Technology

  • July 29, 2016

    Apple Asks Justices To Affirm $400M IP Win Over Samsung

    Apple urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a Federal Circuit ruling ordering Samsung to pay $400 million for infringing iPhone design patents and blasted Samsung’s argument that a Patent Act provision makes design patents too powerful, saying that’s a matter for Congress to decide.

  • July 29, 2016

    Apple Gets New Trials, Scraps VirnetX's $625M Patent Win

    A Texas federal judge vacated VirnetX’s colossal $625 million patent infringement verdict against Apple on Friday, ruling it was unfair to Apple to combine two separate VirnetX suits alleging Apple infringed its network security patents into one trial, and he split the suits and ordered a pair of new trials.

  • July 29, 2016

    Tech Co. Urges $1.25M Sanctions In ‘Scorched-Earth’ IP Feud

    An Italian technology company urged a federal court Thursday to slap a Silicon Valley startup and its counsel with $1.2 million in fee reimbursement sanctions, calling the company’s trade secrets fight a baseless case that’s devolved into bad-faith “scorched-earth litigation.”

  • July 29, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Kirkland, Wachtell

    This week’s Taxation With Representation sees a series of high-profile and high-value deals trading in the tech and energy industries, two of which involve the same Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz tax advisory team.

  • July 29, 2016

    Mobile App Dodges TCPA Suit Over Friend Invitations

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a putative class action accusing mobile app company Life360 of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unwanted text messages, saying the company can't be held liable for texts initiated by app users inviting their friends to join the service.

  • July 29, 2016

    Xerox Brass Ditches Shareholder Suit Over Unit's Accounting

    A New York federal court on Friday tossed a derivative suit claiming Xerox Corp. executives should have detected irregularities in Affiliated Computer Services Inc.'s financials before Xerox bought the company, saying Xerox had faithfully probed the claims before refusing to sue its officers.

  • July 29, 2016

    Google Meets Italy's Demands On Data Use Practices

    Google received a pass on Friday from Italy's data protection watchdog, which had been monitoring the tech giant’s progress on changing the way it treats user data to fall on line with Italian laws.

  • July 29, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Says PTAB Was Wrong To Uphold Zoll Patent

    The Federal Circuit ruled Friday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board incorrectly upheld many claims of a Zoll Medical Corp. patent on a wearable medical device, finding that the decision was based on a flawed claim construction in a win for challenger Respironics Inc.

  • July 29, 2016

    Chinese Poised To Compete With US Tech Firms, Report Says

    China’s high-tech companies, especially military suppliers, are pouring money into research, quickly catching up to their U.S. counterparts and looming as fierce competitors over the next decade, according to new research from the University of California.

  • July 29, 2016

    Debt Markets Remain Warm As Apple Sells $7B In Bonds

    Companies continued to tap the debt markets Thursday, with technology giant Apple Inc. pricing a large multipart bond offering to bring in $7 billion, which it said would be used to pay dividends, repurchase stock and fund acquisitions among other things, with guidance from Hogan Lovells.

  • July 29, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Deltek, Save-A-Lot, Interactive

    Thoma Bravo may look to sell Deltek in a deal that would value the information services firm at up to $3 billion, multiple private equity firms are vying to buy Save-A-Lot and Interactive Intelligence Group is mulling a sale that could value it at around $1.1 billion.

  • July 29, 2016

    PTAB Nixes Priceline’s Bid To Review IBM Patent

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has declined to take up a request from Priceline.com LLC, OpenTable Inc. and Kayak Software Corp. to review the validity of an IBM Corp. patent related to taking reservations online, saying the compnies failed to show the patent is obvious.

  • July 29, 2016

    PE-Backed Big Data Co. Prices $95M IPO

    Talend SA, a data technology company backed by private equity firm Silver Lake and others, priced its initial public offering in the U.S. Thursday, raising $94.5 million and exceeding its expected price range.

  • July 29, 2016

    Mass. Adviser Asks For Leniency In Sham Facebook IPO Case

    An investment adviser who defrauded family and friends out of $1.4 million with fake investments in the initial public offerings of Facebook, Twitter and Alibaba so his daughters could continue their equestrian activities begged a Massachusetts federal judge not to send him to prison because he’s dying of cancer, according to his sentencing memorandum.

  • July 29, 2016

    Telcos Ask Full DC Circuit To Hear Open Internet Challenge

    The telecommunications companies challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial Open Internet Order asked for the full D.C. Circuit to hear their attempt to overturn that order Friday after last month’s panel decision upholding the rule.

  • July 28, 2016

    USPTO Tells Fed. Circ. Cuozzo Blocks Menu Patent Appeal

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office urged the Federal Circuit Thursday to dump Ameranth Inc.’s appeal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating portions of its restaurant menu patent as abstract ideas, arguing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Cuozzo decision made the underlying decision “nonappealable.”

  • July 28, 2016

    Pryon Cashman Nabs Trial Pro From Abrams Garfinkel In LA

    A former Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Begson LLP partner and trial veteran with experience in intellectual property and media litigation has joined Pryor Cashman LLP as a partner in the firm’s growing Los Angeles office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 28, 2016

    Anti-'Patent Troll' Holds On To Invalidation Win At Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a win for a self-proclaimed anti-"patent troll" in infringement litigation, agreeing with a Florida federal court that had found claims of Advanced Ground Information Systems Inc.’s location app patents invalid ahead of trial.

  • July 28, 2016

    'No Question' Google Copying Java Not Fair Use, Oracle Says

    Oracle fired back Wednesday at Google’s attempts to stub out its bid for a new trial after a high-profile jury verdict that found Google’s use of Oracle’s copyright Java software code was protected by fair use, saying “there’s no question” the jury got it wrong.

  • July 28, 2016

    Ferrari Plans To Settle In Computer System Dispute

    Marketing technology company Intelliga Communications Inc. and Ferrari are planning to settle the remaining claims in a lawsuit alleging the luxury car maker stole an asset management computer system and allowed Intelliga’s competitor to access it, according to a New Jersey federal judge’s order Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Prevent Litigation From Becoming A Threat To Data Security

    Dante Stella

    Recent headline-grabbing data security incidents have shed light both on direct and collateral impacts to companies and their employees. Attorneys should take steps to ensure that their role in the conduct of litigation does not in itself lead to similarly damaging disclosures of sensitive information, say Dante Stella and Sherrie Farrell of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • The Technology Lawyer And Connected Things

    Ron Raether

    Many lawyers oversimplify internet-of-things issues by talking about data misuse cases as if the solution was to simply “say what you do, and do what you say.” This advice is stuck in the past, where few companies controlled the entire experience for the users, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • The Internet Of Health Things: Privacy And Security Issues

    Kimberly C. Metzger

    While "internet of health things" devices share many privacy and security concerns with their smart kin, other issues are heightened by — or unique to — the health care environment and the sensitive nature of health data, says Kimberly Metzger at Ice Miller LLP.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • How 2nd Circ. Microsoft Ruling Will Affect Law Enforcement

    Grant P. Fondo

    The Second Circuit recently held that Congress enacted the Stored Communications Act to enhance a user’s privacy rights, rather than provide the government another tool for disclosure of information. A number of holdings in Microsoft v. U.S. are likely to have a significant impact on the scope of privacy protections and government investigations, says Grant Fondo, a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Merger Price Vs. Discounted Cash Flow: A Study Of Dell

    Boris J. Steffen

    Rejecting the contention by Dell Inc. that the final merger consideration was the best evidence of its fair value, the Delaware Chancery Court recently concluded that the fair value of Dell's common stock at the time it was taken private was approximately 28 percent higher than the final merger price. RSM US LLP's Boris Steffen, who frequently serves as a testifying expert in M&A litigation, dissects the court's analysis and highli... (continued)

  • A Big Question For Self-Driving Car Developers

    Steven Baik

    For self-driving cars, it's possible to give artificial intelligence complete control over all perception and driving decisions, or AI can be used not at all or in limited ways to augment elaborate software. The choice might impact a self-driving car designer’s liability if its car crashes, say Steven Baik and Nathan Greenblatt of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.