The New York Public Service Commission has pushed back its deadline for reviewing Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. after state officials worried that the cable companies still weren't doing enough to improve "deficiencies" with their current service.
The Department of Defense wants contractors to continue to report to the agency's inspector general when they discover counterfeit electronic parts, despite ambiguous instructions in a new rule that expands contractors' responsibility for reporting and combating counterfeits, according to the DOD official charged with overseeing the disclosures. This is Part 2 in a two-part interview with DOD Deputy Inspector General Randy Stone. Part 1 was published Tuesday.
A Delaware federal judge has ordered a patent holding company to pay nearly $1.4 million in attorneys' fees to NetApp Inc. for engaging in a “reckless and wasteful” patent infringement lawsuit, saying the case is exceptional under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Octane Fitness ruling.
France Telecom SA slammed chipmaker Marvell Semiconductors Inc. as it wrapped its two-week patent infringement trial Tuesday, telling a California federal jury in closing arguments that Marvell should pay roughly $10 million for signing deals to supply mobile devices with 3G chips that infringed an error-correction patent.
Two advocacy groups lashed out at the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday for its “lax oversight” of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, demanding the regulator reject a Pennsylvania company’s proposal for a service that streamlines the parental consent process for games and other mobile apps to collect data from children.
AT&T Mobility LLC asked a Montana federal judge on Tuesday to approve a $45 million settlement that would resolve a proposed class action alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited calls to individuals who purported not to be AT&T subscribers.
Apple Inc. on Monday filed a petition for inter partes review of an Aylus Networks Inc. wireless video streaming patent that its Apple TV digital media player is accused of infringing, arguing that the patent is obvious in light of a standard developed by Microsoft Corp.
Fast-growing litigation and transactions law firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has bolstered its Florida presence with the Monday opening of a new Tampa office, which will focus on commercial litigation, construction, health care, employment and technology work.
Talks between Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Corp. and DreamWorks Animation SKG have ceased, with SoftBank now shifting its focus to buying Legendary Pictures Productions LLC, while Portugal has begun approaching a number of Spanish banks to gauge their interest in buying the country's recently established bank Novo Banco.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Tuesday its health services unit Optum is buying Texas-based MedSynergies Inc., a provider of medical practice management services, in a deal with undisclosed terms that will extend the insurance company’s reach into the integrated health care service industry.
Electronics case maker Incase Designs Corp. hit nonpracticing entity Eclipse IP LLC with a lawsuit in California federal court on Monday, saying it was responding to threats of litigation over its online ordering system and seeking a declaration that three of Eclipse’s patents are invalid and not infringed.
Government transparency advocates Public.Resource.org on Monday asked a federal court to compel the IRS to produce electronic documents under the Freedom of Information Act in a machine-readable format that the agency says it cannot accommodate for privacy and budgetary reasons.
Samsung SDS Co. Ltd., the information technology services unit of Samsung Group, set terms Tuesday for an up to 1.16 trillion won ($1.1 billion) initial public offering as it seeks to expand overseas amid parent Samsung Group’s high-profile restructuring.
As we see more startup activity related to health care information technologies, we will also see a convergence with financial technology companies that will seek to help health care consumers meet their financial needs in a world of higher deductibles and higher out-of-pocket costs, says Jennifer DePalma of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
Roy-G-Biv Corp. and engineering company ABB Inc., which were embroiled in a software patent infringement dispute that led to a landmark inter partes review finding, told a Texas federal court Monday that they agreed to settle the litigation and dismiss all claims with prejudice.
Neustar Inc., which is on the verge of losing a $446 million contract for routing millions of phone calls and text messages in the United States, said Monday that the federal government failed to properly consider the cybersecurity risks of switching the contract to a Swedish-owned competitor.
Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Monday urged technologists and other "creative people" to play a larger role in developing innovative privacy disclosures for emerging technologies such as Web-connected devices, saying she was concerned that lawyers are doing too much to shape the discussion.
K&L Gates LLP on Monday called allegations that it had represented both sides in a California patent infringement suit "baseless," but agreed to withdraw from the case to avert a disqualification battle.
Former Foundry Networks Inc. executive David Riley “betrayed” the technology company and its shareholders by tipping a hedge fund analyst about its 2008 merger with Brocade Communications Systems Inc., a U.S. prosecutor said on Monday at the close of trial.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused Monday to review under the America Invents Act a patent covering video conference encryption technology that has been asserted against Microsoft Corp.'s Skype and Apple Inc.'s FaceTime, ruling that Microsoft had failed to show the patent was likely invalid.
This week, as the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation embarks on a rare October hearing, we cannot resist mentioning an intriguing MDL petition that involves local rules governing attorney admission and several lawsuits naming members of the federal judiciary — including a JPML member who is also a D.C. district court judge, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Currently pending before Congress are several pieces of proposed legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity efforts. But they are proposals that likely lack the force necessary to allay the private sector’s concerns about information sharing and potential exposure to antitrust and other liability, say attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright.
The overlap of Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code and the new-value defense gives rise to an interesting question, and the Eastern District of Virginia has been clarifying the law in this area, including most recently in Siegel v. Sony Electronics Inc. — related to the Circuit City Stores Inc. bankruptcy. However, case law on this topic remains unresolved, says Debora Hoehne of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The Federal Circuit's recent decision in STC.UNM v. Intel Corp. provides patent co-owners a stark reminder that they should clearly and carefully identify their rights and obligations with respect to the co-owned patent — or face surprises, says Matthew Siegal of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
A California federal court's recent decision in the Adobe Systems Inc. privacy litigation is significant. Before this opinion, only one other court had ruled that Article III standing exists without allegations of actual misuse of breached information, say attorneys with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Intellectual Property Exchange International Inc. offers a novel approach for monetizing and licensing a patent portfolio. But with only three offerings available to date, uncertainties remain over its ultimate success in balancing the competing interests of patentees and potential purchasers, say Mitch Stockwell and Rodney Miller of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Even when well-structured independent contractor relationships survive legal scrutiny under federal labor, tax or benefit laws, the 1099 model may not pass muster under the crazy quilt of state independent contractor laws. And private equity firms and investors do not conduct the level of due diligence they should before investing in 1099-model startups, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Like "big data" and other effective software marketing buzzwords, “cloud” makes something that is very complex sound simple — and even friendly. Most attorneys are not prepared to dig into the distinctions between public, private and hybrid cloud models, or the niceties of how or where their data is transmitted and stored, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.
Although the sample size of cases is presently small, it appears that last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. has at least weakened patent exhaustion's territorial requirement, says Alicia Carney of Fisch Sigler LLP.