Technology

  • March 27, 2015

    Microsoft, CVS, JPMorgan Sued Over Geolocation Patents

    Microsoft Corp., CVS Caremark Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo Bank NA and HEB Grocery Co. LP were sued Thursday in Texas federal court over claims that they ripped off a patented geolocation system. 

  • March 27, 2015

    Software Co. Owner's $5M Gov't Contract Suit Nixed

    A Court of Federal Claims judge said Friday that the co-founder of a software company does not have standing to bring a $5 million lawsuit against the government for allegedly sinking the value of his business through an Air Force contract dispute.

  • March 27, 2015

    FCC Backs Telcordia For Phone Contract After Neustar Fight

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved recommending Ericsson-owned Telcordia Technologies Inc. as the contractor on a phone-number management system following a battle with Neustar Inc., the longtime recipient of the contract worth $460 million last year.

  • March 27, 2015

    Ford Drives Off With Win In Patent, Trade Secret Trial

    Ford Motor Co. beat a $275 million patent infringement suit on Thursday when a Washington federal jury found that the automaker did not infringe four electric systems patents asserted by Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC, which was also found liable for misappropriating Ford's trade secrets.

  • March 27, 2015

    Google Must Face Safari User-Tracking Claims In UK Court

    A British appellate court affirmed Friday that Google Inc. harmed users of Apple Inc.'s Safari browser by collecting their information without permission and selling it to advertisers, rejecting Google's claims that English courts lacked jurisdiction.

  • March 27, 2015

    Wilson Sonsini, White & Case Set To Lead Week's Tech IPOs

    Two private equity-backed technology companies — GoDaddy Inc., led by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, and digital printing company Kornit Digital, led by White & Case LLP — are on deck to float in the upcoming week, together potentially raising about $475 million as tech companies start to flirt with the public market.

  • March 27, 2015

    US Prods China On Murky Banking Sector Rules At WTO

    After much cajoling from a litany of business groups, the U.S. government has begun pressing China to shed more light on the controversial rules placing restrictions the use of foreign technology in its banking sector, according to a World Trade Organization document circulated Thursday.

  • March 27, 2015

    Intel Asks For Increased H-1B Cap As Filing Period Looms

    Intel Corp. pled Congress to increase the cap for H-1B visas for highly skilled workers on Thursday — roughly a week before immigration services will begin taking petitions for the visas — claiming the U.S. has shortage of science and engineering workers.

  • March 27, 2015

    Elliott's 7.5% Axis Stake A New Twist In Canon's $2.8B Bid

    Activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. revealed its 7.5 percent stake in Axis AB on Friday, a disclosure that could cause complications for Canon Inc.'s roughly $2.8 billion takeover attempt of the Swiss video surveillance specialist.

  • March 27, 2015

    Yahoo Unveils $2B Share Buyback Amid Activist Pressure

    Bolstering itself against activist pressure, Yahoo Inc. announced a new $2 billion share buyback program Thursday to return value to shareholders after it raised $9.4 billion selling shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. following the e-commerce giant’s record-setting initial public offering last year.

  • March 27, 2015

    Panasonic, Indirect Purchasers Settle In CRT Price-Fixing MDL

    Panasonic Corp. has reached a settlement with indirect purchaser plaintiffs over their claims in multidistrict litigation that it was part of a conspiracy to fix the prices of cathode ray tubes, according to a California federal court filing Thursday, just days after the electronic giant settled claims made by Sharp Electronics Corp.

  • March 26, 2015

    Motorola, Intellectual Ventures Meet In 3rd IP Battle

    Intellectual Ventures LLC and Motorola Mobility LLC clashed again Thursday in Delaware federal court, where the now-familiar foes commenced another trial over alleged patent infringement by Motorola technology.

  • March 26, 2015

    Patent Eligibility Confusion Reigns Post-Alice, Experts Say

    The lack of clear guidance in the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision has left attorneys, judges and patent examiners struggling to define what is and is not eligible for patent, and greater clarity does not appear to be on the horizon anytime soon, experts said at a conference Thursday.

  • March 26, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: SoftBank, Evonik, Union Bancaire

    Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Corp. may be ready to lay out as much as $1 billion to acquire a 20 percent stake in Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics Ltd., while Evonik Industries AG may try to take over rival Clariant AG in order to create a $21.8 billion chemicals company.

  • March 26, 2015

    House Bill Would Give Cos. 30 Days To Notify Of Data Breach

    A Democratic U.S. Representative on Thursday announced that he was introducing cybersecurity legislation that would give businesses, with some exceptions, 30 days to notify customers after discovery of a data breach.

  • March 26, 2015

    Financial Data Firm Liable For Sales Tax, NY Tax Panel Says

    SunGard Securities Finance LLC has to pay nearly $400,000 in contested sales taxes on data processing services, the New York Division of Tax Appeals said in a recently released decision, ruling the company does not qualify for personal use exceptions to sales of taxable information services.

  • March 26, 2015

    Apple Gets Claims Cut From PersonalWeb's Data Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday nixed several claims in a PersonalWeb Technologies LLC data patent, as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board sided with Apple Inc. and ruled the claims were obvious combinations of two older patents. 

  • March 26, 2015

    After Document Gaffe, Co. Refiles Alcatel-Lucent IP Suit

    After a patent infringement suit against Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. was recently dismissed for lack of standing due to a missing document, Labyrinth Optical Technologies LLC filed an identical complaint in California federal court Thursday, saying it had addressed the problem.

  • March 26, 2015

    High Court May Set Hurdle For Proving Induced Infringement

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case that could allow companies accused of induced infringement to escape liability by arguing they believed the patent was invalid, making patents more difficult to enforce, attorneys say.

  • March 26, 2015

    EU Antitrust Regulators Set Sights On E-Commerce

    A European Union official on Thursday called for a probe into the e-commerce sector in an attempt to erase digital geographical barriers to commerce that do not exist in the integrated bloc’s brick-and-mortar retail world, saying a well-functioning “Digital Single Market” could add about €340 billion ($372 billion) to GDP.

Expert Analysis

  • BMC Software May Be Good News For Taxpayers

    S. Eric Wang

    For companies that have agreed to adverse transfer pricing adjustments in the year of the one-time dividends-received deduction under Section 965, the pending status of BMC Software Inc. v. Commissioner has chilled the prospect of creating receivables like BMC's. But taxpayers can be cautiously optimistic that the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the case will eventually resolve this issue favorably, say attorneys with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • FTC’s Nonpublic Investigations Aren't Always Nonpublic

    Joe Ostoyich

    The Federal Trade Commission is required to preserve the confidentiality of the existence of its investigations and all of the company information and witness testimony obtained during its investigations. Yet a detailed internal report of the FTC staff’s investigation of Google Inc. for antitrust violations recently became front-page news. And unfortunately this disclosure was not an isolated occurrence, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • Dividing CERCLA Site Just Won't Cut It On Liability

    Marc A. Zeppetello

    Appvion Inc. v. P.H. Glatfelter Co. confirms that a potentially responsible party cannot escape Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act liability based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency dividing a site into operable units, says Marc Zeppetello of Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP.

  • What Experts Can Say About Inadmissible Facts During Trial

    Jason McDonell

    For reliance material that is not admitted on the stand, consider bolstering the testimony by having the expert describe the evidence generally, but in a way that signals to the jury that the expert has a strong foundation of supporting facts and data. If done well, such testimony can open the door to admitting the evidence, say Jason McDonell and Heather Fugitt of Jones Day.

  • An Assessment Of The Commil Briefings And Potential Fallout

    Matthew Berkowitz

    If the Federal Circuit’s decision is affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc. — set for oral argument Tuesday — it may all but eliminate induced infringement under Section 271(b) as a viable theory of infringement liability, says Matthew Berkowitz of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.

  • 5 Key Privacy Considerations For All Companies

    Adam Solander

    Privacy and security are closely intertwined, but securing information from outside intrusion may not provide the privacy protections you need, say Adam Solander and Patricia Wagner of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • High Court May Take On Corporate 5th Amendment Privilege

    Ramzi Abadou

    A festering but virtually unnoticed circuit split over a legal doctrine the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized early last century may provide the Roberts court with the opportunity to grant corporate persons privilege against self-incrimination for the first time in U.S. history, says Ramzi Abadou of Kahn Swick & Foti LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Just Say No (To MDLs)?

    Alan E. Rothman

    What will spring bring for the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation? Will it continue to close the door on new MDL proceedings? Will it decide to throw the baby out with the bathwater and decline to create a baby wipe MDL? asks Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • SEPs Don't Need A Different Reasonable Royalty Analysis

    Aaron Fahrenkrog

    The introduction of a single fact — standardization — has thrown reasonable royalty analyses into deep and unnecessary complexity. Using our “footprint” methodology, reasonable royalty damages for standard-essential patents can be calculated the same way as in any other case, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Don't Click On That Link! Your Data May Depend On It

    Randi W. Singer

    Cybersecurity is the ultimate team sport and every person in a company — from a corporate director all the way down to an entry-level employee — needs to be aware of spear phishing, which is often the easiest route into a sophisticated computer network, say Paul Ferrillo and Randi Singer of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.