Technology

  • October 22, 2014

    Verizon Taps Debt Market Again With $6.5B Bond Sale

    Verizon Communications Inc. said Wednesday it will offer $6.5 billion in bonds as it seeks to take advantage of the low interest rate environment, to refinance its existing debt.

  • October 22, 2014

    3rd Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Virgin Islands Telecom Case

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to transfer a complicated settlement dispute involving Norton Rose Fulbright, investment firm Greenlight Capital Inc., a group of insolvent Virgin Islands telecommunications firms and others to bankruptcy court, which then recommended that the case be thrown out.

  • October 22, 2014

    Yahoo Earnings Buoyed By Alibaba’s Historic IPO

    Yahoo Inc. booked stronger than expected earnings for the third quarter, with results buoyed by the $9.4 billion worth of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. shares it unloaded during the e-commerce mammoth’s historic initial public offering last month, according to a statement Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2014

    SanDisk Fights Cert. Bid In Flash Memory Antitrust Suit

    SanDisk Corp. urged a federal judge to deny retailers and customers class certification in a suit accusing the company of using its patents to monopolize the flash memory industry, saying that the memory purchasers failed to prove that common issues predominate.

  • October 22, 2014

    Bankrupt Seegrid Gets Nod For Dec. Hearing On Ch. 11 Plan

    Robotics developer Seegrid Corp. on Wednesday won the blessing of a Delaware bankruptcy judge to present its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan for confirmation in December, despite opposition from its former CEO who sought additional time to fight the plan.

  • October 22, 2014

    UniTek To Swap Debt For Equity, Go Private In Ch. 11

    Troubled telecommunications installation provider UniTek Global Services Inc.’s private equity stakeholders have reached a deal to take the company private and restructure its debts through a forthcoming prepackaged bankruptcy plan.

  • October 22, 2014

    Tessera Wants Judge To Enforce $30M Patent Deal, Nix Trial

    Tessera Inc. is pushing a California federal judge to enforce a $30 million settlement it reached in February with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. in a patent-infringement suit, claiming ASE has “settler's remorse” and asking the court to call off a Nov. 10 trial, according to filings this week.

  • October 22, 2014

    Unwired Planet Wins Apple Report From $1B Samsung Victory

    A California federal judge has ordered Apple Inc. to hand over a damage analysis from its nearly $1 billion victory over Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd., granting patent group Unwired Planet LLC a victory in its battle with Apple Inc. over mobile device patents.

  • October 22, 2014

    US Talks Can't Extend Patent Law To Foreign Sales: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a $1.5 million judgment against Pulse Electronics Corp. for infringing three Halo Electronics Inc. transformer patents used in domestic products, but said that U.S. patent laws don't apply to units sold internationally even if negotiations for foreign sales occurred in the U.S.

  • October 22, 2014

    Motorola Tells 7th Circ. FTAIA No Cartel Shield

    Motorola Mobility LLC told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, which was designed to limit the foreign reach of U.S. antitrust law, was not meant to give a free pass to cartels whose products end up in the U.S. just because the sales happen abroad.

  • October 22, 2014

    FCC Pauses Comments on $45B Comcast, $49B AT&T Deals

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday slowed down its review of both Comcast Corp.’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s potential purchase of DirecTV, saying more time is needed to resolve disputes over who has access to contracts with content providers.

  • October 22, 2014

    Northrop Grumman, CSC Win $71M In DOD Software Contracts

    Computer Sciences Corp. and a unit of defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. have been awarded software support contracts to provide services for various U.S. Department of Defense technology and communication programs, worth up to a combined $71.4 million, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2014

    Market Rumors: Wingstop, Yodle, ECB

    Private equity-backed chicken wing chain Wingstop is cooking up a potentially $100 million initial public offering, while marketing software maker Yodle is reconsidering its plans for a public debut.

  • October 22, 2014

    Quanta Doesn't Nix Restricted Sales, Lexmark Tells Fed. Circ.

    Lexmark International Inc. on Tuesday urged the Federal Circuit to overturn a decision that the company’s inkjet cartridge return program is invalid under patent law, arguing that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling the lower court relied on did not overrule the appeals court’s previous finding on restricted sales.

  • October 22, 2014

    Jury Clears Apple In $94M Patent Suit Over IPhones, IPads

    Apple Inc. triumphed in GPNE Corp.'s $94 million patent trial Wednesday when a California federal jury unanimously found that the tech titan's iPhones and iPads didn't infringe two data-communications patents, though Apple failed to convince jurors that those patents are invalid.

  • October 22, 2014

    Google Says Nortel Shouldn't Block Docs In Rockstar IP Row

    Google Inc. on Tuesday became the latest company to urge a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject a bid by defunct Nortel Networks Inc. to grant it protection against subpoenas it has received in connection with patent infringement litigation involving Rockstar Consortium LP, the buyer of Nortel's patent portfolio.

  • October 22, 2014

    Amazon, Apple, Dropbox Sued Over Networking Patent

    Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. were among several tech businesses sued on Tuesday in Texas federal court by Vantage Point Technology Inc., which claims services such as Google Drive and iCloud violate a patent covering a method for transferring documents over the Internet.

  • October 22, 2014

    SoftBank Leads $100M Financing For Indonesian Online Market

    Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. on Wednesday continued its push to become the largest Internet company in Asia by leading a $100 million investment round in Indonesian online marketplace PT Tokopedia.

  • October 22, 2014

    SG Asks High Court To Eye 'Good-Faith' Patent Defense

    The Solicitor General has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Commil USA LLC’s petition over whether parties accused of inducing infringement should be able to use a good-faith belief in a patent’s invalidity as a defense, saying that such a holding undermines the Patent Act’s effectiveness.

  • October 21, 2014

    Ex-Yahoo Worker Can't Duck Patent Row Under Anti-SLAPP

    A former Yahoo Inc. employee must face a suit alleging he stole a patent from the tech giant when he founded his own startup, a California judge ruled Tuesday rejecting the ex-worker’s argument that Yahoo’s trade secrets and patent suit violated his free speech rights.

Expert Analysis

  • Japan's Trade Secret Law Reform Should Focus On Discovery

    York Faulkner

    Faced with a growing trend of trade secret theft, Japanese lawmakers are actively debating reforms to strengthen both civil and criminal enforcement of trade secrets. The proposals, however, fail to address the fundamental weakness of trade secret enforcement under current Japanese law, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Kitahama Partners and Lexia Partners.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 1st Circ. Injects Uncertainty Into Stay Relief Denials

    Douglas R. Gooding

    Both the majority and dissent in a First Circuit ruling in Pinpoint IT Services LLC v. Rivera could be accused of drawing an arbitrary line in the sand — their positions bring uncertainty to bankruptcy appeals of stay relief denials even prior to any consideration of the merits of such appeals, say Douglas Gooding and Meg McKenzie Feist of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • International Standard Could Reshape Cloud Privacy

    Lindsey Tonsager

    Because the International Standards Organization and the International Electrotechnical Commission's new voluntary standard is the first international standard to focus on privacy in the cloud and provides an auditable policy framework for privacy compliance, it could significantly shape cloud services around the globe, says Lindsey Tonsager of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Design Patent Damages Might Be More Than You Expected

    Scott Breedlove

    For many litigators and in-house counsel who regularly deal with utility patents, the design patent is less familiar territory. But design patents can be a valuable tool. Inventors should consider protecting both the overall design and designs of specific components, as both may implicate substantial damages if infringed, say Scott Breedlove and Seth Lindner of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 2

    Ross Garsson

    By better understanding and considering the research institution’s infrastructure and policies upfront, attorneys and executives can identify and address issues that could otherwise derail partnerships with a for-profit corporation, and thus foster successful collaboration, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • We Need A Specialized Patent Trial Court

    William Watkins

    The U.S. is the only country in the world where standard juries are used in patent cases. With patent trolls imposing huge costs on the economy and crippling our power to innovate, Americans should be willing to consider major changes in how we decide patent cases, says William Watkins, a research fellow at The Independent Institute.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • The Truth About Patent Damage Awards

    Brian Howard

    Although many may associate patent litigation with a proliferation of stratospheric jury verdicts, these preconceptions are most often wrong. Few patent cases go to trial, and fewer result in any damages, let alone the kind that make headlines. Let's look at the numbers, says Brian Howard, co-author of the Lex Machina Patent Litigation Damages Report.

  • Will The New ABS Rules Impact Cell Tower Securitizations?

    Malcolm P. Wattman

    Given the lack of specific discussion of cell tower securitizations in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission commentary relating to two new rules affecting asset-backed securities, it is uncertain if cell tower securitizations are subject to the new rules, and whether the applicability of the rules depends upon the securitization structure used, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.