Technology

  • December 2, 2016

    Commission Lays Out Plan For Trump To Tackle Cyberthreats

    A presidential committee tasked with developing a plan to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity urged the incoming administration Friday to take immediate action to safeguard information systems by encouraging the public and private sectors to expand their collaboration in combating cyberthreats and the risks posed by the internet of things.

  • December 2, 2016

    Obama Blocks Chinese Investment Fund’s $712M Aixtron Buy

    President Barack Obama on Friday blocked China’s Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP from moving forward with its €670 million ($712 million) takeover of chip equipment maker Aixtron SE, after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. found the deal would likely pose a national security risk.

  • December 2, 2016

    Royalty Order Looms In Power Integrations Del. Patent Row

    A bitter, multiyear, multicourt patent war between Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and Power Integrations Inc. edged forward in Delaware late Friday, with a federal judge rejecting a permanent injunction against PI’s use of a Fairchild patent but saying he would shortly order — and consider increasing — royalty payments.

  • December 2, 2016

    LG, Sony, Others Get Technology Patent Nixed As Abstract

    A California federal judge has invalidated the asserted claims of a technology aggregation patent that Huawei, LG, Sony and other smartphone manufacturers had allegedly infringed, finding the claims to be abstract under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling.

  • December 2, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Ropes, Gibson, Weil

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, a Colorado-based communications infrastructure company acquired its regional rival for $1.42 billion, Allstate agreed to buy a private equity-backed consumer warranty company, and Centennial Resources inked an $855 million deal for Silverback Exploration's assets.

  • December 2, 2016

    Spokeo Split: How High Court's Ruling Is Being Interpreted

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Spokeo v. Robins that plaintiffs must allege concrete harm to bring statutory privacy claims has wreaked havoc on the lower courts over the last six months, producing divergent decisions in cases with similar fact patterns and building up to what many attorneys predict will be another high court showdown before a newly configured bench of justices.

  • December 2, 2016

    Nvidia's 3-D Glasses Infringe Filmmaker's Patents, Suit Says

    Computer graphics technology company Nvidia Corp. on Thursday was hit with a patent infringement suit assigned to always busy Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap, with the suit alleging Nvidia’s 3-D glasses copy technology invented by an experimental filmmaker.

  • December 2, 2016

    Mophie Smartphone Case Maker Hit With Battery Damage Suit

    A proposed class of Mophie Inc. customers suing the smartphone battery case maker for more than $5 million told a California federal judge on Thursday the company falsely advertises its iPhone 6 battery cases as extending battery life, saying the product actually causes internal damage to users’ phones.

  • December 2, 2016

    Cable, Fiber Broadband Speeds Gain, DSL Stagnant, FCC Says

    Median download speeds from cable and fiber broadband providers have increased dramatically since 2011, while DSL and satellite speeds have remained relatively stagnant, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s most recent “Measuring Broadband America” report.

  • December 2, 2016

    FCC Must Revisit Emergency Alerting Changes, Group Says

    A wireless association asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to revisit its updates to modernize wireless emergency alerting, saying the agency shouldn't require the inclusion of hyperlinks and phone numbers before testing is finished and must clarify what it means by "clickable links" and the devices that must support them.

  • December 2, 2016

    Warriors Fans Fight To Keep App-Spying Suit Alive

    Golden State Warriors fans who claim they were spied on by the team's app insisted on Thursday that their suit depicts a concrete harm, even under the restrictions outlined by the Supreme Court in Spokeo.

  • December 2, 2016

    FCC Bucks Republicans To Press Phone Cos. On Zero-Rating

    Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Federal Communications Commission pressed AT&T with concerns about free data and raised new questions about Verizon’s program Thursday while Republican commissioners fired back Friday that he is ignoring calls from Congress to end complex and controversial action.

  • December 2, 2016

    AT&T Seeks Flexibility In FCC's Real-Time Text Plan

    AT&T on Thursday pressed the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on requiring specific features in updated technology for communications by phone for the disabled, telling the agency that it's too early to impose technical requirements on new “real-time text” technology.

  • December 2, 2016

    High Court Agrees To Hear Case On Patent Exhaustion Rules

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday to hear a case involving Lexmark over patent exhaustion standards, agreeing to review the Federal Circuit’s holding that foreign sales never exhaust U.S. patent rights and that post-sale restrictions on patented items are permissible.

  • December 2, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: PAI Partners, Ladder Capital, Fitbit

    PAI Partners hopes to bring in up to $1.92 billion through the sale of French lab testing chain Cerba, real estate investment trust Ladder Capital is mulling a sale and Fitbit is closing in on a deal to buy smartwatch maker Pebble.

  • December 2, 2016

    Delaware Suit Targets $6.4B B/E Aerospace-Rockwell Merger

    B/E Aerospace Inc. stockholders on Thursday asked Delaware’s Chancery Court to block or order reversal of the company’s $6.4 billion merger with Rockwell Collins Inc., saying in a putative class claim that inadequate disclosures about finances and insider benefits hobbled efforts to judge the deal.

  • December 2, 2016

    EQT Sells Software Unit To CA Technologies For €600M

    A fund related to Swedish private equity shop EQT Partners AB said Thursday that it will sell business automation software maker Automic Holding GmbH to a software company in a deal that values Automic at €600 million ($640.7 million), eliminating its stake after four years of ownership.

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    New Warrant Power Amplifies Need For Strong Data Security

    A rule change that allows courts to issue broader warrants for access to electronic communications took effect Thursday amid concerns that the measure will invite law enforcement snooping in the name of pursuing hackers, turning up pressure on companies not to fall prey to the types of cyberattacks that invite prying eyes.

  • December 1, 2016

    DoCoMo Says $1.2B Tata Arbitration Tiff Can Be Heard In NY

    Japanese cellphone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. asked a New York federal judge Wednesday to dispense with Tata Sons Ltd.’s jurisdictional objections to its petition to confirm a $1.17 billion arbitration award, saying there’s no question the Indian conglomerate has sufficient ties to the Empire State.

Expert Analysis

  • Energy Policy In The Trump Era: Part 2

    Christopher Carr

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment and climate change. In the second of a two-part series, Christopher Carr and Robert Fleishman of Morrison & Foerster LLP examine the impact of the new administration's attitudes towards the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreement and other energy and environmental regulations and policies.

  • Rakoff Addresses Tippee Liability In SEC V. Payton

    Jonathan E. Richman

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Payton recently denied a motion for a new trial by two remote tippees found guilty of insider trading. An interesting aspect of the decision is the court’s treatment of whether the tippees knew or should have known that the tipper had breached his duty of confidentiality, says Jonathan Richman of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Defense IR&D Policy Shift Is Unnecessary, Counterproductive

    Tom Lemmer

    The proposed U.S. Department of Defense policy change regarding independent research and development is particularly shortsighted, in an era of declining budgets and a continuing desire to maintain technological superiority, because it likely will create disincentives for technology developers to innovate, and ultimately will increase DOD acquisition costs, say Thomas Lemmer and Gale Monahan of Dentons.

  • Energy Policy In The Trump Era: Part 1

    Christopher Carr

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment and climate change. In the first of a two-part series, Christopher Carr and Robert Fleishman of Morrison & Foerster LLP consider the incoming administration's plans on infrastructure, natural gas, oil and coal, as well as clean and renewable energy.

  • Payala V. Wipro Offers Effective Class Litigation Strategy

    John Skousen

    The Central District of California case of Payala v. Wipro Technologies recently addressed the issue of whether the administrative exemption applies to certain information technology administrators. Plaintiff attorneys often attempt to amalgamate IT jobs into one class action, but can face significant difficulties when seeking class certification, says John Skousen of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Comparing Patent Quality At The USPTO And EPO

    Colleen Chien

    In this latest article in an ongoing series on patent quality, Professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University School of Law and Professor Jay Kesan of University of Illinois College of Law provide a snapshot of comparative patent inputs, processes and outcomes at the European Patent Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • Preparing For A Ransomware Attack

    Darren S. Teshima

    Ransomware attacks, which use malware to hold victims' files to ransom, have been on the rise in recent years. Companies should adopt the multifaceted preparation strategy recommended by the FBI, and obtain proper cyberinsurance, say Darren Teshima and Aravind Swaminathan of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Do Big Data Analytics Hinder Workplace Diversity?

    Judith Biggs

    As more and more employers use new analytical tools for recruiting and hiring, the potential exists for employment decisions to become more fair, objective and unbiased. However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is exploring whether the use of big data and technology-driven decision-making could disfavor candidates who lack a robust digital footprint, says Judith Biggs of Holland & Hart LLP.