Technology

  • May 3, 2016

    Toshiba Can't Seek Toss Of Sharp CRT Antitrust Claim

    Toshiba cannot move to dismiss Sharp’s claim in multidistrict litigation regarding an alleged conspiracy to fix the prices of cathode ray tubes, a California federal judge said Tuesday, rejecting Toshiba’s contention that recent statements by Sharp showed the claims belonged in Japan.

  • May 3, 2016

    NY Appeals Court Says $502M Debt Swap Suit To Go Forward

    A New York appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit brought by Global A&T Electronics Ltd. bondholders who claim a $502 million debt swap by the Singapore-based semiconductor company impaired their senior secured notes, finding the bondholders adequately stated several contract claims.

  • May 3, 2016

    FCC’s O’Rielly Urges Action To Aid 5G Wireless Technology

    Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said Tuesday that the FCC should clear the way for small cell technology that could help the rollout of the fifth generation of wireless broadband by removing regulatory roadblocks and potentially big-footing localities.

  • May 3, 2016

    InfoSpan's Fee Bid Nixed In Venue Fight With UAE Bank

    A federal judge on Tuesday denied a technology company's bid for attorneys' fees following its successful move to arbitrate its contract dispute with an Emirati bank over money transfer technology in California instead of Dubai, saying the company isn't a "prevailing party" as contemplated by their agreement.

  • May 3, 2016

    Twilio Again Presses FCC To Protect Texts Under Neutrality

    Twilio Inc. continues to press the Federal Communications Commission to protect text messages, under the Open Internet Order, that the company says are being illegally blocked by wireless carriers, according to an ex parte filing with the agency Monday.

  • May 3, 2016

    High Court Urged To Nix ‘Automatic Assignment’ Patent Rule

    A former Seagate Technology LLC scientist who claims the company omitted him as an inventor on six patents has brought his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking justices to do away with the Federal Circuit’s “automatic assignment” rule.

  • May 3, 2016

    WilmerHale Lures 2 Corporate Attys From White & Case

    WilmerHale said Monday it has pulled in two partners from White & Case LLP with experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity deals, and working with technology and life sciences companies, to boost its corporate practice in California.

  • May 3, 2016

    HP Urges Judge To Toss Oracle’s Software Code IP Suit

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. has urged a California federal judge to toss Oracle America Inc.’s suit alleging it conspired to distribute copyrighted Oracle software code through tech-support companies including Terix Computer Co. Inc., which previously paid $57.7 million to resolve a similar Oracle suit.

  • May 3, 2016

    EFF, Others Urge Senate Judiciary To Pass Patent Venue Bill

    Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and several other organizations encouraged the Senate Judiciary Committee in a Tuesday letter to support the VENUE Act aimed at restricting venues in patent cases and barring patent suits from the Eastern District of Texas.

  • May 3, 2016

    Tech-Focused VC Firm Nets $525M For Pair Of Funds

    Mayfield, a technology-focused private investment and venture capital firm that has backed the likes of ride-hailing service Lyft and California solar power provider SolarCity, has raised a total of $525 million for two funds, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 3, 2016

    Telecom Co. Escapes 'Spoofing' Liability At 1st Circ.

    The First Circuit has backed a ruling against a woman who sued a call "spoofing" provider after someone allegedly used the service to harass her by phone while pretending to be someone else, saying the court correctly found the woman had not shown the company was responsible for the caller’s actions.

  • May 3, 2016

    Delaware Blockchain Plans Look Good For Digital Shares

    Delaware is stepping up efforts to embrace blockchain technology, which powers digital currency bitcoin, in a move that could hasten the growth of digital shares that promise to speed transactions and lower costs for public companies.

  • May 3, 2016

    Justices Urged To Skip $93M Foreign Patent Damages Wipeout

    Ion Geophysical Corp. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Federal Circuit ruling that wiped out $93 million of a $106 million jury award for a unit of oil field services provider Schlumberger Ltd. after finding the award misapplied patent law, saying it correctly vacated lost profits for foreign use.

  • May 3, 2016

    NYC Mayor's Office Says LTE-U Could Threaten City Wi-Fi

    The office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday told a global industry standards group — and the Federal Communications Commission — that LTE in unlicensed spectrum technology could interfere with Wi-Fi and impact millions of users and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment.

  • May 3, 2016

    Wolf, Pittsburgh-Area Officials Want $11M Uber Fine Trimmed

    Gov. Tom Wolf and a pair of Pittsburgh-area officials urged Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Tuesday to reconsider a record $11.4 million fine levied against Uber Inc. last month for unlicensed operation in the state.

  • May 3, 2016

    App Users Get Privacy Lifeline In 1st Circ. VPPA Ruling

    The First Circuit has bucked trend with its sister circuits in backing a USA Today app user's bid to hold the paper's parent Gannett liable for violating the Video Privacy Protection Act, a ruling that boosts what had been fading prospects for plaintiffs attempting to use the decades-old statute to ensnare digital streaming services.

  • May 3, 2016

    Biz Group Demands Progress On Indian IP, Tech Hurdles

    The National Association of Manufacturers on Monday pushed the Obama administration to use a pair of upcoming high-level talks to chip away at a slew of commercial irritants in India, including dicey intellectual property protection, tech sector localization requirements and investment barriers.

  • May 2, 2016

    Ex-Jumio CFO Seeks D&O Coverage Amid Securities Probe

    The former chief financial officer and general counsel of bankrupt identification verification company Jumio asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Monday to rule he is covered by the company's directors and officers insurance policy against possible defense costs related to Jumio’s Chapter 11 case and a government investigation into the sale of company stock.

  • May 2, 2016

    Akamai Claims More Limelight Infringement After $45M Win

    Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a $45.5 million patent verdict Akamai Technologies Inc. won against Limelight Networks Inc., Akamai raised the stakes in the companies’ decadelong legal battle, claiming its rival infringed even more of its web content delivery patents.

  • May 2, 2016

    9th Circ. Told Apple Must Face Claim It Intercepted Texts

    A lower court was wrong to toss a proposed class action alleging Apple Inc. intercepted and stored text messages, iPhone consumers told the Ninth Circuit on Friday, arguing that Apple intercepted the messages while they were being transmitted and it is possible to determine consumers who were affected.

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From FCC’s Briefing Defending TCPA Ruling

    Michael J. Stortz

    In briefing before the D.C. Circuit in defense of its July 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act order, the Federal Communications Commission has suggested some modest limits to the otherwise expansive language of the order. The briefs are worth considering on key issues such as revocation of consent and whether a platform or device may come within the definition of automatic telephone dialing systems, says Michael Stortz of Drink... (continued)

  • Gig Economy: The Case For Local Regulation Of Ride Apps

    Peter M. Mazer

    “The operation of taxicabs is a local business,” declared the U.S. Supreme Court more than 60 years ago. Hence, standards for on-demand transportation exist at the local or state level to adapt to local needs and the regulatory and political climate of the locality. The onset of ride-sharing has significantly altered this dynamic, says Peter Mazer, general counsel of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade in New York.

  • Gig Economy: Changes We Need And Changes We Don't Need

    Joseph V. Kennedy

    Many public officials believe that the sharing economy poses novel dangers that require new government powers. This approach is mistaken. Existing regulations give regulators all the authority they need. In some cases, however, existing law needs to be updated — especially labor law, says Joseph Kennedy, a senior fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • OPINION: Engaging The Media May Help Your Client

    Liz Mair

    While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.

  • Dentons: A New Kind Of Network?

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    Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Why High Court Should Preserve USPTO Autonomy In Cuozzo

    Shubha Ghosh

    Cuozzo is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s broadest reasonable interpretation standard, which would mean the USPTO would have to engage in the extensive method of claim construction we see in the courts. There are many reasons to be skeptical of Cuozzo’s arguments, says Shubha Ghosh, director of Syracuse University College of Law's technology commercialization law program.

  • IPR At Supreme Court: Inside Cuozzo Oral Arguments

    Angela Johnson

    Despite what appeared to be a dissenting view by the chief justice at oral arguments in Cuozzo, most of the U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared satisfied with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s current implementation of the broadest reasonable interpretation standard in inter partes review proceedings, which lends itself to the interpretation that the fundamental role of the PTAB is to ensure patent quality and provide clear noti... (continued)

  • What To Know About Trade Secret Law In Saudi Arabia

    Paul B. Keller

    As Saudi Arabia's market continues to expand and with its stock market becoming increasingly opening to foreign investors, many U.S. companies and banks are expanding operations in and to the kingdom. These expansions pose a great opportunity for many technology and life science companies — and the potential for the theft or misappropriation of a company’s trade secrets by an employee or business partner, say Paul Keller and Jihad ... (continued)

  • IRS' Quinn Emanuel Retainer Is A Wrongheaded Experiment

    Stuart J. Bassin

    The IRS retainer of litigating powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to help develop a multibillion-dollar transfer pricing case against Microsoft is poor litigation strategy. Quinn Emanuel, while an excellent firm, has essentially no experience with substantive tax law or transfer pricing, says Stuart Bassin, a former U.S. Department of Justice tax litigator.

  • The D&O Policy Implications Of SEC's Theranos Probe

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    The directors and officers insurance marketplace is built around a basic premise that private companies generally do not have liability exposures under the securities laws. With the advent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation into high-flying startup Theranos — and the possibility of similar probes into other private companies — a number of D&O policy terms and conditions may need to be reviewed, says Kevi... (continued)