The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has sided with Apple Inc. in determining that certain claims of an e-Watch Inc. patent for digital image technology in a camera are invalid as anticipated by prior art, after finding e-Watch didn’t properly execute a priority claim to an earlier related patent application.
The U.K.’s decision to pull out of the European Union is likely to eventually result in the creation of new data protection and transfer agreements that, while similar to the EU’s current regime, will contain deviations that could leave companies to grapple with divergent standards and duplicative enforcement, attorneys say.
The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday ruled in favor of LG Electronics Inc. in a final written decision in an America Invents Act review, finding that a challenged claim of a video playback patent held by graphics technology firm ATI Technologies is unpatentable.
Cellphone owners urged a California federal judge Thursday to grant final approval to a $9 million settlement with Samsung, HTC and other mobile manufacturers that could benefit around 57,000 consumers in multidistrict litigation alleging software employed by the companies illegally collected user data.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere and other executives have told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and several commissioners that the company’s “Binge On” video service, which has faced criticism for allegedly violating the principles of the commission’s net neutrality order, is pro-consumer.
A U.S. Chamber of Commerce official on Friday asked the European Union’s member states to quickly sign off on the updated version of the so-called Privacy Shield, saying the new framework for trans-Atlantic data transfer is critical for companies on both sides of the pond.
Sony Corp. has agreed to pay Network-1 Technologies Inc. for a license for its ethernet patent to settle Network-1's infringement claim against it in Texas federal court, the Network-1 announced Friday, almost a year after after the Federal Circuit rebuffed Sony's bid to have the patent declared invalid.
Incipio LLC, the maker of cellphone cases and other personal technology accessories, will buy Latham & Watkins LLP-led Skullcandy Inc. in a $177 million deal, the companies announced in a joint statement Friday.
The D.C. Circuit's sweeping endorsement of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules has many experts convinced they are here to stay, but the possibility of Supreme Court review and the question of how the FCC will move forward mean the battles are far from over.
This week's edition of Taxation With Representation sees the technology industry light up with major purchases in the gaming, security and software sectors, and a German forklift company makes a multibillion-dollar purchase to enhance its advanced materials-handling capabilities.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday announced that he had circulated proposed rules to open up spectrum for 5G applications and flexible use wireless broadband, calling 5G a “national priority,” ahead of the commission’s July 14 vote.
Britain’s vote to split from the European Union threatens London’s trailblazer role in developing and regulating the technology behind virtual currencies, widely deemed the new frontier in global finance.
In a decision the Electronic Frontier Foundation called “dangerously flawed,” a Virginia federal judge ruled on Thursday that FBI agents do not need a warrant before deploying malware that goes into a computer and takes certain information from it.
The International Trade Commission released an order on Thursday finding technology firm Arista Networks infringed on three of five patents owned by Cisco Systems relating to ethernet switch products, a decision that quells at least one brewing legal battle between the rivals.
Smartflash urged the Federal Circuit Thursday not to coordinate Apple’s appeal of a $533 million Texas infringement case over Smartflash’s media storage patents with Smartflash's own appeal of a set of Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings axing the patents, saying the move wouldn’t support judicial efficiency.
A bipartisan House group weighing the complicated legal and policy issues surrounding encryption noted on Wednesday the need for increased cooperation between law enforcement and the private sector, but seemed to stop short of openly supporting draft legislation to empower the former.
Twilio Inc.’s explosive initial public offering Thursday will likely encourage more so-called unicorns, or private companies valued at $1 billion or more, to get off the sidelines and brave public waters that have largely frozen out technology startups in 2016, capital markets attorney say.
An EU commissioner said Wednesday that the final version of the so-called Privacy Shield, a framework that will impose stronger obligations on digital companies like Google and Facebook to protect Europeans' personal information when transferring data between the United States and European Union, could be ready as early as July.
A California judge Thursday denied certification to a consumer class claiming that Toshiba falsely advertised LED televisions without disclosing the flat-screen devices used an alternate display technology, saying she wasn't convinced consumers would find the LED label deceptive and material to their purchasing decision.
Royal Bank of Scotland has received multiple offers for its $3 billion Greek shipping finance unit, Lionsgate is once again in talks with Starz about a potential merger, and cloud software company Okta is gearing up for a sale or initial public offering.
There are some questioning whether the Federal Circuit took a step backward with its decision in TLI v. AV Automotive, decided just five days after Enfish clarified the proper framework in which to determine whether a claim is abstract for step one of the Alice test. However, taking a closer look, the TLI court moved the Enfish line of reasoning forward, says Gautham Bodepudi of IP Edge.
What is most interesting about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action against Morgan Stanley for cybersecurity lapses is that Morgan Stanley’s conduct was exemplary — the firm did everything right, says John Reed Stark, former internet enforcement chief at the SEC.
While California courts have entertained the notion that an insurer’s conduct during coverage litigation may be considered evidence of bad faith under extremely limited circumstances, they more consistently recognize that an insurer — like any litigant — is entitled to a fair day in court, as illustrated by a California federal court's recent decision in Genesis Insurance v. Magma Design, says Jennifer Williams at Wiley Rein LLP.
It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.
One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.
A defining feature of the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, borrowed from Mayo, is reliance on “implicit exceptions” to the patent laws, under which the court regards patent claims too closely related to a law of nature, natural phenomenon or abstract idea as ineligible for patenting. It has fallen on the Federal Circuit to determine what scope should be given to these “implicit exceptions,” says Bruce Sunstein of Sunstein Kann ... (continued)
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday in Cuozzo provides legal certainty that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can and will continue to apply the broadest reasonable interpretation claim construction standard. However, the court's ruling regarding appealability of institution decisions is narrow, fact-specific, and leaves many issues outstanding, says Rick Neifeld of Neifeld IP Law PC.
LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.
No one understands the concept and obligations of “fiduciary duty” better than legal professionals — and yet, many law firm partners and principals may be overlooking a significant source of liability in their practices, says Tom Zgainer, CEO and founder of America’s Best 401k.
Alice distills the patentable subject matter debate into a two-step analysis that overlaps in significant respect with the two-part analysis for assessing whether a patent claim qualifies as a covered business method. The similarities in analytical frameworks have not escaped the attention of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and district courts, says Scott McKeown of Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP.