Technology

  • July 2, 2015

    Supreme Court Justices Disclose 2014 Stock Holdings

    Financial disclosures from the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday show several justices held stakes in companies involved in cases last year, including Chief Justice John Roberts, who owned at least $250,000 in Time Warner Inc. stock when it was involved in the American Broadcasting Company v. Aereo case.

  • July 2, 2015

    Apple Dodges Potential $1.6B Award In Smartflash IP Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday said Apple Inc. did not willfully infringe media storage patents held by Smartflash LLC, nullifying a jury’s determination of willful infringement which Smartflash asserted entitled it to have a $533 million damages award tripled to $1.6 billion.

  • July 2, 2015

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan, Weil, Cooley

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, property and casualty insurer ACE Group picks up The Chubb Corp. for a cool $28.3 billion, while insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings PLC scores professional services firm Towers Watson & Co. in a deal valued at about $18 billion.

  • July 2, 2015

    OSI Investors Seek Class Cert. Over 'Naked' TSA Scanners

    OSI Systems Inc. could be facing “thousands” of angry investors after an Arkansas retiree benefit fund asked a California federal judge on Tuesday for class certification in its lawsuit accusing OSI of failing to disclose that the company’s Transportation Security Administration scanners showed subjects naked.

  • July 2, 2015

    Brand Battles: Bayer, Philips, HBO, Red Bull

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Bayer's Phillips' Milk of Magnesia and Koninklijke Philips come to blows, HBO takes on Sling Media over a “Slingshot,” and Red Bull is “red” in the face over soft-drink mark.

  • July 2, 2015

    Apple Store Employees Renew Cert. Bid In Bag-Check Suit

    Apple Inc. retail employees who claim they weren't paid for time spent undergoing required bag and technology checks renewed their bid for class certification in California federal court Thursday, arguing that the fact that they were all subject to Apple's inspection policy creates a common question.

  • July 2, 2015

    Android User Moves To Combine Google Privacy Class Actions

    An Android user whose case was found to be different from another class action accusing Google Inc. of providing personal information to app developers without permission told a California federal judge on Wednesday that the cases are now aligned and should be related.

  • July 2, 2015

    M&A Boom Soars To Highest First-Half Clip In 8 Years

    Coming off a robust 2014, corporations kicked up their buying spree again in the first half of 2015, led by deal-hungry health care and pharmaceutical companies and buoyed by cheap financing that has fueled the mergers and acquisitions boom to its highest level in eight years.

  • July 2, 2015

    Proxy Adviser Says Vote No On Samsung's $8B Merger

    The day after a court victory in South Korea, Samsung C&T Corp.’s planned $8 billion merger with Cheil Industries Inc. hit a snag when a proxy adviser in a report released on Thursday pushed for shareholders to vote no.

  • July 1, 2015

    1 Firm Tops June IPO Activity As Volume Hits New Heights

    One law firm cashed in on initial public offering activity in June, leading the underwriters on 11 of the month’s 35 floats and championing four new issuers’ debuts — including one that had the largest first-day pop in roughly 18 months — as the month marked the busiest for IPOs since 2000.

  • July 1, 2015

    EA Says Conflicting Testimony Undermines $4.9M IP Verdict

    Electronic Arts Inc. made another bid in Texas federal court Tuesday to escape a jury’s $4.9 million verdict in a patent infringement case, arguing a key expert offered conflicting testimony and that Uniloc Luxembourg SA secured the verdict through “fraud, misrepresentation or misconduct.”

  • July 1, 2015

    Watchdog Calls For Time Warner Cable Lobbying Disclosures

    A consumer watchdog appeared at Time Warner Cable’s shareholder meeting Wednesday to present the board of directors a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures demanding the company disclose its political spending, especially on campaigns against net neutrality.

  • July 1, 2015

    $8B Samsung Merger Steams Ahead After South Korea Ruling

    Samsung C&T Corp. cleared a hurdle Wednesday to its planned, $8 billion merger with Cheil Industries Inc., when a South Korean court tossed an activist effort to derail the tie-up that claimed it would shortchange Samsung C&T shareholders.

  • July 1, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Petrobras, Centor, Interactive Data

    China Petroleum & Chemical and Cnooc are among the companies interested in buying stakes in Brazilian oil company Petrobras, Montagu Private Equity moves toward unloading its prescription retail unit Centor in a potential $700 million deal and Interactive Data explores a possible sale or initial public offering that could value it around $5 billion.

  • July 1, 2015

    With High Court Mum On Java Copyrights, Is Innovation Safe?

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the Federal Circuit ruling in Google Inc. v. Oracle America Inc. We asked 25 litigators, copyright experts, economists, in-house counsel and former regulators about the implications for software innovation and interoperability. Here's the latest from IP Law360's Voices of the Bar.

  • July 1, 2015

    Apple Shirking Discovery In Flash Memory IP Row, Court Told

    Patent portfolio manager Longitude Licensing Ltd. told a California federal court Tuesday that Apple Inc. has improperly withheld documents and communications pertaining to licensing discussions and source codes in a suit alleging Apple's iPads, iPhones and iPods are infringing 13 patents related to flash memory technology.

  • July 1, 2015

    Fed. Circ. OKs Stay Of $44M Row After PTAB Nixes Patents

    The Federal Circuit said Tuesday it was reasonable for a lower court to pause a patent infringement case after several telephone closed-captioning patents CaptionCall LLC was ordered to pay $44 million for infringing were found invalid by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • July 1, 2015

    Google Says Jenner Piracy Doc Row Belongs In Miss.

    Google Inc. urged a D.C. federal judge on Monday to transfer to Mississippi its quest for documents showing Jenner & Block LLP supported the state attorney general’s “anti-Google agenda” on behalf of anti-piracy interests, saying it’s clear the parties are heavily involved in Mississippi’s affairs.

  • July 1, 2015

    NCR Says Divisibility Finding In Superfund Row Should Stand

    NCR Corp. on Tuesday asked a Wisconsin federal judge to reject requests by the federal government and other co-defendants that he reconsider his ruling that NCR can’t be held fully liable for part of a $1.5 billion Superfund cleanup.

  • July 1, 2015

    Android Users Fight To Keep Expert In Google Privacy Row

    Android users claiming that Google Inc. handed their personal information to app developers without permission urged a California federal judge on Tuesday to deny the Internet behemoth’s bid to oust their expert’s testimony, saying that it’s up to a jury to decide whether to accept the expert’s opinion.

Expert Analysis

  • An 'Exceptional Case' One Year After Octane: Part 2

    Timothy P. Cremen

    One year on, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Octane and Highmark decisions have drastically altered the fee-shifting landscape in patent cases, and courts have repeatedly permitted fee-shifting in cases where there are clear differences between the asserted claims and accused products, or where a patentee has ignored settled law or otherwise proceeded in bad faith, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Anticipating IP Trends In 3-D Printing

    Bryan Vogel

    Increasingly, those creating software for 3-D printing have turned to trade secret protection. But software innovators who choose trade secret law rather than patent law to protect their innovations must have a strong risk tolerance, says Bryan Vogel of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • An 'Exceptional Case' One Year After Octane: Part 1

    Timothy P. Cremen

    Now that we have reached the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on fee-shifting in patent cases, it is worth looking back at the history of fee-shifting and how the Federal Circuit and various district courts have applied Octane and Highmark, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Risk Of Insuring Supply Chains From Cyber Risk

    Lon A. Berk

    As the Internet of Things expands, so too do cyber risks created by the supply chain. Manufacturers looking to control that risk may seek indemnification and insurance protection from their suppliers, however that strategy contains hidden risks as well, say Lon Berk and Sergio Oehninger at Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • The Commil Decision And What It Leaves Unanswered

    J. Karl Gross

    Throughout the Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc. opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court treated knowledge and intent as binary concepts — the accused inducer either possessed knowledge and intent or it did not. Unfortunately, this understanding does not reflect the realism of litigation in the district courts, says J. Karl Gross of Leydig Voit & Mayer Ltd.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • 4 Life Science Innovations That Give Life To Patent Growth

    Kevin M. Granahan

    With a rapidly increasing and largely inelastic demand resulting from health-conscious and aging populations throughout the world and the relative availability of capital, the life sciences industry is in an enviable position regarding patent growth — especially when compared with other industries competing for revenues, say Kevin Granahan and David Magagna at Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • A Rare 'Spaghetti' Software Code Copyright Decision

    Jeffrey Kass

    Can licensed code be embedded in other code and still receive copyright protection? Jury decisions like the recent U2logic Inc. v. American Auto Shield LLC case in Colorado may provide some guidance and help software developers protect their valuable programs, says Jeffrey Kass of Polsinelli PC.

  • Your Future Tech Clients Would Like A Word With You

    Andrew E. Samuels

    Greetings from the future! Ninety-five percent of Earth’s nourishment is supplied by food trucks, the Cincinnati Bengals just won their third consecutive Super Bowl, and the latest social media craze is the “reverse selfie” (taking pictures of other people). Also, my engineering law students from the Spring 2015 semester at Ohio State are now your tech clients. Their answers to two questions back in 2015 should help you serve them ... (continued)

  • The Staggering Breadth Of Chicago's New 'Cloud' Taxes

    Michael J. Wynne

    The city of Chicago will attempt to tax the “cloud” more directly and comprehensibly than any other U.S. jurisdiction, demonstrating that bad times make for bad tax administration. And there are strong arguments that the tax rulings run afoul of provisions in the Federal Telecommunications Act, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and federal and Illinois constitutional limits on taxation, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.