Technology

  • July 22, 2014

    Weil, Goodwin Advise On Yahoo's $300M Deal To Buy Flurry

    Yahoo Inc. said Monday it would buy mobile analytics startup Flurry Inc. for a reported $300 million, with teams from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Goodwin Proctor LLP advising on either side of the deal.

  • July 22, 2014

    Apple Retail Workers Nab Class Cert. In Wage-And-Hour Suit

    A class of 20,000 retail and corporate employees of Apple Inc. won class certification Monday, in their long-running suit alleging the technology giant cheated them out of pay for skipped breaks and final paychecks, according to a brief order handed down by a California judge.

  • July 22, 2014

    Del. Magistrate Pushes Dismissal Of Verizon Derivative Suit

    A Delaware magistrate on Tuesday recommended that the Chancery Court toss a double derivative complaint brought by a Verizon Communications Inc. shareholder over $77 million in payments subsidiary Verizon Wireless made to resolve a federal investigation into overbilling, finding the investor lacked standing to sue on their behalf.

  • July 22, 2014

    Panasonic, Samsung Accused Of 9-Year Price-Fixing Scheme

    Panasonic Corp. and a slew of other companies were hit with yet another class action in California federal court on Tuesday accusing them of conspiring to fix prices on a key component of electrical circuits over almost a decade.

  • July 22, 2014

    USPTO's Scrutiny Of Software Patents Paying Off

    Though recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings have not provided much help, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's efforts to more closely scrutinize software patents is reducing the incentive for patent applicants to seek vague, broad claims, experts told USPTO officials at a forum Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    HP, Palm Settle Trademark Suit Over 'Chubby Checker' App

    Chubby Checker has reached an undisclosed settlement with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Palm Inc. in a case accusing a penis size measurement app called “The Chubby Checker” of infringing the famous musician's trademark, according to papers filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Spansion Targets Macronix Patents In PTAB Review Petitions

    Flash memory maker Spansion Inc. said Monday it had launched three petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate three Macronix International Co. Ltd. patents for nonvolatile memory products being used in a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • July 22, 2014

    AT&T-Verizon Class Arbitration Appeal Called Improper

    Plaintiffs accusing AT&T Mobility LLC, Verizon Wireless and others of engaging in an anti-competitive bulk commercial text message conspiracy urged a New York federal judge on Monday to not stay the proceedings, arguing the carriers improperly appealed the applicability of class arbitration to the Second Circuit.

  • July 22, 2014

    US Joins Qui Tam Suit Claiming Symantec Cheated Gov't

    The United States intervened Tuesday in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing Symantec Corp. of lying about prices and concealing discounts to drive up the cost of software sold to the government under a $222 million contract.

  • July 22, 2014

    House Passes Satellite TV Bill That Makes Small Changes

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill to reauthorize soon-expiring satellite television legislation — a measure that makes minor regulatory tweaks but avoids the kind of major changes sought by pay-TV providers.

  • July 22, 2014

    BakerHostetler Lures Privacy Pro From InfoLawGroup In LA

    BakerHostetler has brought on a founding partner of InfoLawGroup LLP to serve as a partner in BakerHostetler’s privacy and data protection team in Los Angeles, marking the sixth major privacy attorney to join BakerHostetler so far this year, the law firm announced on Monday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Google Privacy Policy Suit Trimmed Again But Still Standing

    A California federal judge on Monday threw out most of a proposed class action accusing Google Inc. of violating privacy laws by aggregating and storing users’ data across its many platforms, finding various claims still fell short of pleading standards.

  • July 22, 2014

    Digital Management Wins Governmentwide Contract Spot

    Mobile data developer Digital Management Inc. said Tuesday that it won a spot on the General Services Administration's governmentwide acquisition contract called Alliant Large Business.

  • July 22, 2014

    AppDynamics Becomes Latest Tech Startup Worth Over $1B

    Software management company AppDynamics said on Tuesday it had raised $120 million in venture capital and debt in its latest bid to lock down growth financing, bumping the California-based startup’s valuation over the billion-dollar mark.

  • July 22, 2014

    Michael Jackson's Estate Seeks To Trim 3-D Patent Claims

    The estate of Michael Jackson urged a Nevada federal judge on Monday to toss part of an infringement suit over technology used to create a hologram version of the King of Pop during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, saying that one asserted patent describes different technology than was used at the award show. 

  • July 22, 2014

    AMS, Dialog Drop Talks To Form $4.6B Semiconductor Co.

    AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor PLC, a major supplier for Apple Inc.'s devices, abandoned merger negotiations that would have created a roughly $4.6 billion semiconductor company after the European chipmakers failed to agree on terms, the companies said in separate statements Tuesday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Kilpatrick Snags IP, Employment Experts From K&L Gates

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP said Monday it has lured two lawyers from K&L Gates LLP with expertise in intellectual property, employment and competition matters, as well as class actions, to round out its California office in Silicon Valley.

  • July 21, 2014

    No Domestic Industry For Realtek Patent, ITC Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday largely upheld an administrative law judge’s decision finding that Realtek Semiconductor Corp. could not turn to the ITC to enforce a patent for integrated circuit chip technology, ruling that Realtek had not demonstrated a domestic industry.

  • July 21, 2014

    Google Can't Shake Rockstar Search-Engine Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday refused to toss Rockstar Consortium US LP Inc.'s suit accusing cellphone companies of infringing seven of its patents by making and selling mobile devices using Google Inc.'s Android operating system, ruling Rockstar's claims are sufficiently specific.

  • July 21, 2014

    LG Must Arbitrate With Wi-LAN In TV Patent Suit

    LG Electronics Inc. will have to face technology patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. in arbitration in a dispute over whether certain LG television models infringe patents it doesn’t own, a New York federal judge ruled Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • A 12-Point Patent Monetization Plan

    Stephen Glazier

    A recent Delaware decision acknowledges that there may be an affirmative duty of officers and directors of a corporation to monetize the corporation’s intellectual property. Fortunately, there are steps available to manage this risk that are also profitable business strategies, says Stephen Glazier of Akerman LLP.

  • Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 1

    Lance Anderson

    Despite the benefits of working with academia, there remain significant distinctions in the core missions between research institutions and for-profit companies. Without understanding these distinctions, for-profit companies often run the risk of frustrating relationships, or worse, compromising their own intellectual property positions, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • Data Breach Dismissals Continue Post-Clapper

    David M. Brown Jr.

    In re Science Applications International Corp. Backup Tape Data Theft Litigation reinforces the trend among federal courts in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA that the loss of data and increased risk of indentity theft from data breaches do not constitute injury, says David Brown Jr. of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.

  • Ambiguities Remain Despite 9th Circ. AU Optronics Ruling

    Robert E. Bloch

    Unfortunately, the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act does not provide much guidance on how “direct” an effect on U.S. commerce must be for it to come within the scope of the Sherman Act, and subsequent case law — including the recent Ninth Circuit AU Optronics ruling — has not settled the issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • OPINION: Let's Financially Reward Law Firm Diversity

    Patricia K. Gillette

    It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.

  • Attorney-Client Privilege And Communications In Japan

    Miku Mehta

    Due to the increase in cross-border transactions and the explosion of patent lawsuits in the U.S. against non-U.S. companies, the availability of the attorney-client privilege to protect communications between companies and their lawyers has gained importance. Consider communications with Japan's benrishi and bengoshi, say Robert Sloss and Miku Mehta of Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

  • Crucial Predictive Coding Case Law: Progressive V. Delaney

    Emily Cobb

    Any practitioner considering predictive coding should fully consider Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen’s reasoning in Progressive Casualty Insurance v. Delaney and the potential pitfalls associated with failure to consistently cooperate, say Emily Cobb and Annamaria Enenajor of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Tips For Tracking Open-Source Security Vulnerabilities

    Mahshad Koohgoli

    In discussions surrounding the gray areas relating to open-source software, licensing concerns are usually the first item to come up, but open-source security vulnerabilities could be another cause for concern, says Mahshad Koohgoli, CEO of Protecode Inc.