Technology

  • August 27, 2014

    Linear Can't Nab Fees In Battery Patent Holder’s Suit

    A Texas magistrate judge shot down Linear Technology Corp.’s bid for attorneys’ fees in an suit brought by patent-holding company Charge Lion LLC alleging infringement of a battery patent, ruling Linear hadn’t shown the patent holder had alleged unreasonable claims or improperly forced defendants into licensing deals.

  • August 27, 2014

    Antitrust Profs Urge FCC To Approve Comcast-TWC Merger

    Several high profile antitrust professors have come out in support of Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc., telling the Federal Communications Commission in comments filed Monday that the two companies are not significant direct competitors for either cable services or broadband Internet.

  • August 27, 2014

    In $14M Trial, Expert Testifies Adobe Infringed DRM Patents

    Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash video, LiveCycle and other software include anti-piracy code that infringes two Digital Reg of Texas LLP digital-rights management patents, Digital Reg's patent expert testified Wednesday in California federal court in the nonpracticing entity's trial seeking at least $14 million in damages.

  • August 27, 2014

    KDDI Invests $270M In Japanese Data Centers

    Telecommunications giant KDDI Corp. is investing 28 billion yen ($269.5 million) in two data center projects in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, the Tokyo-based company announced Wednesday.

  • August 27, 2014

    Bose Sics ITC On Beats Over Headphone Patents

    The International Trade Commission said Wednesday that it will investigate whether Beats Electronics International LLC's noise-canceling headphones or components imported from China infringe Bose Corporation's patents and violate section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

  • August 27, 2014

    Google Includes 157 More Patents In No-Sue Promise

    Google Inc. announced Tuesday that is expanding a program under which it has pledged not to sue open-source software developers over certain patents, adding 157 patents covering online technology.

  • August 27, 2014

    Privacy Groups Again Seek To Derail $8.5M Google Settlement

    A coalition of privacy groups renewed their objections to Google Inc.'s $8.5 million class action settlement over claims it illegally divulged search data, urging a California federal judge on Wednesday to reject the deal because it would not directly pay class members or change Google's practices.

  • August 27, 2014

    The 5 Biggest M&A Moves Of The Summer

    A handful of major transactions have kept deal makers busy in recent weeks despite the usual August lull, reinforcing the strong deal-making prospects that have propped up the market all year. As the clock ticks down to Labor Day, Law360 reviews five of the summer's biggest M&A plays.

  • August 27, 2014

    One Firm Makes Mark On Philly With $2B In Summer Deals

    Several major deals that have taken place in Philadelphia this summer are expected to reshape the city's real estate landscape, including the planned $1.2 billion Comcast Innovation & Technology Center at 18th and Arch streets, and one firm has stood out ​with work that has fueled the transformation.

  • August 27, 2014

    $3.1B Merger Of Daum, Kakao Wins Shareholder Approval

    Shareholders for South Korea’s Daum Communications Corp. and Kakao Corp. on Wednesday approved the 3.14 trillion won ($3.1 billion) all-stock merger of the two companies.

  • August 27, 2014

    Apple Denied Ban On Samsung Devices In Smartphone War

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to permanently ban Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from selling several mobile phones and tablets that a jury recently found infringed Apple Inc. patents, ruling Apple hadn't shown that it would suffer irreparable harm to its reputation.

  • August 27, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Pushed To Rethink Stay For AIA Review In IP Row

    VirtualAgility Inc. has urged the Federal Circuit to rethink its decision to stay a patent case against Salesforce.com Inc. and others during an America Invents Act business method patent review, saying the panel's decision improperly limits lower courts' discretion to deny stay motions under the statute.

  • August 27, 2014

    Time Warner Outage Spurs Further Scrutiny In Comcast Probe

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered New York regulators to investigate an overnight Time Warner Cable Inc. foul-up that left 11 million customers without Web access as part of a state probe into whether Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion plan to buy its rival would hurt consumers and industry competitiveness.

  • August 26, 2014

    LG, Others Back Middleman Defense In LCD Price-Fixing MDL

    LG Display Co. and several other electronics companies accused of price-fixing liquid crystal display panels urged a California district court on Monday to dismiss direct purchaser allegations regarding panels first bought by intermediary companies, arguing the plaintiffs lack standing to bring these claims.

  • August 26, 2014

    Female Yahoo Exec Calls Engineer's Sex Claims 'Flat-Out Lies'

    An ex-Yahoo Inc. software engineer's suit claiming executive Maria Zhang coerced her into having sex is based on "flat-out lies," Zhang's attorney told a California judge on Tuesday, adding that his client "never had sexual relations" with the female worker. 

  • August 26, 2014

    Geospan Beats Pictometry Patent Claim Over Photo System

    A Minnesota federal judge on Tuesday rejected Pictometry International Corp.’s claims that rival Geospan Corp. infringed a patent for using photographs to measure the distance between two points, ruling that Pictometry’s patent claim did not cover the allegedly inferior system used by Geospan.

  • August 26, 2014

    LightSquared Seeks $121M In DIP Financing

    Lightsquared Inc. has asked a New York bankruptcy court to approve $120.6 million in post-petition financing during its drawn-out bankruptcy battle, according to documents filed Monday.

  • August 26, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Pushed To Rethink Nixing $18M Contempt Fine

    EPlus Inc. urged the full Federal Circuit on Monday to review its decision to vacate an injunction and an $18 million fine against Lawson Software Inc. in a patent infringement case, saying that the panel's decision lacked precedent.

  • August 26, 2014

    AUO Asks Full 9th Circ. To Rehear $500M Antitrust Case

    AU Optronics Corp. asked the entire Ninth Circuit on Monday to reconsider its appeal of a $500 million price-fixing fine the government won against the liquid crystal display maker, saying the recent panel decision upholding the penalty misinterpreted the evidence in the case.

  • August 26, 2014

    Xerox Secures Reviews Of 'Patent Troll's' Scanner Patents

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s trial board Monday opted to institute inter partes reviews of two virtual copier patents owned by so-called patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments LLC after requests from Xerox Corp. and others, finding there was a reasonable chance their challenged claims might be found unpatentable.

Expert Analysis

  • The 8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting: Part 2

     Craig Auge

    Contracts for providing and obtaining technology establish important, often long-term relationships. When they involve mission-critical products and services, the impact of a flawed contract can be devastating, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • The 8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting: Part 1

    Craig Auge

    Every business runs at least in part on technology — and, when contracting for technology products and services, the “gotchas” don’t discriminate based on size or industry. All parties can benefit from avoiding these situations, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Tax-Free REIT Spinoffs Could Be The Next Big Thing

    Thomas A. Humphreys

    Windstream Holdings Inc.’s recent tax-free real estate investment trust spinoff highlights an intriguing option for U.S. corporations — particularly those in the technology, telecommunications or utility sector — as the IRS continues to expand the range of “real estate” assets that can be held by an REIT, say Thomas Humphreys and Matthew Lau of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 4 Trends In FTC Antitrust Regulation And Enforcement

    Leslie John

    The Federal Trade Commission has increasingly challenged conditional pricing practices, but without articulating a bright-line rule. Practitioners should always consider whether the economic realities of a client’s industry lends itself to one analysis over the other, say attorneys with Ballard Spahr LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Is Stuck In The '90s On Internet Terms Of Use

    Katherine Gasztonyi

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc. relies on the assumption that people don’t know about the existence of website terms of use. That might have made sense in, say, 1996, but this is simply no longer the case, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Solvency Drives Dismissal Of Fraudulent Transfer Suit

    Michael L. Cook

    In U.S. Bank National Association v. Verizon Communications, the Fifth Circuit found competing valuations helpful in dismissing a litigation trustee’s $2.5 billion fraudulent transfer suit against a Chapter 11 debtor’s corporate parent. An adversarial system, therefore, not ideology, worked for the defendants, says Michael Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Recent FTAIA Cases Leave Important Questions Unresolved

    Jeffrey Jacobovitz

    In the last five months, three circuit courts have interpreted the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, with some staking out differing positions on important aspects — namely, the requirement that foreign anti-competitive conduct have a direct effect on U.S. commerce in order to fall outside the FTAIA's general exemption for foreign conduct, say Jeffrey Jacobovitz and David Hobson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.

  • How To Control Risk And Cost Of E-Discovery

    "If you follow the philosophy of saving everything you're just multiplying exponentially the costs and risks of litigation and investigations," says Robert Owen, partner in charge of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's New York office and president of the Electronic Discovery Institute.

  • IP In A Financial Center: Ireland Vs. Cayman Islands

    Ramesh Maharaj

    The portable nature of intellectual property allows it to be readily structured in jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands or Ireland to maximize returns. Whether a particular jurisdiction is well suited for the IP requires analysis of where the IP is to be sold or licensed in the future and how any returns from such activities are to be treated, say Ramesh Maharaj and Petrina Smyth of Walkers Global.

  • Disc Drive Ruling May Make ITC Less Attractive To NPEs

    Sten Jensen

    If affirmed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, the administrative law judge's ruling in Optical Disc Drives would continue the trend of recent decisions heightening the domestic industry requirement for nonpracticing entities, say Sten Jensen and Jordan Coyle of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.