Technology

  • July 6, 2015

    Dealertrack Investor Seeks To Halt $4B Cox Auto Merger

    An investor in business software company Dealertrack Technologies Inc. launched a putative class action in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday seeking to halt its $4 billion acquisition by Cox Automotive Inc., arguing it undervalues the target and secures the CEO and other brass millions in windfalls at shareholders’ expense.

  • July 6, 2015

    Tighter Local Regulations Prompt Uber To Exit Fla. County

    Uber Technologies Inc. announced on Monday that it will be ending ride-hailing services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the surrounding county on July 31 as a result of recently heightened regulations on transportation network companies similar to those governing traditional taxi services.

  • July 6, 2015

    HP Blasts Autonomy Objector's Bid For $2.3M In Atty Fees

    Hewlett-Packard Co. urged a California federal judge on Monday to deny a bid for $2.3 million in attorneys' fees by an objector to the company’s settlement with shareholders over its acquisition of Autonomy Corp., saying the objector hampered the case.

  • July 6, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Won't Recharge Battery Maker's Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that a North Carolina federal court correctly tossed battery manufacturer Celgard LLC's suit accusing South Korea-based rival SK Innovation Co. Ltd. of infringing a patent covering chemical separators because the accused infringer lacks an even minimal connection to the state.

  • July 6, 2015

    Privacy Groups Warn Of ICANN Proposal's Harassment Risks

    A group of privacy and anti-harassment advocates are warning the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that requiring commercial website owners to list their physical addresses could leave them vulnerable to harassment, both online and offline.

  • July 6, 2015

    Carmakers Blast Qualcomm's Spectrum-Sharing Proposal

    A coalition of some of the world’s largest automakers has lambasted revisions to a Federal Communications Commission rule proposed by Qualcomm Inc. that would allow certain unlicensed wireless devices to operate in the same spectrum as vehicle-to-vehicle systems, saying it would cause harmful interference with the soon-to-be-released vehicle safety technology.

  • July 6, 2015

    5 Firms Top $300B In Deals During 1st Half Of 2015 M&A Boom

    The onslaught of activity in the world of mergers and acquisitions maintained a ravenous pace through the first half of 2015, and a number of law firms capitalized on the robust market by having a hand in more than $300 billion worth of deals apiece.

  • July 6, 2015

    Greenberg Snags Ex-Simpson Thacher IP Transactions Pro

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced on Monday that it has shored up its intellectual property practices in California and Texas by tapping the former head of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Silicon Valley IP transactions group with experience in all aspects of IP transactions and strategy, including mergers and acquisitions.

  • July 6, 2015

    Microsoft, US Clash Over Testimony On Quinn Emanuel Hiring

    The government on Monday objected to a request by Microsoft Corp. in a Washington federal court seeking the testimony of a departing Internal Revenue Service official on the agency's hiring of law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, saying the company is inconveniencing her.

  • July 6, 2015

    Garmin Fish-Finding Devices Don't Infringe, ITC Judge Says

    An International Trade Commission judge ruled Thursday that Garmin International Inc. had not flouted international trade laws by importing high-resolution sonar imaging devices accused by Navico Inc. of infringing three of its patents.

  • July 6, 2015

    Priceline Pays $60M For Stake In Brazil's Hotel Urbano

    The Priceline Group is buying a minority stake in Brazilian online travel company Hotel Urbano for $60 million and is also partnering with the company via a strategic commercial agreement, the companies announced Monday.

  • July 6, 2015

    SEC Said To Investigate Market For Pre-IPO Tech Shares

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating claims that stakeholders and asset managers might be illegally selling shares and derivatives in growing technology companies that haven’t yet hit the public markets, according to a Sunday news report.

  • July 6, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Told To Reject Joint Infringement Review Bid

    Limelight Networks Inc. has pushed back against Akamai Technologies Inc.'s bid for a full Federal Circuit review of a recent ruling that multiple parties can be held jointly liable for patent infringement only in rare situations, saying the appellate court's decision was on the money.

  • July 6, 2015

    Gould & Ratner Nabs Loeb & Loeb Atty To Head Its IP Group

    Chicago-based Gould & Ratner LLP has brought on a former Loeb & Loeb LLP attorney who serves clients in the life sciences, technology and telecommunications industries to chair its intellectual property group and to be a partner in its litigation and business counseling and transactional practices.

  • July 2, 2015

    Supreme Court Justices Held Stock In Cos. Involved In Cases

    Financial disclosures from the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday show several justices held stakes in companies involved in cases last year, including Chief Justice John Roberts, who owned at least $250,000 in Time Warner Inc. stock when it was involved in the American Broadcasting Company v. Aereo case.

  • July 2, 2015

    Apple Dodges Potential $1.6B Award In Smartflash IP Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday said Apple Inc. did not willfully infringe media storage patents held by Smartflash LLC, nullifying a jury’s determination of willful infringement which Smartflash asserted entitled it to have a $533 million damages award tripled to $1.6 billion.

  • July 2, 2015

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan, Weil, Cooley

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, property and casualty insurer ACE Group picks up The Chubb Corp. for a cool $28.3 billion, while insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings PLC scores professional services firm Towers Watson & Co. in a deal valued at about $18 billion.

  • July 2, 2015

    OSI Investors Seek Class Cert. Over 'Naked' TSA Scanners

    OSI Systems Inc. could be facing “thousands” of angry investors after an Arkansas retiree benefit fund asked a California federal judge on Tuesday for class certification in its lawsuit accusing OSI of failing to disclose that the company’s Transportation Security Administration scanners showed subjects naked.

  • July 2, 2015

    Brand Battles: Bayer, Philips, HBO, Red Bull

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Bayer's Phillips' Milk of Magnesia and Koninklijke Philips come to blows, HBO takes on Sling Media over a “Slingshot,” and Red Bull is “red” in the face over soft-drink mark.

  • July 2, 2015

    Apple Store Employees Renew Cert. Bid In Bag-Check Suit

    Apple Inc. retail employees who claim they weren't paid for time spent undergoing required bag and technology checks renewed their bid for class certification in California federal court Thursday, arguing that the fact that they were all subject to Apple's inspection policy creates a common question.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Functional Claiming Questions To Address Post-Williamson

    Justin Colannino

    The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online LLC signals a possible return to old restrictions on functional claiming. This could drastically change the scope of a patent owner’s existing portfolio, say Justin Colannino and A.J. Tibbetts of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • This Week In Congress: Post July 4 Tumult

    Richard A. Hertling

    The House and Senate return from the Independence Day recess this week facing a crowded July agenda. Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP map the issues, ranging from national transportation and infrastructure funding to the Export-Import Bank's lapsed charter to the slew of fiscal year 2016 spending bills.

  • An 'Exceptional Case' One Year After Octane: Part 2

    Timothy P. Cremen

    One year on, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Octane and Highmark decisions have drastically altered the fee-shifting landscape in patent cases, and courts have repeatedly permitted fee-shifting in cases where there are clear differences between the asserted claims and accused products, or where a patentee has ignored settled law or otherwise proceeded in bad faith, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Anticipating IP Trends In 3-D Printing

    Bryan Vogel

    Increasingly, those creating software for 3-D printing have turned to trade secret protection. But software innovators who choose trade secret law rather than patent law to protect their innovations must have a strong risk tolerance, says Bryan Vogel of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • An 'Exceptional Case' One Year After Octane: Part 1

    Timothy P. Cremen

    Now that we have reached the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on fee-shifting in patent cases, it is worth looking back at the history of fee-shifting and how the Federal Circuit and various district courts have applied Octane and Highmark, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Risk Of Insuring Supply Chains From Cyber Risk

    Lon A. Berk

    As the Internet of Things expands, so too do cyber risks created by the supply chain. Manufacturers looking to control that risk may seek indemnification and insurance protection from their suppliers, however that strategy contains hidden risks as well, say Lon Berk and Sergio Oehninger at Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • The Commil Decision And What It Leaves Unanswered

    J. Karl Gross

    Throughout the Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc. opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court treated knowledge and intent as binary concepts — the accused inducer either possessed knowledge and intent or it did not. Unfortunately, this understanding does not reflect the realism of litigation in the district courts, says J. Karl Gross of Leydig Voit & Mayer Ltd.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • 4 Life Science Innovations That Give Life To Patent Growth

    Kevin M. Granahan

    With a rapidly increasing and largely inelastic demand resulting from health-conscious and aging populations throughout the world and the relative availability of capital, the life sciences industry is in an enviable position regarding patent growth — especially when compared with other industries competing for revenues, say Kevin Granahan and David Magagna at Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • A Rare 'Spaghetti' Software Code Copyright Decision

    Jeffrey Kass

    Can licensed code be embedded in other code and still receive copyright protection? Jury decisions like the recent U2logic Inc. v. American Auto Shield LLC case in Colorado may provide some guidance and help software developers protect their valuable programs, says Jeffrey Kass of Polsinelli PC.