• October 21, 2016

    Russian Indicted For Hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Others

    A Russian man stands accused of hacking into computers belonging to San Francisco-based tech companies LinkedIn Corp., Dropbox Inc. and Formspring Inc. and stealing information and user credentials, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

  • October 21, 2016

    US Trustee Objects To Kid-Track Firm's Ch. 11 Bid Terms

    Child tracking-device marketer Filip Technologies Inc. wove potentially unfair and unsupportable sale terms into its bankruptcy auction plan, possibly giving its stalking horse bidder a leg up, the Delaware Office of the U.S. Trustee said in an objection filed on Friday.

  • October 21, 2016

    USPTO Wants Suit Over Power Outage ‘Holidays’ Thrown Out

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and companies including Samsung have asked a judge to toss a suit challenging the USPTO’s decision to extend filing deadlines during a major power outage by declaring several days to be “federal holidays,” saying the plaintiff lacks standing.

  • October 21, 2016

    High Court Asked To Review Apple Patent Win Under Cuozzo

    SightSound Technologies has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Federal Circuit’s finding that it is jurisdictionally barred under the high court’s Cuozzo decision from considering if the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred when it invalidated two SightSound patents challenged by Apple Inc. on grounds Apple didn't explicitly raise.

  • October 21, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: Kushner, Jeff Bezos, Madison Capital

    Kushner Cos. has reportedly landed a $370 million loan from SL Green and Deutsche Bank for the retail portion of a New York property, Jeff Bezos' outer space firm Blue Origin is said to have dropped $12.4 million on a Seattle-area warehouse, and Madison Capital has reportedly bought Miami Beach retail space for $57.3 million.

  • October 21, 2016

    Ruling Against Offshore Partnerships Final, 3rd Circ. Says

    A Third Circuit panel refused Friday to upend a lower court determination refusing dismissal of an Internal Revenue Service fight with limited liability companies contesting an offshore tax burden from a $180 million technology company transaction, instead agreeing that the matter is final.

  • October 21, 2016

    Mass. Man To Cop To $1B Pyramid Scheme Ahead Of Trial

    One of the co-founders of TelexFree Inc. who allegedly ran a $1 billion pyramid scheme targeting Brazilian and Dominican immigrants, has agreed to plead guilty on the day before jury selection in his trial was set to begin, prosecutors said on Friday.

  • October 21, 2016

    PTAB Won't Reconsider Axing VirnetX Patents In Apple IP Row

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday declined to reconsider its invalidation of several claims of two VirnetX network security patents asserted against Apple in light of the patent owner’s allegation that another petitioner challenging the claims did not identify all interested parties.

  • October 21, 2016

    Self-Driving Car Makers Air Concerns Over Draft Calif. Rules

    Autonomous vehicle pioneers including Google, Ford and Uber told the California Department of Motor Vehicles this week that its proposed regulations for driverless cars are “overly restrictive” and potentially burdensome for manufacturers.

  • October 21, 2016

    FCC's Privacy Plan Still Too Strict, Broadband Group Says

    Broadband trade group USTelecom is pressing its case for consistent privacy rules across internet sectors as the Federal Communications Commission enters the final stretch before a planned vote on new ISP rules, with the ACLU and other groups also weighing in for and against the proposal.

  • October 21, 2016

    6 Firms To Steer 7 IPOs Totaling $2.6B Led By Blockbuster

    Six firms will guide seven initial public offerings totaling about $2.6 billion during an expectedly busy week of Oct. 24, anchored by potentially the year's largest IPO, plus a private equity-backed golf equipment company, four technology and life science firms, and a blank check issuer.

  • October 21, 2016

    Brand Battles: Arsenal FC, Chicago Cubs, Microsoft

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, English soccer club Arsenal takes on a cider brand named for Pittsburgh's historic Allegheny Arsenal, the Chicago Cubs file even more trademark cases, and Microsoft goes after a Japanese industrial giant over "Surface."

  • October 21, 2016

    Judge Reconsiders, Axes Vehicle-Tracking Patent As Abstract

    A Virginia federal judge has reconsidered his earlier ruling and found that an Orbcomm vehicle-tracking patent asserted against rival CalAmp is invalid for claiming only an abstract idea, saying he changed his mind due to a recent Federal Circuit decision.

  • October 21, 2016

    GE’s Danfoss Claims Tossed In Compressor Cartel MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday dismissed the final claims in multidistrict litigation over an alleged conspiracy to fix refrigerant compressor prices, saying that General Electric Co. could not pursue Danfoss because it did not directly purchase compressors from the Danish manufacturer.

  • October 21, 2016

    Hedge Funds Fret Over Data Security In Fintech Age: Survey

    Hedge fund managers are becoming increasingly concerned about data risk as the industry turns heavily to financial technology for controls and compliance, according to a recent joint survey by consultancy KPMG and trade bodies the Alternative Investment Management Association and Managed Funds Association.

  • October 21, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T And Time Warner, Apple, Qualcomm

    An AT&T acquisition of Time Warner could be announced as soon as this weekend, while Apple previously pursued Time Warner and is keeping close tabs on its potential deal with AT&T, and Qualcomm has nearly clinched a roughly $37 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors.

  • October 21, 2016

    McDermott Gains Transactional Partner From Locke Lord

    A former longtime Locke Lord LLP partner specializing in corporate and transactional matters for technology and life sciences companies in cross-border situations has joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a partner in its Boston office, the firm has said.

  • October 21, 2016

    Defense Agency Rightly Excluded IT Contract Bid, GAO Says

    The Pentagon's logistics agency was justified in excluding a company's bid for an IT contract from the range of competitive offers, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Friday, agreeing that the proposal lacked sufficient detail.

  • October 21, 2016

    GoPro Urges Confirmation Of $1M Award Against Distributor

    GoPro urged a California federal court Thursday to confirm a $1.31 million final arbitration award reached by the International Chamber of Commerce against a former distributor in Colombia, arguing both parties fully participated in the proceedings, leaving nothing to stand in the way of confirmation.

  • October 21, 2016

    Providence Strategic Growth Invests $115M In PaySimple

    PaySimple, a cloud-based platform that lets businesses market their services and accept payments online, said Thursday it has received a $115 million growth investment from Providence Strategic Growth, a growth equity affiliate of media-focused private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: The 2nd Circ.'s Misguided Approach To Antitrust

    David Balto

    The Second Circuit's recent decision in American Express obscures the purpose of the antitrust laws, is inconsistent with decades of antitrust jurisprudence, and will handicap the ability of the antitrust agencies and courts to challenge anti-competitive conduct in dozens of markets, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • OPINION: Getting Practical About Patent Quality

    David J. Kappos

    While patent quality is unquestionably important, it is a fool's errand to seek automotive-level quality. Nor do we find a panacea by looking to other patent systems, says David Kappas, a partner with Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Apple V. Samsung: Consumer Input In Design Patent Cases

    Betsy D. Gelb

    Samsung was joined by the U.S. Department of Justice in suggesting that a fact-finder conduct a test to determine how much of the value of a technology product was due to its design patents. That approach appears tailor-made for consumer research. The precedents come from litigation over infringement of utility patents, say Betsy Gelb, a professor at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business, and Gabriel Gelb of Endeavor Management.

  • When Your Client Is The President


    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.

  • A Shift Toward Increased Antitrust Scrutiny Of Tech Cos.


    In this short video, Jonathan Kanter of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP discusses what we can expect in terms of U.S. antitrust enforcement against technology providers.

  • DTSA's Reach Extended To Continuing Misappropriation

    Casey Griffith

    Recent federal court decisions in Adams Arms and TriZetto support the interpretation that any post-Defend Trade Secrets Act misappropriation — including continued misappropriation commenced prior to DTSA enactment — is subject to the DTSA. Consequently, trade secret claimants may have even easier access to federal court than previously thought, say Casey Griffith and Michael Barbee of Griffith Bates Champion Harper LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Radically Changes The Law Of Obviousness

    Mark Hannemann

    The Federal Circuit's recent obviousness decision in Apple v. Samsung contradicts almost 200 years of consistent U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The mistake in the en banc majority opinion was not in how it applied the standards of review, but rather in the question to which it applied them, say attorneys with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • Revisiting The Post-Sale Duty To Warn

    Rosario Vignali

    A New York federal judge's recent ruling in the General Motors ignition switch multidistrict litigation is a reminder that a manufacturer’s responsibility does not necessarily end once the product leaves its possession, says Rosario Vignali of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Aerotec Likely To Guide 9th Circ. On Aftermarket Issues

    Shylah R. Alfonso

    A self-described “primer for aftermarket issues,” the Ninth Circuit's recent analysis and guidance in Aerotec v. Honeywell will apply to cases involving other portions of the airplane parts and services aftermarket as well as to the numerous aftermarkets in other industries, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.