Technology

  • October 21, 2014

    Ex-Yahoo Worker Can't Duck Patent Row Under Anti-SLAPP

    A former Yahoo Inc. employee must face a suit alleging he stole a patent from the tech giant when he founded his own startup, a California judge ruled Tuesday rejecting the ex-worker’s argument that Yahoo’s trade secrets and patent suit violated his free speech rights.

  • October 21, 2014

    Ericsson Seeks Clarity On Injunctions In Apple, Samsung Row

    Ericsson Inc. urged the Federal Circuit on Monday to use an appeal by Apple Inc. that seeks to bar Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from including features in its smartphones that a jury found to infringe Apple's patents to clarify proof requirements for patent holders seeking injunctions.

  • October 21, 2014

    Judge Has 'Significant Doubts' About Global NAPs Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Tuesday that he has "significant doubts" about whether defunct telecommunications firm Global NAPs Inc.'s Chapter 11 petition is proper or was filed in good faith, but agreed to postpone a trial to dismiss the case to give the debtor more time to prepare.

  • October 21, 2014

    T-Mobile, FTC Working On Mobile Cramming Settlement

    T-Mobile USA Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission are closing in on an agreement to resolve the commission's allegations that the mobile carrier illegally profited from third-party charges, or cramming, on consumers' phone bills, the parties revealed in a request approved Tuesday to temporarily put the case on ice.

  • October 21, 2014

    ITC Says It Can Bar Goods Aimed At Induced Infringement

    The U.S. International Trade Commission and Cross Match Technologies Inc. recently urged the full Federal Circuit to hold that the commission can bar imported products meant to induce infringement, even if the direct infringement occurred post-importation, arguing congressional intent supports this authority.

  • October 21, 2014

    Apple Slams GPNE's 'Extreme' $94M Patent Bid

    Apple Inc. bashed GPNE Corp.’s $94 million damages demand as “extreme” and “unreasonable” Tuesday during closing arguments in GPNE’s trial accusing Apple of selling millions of iPhones and iPads that infringe two data-communications patents, telling a California federal jury that Apple should pay nothing.

  • October 21, 2014

    Chinese Authorities Spy On iCloud Users, Report Says

    Apple Inc.’s iCloud has suffered another intrusion — this time from Chinese authorities, who are staging “man-in-the-middle” attacks on citizens just as the iPhone 6 launches in the country, according to a report Monday from Chinese anti-censorship nonprofit GreatFire.org.

  • October 21, 2014

    Robotics Co. Plans Ch. 11 Debt-Equity Swap With Giant Eagle

    Robotics developer Seegrid Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection Tuesday in Delaware, listing nearly $50 million in debt after hitting what its president said was a cash crisis and coming armed with a prepackaged reorganization plan that includes a debt-for-equity swap with a major creditor, supermarket chain Giant Eagle Inc.

  • October 21, 2014

    Google Can't Hide Behind Stored Communications Act: Court

    The Stored Communications Act doesn't allow service providers to defy civil discovery subpoenas, according to a California appellate court, which ruled Tuesday that Google Inc. must provide emails sought by a ship manufacturer suing a former employee for breach of duty.

  • October 21, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Actavis, Siemens, Yahoo

    Actavis is one of multiple companies interested in buying Omega Pharma, which would be worth up to $5.1 billion, while Siemens is on the verge of divesting its hearing-aid business in a deal that could net the German engineering titan upwards of $2.6 billion.

  • October 21, 2014

    Law Prof Keeps Fighting For Brief In $173M Qualcomm Appeal

    A Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law professor on Monday once again asked the Federal Circuit to let him back ParkerVision’s bid to reinstate a Florida federal court's $173 million patent infringement verdict against Qualcomm Inc., telling the court he didn’t own any ParkerVision stock.

  • October 21, 2014

    NZ Health Care Software Co. Plans IPO After Years Of Rumors

    Orion Health Group Ltd. is seeking to raise between $120 million and $150 million in an initial public offering that is expected to take place by the end of next month, the New Zealand-based health care software maker said Tuesday.

  • October 21, 2014

    DLA Piper Preps Health Care Exchange Software Co.'s IPO

    Connecture Inc., a software developer for health insurance exchanges, launched plans Tuesday for an initial public offering aided by DLA Piper, betting on its ability to meet the growing need for efficient and user-friendly software for public and private exchanges as the U.S. health care system continues to evolve.

  • October 21, 2014

    Apple Rebuts Claims About Spotlight Search Data Collection

    Apple Inc. on Monday shot back at widespread criticism generated by reports that the latest version of its Spotlight search tool automatically sends location data and search queries to Apple and its search partner Microsoft Corp., saying that neither company collects or retains identifying information.

  • October 21, 2014

    Verizon’s $15M Settlement OK’d In Pay Stub Class Action

    A California judge on Monday approved a $15 million settlement that would resolve a class action accusing Verizon California Inc. of issuing inaccurate wage statements that excluded crucial information that made it impossible for employees to determine whether they had been paid properly.

  • October 21, 2014

    Manatt Snags Steptoe IP Partner In Los Angeles

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has hired away a former Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner who led the firm's trademark transactional practice in California, with particularly deep experience in entertainment and media, food and beverage, software and online services, the firm announced Monday.

  • October 21, 2014

    Ropes Reps Berkshire In Deal For Info. Management Co.

    Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners said on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire data protection and record-keeping service provider Access Information Management for an undisclosed amount in a deal advised on by Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • October 21, 2014

    EU, China Forge Deal To Cease Telecom Imports Battle

    The European Union's trade enforcement office announced Monday that it has dropped the remainder of its trade remedy probe of Chinese mobile telecommunications networks after striking a deal with Beijing officials to increase oversight of the market and cooperate on the development of new rules.

  • October 21, 2014

    GTAT's Deal With Apple To Shed Light On Mystery Ch. 11

    Lawyers for GT Advanced Technologies Inc. and Apple Inc. announced a settlement late Tuesday that would allow GT to exit its money-losing sapphire production business and finally explain the falling-out between the onetime partners that led to its unexpected Chapter 11.

  • October 20, 2014

    GM Joins Apple In Jones Day DQ Bid

    General Motors Co. on Friday joined Apple Inc. in pushing for Jones Day to quit working for a battery-part maker in its infringement suit against LG Chem Ltd., which makes GM car batteries, saying the firm is representing a client that could take out two GM factories in Michigan.

Expert Analysis

  • International Standard Could Reshape Cloud Privacy

    Lindsey Tonsager

    Because the International Standards Organization and the International Electrotechnical Commission's new voluntary standard is the first international standard to focus on privacy in the cloud and provides an auditable policy framework for privacy compliance, it could significantly shape cloud services around the globe, says Lindsey Tonsager of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Design Patent Damages Might Be More Than You Expected

    Scott Breedlove

    For many litigators and in-house counsel who regularly deal with utility patents, the design patent is less familiar territory. But design patents can be a valuable tool. Inventors should consider protecting both the overall design and designs of specific components, as both may implicate substantial damages if infringed, say Scott Breedlove and Seth Lindner of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 2

    Ross Garsson

    By better understanding and considering the research institution’s infrastructure and policies upfront, attorneys and executives can identify and address issues that could otherwise derail partnerships with a for-profit corporation, and thus foster successful collaboration, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • We Need A Specialized Patent Trial Court

    William Watkins

    The U.S. is the only country in the world where standard juries are used in patent cases. With patent trolls imposing huge costs on the economy and crippling our power to innovate, Americans should be willing to consider major changes in how we decide patent cases, says William Watkins, a research fellow at The Independent Institute.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • The Truth About Patent Damage Awards

    Brian Howard

    Although many may associate patent litigation with a proliferation of stratospheric jury verdicts, these preconceptions are most often wrong. Few patent cases go to trial, and fewer result in any damages, let alone the kind that make headlines. Let's look at the numbers, says Brian Howard, co-author of the Lex Machina Patent Litigation Damages Report.

  • Will The New ABS Rules Impact Cell Tower Securitizations?

    Malcolm P. Wattman

    Given the lack of specific discussion of cell tower securitizations in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission commentary relating to two new rules affecting asset-backed securities, it is uncertain if cell tower securitizations are subject to the new rules, and whether the applicability of the rules depends upon the securitization structure used, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • 5 Essential Legal Considerations For Cos. Developing Apps

    Armand Zottola

    App development can bring great opportunity, visibility and income to a company. But there are some pronounced or unique intellectual property, ownership, privacy, data security and advertising considerations that a company should keep in mind, say Armand Zottola and Morgan Brubaker of Venable LLP.

  • A Guide To Understanding Fed. Circ.'s VirnetX Opinion

     Aaron Fahrenkrog

    Please do not panic over the Federal Circuit’s recent ruling in VirnetX v. Apple Inc. It does not spell the end of damages in patent cases. It does not change the existing paradigm about how to support a damages model with evidence. It does not even foreclose the use of the Nash bargaining solution, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.

  • Information Governance: A Missed Opportunity For Lawyers

    Ann Snyder

    Today, information intersects every practice area, making all lawyers effectively information governance practitioners in one way or another. The issue is whether you will consciously embrace this emerging discipline — and capitalize on it to the benefit of your clients and your practice, says Ann Snyder of the Information Governance Initiative.