Technology

  • February 27, 2015

    White House Unveils Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights

    The White House on Friday proposed a bill following through on President Barack Obama’s two-year-old commitment to put forward legislation setting in place a consumer privacy bill of rights.

  • February 27, 2015

    Beef Over Royalties For Unpatented Features Hits High Court

    Six electronics makers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a Federal Circuit decision affirming a $1 million jury verdict that they say wrongly includes royalties for a motherboard switch's unpatented elements and opens the door for an “improper damages model” on patent infringement cases.

  • February 27, 2015

    Vivendi Inks Deal To Sell Numericable-SFR Stake For $4.4B

    French media company Vivendi SA accepted Friday a €3.9 billion ($4.4 billion) offer to sell its 20 percent stake of telecommunications unit Numericable-SFR to Altice SA and Numericable-SFR, both owned by billionaire Patrick Drahl, promising to use some proceeds to launch a stock buyback.

  • February 27, 2015

    Real Estate Rumor Mill: Tishman, Starwood, Panasonic

    Tishman Speyer is said to have scored $1.4 billion in financing for a New York tower, while Starwood Capital has reportedly inked $500 million in financing for a hotel portfolio and Panasonic is said to be leasing 49,000 square feet outside Chicago.

  • February 27, 2015

    AlvaradoSmith DQ'd In SM Graphics Patent Fee Row

    A California appeals court on Friday disqualified AlvaradoSmith APC from representing an expert seeking consulting fees from Shared Memory Graphics LLC for his work on a patent case, ruling AlvaradoSmith’s work representing SM Graphics’ former lawyers in a related case was a potential concern.

  • February 27, 2015

    Apple Still Top IP Target, But Pharma Takes More Fire

    Although technology giants such as Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. still dominate the list of most-named defendants in intellectual property lawsuits, an uptick in patent litigation between pharmaceutical companies has pulled generic heavyweights like Actavis Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. into the top ranks of companies most frequently targeted by a patent suit in 2014, an analysis by Law360 shows.

  • February 27, 2015

    House Reps. Propose Bill On Overseas Data Storage

    A bipartisan pair of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation Friday to limit law enforcement's access to electronic data stored overseas, following the same bill being introduced in the Senate two weeks ago.

  • February 27, 2015

    Samsung Smart TV Remote Can Leak Acid, Class Action Says

    A Samsung remote with a full-sized keyboard designed for smart TVs uses an outdated design that can cause batteries to overheat and leak dangerous acid, a proposed consumer class action alleged Thursday in California federal court.

  • February 27, 2015

    SEC Settles With Japanese Banker In $2B Olympus Scandal

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday it has reached a settlement with a Japanese broker alleged to have been involved in the $2 billion fraud scandal that hit camera and medical device maker Olympus Corp. in 2011 over exorbitant advisory fees paid on costly acquisitions, agreeing to drop the case in exchange for his withdrawal from the securities industry.

  • February 27, 2015

    Pols Introduce Bill To Stop FCC Preemption Of State Laws

    Republican legislators on Thursday introduced a bill to block a Federal Communications Commission decision overriding state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that restrict towns from expanding municipal Internet service, a move the FCC said would increase competition.

  • February 27, 2015

    CyberArk's VC Backers Prepare For $200M Secondary Offering

    CyberArk Software Inc.’s venture capital backers registered Friday to unload up to $200 million worth of shares in a proposed secondary offering as they look to trim their stake in the Israeli information technology security company.

  • February 27, 2015

    Venable Atty's Lapses In Bebo Suit Cost $5M, Suit Says

    The onetime owner of app maker Bebo has sued a Venable LLP partner and the firm in California court, accusing the Los Angeles attorney of taking a $50,000 retainer fee then failing to show up to court in a derivative shareholder suit that ultimately ended in a $5 million default judgment.

  • February 27, 2015

    Altice Offers Concessions For $8.3B Portuguese Assets Deal

    Altice SA has offered concessions to obtain approval from European antitrust authorities for its €7.4 billion ($8.3 billion) deal to acquire Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA's Portuguese assets, according to a notice posted Thursday by the European Commission.

  • February 27, 2015

    Deal-Hungry T-Mobile Chief Says Dish Union 'Makes Sense'

    The top executive at T-Mobile US Inc. hinted at his company's next tie-up aspirations on Friday, saying a combination with satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. “makes some sense.”

  • February 27, 2015

    Judge Dismisses Patent Suit Over Ticket Reservation System

    A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday granted Vivid Seats Ltd.'s motion for judgment on the pleadings in a suit accusing it of infringing a patent for a reservation system that controls inventory, citing recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • February 27, 2015

    Ericsson Says Apple Is Infringing 41 Essential Patents

    Ericsson Inc. on Thursday filed seven lawsuits in a Texas federal court against Apple Inc., saying the tech giant’s popular iPhone, iPad and other products infringe 41 of Ericsson’s standard-essential patents, following a breakdown in license negotiations between the parties.

  • February 27, 2015

    Nikon Latest Japan Biz To Go Abroad With $400M Optos Buy

    Nikon Corp. said Friday it would pay $400 million for British retinal-imaging company Optos PLC in the second deal in recent weeks by a Japanese camera maker looking to use a big-ticket transaction to expand its reach abroad.

  • February 26, 2015

    Phoenix Gets Rival's Claim Capped At $1M In Software Row

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday refused to toss a suit seeking $10 million from Phoenix Payment Systems Inc. in a dispute over software rights, but effectively capped the rival card transaction company's claim against the debtor at $1 million.

  • February 26, 2015

    With FCC Vote, Net Neutrality Moves To Next Act: Litigation

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler finally got his new net neutrality rules on the books Thursday, but writing and enacting them was always just the opening act. Now he has to defend them.

  • February 26, 2015

    Nortel's US Arm Blasts Late Claim From Canadian Workers

    The U.S. arm of bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp. revived its opposition Wednesday to late severance claims from ex-employees of its Canadian parent, arguing it has evidence the workers were aware of the deadline but believed they had no claims against American units.

Expert Analysis

  • Spotlight On Public Availability In Inter Partes Review

    Michael O’Neill

    Two back-to-back decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board — Sipnet EU S.R.O. v. Straight Path IP Group Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation v. American Vehicular Sciences LLC — help to bookend its views on when information in an inter partes review proceeding is or is not a printed publication, says Michael O’Neill of Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto LLP.

  • FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Regulations — What Lies Ahead?

    John Beahn

    If allowed to stand, the Federal Communications Commission's revised network neutrality regulations will have far-reaching implications for the telecommunications, media, content, Internet and technology industries. One of the first decisions that net neutrality opponents will need to make is whether to seek a judicial stay of the order and the regulations, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 2 Years Of Clapper: Takeaways From 12 Data Breach Cases

    Andrew Hoffman

    Feb. 26 marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA. Federal district courts in at least 12 data breach cases have applied Clapper, and while the majority have concluded that Clapper mandates dismissal for a lack of standing, some courts have found that standing exists, says Andrew Hoffman of InfoLawGroup LLP.

  • The 4 Corners Of The Innovation Act Of 2015

    J.C. Boggs

    The Innovation Act, recently reintroduced in the House, builds upon the already significant patent litigation reform that was adopted in the America Invents Act of 2011 in four fundamental respects, says J.C. Boggs of King & Spalding LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Avoiding A DHS Funding Showdown

    Richard A. Hertling

    One major change in the debate over U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding — which expires this Friday — is that a Texas federal district judge has issued an injunction against the Obama administration’s immigration policy, essentially putting it on hold. This may be an opportunity for the Senate to avoid the policy riders and pass a clean funding bill, says Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • In-House Counsel's Dirty 'Little' Secret: Data Leakage

    Jennifer Topper

    Not every data breach is a massive headline-grabbing theft of consumer credit card information. As significant as these events may seem, the more dangerous and prevalent threats are the least visible — occurring through "data leakage." Put simply, this is raw meat awaiting a strike by the plaintiff’s bar, says legal industry adviser Jennifer Topper.

  • SOX Section 304 Enforcement At The SEC’s Whim?

    Mary P. Hansen

    Because Sarbanes-Oxley Section 304(a) requires no proof of culpability on the part of corporate officers, the employment of this draconian clawback provision is particularly difficult to forecast, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which recently clawed back $500,000 in bonuses and profits from two Saba Software executives, remains the exclusive enforcement entity, say Mary Hansen and Garrett Trego of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Cyberthreat Spawns New Era Of Public-Private Collaboration

    Judith Germano

    The government and private sector already are innovating in the forms of collaboration necessary to address the cybersecurity threat. The challenge moving forward will be to institutionalize and expand these means of working together, says Judith Germano, a professor at NYU School of Law.

  • PTAB Holds A Firm Line On Additional Discovery

    Alison Baldwin

    Congress created inter partes review and covered business method review as quicker and more cost-effective alternatives to district court. After two years, a noticeable trend has emerged regarding how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is accomplishing these objectives through its decisions on motions for additional discovery, say Alison Baldwin and Lisa Schoedel of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

  • Aereo And Its Limited Application To New Technologies

    Timothy Buckley

    Several recent cases confirm that the reach of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year in American Broadcasting Company Inc. v. Aereo Inc. is quite limited, says Timothy Buckley of Powley & Gibson PC.