015

    Sens. Renew Effort To Mandate Smartphone 'Kill Switches'

    Several U.S. senators on Thursday stepped up their efforts to combat smartphone theft by reviving legislation that would require mobile device giants such as Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to implement “kill switch” technology to deter thieves and prevent the misuse of sensitive consumer data.

  • April 24, 2015

    Quinn Emanuel's Role In Audit Is Too Large, Microsoft Says

    A $2.2 million Internal Revenue Service contract with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to assist the agency's audit of Microsoft Corp.'s transfer pricing activities is allowing the firm a larger role than the government is letting on, the tech giant argued in Washington federal court onThursday.

  • April 24, 2015

    FTC Opposes Quick Appeal For AT&T In Throttling Suit

    The Federal Trade Commission urged a California federal court on Thursday to deny AT&T Corp.’s motion to the Ninth Circuit to certify two questions from its data throttling dispute, arguing that it’s very unlikely the appellate court would rule in the company’s favor.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • A New System To Manage Your Intangible Assets

    Mark Bullard

    With the recent hyper-growth in M&A activity, companies are acquiring intellectual property at record rates. "Innovation resource planning" can help by providing real-time analytics that show IP portfolio details as well as the big picture. IRP can be used to illuminate areas where companies have a stronghold on technology that excludes competitors or identify gaps in the patent portfolio that need to be filled, says Mark Bullard of Lecorpio.

  • Takeaways From UK Google Privacy Ruling

    Emma Drake

    Following the British appellate court's recent decision in Google Inc. v. Vidal-Hall & Ors, it seems likely that claims under the U.K. Data Protection Act will increase, but compensation is expected to remain modest, say Emma Drake and Ruth Boardman of Bird & Bird LLP.

  • What FCC’s Transparency Rule Means For Internet Privacy

    Stephen Ruckman

    The Federal Communications Commission's newly adopted Open Internet Order has not only retained but enhanced the transparency rule, suggesting that it will be a key FCC tool for protecting consumers in their use of the Internet, and recent FCC enforcement activity suggests one significant use of this tool will be to protect consumers’ privacy, say Stephen Ruckman and Anoush Garakani of ​BuckleySandler LLP.

  • How To Prepare A Successful L-1 Visa Petition

    Amanda Franklin

    For a long time, the L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa category was fertile ground for multinational companies who needed to efficiently transfer executives, managers and specialized knowledge workers to their U.S. operations. The current L-1 landscape looks a bit like scorched earth, says Amanda Franklin of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Tips For Guiding Your Client Through The Mediation Process

    Raphael Lapin

    With all the tangible and intangible costs associated with litigation today, mediation is becoming more common as a means of resolving disputes. Yet attorneys trained and experienced in litigation do not always have the skills to guide their clients through a mediation process, says Raphael Lapin, an adjunct professor at the Whittier School of Law and principal of Lapin Negotiation Strategies.

  • This Week In Congress: Cybersecurity, Iran, Veto Override?

    Richard Hertling

    The president’s veto of S.J. Res. 8 is the second veto issued this year, and only the fourth of his presidency. We may see a sharp increase in veto activity under this Republican-led Congress, as the president has issued veto threats for 17 other legislative proposals working their way through the House and Senate, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Merits Of An XML-Based Invention Disclosure Standard

    Sunjeev Sikand

    Although deploying an extensible markup language invention disclosure system takes work, organizations that set up such a system will generally reap the rewards a year or two down the road, say Sunjeev Sikand of RatnerPrestia PC, Robin Hunziker of General Electric Global Research, and James Leonard of Price Heneveld LLP.

  • Virginia's ‘Rocket Docket' Continues To Roar

    Robert M. Tata

    The Eastern District of Virginia ― known as the “Rocket Docket” ― had the fastest trial docket in the country in 2014, for the seventh year in a row. The median time interval to trial was 12.5 months. That’s compared to a nationwide average of 24.9 months to try a case, says Robert Tata, managing partner of Hunton & Williams LLP's Norfolk, Virginia, office.