• November 25, 2015

    GSI Wins Nearly $1M At Calif. Trade Secrets Trial

    A federal jury in California found on Wednesday that a chip design company was liable for breach of contract in a trade secrets suit brought by chipmaker GSI Technology and awarded GSI nearly $1 million in damages, according to court documents.

  • November 25, 2015

    GE Trims Confidential Info Request After LG, Lowe's Object

    General Electric on Wednesday trimmed a request for its in-house attorney to have access to confidential information from competitors like LG in the bench trial challenging GE’s $3.3 billion deal with Electrolux, after LG and Lowe’s objected to allowing “unprecedented” access to such information.

  • November 25, 2015

    MedTel Found In Contempt Again In Heart Monitor IP Fight

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday issued a second order finding heart monitoring company MedTel24 Inc. in contempt of a consent judgment in a patent infringement case brought by CardioNet LLC, but he stopped short of issuing sanctions against it.

  • November 25, 2015

    Apple's PTAB Triumph Can't Stand, Arendi Tells Fed. Circ.

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in invalidating an Arendi S.A.R.L. computer data patent challenged by Apple, Google and Motorola by basing its decision in part on “common sense” rather than on concrete evidence, the company told the Federal Circuit on Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    LG Says Toshiba Samsung Doesn't Have Patent Rights

    LG Electronics asked a Delaware federal court to toss a suit filed by Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Wednesday, saying the company never secured rights needed to claim infringement of patents for disc and optical drives.

  • November 25, 2015

    NY Service Provider Seeks Tech Co. Info To Enforce Award

    Business services provider Sutherland Global Services urged a New York federal court Tuesday to compel Adam Technologies to produce information about the whereabouts of its assets so that Sutherland can retrieve an arbitration award affirmed by the court last year.

  • November 25, 2015

    EU Users Keeping Pressure On Google To Scrub Search Links

    Google Inc. disclosed Wednesday that it has taken down nearly half of the 1.2 million links that European users have flagged for removal from search results since the European Court of Justice's controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling, with links to content posted on Facebook being the most frequently deleted.

  • November 25, 2015

    Honda, Others Hit With IP Suits Over Remote Control Apps

    Honda, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and a host of other automakers were hit Wednesday with lawsuits in Texas federal court by a device patent company claiming all of the manufacturers are infringing on a patent that covers customized consumer products created over the Internet with apps that control car functions.

  • November 25, 2015

    FTC OKs $12B NXP, Freescale Tie-Up With Conditions

    The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday cleared NXP Semiconductors NV’s $11.8 billion takeover of private equity-backed Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. on the condition that NXP unload its so-called radio frequency power amplifier assets to assuage the commission's competition concerns.

  • November 25, 2015

    Texas AG Shuts Down 'Unlawful' Dating Service

    A Massachusetts dating service company will cease operations in Texas according to the terms of a final judgment it entered into with the state Tuesday, following allegations it defrauded customers out of their money by pressuring consumers into expensive contracts for dating services they never received.

  • November 25, 2015

    Jury Wrongly Cleared Apple In Emblaze IP Suit, Fed. Circ. Told

    Israeli software firm Emblaze Ltd. has asked the Federal Circuit to toss a district court jury verdict finding Apple Inc. did not induce ESPN Inc., Major League Baseball and others to infringe the firm's video live-streaming technology, arguing that no reasonable jury could have come to that conclusion based on the claims and evidence.

  • November 25, 2015

    Big Labels Won't Get Higher Streaming Rates Than Indies

    With a much-anticipated ruling looming on how much webcasters like Pandora should pay in royalties over the next five years, the Register of Copyrights said Tuesday that major record companies should not be paid higher rates than independent labels.

  • November 25, 2015

    WuXi PharmaTech Shareholders Approve $3.3B Go-Private Deal

    China-based research and development service provider WuXi PharmaTech on Wednesday said that its shareholders have approved a $3.3 billion deal with a consortium of private equity investors and the company’s founders that will take the company private.

  • November 25, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Rules PTAB Wrongly Axed Teleconferencing Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board used an incorrect claim construction when it invalidated many claims of Straight Path IP Group Inc.'s online communication patent, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday in a rare instance of the court faulting the PTAB in an inter partes review.

  • November 25, 2015

    Web Users Say 3rd Circ. Wrongly Axed Google Privacy Claims

    A group of Web users urged the Third Circuit on Monday to reconsider its recent dismissal of privacy violation claims against Google, saying the search engine violates federal wiretap laws by surreptitiously bypassing privacy settings for Internet browsers.

  • November 25, 2015

    FCC Taps Privacy Expert For Chief Technologist Role

    The Federal Communications Commission has boosted its growing data security and privacy enforcement regime by snagging a leading researcher who exposed the surreptitious online tracking practices of Google Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and others to be the chief technologist for the agency’s enforcement bureau, it was announced on Wednesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    Microsoft Ditches Workers' Suit Over No-Poaching Deals

    Microsoft escaped a proposed class action accusing the software giant of conspiring with dozens of companies not to hire one another’s workers when a California federal judge found the employees had waited too long to file suit.

  • November 25, 2015

    Calif. Tech Firm Fined $1.5M For Violating Sanctions Regs

    U.S. authorities said Tuesday they have fined a California technology company and its U.K. subsidiary more than $1.5 million to settle allegations that they knowingly exported Web filtering and other software to Iran, Syria and Sudan, violating anti-terrorism export and sanctions regulations.

  • November 24, 2015

    GE, Electrolux Can't Get Quick End To Some Antitrust Claims

    A D.C. federal judge pushed off a decision over whether to nix half the government's antitrust case against Electrolux’s $3.3 billion acquisition of General Electric’s appliance unit Tuesday, saying he may hold off until the end of the bench trial to decide the matter.

  • November 24, 2015

    YouTube Kids Ads Unfair Marketing, Groups Tell FTC

    A pair of advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to investigate Google for allegedly unfairly and deceptively marketing products such as toys and junk food directly to susceptible children with its YouTube Kids app for children of age 5 and younger.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

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    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • Employers, Are You Prepared For Cyber Monday?

    Peter J. Stuhldreher

    Roughly 127 million people shopped on Cyber Monday last year — significantly more than the estimated 87 million in-store, Black Friday shoppers. Given the temptation for employees to use company or personal devices to shop for deals while at work, the shoppers’ “holiday” serves as a reminder for employers regarding the appropriate scope of their policies, say Peter Stuhldreher and Carmen Jo Rejda-Ponce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • A Closer Look At Fed. Circ.’s Ruling In ClearCorrect

    Lyle B. Vander Schaaf

    The Federal Circuit's majority opinion in ClearCorrect seems to provide a sweeping pronouncement regarding U.S. International Trade Commission jurisdiction, but the ITC likely will read the opinion narrowly to simply stand for the proposition that, where the only imported item is digital data that is transferred electronically from outside the U.S., the agency does not have jurisdiction, say Lyle Vander Schaaf and Yashas Honasoge o... (continued)

  • Paris Attacks Underscore Debate In Apple Warrant Case

    Susan Feibus

    Just a few weeks ago, the Obama administration said it would not seek statutory authority to compel tech companies to provide the keys to encrypted communications. But following the Paris attacks the issue is again front and center. Judicially, the debate also continues as a federal magistrate judge in New York weighs a government request for Apple Inc. to unlock an iPhone. Nixon Peabody partner Susan Feibus recaps the debate.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Don't Let Mobile App 'Consumer' Become 'Subscriber'

    Zuzana Ikels

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Ellis v. Cartoon Network addressed a question of first impression at the appellate level — when a user of a free mobile application is a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act. But the ruling's implications go far beyond the VPPA. The case illuminates three strategic issues that should be considered in developing mobile apps, says Zuzana Ikels of Polsinelli PC.

  • More Regulators Eye Health Info Blocking

    Jodi Daniel

    Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and certain states have taken action to identify and prevent “information blocking” by health care providers, hospitals, technology developers and service providers. And there likely will be more guidance, statutory and regulatory changes, and enforcement by federal agencies and states in the coming year, say Crowell & Moring LLP attorneys Jodi Daniel and Roma Sharma.

  • Class Counsel Fees Getting 'Intense Judicial Scrutiny'

    Carolyn Cole

    Recognizing that defendants have no duty and little incentive to object to an inflated class counsel fee request, and that class counsel have every incentive to increase their fees, Judge Richard Posner and the Seventh Circuit have filled this void by directing “intense judicial scrutiny” of class counsel fee awards. In doing so, the court identified issues all counsel now should consider when crafting a class action settlement, sa... (continued)

  • Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

    John Delaney

    While Apple, Google and Amazon each provide a “default” end user license agreement to govern mobile apps downloaded from their respective app stores, a company ideally should adopt its own EULA to best protect its interests in its apps, say John Delaney and Anthony Ramirez of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • A Brief Window: Border Security Fee Sunset Won't Last

    Brian Coughlin

    If employers file their H-1B and L-1 petitions before the border security fee is reauthorized — which could be soon, given the apparent support for such legislation in Congress — they will realize a more than 45 percent decrease in government fees for new H-1B petitions and a more than 73 percent decrease in government fees for L-1 petitions, say Brian Coughlin and David Iannella of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.