Blockchain, perhaps better known as the technology behind bitcoin, is being heralded as the latest game-changer for the legal industry. Here are four key points lawyers should know about the latest advancements and what this burgeoning area may have in store for the industry at large.
An Australian financier and investor who lost $1.7 million in retirement funds because he took allegedly negligent advice from his attorneys and granted a loan to a now-defunct company has standing to sue DLA Piper under longstanding state law, the Texas Supreme Court was told in oral arguments Wednesday.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation directing the National Science Foundation to certify that any research grant it awards is in “the national interest,” over stringent objections of Democratic lawmakers and the White House, who say the measure is superfluous and “likely counterproductive.”
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to dismiss a petition that asked it to review whether the Federal Circuit wrongly held in a case accusing Apple of infringement that legal precedent precludes it from weighing the validity of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions to grant reviews of patents.
A federal agency has told the Google Inc. team developing self-driving cars it believes the automated system guiding the cars can qualify as a driver under many federal regulations, but it cautioned that for certain requirements the company may have to request an exemption or seek a rule change in order for self-driving cars to comply.
Smartphone makers remain irresistible targets for patent litigation plaintiffs, with Samsung and Apple topping Law360's list of frequently named defendants in patent lawsuits filed in 2015. But increasingly ferocious intellectual property battles over generic drugs mean industry giants like Mylan Pharmaceuticals are starting to give smartphone makers some competition for that dubious honor.
Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal LLP on Tuesday announced that it has strengthened its corporate transaction and counseling services with the addition of a former general counsel to BearingPoint and Affiliated Computer Services Inc. as a partner in Dallas, with expertise in the areas of banking, securities, private equity and technology, among others.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation that would give European Union citizens the right to sue over U.S. privacy violations related to information shared with the U.S. for law enforcement purposes, unanimously agreeing to a recently tacked-on amendment.
Rimini Street Inc., which was ordered to pay about $50 million for copyright infringement and computer fraud related to several Oracle products, lost its bid for a favorable judgment Tuesday, when a Nevada federal judge ruled the jury’s infringement findings were supported by the evidence.
Burford Capital LLC has added a former intellectual property litigation partner from Proskauer Rose LLP with specialties in technologies and telecommunications as a managing director in its New York office, as the global finance firm expands its litigation finance offerings to IP.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison on Wednesday introduced legislation in the parliament that would impose the country’s 10 percent goods and services tax on purchases of digital products and services from companies based overseas such as Netflix.
Federal prosecutors sought to dismiss charges against three companies Tuesday for allegedly violating Iran trade sanctions by importing microelectronics to the country, following a pair of pardons in the case amid a deal with Iran that freed several imprisoned Americans.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday gave its blessing to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s policy of conducting partial reviews of patents challenged in America Invents Act inter partes review petitions, rejecting Synopsys Inc.’s argument that the board must review all of the challenged claims.
A Delaware Chancery judge indicated Tuesday that he will likely keep intact some of the lawsuit claiming the founder of cloud computing company ServiceMesh Inc. paid bribes to gain contracts that would help the company meet targets for nearly $100 million in earnout payments after Computer Sciences Corp. bought it out in 2013.
The Obama administration on Tuesday revamped its approach to cybersecurity by proposing a lofty $19 billion budget to fund efforts the private sector has long embraced, such as updating antiquated computer systems and creating a security chief post, advancing spending goals that would put the government on more equal footing with private companies in the uphill fight to fortify cyberdefenses.
Weeks after defeating a patent suit by Aylus Networks, Apple has asked a California federal court to award it more than $2 million in attorneys’ fees and costs, arguing that Aylus continued to pursue its case even though it knew that the tech giant’s TV video-streaming service didn’t infringe its patent.
Samsung was hit with a nearly $7 million verdict by a Texas federal jury on Monday that found the smartphone giant willfully infringed at least some claims in a nonpracticing entity's two imaging patents with its devices.
The Federal Circuit cleared Adobe Systems Inc. Tuesday in a case where a patent owner sought to put the company on the hook for damages that allegedly took place before the patent issued, marking the first time the court has addressed the obscure topic of preissuance damages.
A bill that would require drivers of ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to carry the same levels of insurance as traditional taxi companies passed its second committee stop in the Florida Senate on Tuesday.
The White House set aside $19 billion for cybersecurity initiatives in the fiscal 2017 budget released Tuesday, a 35 percent increase in funding that would be used to support an action plan to update antiquated computer systems and reform the way the government manages and responds to cyberattacks.
This week, President Obama directed his administration to implement a cybersecurity national action plan. The initiatives place significant focus on the private sector's role in securing the nation's cyber borders and, in many ways, draw heavily on the private sector's experience with cyber resilience and an enterprise-wide, multiyear approach to cybersecurity, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.
Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Yesterday, Michael Stein of BakerHostetler explained how structural claim limitations may be used effectively to avoid the alleged problems created by the use of functional limitations in software patents. In this article, he looks at the cases that have been identified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as key Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions involving functional claim limitations.
In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.
Michael Stein of BakerHostetler discusses how structural claim limitations may be used effectively to avoid the alleged problems created by the use of functional limitations in software patents.
Companies manufacturing electrical and electronic products, parts or other components in China need to pay close attention to the expanded regulatory scope of China's restriction of hazardous substances regulations, particularly in the next 12-24 months, says Richard Ferris at Foley & Lardner LLP.
Last year brought new wrinkles and interpretations of California’s anti-SLAPP statute — one of the broadest and strongest statutory protections for free speech and petitioning activities in the nation, say Thomas Burke and Diana Palacios of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Telehealth has the potential to lower health care costs, improve access, and enhance quality and patient outcomes. However, it is currently limited by reimbursement systems such as Medicare, state Medicaid programs and commercial payors, says Anthea Daniels, a shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
Although self-driven cars are a very new development, many different companies, like Google, Tesla and Nissan are scrambling to develop a foothold in this arena. Self-driving cars have already raised a host of legal issues, and states are already introducing new legislation to try and keep up with the fast pace of progress, says Kimberly Wald at Kelley Uustal PLC.
In order to balance the competing priorities of developing new and innovative interoperable medical devices and protecting patient safety and privacy laid out in its recent guidance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should conduct a fact-based technical analysis to assess the costs and potential burdens for medical device manufacturers and others in the health information technology marketplace, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.