Technology

  • September 16, 2014

    Bankrupt NII Clears First-Day Motions As Creditors Dig In

    NII Holdings Inc. cleared a series of first-day motions in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday as attorneys for the Nextel-brand wireless service provider and two competing bondholder groups pledged to continue negotiating a consensual restructuring of its $4.6 billion debt.

  • September 16, 2014

    Motorola Asks 9th Circ. To Reverse Landmark RAND Ruling

    Motorola Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit Monday to reverse a decision that it breached an obligation to license its standard-essential patents to Microsoft Corp. on fair terms, saying the judge made a "cascade of errors," including his landmark decision setting a royalty rate for the patents.

  • September 16, 2014

    Yahoo Slams Move To Open Deceased Users' Data Records

    Yahoo Inc. on Monday slammed an inheritance law drafted by the Uniform Law Commission and recently enacted in Delaware that will give heirs sweeping access to a deceased person's digital assets, saying it should be up to Internet users to determine the fate of their electronic records.

  • September 16, 2014

    Judge Nixes 'Patent Troll' MPHJ's Suit To Block FTC Inquiry

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday tossed so-called patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments LLC's suit alleging the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into its allegedly deceptive demand letters is unconstitutional, ruling that the company can't sue over an incomplete investigation.

  • September 16, 2014

    Class Wins Remand Of Best Buy Stock Option Action

    Employees of a cloud-services company that Best Buy Co. Inc. had sold won remand of their suit accusing it of reneging on stock options contractually promised to them, with a Minnesota federal judge saying Tuesday that Best Buy didn't show the amount at issue exceeds the threshold for removal.

  • September 16, 2014

    NY High Court Eyeballs Rule Shielding Foreign Bank Branches

    Motorola Solutions Inc.'s 12-year quest to recover billions of dollars in damages from a fugitive Turkish family went before New York's top court Tuesday, where judges were asked to pare back a legal doctrine that treats banks' foreign branches as distinct legal entities free from the reaches of Empire State courts.

  • September 16, 2014

    Apple's $368M VirnetX Patent Loss Junked By Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit partly affirmed a verdict that Apple Inc. infringed VirnetX Inc.'s network security patents, but vacated the jury's $368 million damages award, ruling Tuesday that VirnetX's damages expert relied on flawed theories that "tainted" the verdict.

  • September 16, 2014

    NSA Chief Calls For Greater Cybersecurity Collaboration

    National Security Agency director Adm. Michael Rogers on Tuesday called on private industry and Congress to ramp up their efforts to create broad cybersecurity standards, saying public-private partnerships and legislation are necessary to combat the ever-increasing threats on cyber infrastructure.

  • September 16, 2014

    Airbus To Put Radio, Software Businesses Up For Sale

    An Airbus Group NV unit plans to sell its radio, communications, software and other businesses to focus on its core aerospace and defense work, it said Tuesday.

  • September 16, 2014

    Deal Makers Start Week With A Multibillion-Dollar Bang

    This week is off to an auspicious start after deal makers introduced a slew of multibillion-dollar transactions that fan out over a range of industries, proving the summer lull is officially over and M&A prospects remain solid heading into fall.

  • September 16, 2014

    Developers Seek Clarification On HHS Mobile App Regs

    A group of mobile application developers wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to clarify its rules for the collection of data generated by an increasing number of mobile health programs, according to a letter sent Monday by an industry group to Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.

  • September 16, 2014

    PE-Backed Semiconductor Co. Isola Junks IPO Plans

    Private equity-backed semiconductor company Isola Group trashed its plans for an initial public offering Tuesday, leaving behind an IPO pipeline packed with portfolio companies, including the five that filed last week.

  • September 16, 2014

    Orange Offers $4.4B For Spanish Rival Jazztel

    French telecom giant Orange SA said on Tuesday that it will offer to buy out smaller Spanish rival Jazztel for about €3.4 billion ($4.4 billion), in a move designed to beef up the Paris-headquartered company's broadband business in Spain.

  • September 16, 2014

    Russian Web Giant Pays $1.5B To Swallow VK Social Network

    Russian Internet giant Mail. Ru Group Ltd. has dropped $1.47 billion to pick up the remaining 48 percent stake in Russia's largest and most popular social network VKontakte that it didn't already own, it said Tuesday, solidifying Mail. Ru's control over its third Russian social media network.

  • September 16, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Jackson Walker's Michael Taten

    Cybersecurity due diligence will continue to be a bigger area of focus. We have these interconnected networks that present all sorts of potential backdoor access to sensitive information. It can be a huge risk factor in acquisitions, says Michael Taten of Jackson Walker LLP.

  • September 15, 2014

    Judge Koh Urged To Take On DreamWorks Anti-Poaching Suit

    An ex-Sony Pictures Animation technical director asked a California federal judge on Monday to relate with the massive Google Inc. antitrust action she is overseeing, his proposed class action accusing DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and others of conspiring to not poach each other’s animators.

  • September 15, 2014

    FCC Gets More Than 3M Net Neutrality Comments

    The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 3 million comments from companies, consumers, advocacy groups and others on its proposed new rules guiding how Internet traffic may be managed, setting an agency record, it said on Monday.

  • September 15, 2014

    Nextel Carrier NII Hits Ch. 11 After Creditor Talks Stumble

    NII Holdings Inc., a U.S. company that provides Nextel-branded wireless service in Latin America, entered bankruptcy in New York on Monday to pursue a restructuring of its $4.6 billion debt load after a plan crafted by Aurelius Capital Management LP met with resistance from other bondholders.

  • September 15, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Snubs Hitachi's Retrial Bid In TV Patent Row

    The Federal Circuit on Monday shot down Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co Ltd.’s bid for judgment or a new trial in its case against TPV Technology Ltd. over digital broadcasting patents, refusing to disturb a jury’s finding that TPV hadn’t infringed and that two of the patents were invalid.

  • September 15, 2014

    ZwillGen Adds Ex-O'Melveny Privacy Atty In San Francisco

    Technology law firm ZwillGen PLLC said Monday it is beefing up its litigation team by adding a privacy expert from O’Melveny & Myers LLP to its San Francisco office.

Expert Analysis

  • Brace For This Brief's Impact On The Supreme Court

    James H. Wendell

    SCOTUSblog founder Thomas Goldstein's no-party, no-argument amicus brief in M&G Polymers USA LLC v. Tackett is likely the first of its kind before the U.S. Supreme Court, making it one of the more intriguing developments of the upcoming term. It can demonstrate the power of a data-centric argument, says James Wendell of Riddell Williams PS.

  • Indiana V. IBM: What’s At Stake For IT Contractors

    Robert Metzger

    The Indiana Supreme Court recently announced that it will decide Indiana v. IBM Corp. The ruling by the Court of Appeals is an acute illustration of how a judicial process can produce a distorted and unjust result through simplistic reduction of a complex project and use of an ill-suited legal standard of performance, say Robert Metzger and Mark Linderman of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.

  • OPINION: Pro Bono May Help Diversity Recruiting Efforts

    David A. Lash

    A recent Law360 article about the perennial BigLaw concern over how to recruit and retain female and ethnically diverse attorneys addressed a new approach being taken by some law firms — going beyond traditional mentoring programs by creating a sponsorship relationship. Pro bono can also play a part, say David Lash and Merle Vaughn of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • IP Has To Learn How To Survive In A 3D-Printable World

    Bradley Ellis

    Desktop 3D printing is experiencing rapid triple-digit growth. This manufacturing revolution will severely test the current legal regime for protection of intellectual property and brand names in much the same way the advent of the digital age challenged the music, film and publishing industries, says Bradley Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Verizon Settlement Signals FCC’s Growing Privacy Focus

    Mary Ellen Callahan

    Though the Federal Communications Commission has previously pursued customer proprietary network information violations, the size of the recent Verizon Communications Inc. settlement — the largest pure privacy forfeiture in FCC history — combined with an active enforcement trend in the FCC and elsewhere may signal future enforcement activity by the FCC, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • How Research Efficiency Impacts Law Firm Profitability

    David Houlihan

    For a law firm, excess time dedicated to legal research generates waste, either in the form of artificially reduced billable hours or, particularly in flat or contingency fee projects, as overhead eroding the profitability of legal work. By measuring five factors, firms will begin to understand their own opportunities for improving profits, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • A Wake-Up Call To Counsel Over ESI Discovery

    Eric P. Mandel

    There are two important takeaways from Brown v. Tellermate Holdings Ltd. — search terms often produce both over-inclusive and under-inclusive results and it's imperative counsel test the accuracy of electronically stored information search methodology before committing to use it or to a firm production timetable, say Charles Ragan and Eric Mandel of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

  • At The ITC, Even The Rulemaker Has To Follow The Rules

    Christopher May

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Align Technology Inc. v. U.S. International Trade Commission highlights a loophole in current ITC rules — limitations on the ITC’s ability to review the denial of summary determination motions on threshold issues — that the commission is likely to consider closing, says Christopher May of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Best Business Planning Practices For Lawyers

    Jenn Topper

    Each lawyer's practice is a self-run business, even within the platform of a firm, and yet the level of entrepreneurialism within the practice of law is oftentimes marginalized, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • Music-Licensing Reform May Be On The Way

    Danica Mathes

    Given the breakneck speed at which advancements in technology have occurred since the last comprehensive review of the Copyright Act occurred in 1976, not to mention the tremendous effect this has had on content creation and delivery, the current review seems long overdue, says Danica Mathes of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.