Technology

  • August 27, 2015

    Flurry Of Filings Irks Judge In $548M Apple, Samsung IP Row

    For the second time in three days, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to block Apple Inc.’s motion to force Samsung to pay $548 million, prompting the judge to bar further filings without permission.

  • August 27, 2015

    JDS Gets AIA Reviews Of Optical Transmission Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has granted petitions by JDS Uniphase Corp. to institute America Invents Act reviews over two of Capella Photonics Inc.’s patents covering devices for optical transmission networks, which have been asserted in infringement litigation against Cisco Systems Inc. and other companies.

  • August 27, 2015

    Ex-Weil Shanghai M&A Pro Joins O'Melveny In Southern Calif.

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP said Thursday that a former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities pro from China has joined its Orange County, California, office as a partner serving technology, media and telecommunications clients.

  • August 27, 2015

    Rembrandt MDL Deemed 'Exceptional' For Payoffs, Spoliation

    A Delaware federal judge has found that longstanding multidistrict litigation involving allegations of infringement of eight broadcasting and cable transmission patents is exceptional, ordering a patent-holding company to pay the defendants’ attorneys fees and costs because of various instances of misconduct.

  • August 27, 2015

    Halo Defends High Court Bid Over Willfulness Standard

    Halo Electronics Inc. has fired back at Pulse Electronics Inc.'s cross-petition for certiorari, saying the U.S. Supreme Court should refuse Pulse's "gripe" and focus on Halo's petition concerning the willfulness standard used to find Pulse did not willfully infringe three transformer patents.

  • August 27, 2015

    Tax Pros Question IRS Use Of Microsoft Info At Hearing

    The government’s airing of Microsoft Corp.’s transfer pricing practices during an evidentiary hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's hiring of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to assist with an audit of the company might cause some taxpayers to pause before requesting such hearings in the future.

  • August 27, 2015

    Judge Warns Samsung's 'Going To Pay' If It Forces 3rd IP Trial

    An Illinois federal judge won’t put the brakes on a second trial accusing Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of infringing a patent for a smartphone operating system, telling parties to the dispute Thursday that if he was forced to call a third trial, “somebody’s gonna get hurt.”

  • August 27, 2015

    DOJ Warns Samsung Plan Would Derail Electrolux Merger Trial

    The federal government warned Wednesday that its challenge to General Electric Corp. and AB Electrolux Inc.'s $3.3 billion appliance merger would be "throw[n] into chaos" if Samsung Electronics America Inc. gets its way about how experts can use its confidential information.

  • August 27, 2015

    Intellectual Ventures IP Valid Under Alice, Fed. Circ. Hears

    Intellectual Ventures I LLC has urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a ruling that two of its antivirus patents that were the subject of a recent $17 million verdict against Symantec Corp. are invalid for claiming abstract ideas, saying that its patents pass muster under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice framework.

  • August 27, 2015

    Judge Calls IP Suit 'Unreasonable' In Zynga Sanctions Bid

    A California federal judge bashed Segan LLC and its counsel, Blank Rome LLP, Thursday for filing a “totally unreasonable” infringement suit against Zynga Inc. over a patent covering character icons that can interact with websites, but said he wasn't sure it was enough to justify $1 million in sanctions.

  • August 27, 2015

    Real Estate Rumors: Sergey Brin, Palm Tree Golf, Prometheus

    Google co-founder Sergey Brin is eyeing a $49 million mansion in New Jersey, Palm Tree Golf Management has reportedly sold a Florida golf course for $26 million, and Prometheus Global Media is said to be subleasing more than 40,000 square feet in New York from Twitter.

  • August 27, 2015

    Google Calls EU's Shopping Sites Antitrust Fears 'Unfounded'

    Google Inc. defended the format of its search results and display advertising process to the European Commission on Thursday, saying that the competition watchdog's concerns that the search giant had diverted traffic away from rival shopping sites were "unfounded."

  • August 27, 2015

    NASA Seeks Proposals To Harness Deep Space Solar Energy

    A NASA program asked for proposals Wednesday for a contract worth up to $3.65 million to develop technology that could harness solar energy from more remote corners of the solar system, saying missions in the near future will require such technology.

  • August 27, 2015

    Canceled HP Account Sparks $58M Contract Fight With Cisco

    Cisco Systems Inc. has sued Hewlett-Packard Co. in California state court, alleging the tech giant still owes $58 million after it miscalculated how an HP customer’s cancellation of services impacted the balance on a loan financed by a Cisco unit.

  • August 26, 2015

    Samsung Wants Part Of $548M Apple Verdict Nixed In IP Row

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Wednesday urged a California federal judge to toss part of a $548 million verdict against it in an infringement battle over Apple Inc.’s smartphone patents, ruling the Patent Trial and Appeal Board had invalidated one of them in December.

  • August 26, 2015

    Charter Oak Off Hook For Software Co. IP Dispute

    Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co. has no duty to defend software company PTC Inc. in a suit alleging PTC asserted baseless copyright infringement claims against Flextronics International Ltd., as the Charter Oak policy's intellectual property exclusion applies to bar coverage, a Massachusetts federal judge has ruled.

  • August 26, 2015

    ASUS Antitrust Suit Sent to Arbitration

    A California federal judge Tuesday granted InterDigital Inc.'s bid to force arbitration in the case from smartphone maker ASUS Computer International accusing it of monopolizing the cellular and wireless markets by helping steer industry standards toward technology it controls and then reneging on commitments to license its patents fairly.

  • August 26, 2015

    Best Buy, Monster Hit With False Label Suit Over HDMI Cables

    Best Buy Co. and Monster Inc. deceived consumers by implying only Monster cables work with certain HDTVs, then charging premiums of up to 1,748 percent on those cables, a proposed nationwide class alleged Tuesday in California federal court.

  • August 26, 2015

    McManis Faulkner Adds Employment Partner From Littler

    A former Littler Mendelson PC employment and litigation attorney has joined McManis Faulkner as a partner at its San Jose, California, office, where he will counsel employers in industries such as technology, transportation, hotels, manufacturing and construction, his new firm announced Tuesday.

  • August 26, 2015

    Ex-TV Display Co. CEO Charged With Hiding Assets From SEC

    The former CEO of a high-definition television display maker was charged in New York federal court Wednesday with hiding assets after being hit with a $3.4 million judgment in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Benefits Of Arbitration In A Patent Dispute

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    A recent survey across various industries showed that 73 percent of companies agreed that arbitration is their preferred mechanism for dispute resolution. Arbitration of a patent dispute, especially those with international overtones and complicated subject matter, provides many of the benefits of a courtroom decision with some additional features, say JAMS member Ron Dimock and Michael Rubinger of Dimock Stratton LLP.

  • Tips For Responding To An FTC Subpoena

    Julie A. Flaming

    A subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission can be unnerving and may appear daunting in the scope of its requests. Negotiations with the FTC regarding scope of discovery, time frames and even format of production can assist in reducing the burden for companies, say Julie Flaming and Katie Smith of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Game Developers Now Need Strong IP Strategy

    Chinh H. Pham

    Historically, gaming companies have shied away from pursuing patent protection. However, as the market continues to expand and more video game companies emerge, ignoring patent protection can be perilous, says Chinh Pham of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Inside DOD's Interim Rule On Cloud Cybersecurity

    Lawrence Prosen

    As the sophistication of cyber incidents increases and the security of government-protected data gains ever heightened stance, it is key that we continue to develop stronger regulations and protections. The U.S. Department of Defense interim rule relating to DOD-contracted cloud computing services is a good next step — but it is only a step on an undoubtedly long road, says Lawrence Prosen of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • 5 Takeaways From Former SAP Exec's FCPA Case

    Stacey Sprenkel

    Vincente Garcia, former head of Latin American sales for SAP International Inc., recently pled guilty in San Francisco federal court to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and settled civil FCPA charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, underscoring the agencies' continuing focus on the technology sector and Northern California in general, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Obscure Russian Thesis Qualifies As Prior Art At PTAB

    Scott D. Marty

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently provided important guidance when it found that a Russian doctoral thesis was sufficiently accessible to qualify as prior art in GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc. v. Zond LLC. The majority and dissent opinions shed light on how parties should approach qualifying and challenging similarly obscure printed publications, say Scott Marty and Jonathon Talcott of Ballard Spahr LLP.

  • Global Migration Issues Between Australia And The US

    Naomi Sheridan

    While interest in Australia-U.S expansion is on the increase, especially for tech companies and venture capitalists, immigration issues are making it increasingly difficult to obtain visas in either country, say Naomi Sheridan at Littler Mendelson PC and Valerie Pereira of Dagama Pereira & Associates Pty Ltd.

  • How To Protect IP In Energy Industry Joint Ventures

    Jennifer Roscetti

    Economically advantageous oil and gas joint ventures come with risks that originate from sharing intellectual property. One common theme of past disputes is the importance of understanding whether a change for your partner — such as forming a joint venture with a competitor or losing control of a subsidiary — means a change for you, say Jennifer Roscetti and Charles Collins-Chase of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: It's Not An Inappropriate Reasonable Royalty Rule

    Michael J. Chapman

    Contrary to the views expressed in a recent Law360 guest column, the California federal court's decision in Good Technology Corporation v. MobileIron Inc. appears to be good law, consistent with recent Federal Circuit guidance concerning the proper determination of reasonable royalty damages, say Michael Chapman and John Jarosz of Analysis Group Inc.

  • Microsoft Should Win Privacy Case, Then Congress Should Act

    Nathan Newman

    It is the better part of judicial restraint for courts to defer currently to local privacy rules in cases like the Microsoft Ireland one. Leave it to lawmakers to decide whether and where U.S. prosecutors should be able to reach such user data stored overseas, without unduly tying Congress’ hands with constitutionalized privacy rules that might or might not apply in all cases, says Nathan Newman, director of the nonprofit Data Justice.