Technology

  • July 25, 2014

    Telecom Cos. Posted Customers' Private Info On Web: Suit

    A putative class action filed Wednesday in Florida state court claims that Nexogy Inc. and its parent LD Telecommunications released customers' private information, including financial data, on the Internet, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.

  • July 25, 2014

    Cisco, Sprint Lose Bid For Atty Fees In WiFi IP Row

    A California federal judge on Friday refused to award Cisco Systems Inc., Motorola Mobility LLC, Sprint Spectrum LP and other top tech companies attorneys’ fees and impose sanctions against a plaintiff who lost its lawsuit over wireless technology patents, saying the case isn’t "extraordinary."

  • July 25, 2014

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Weigh Joint Infringement On Remand

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday rejected Akamai Technologies Inc.’s request that the full court consider whether multiple parties can be jointly liable for directly infringing a patent in its dispute with Limelight Networks Inc., opting instead to refer the case to remaining panel members.

  • July 25, 2014

    Stock Trader Gets 1.5 Years For Microsoft Inside Trades

    A Seattle stock trader who pled guilty to trading on inside information from a friend at Microsoft Corp., including news of the company’s impending 18 percent stake in Barnes & Noble Inc.'s e-reader business, was sentenced on Friday to one and a half years in prison.

  • July 25, 2014

    5th Circ. Says Orders To Clarify Arbitration Awards Aren't Final

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday said a district court decision to send a case back to an arbitration panel for further clarification was not a final order that could be appealed, rejecting a Nuance Communications Inc. bid to enforce an arbitration award of zero dollars to investors challenging a $45 million merger.

  • July 25, 2014

    Samsung Says It Can Still Use Alice To Nix 2 Apple Patents

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. hit back against Apple Inc. on Thursday, rejecting the iPad maker’s claim that Samsung "waived long ago" its right to seek invalidation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Alice Corp. ruling of two patents in an infringement suit that netted Apple $120 million.

  • July 25, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Tosses $18M Contempt Fine In Software IP Row

    The Federal Circuit on Friday vacated an injunction and an $18 million fine against Lawson Software Inc. in an infringement suit brought by ePlus Inc., ruling that neither was warranted in light of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s invalidation of a key patent claim.

  • July 25, 2014

    Facebook Says SEC Won't Bring Enforcement Action Over IPO

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped its probe of Facebook Inc., and will not bring an enforcement action over issues around the company’s $16 billion initial public offering, the social media giant said on Thursday in a regulatory filing.

  • July 25, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear Case After Rader's Weil Email Flap

    The Federal Circuit on Friday refused to rehear a patent case at the center of a controversy over former Chief Judge Randall Rader's email praising a Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorney, rejecting patent owner DataTern Inc.'s request that a new panel decide the case.

  • July 25, 2014

    Latvian Virus Programmer Can Be Extradited to US, Court Says

    The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled that Latvian Gozi virus ringleader Deniss Čalovskis can't escape being extradited to the U.S. to face charges alleging he stole personal bank account information and infected more than 40,000 computers in the U.S., but said the Latvian courts should not have detained him while the extradition decision was pending. 

  • July 25, 2014

    Tech Co. Wants Ex-Antonelli Lawyer Around For Patent Trial

    An online technology company on Friday fought to keep a bankrupt attorney formerly with Antonelli Terry Stout & Kraus LLP in a malpractice suit accusing the firm of botching a patent application for online advertising inventions, citing tactical implications.

  • July 25, 2014

    Kia Slams Keyless Inventor Over Duplicative IP Suits

    Kia Motors America Inc. on Thursday urged an Illinois federal judge to ban the inventor of a keyless ignition system from bringing duplicative patent infringement claims against the automaker, saying he has filed identical suits in numerous courts as part of a "piecemeal and abusive" litigation strategy.

  • July 25, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Salesforce, Blackstone, JFK Airport

    Salesforce.com is reportedly looking for a bigger space in Manhattan, the Blackstone Group LP may exit the single-family home business with an IPO and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is poised to issue a request for proposals for a hotel at JFK Airport.

  • July 24, 2014

    GoDaddy Users' Domain Names Ruled Too Close To Oscars Marks

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which presides over the yearly film awards known as the Oscars, won a bid on Thursday to have 88 Web domain names registered to users of GoDaddy Inc. declared confusingly similar to its own trademarks, according to an order filed in California federal court.

  • July 24, 2014

    Nortel's US Arm Strikes $1B Bondholder Interest Cap Deal

    The U.S. unit of the bankrupt Canadian Nortel Networks Inc. submitted a settlement deal Thursday that will cap at just over $1 billion the amount of interest the telecommunications company’s bondholders can collect on their holdings, according to a filing in Delaware federal court.

  • July 24, 2014

    TSMC Must Detail Trade Secrets In Fraud Claim Against Tela

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. must add specific details about the trade secrets Tela Innovations allegedly misappropriated for its own patent applications in order for TSMC’s fraud claim to survive, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    Brazilian Telecom Giant Fined $1.6M For Online Tracking

    Brazil's consumer protection regulator has fined the country's telecom powerhouse Oi SA 3.5 million reais ($1.59 million) for allegedly failing to notify Internet users that their browsing activities would be tracked and sold to third-party advertisers, the Brazilian government said Wednesday.

  • July 24, 2014

    DOJ Pushes Congress To Make Illegal Streaming A Felony

    The U.S. Department of Justice repeated on Thursday previous administration requests that lawmakers push illegal online streaming of copyrighted content from a misdemeanor to a felony — notably, a provision that was part of the highly controversial and unsuccessful Stop Online Piracy Act.

  • July 24, 2014

    Big Statutory Fines Kill Innovation, Help Trolls: Tech Cos.

    The tech industry's lobbying group told a congressional panel Thursday that steep statutory damages available under copyright law were chilling innovation and empowering so-called copyright trolls.

  • July 24, 2014

    Judge Mulls 'Discount' Clause In $450M Apple E-Books Deal

    A New York federal judge on Thursday cast doubt on Apple Inc.'s proposed $450 million e-books antirust settlement with the government, saying a provision of the deal that may result in Apple paying significantly less money depending on the outcome of an appeal could be unfair to consumers.

Expert Analysis

  • Peregrine Puts Hired-To-Invent Issues In Spotlight

    Michael Bunis

    Do you think your employees are hired to invent? A California federal judge's recent ruling in Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. v. RF Micro Devices Inc. serves as a reminder that oral agreements are insufficient and employees who perform general engineering, development or other activities will likely fall outside the scope of the hired-to-invent doctrine, say Michael Bunis and Vanessa Arslanian of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Litigator’s Perspective: 5 Tips On Arbitration Provisions

    Daniel T. McCloskey

    It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 6 Years In, Why Haven't FRE 502(d) Orders Caught On?

    John A. Rosans

    In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • A 12-Point Patent Monetization Plan

    Stephen Glazier

    A recent Delaware decision acknowledges that there may be an affirmative duty of officers and directors of a corporation to monetize the corporation’s intellectual property. Fortunately, there are steps available to manage this risk that are also profitable business strategies, says Stephen Glazier of Akerman LLP.

  • Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 1

    Lance Anderson

    Despite the benefits of working with academia, there remain significant distinctions in the core missions between research institutions and for-profit companies. Without understanding these distinctions, for-profit companies often run the risk of frustrating relationships, or worse, compromising their own intellectual property positions, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • Data Breach Dismissals Continue Post-Clapper

    David M. Brown Jr.

    In re Science Applications International Corp. Backup Tape Data Theft Litigation reinforces the trend among federal courts in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA that the loss of data and increased risk of indentity theft from data breaches do not constitute injury, says David Brown Jr. of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • PRISM Scatters Attorney-Client Privilege

    Any attorney sending or storing confidential client information or privileged communications via the cloud may be knowingly exposing those communications to scrutiny by the U.S. government via programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM — and arguably, even waiving any claim of privilege as a result, say attorney Thomas Mullaney and Vaultive CEO Elad Yoran.

  • Ambiguities Remain Despite 9th Circ. AU Optronics Ruling

    Robert E. Bloch

    Unfortunately, the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act does not provide much guidance on how “direct” an effect on U.S. commerce must be for it to come within the scope of the Sherman Act, and subsequent case law — including the recent Ninth Circuit AU Optronics ruling — has not settled the issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.