Aereo Inc. fought back Tuesday against ABC Inc. and other television networks’ efforts to stop it from streaming video after its defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court, telling a New York federal judge the high court intended for Aereo to qualify for the compulsory copyright license available to cable providers.
A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed e-commerce startup Indiezone Inc.'s copyright infringement and trade secrets suit against a pair of former officers, slamming the company for conjuring up a sham company to use as a plaintiff in an attempt to skirt an arbitration agreement.
A state court judge has refused to nix the Vermont Attorney General’s consumer protection suit against so-called patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, finding that MPHJ’s minimum contacts with the state and the suit's citizen protection goal were enough to establish jurisdiction.
The first-ever live testimony given by an inventor in an America Invents Act review has failed to save an Escort Inc. radar detector patent from being invalidated, as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled that the patent is obvious and anticipated.
The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday denied Motorola Mobility LLC's request for an en banc review of whether a motion panel was within its bounds in blocking nearly $3.5 billion in antitrust claims over mobile devices containing allegedly price-fixed liquid crystal display panels bought by Motorola's foreign subsidiaries.
The Georgia Department of Revenue said in a recent social policy bulletin it won't tax Internet access if the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act's moratorium expires, noting that it has no authority under state law.
Cybersecurity firm Veris Group LLC said Tuesday that it has hired a longtime public servant who retired from the General Services Administration after spearheading technology initiatives like the federal program for vetting contractors seeking to sell cloud computing services to the government.
The potentially record-breaking initial public offering of Chinese Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which could raise upward of $20 billion, may be set to launch as early as next Tuesday, according to reports that first surfaced over the weekend.
Unified Patents Inc., a company that challenges patents asserted by nonpracticing entities, filed a petition Friday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for review of a patent pertaining to computer security technology that was previously asserted against about 30 tech companies.
Cisco Systems Inc. has lost a bid to have a channel management patent owned by C-Cation Technologies LLC subjected to inter partes review, with a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeal board finding the company hadn’t shown a likelihood of prevailing on its claims of anticipation and obviousness.
Apple Inc. said Tuesday that hackers who accessed celebrity iCloud accounts, and then publicly posted nude photos of stars including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, gained access to the accounts with a "very targeted attack" on the celebrities' user names and passwords.
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. should pay $23.4 million in royalties for infringing three MediaTek Inc. patents on features in consumer-electronics chips, including chips Freescale sold to Amazon Inc. for its Kindles, MediaTek told a California federal jury Tuesday during opening statements in the rival semiconductor companies’ trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court's Alice Corp. decision barring patents on computer-implemented abstract ideas made it tougher to obtain patent protection for software inventions, but it is not impossible, attorneys say. Here, Law360 provides tips to boost the chances that a software patent will be approved.
A U.S. government official on Tuesday defended the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records before a skeptical Second Circuit panel, arguing that the program has been approved by Congress and is needed to thwart possible terrorist attacks.
Citing a conflict of interest, McKool Smith PC said Friday that it is withdrawing as counsel for Versata Development Group Inc. in a $391 million patent dispute with SAP America Inc., weeks before oral arguments in Versata's appeal of a decision that invalidated its patent.
Companies pursuing business in China feel an inordinate amount of scrutiny from regulators there, according to a business group survey released Tuesday that prompted a Chinese official to defend the government's trade and investment regime, including its controversial anti-monopoly law.
A California federal judge on Friday chucked a suit accusing video streaming company VUDU Inc. and co-defendant Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC of infringing on a digital rights patent, finding a lack of facts doomed the suit under the Supreme Court’s recent Limelight Networks ruling.
Iliad SA, the French telecom firm that failed to win over T-Mobile US Inc. with a $15 billion offer, said Monday that it is still hoping for a slice of the wireless carrier as it cobbles together a sweetened bid, potentially alongside a private equity partner.
Telefonica Deutschland has received final approval from European regulators to buy the E-Plus Group for €8.6 billion ($11.2 billion), combining Germany's third- and fourth-largest telecom providers in a heavily scrutinized deal that required concessions to ease antitrust concerns.
Compuware Corp. will go private in a $2.5 billion deal with private equity firm Thoma Bravo, the pair said Tuesday, wrapping up a lengthy search for a buyer jump-started by activist investors urging the company to consider a sale.
Vehicle manufacturers and lawmakers alike have been making efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents caused by distracted driving. Interestingly, technology can both contribute to distracted driving and offer solutions that help mitigate it, say Joshua Becker and Bradley Strickland of Alston & Bird LLP.
The departure of attorneys from large firms is a trend that has increased as a result of the Great Recession and its aftermath, and boutique firm partners who previously worked at large firms understand the potential large-firm pitfalls, say attorneys with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.
Many companies regularly communicate with in-house legal advisers all over the globe. Are these communications privileged? By answering five questions, companies and attorneys can perform a high-level, initial assessment of legal privilege protection in a multijurisdictional context, says Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Haynes and Boone LLP.
Given the large number of calls that can be made electronically, damages for Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations can run into the millions. In this short video, Sutherland partner Lewis Wiener discusses the TCPA and how businesses that communicate with customers by phone or text may be impacted.
Contracts for providing and obtaining technology establish important, often long-term relationships. When they involve mission-critical products and services, the impact of a flawed contract can be devastating, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.
Every business runs at least in part on technology — and, when contracting for technology products and services, the “gotchas” don’t discriminate based on size or industry. All parties can benefit from avoiding these situations, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.
Windstream Holdings Inc.’s recent tax-free real estate investment trust spinoff highlights an intriguing option for U.S. corporations — particularly those in the technology, telecommunications or utility sector — as the IRS continues to expand the range of “real estate” assets that can be held by an REIT, say Thomas Humphreys and Matthew Lau of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission has increasingly challenged conditional pricing practices, but without articulating a bright-line rule. Practitioners should always consider whether the economic realities of a client’s industry lends itself to one analysis over the other, say attorneys with Ballard Spahr LLP.
In U.S. Bank National Association v. Verizon Communications, the Fifth Circuit found competing valuations helpful in dismissing a litigation trustee’s $2.5 billion fraudulent transfer suit against a Chapter 11 debtor’s corporate parent. An adversarial system, therefore, not ideology, worked for the defendants, says Michael Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.