Technology

  • October 31, 2014

    Bingham Loses IP Vet To Maynard 18 Months After Hire

    Less than two years after joining Bingham McCutchen LLP, a partner specializing in intellectual property and is moving to Maynard Cooper & Gale PC’s San Francisco office in the firm's technology and IP practices amidst continuing merger discussions between Bingham and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • October 31, 2014

    Global NAPs' Chapter 11 Tossed Weeks After Filing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge booted defunct telecom Global NAPs Inc. from Chapter 11 on Friday, finding the company's weeks-old case had been launched by its ex-owner without legal authority.

  • October 31, 2014

    Samsung, Apple Bicker Over Costs In $120M Patent Case

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. filed dueling objections to each other's bill of costs in a case over smartphone and digital photo patents that yielded a roughly $120 million jury verdict in May, with both companies claiming to be the prevailing parties on various aspects of the litigation.

  • October 31, 2014

    Nokia Backs Apple’s Fed. Circ. Bid For Samsung Injunction

    Nokia Corp. on Friday backed Apple Inc.'s push for an injunction on Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. smartphones found to infringe Apple's patents, telling the Federal Circuit a lower court's denial of the injunction will create "unprecedented and unfair burdens" on patent owners.

  • October 31, 2014

    PNY Stiffed Startup Owner In $1.5M Job Deal, Jury Told

    Flash-memory maker PNY Technologies Inc. breached a $1.5 million contract with a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, hiring him as a sales executive before firing him and reneging on a $500,000 payment, the man's attorney told a California state jury Friday in closing arguments in his trial against PNY.

  • October 31, 2014

    Google Aims To Protect User Data Statistics With New Project

    Google Inc. said Thursday that it is in the process of rolling out a new method for collecting user data that will allow it to learn about software usage and security flaws without exposing users' identities or personal information.

  • October 31, 2014

    4 Cos. Raise $1.2B As US IPO Market Warms Back Up

    New issuers seemed to catch a break during the final week of October, a change in pace from the drag on U.S. initial public offering activity caused by volatility in the stock market at the beginning of the month, suggesting the downturn was just a blip, experts say.

  • October 31, 2014

    GM's Bid To DQ Jones Day Falls Short, Celgard Says

    Celgard LLC on Thursday sought to block a General Motors Co. bid to disqualify its Jones Day lawyers in an infringement suit, contending that, like Apple Inc.’s DQ bid before it, the carmaker had failed to show how its law firm’s representation of the battery maker was directly adverse.

  • October 31, 2014

    Paul Hastings Nabs Ex-White & Case Privacy, Tech Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP has snagged a former White & Case LLP partner for its corporate practice in London, an addition the firm said will bolster its intellectual property, antitrust, technology and privacy-related practices in the U.K.

  • October 31, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Oi SA, Bakrie Group, Altice SA

    Oi SA is teaming up with America Movil SAB and Telefonica SA to offer to buy Telecom Italia SpA's Brazilian mobile phone unit TIM Participacoes SA for about $13 billion, while Bakrie Group hopes to restructure a portion of its $8 billion in debt instead of divesting major assets.

  • October 31, 2014

    Google Fined In Canada Over Street View Cleavage Pic

    A Canadian court has ruled that Google Inc. must pay a Montreal woman the equivalent of about $2,000 for violating her privacy by showing a picture of her sitting in front of her house with her cleavage exposed in a Google Street View map.

  • October 31, 2014

    Samsung's Cheil Goes For $1.4B IPO As SDS Prices At $1.1B

    Two Samsung companies are gearing up for two big offerings this year, with the de facto group holding company, Cheil Industries, applying for a $1.4 billion IPO Friday, the same day information technology unit Samsung SDS Co. priced at nearly $1.1 billion, as the group chairman prepares to hand over the reins of his empire. 

  • October 31, 2014

    FCC Weighing 'Hybrid' Plan On Net Neutrality

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is close to settling on what has been called a “hybrid approach” for new net neutrality rules, according to a news report Thursday, a plan that would reclassify just a portion of broadband Internet delivery for tougher “common carrier” regulation.

  • October 31, 2014

    Profs Urge Fed. Circ. To Rehear Ruling Axing $30M Verdict

    Several intellectual property academics and a medical device association urged the Federal Circuit to rethink its decision to invalidate two patents and elimiante a $30.5 million verdict against Google Inc. and others, claiming that the court should mull how much deference to give juries in such cases.

  • October 31, 2014

    Microsoft Again Urges Judge To Nix Suit Over $732M EU Fine

    A group of Microsoft Corp. executives asked a Washington federal judge to toss a derivative suit alleging they breached their fiduciary duties by willfully violating a European Union antitrust settlement and incurring a $732.2 million fine, saying the plaintiffs' opposition failed to show the executives knowingly breached their duties.

  • October 30, 2014

    Investors Blast OCZ Trustee's Bid To Halt $7.5M Settlement

    The lead plaintiffs in a shareholder class action against bankrupt OCZ Technology Group Inc.’s former brass in California federal court blasted on Thursday an effort by the estate’s liquidation trust to halt consideration of a $7.5 million settlement by asking the Delaware bankruptcy court to enforce Chapter 11’s automatic stay.

  • October 30, 2014

    Adobe Bid For Extra IP Damages Over Wowza Hack In Doubt

    A California federal judge voiced skepticism Thursday over Adobe Systems Inc.'s request for enhanced damages in a lawsuit accusing Wowza Media Systems LLC of infringing Flash encryption patents, saying Thursday that he didn't think Wowza executives' hacking of Adobe's software was enough to prove willful infringement.

  • October 30, 2014

    CurrentC Says Hackers Poached Users' Email Addresses

    CurrentC, a mobile payment service backed by the retail industry and poised to compete with Apple Pay, confirmed Wednesday that hackers had obtained the email addresses of merchants and individuals who participated in a trial run of the smartphone app.

  • October 30, 2014

    Harbinger Fails In Attack On $1.7B LightSquared Guaranty

    The New York bankruptcy judge handling LightSquared Inc.’s knotty Chapter 11 case held Thursday that Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, the debtor’s top equity holder, cannot eliminate a guaranty on $1.7 billion in debt owed to a group of secured lenders.

  • October 30, 2014

    ACLU Blasts Gov't Attempt To Block Docs In Spying Suit

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday hit back at the federal government’s bid to shield documents in a New York federal suit that may shed light on the controversial National Security Agency bulk telephone data collection program, arguing a recent brief attempted to relitigate issues already decided.

Expert Analysis

  • The EU Watchdog Ready To Bite Multinational Companies

    Keith O’Donnell

    Using state-aid proceedings in transfer pricing matters and targeting a sample of high-profile taxpayers — Fiat, Amazon, Starbucks and Apple — the EU Commission seems to be going far beyond the terms of its mandate, say Keith O’Donnell and Emilie Fister of Taxand Luxembourg.

  • Congress Must Pass Cyber Legislation Before Next Attack

    Kathleen B. Rice

    Congress' failure to pass information-sharing legislation means companies wanting to share threat information will be hesitant to. Yet, in an environment of growing cyberattacks, that effectively forces companies to seek counsel before sharing timely information, which is neither practical nor good public policy, say a former congresswoman and Senate congressional staffers now at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Lessons From 4 Months Of Post-Alice Decisions

    Brian McCall

    Four months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. Since then, patent challengers have routinely and successfully invalidated claims under Section 101 by applying Alice. The decision could prove to be a significant weapon against software and business method patents, says Brian McCall of Merchant & Gould PC.

  • 7th Circ. LCD Antitrust Case: Foreign Vs. US Interests

    Bob Bloch

    To preserve the delicate balance between antitrust enforcement and international comity inherent in the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, the Seventh Circuit in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corporation will need to weigh carefully the views of foreign agencies against the U.S. Department of Justice’s interest in prosecuting foreign cartels that harm U.S. consumers, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • New Guidelines Suggest A Friendlier European Patent Office

    Philip Cupitt

    While many of the changes in the latest European Patent Office guidelines reflect the current practice of the EPO’s boards of appeal, they also suggest that the first-instance departments of the EPO may be moving toward a less rigid and formalistic approach to some issues, say Philip Cupitt and Hazel Ford of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • FCC's 1st Data Security Action Raises Concerns

    Howard Waltzman

    The Federal Communications Commission's first major case involving data security introduces a potential overlap with the Federal Trade Commission’s jurisdiction — and the risk of dual, and even conflicting, regulation, say Howard Waltzman and Lei Shen of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 4 Paths To Faster Patent Prosecution At The USPTO

    Rory Pheiffer

    The delay at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office continues to be quite long, but fortunately the USPTO offers four options that allow most every patent applicant to significantly advance the pace of patent prosecution. While each of these programs has specific requirements for entry, those requirements are within the control of the applicant, say Rory Pheiffer and Lauren Ingegneri of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Margrethe Vestager: The New EU Competition Commissioner

    Stephen Mavroghenis

    Margrethe Vestager inherits the European Commission's competition portfolio from outgoing Spanish Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, whose tenure, while marked with enforcement victories, will leave a bitter pill in the mouths of a number of companies — and their lawyers, say attorneys with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • New Patent Metrics For Management And Investors

    Stephen Glazier

    No consensus has formed regarding which metrics are best to compare, manage and communicate about mission-critical patent programs. We tested a variety of metrics and selected a new system derived entirely from publicly available raw data for all publicly traded companies, even though the raw IP data may be esoteric, awkward and unappreciated generally by management and investors, says Stephen Glazier of Akerman LLP.

  • FCC Is Latest Agency To Enter Cybersecurity Enforcement

    Bruce Olcott

    The Federal Communications Commission's massive $10 million fine against wireless carriers TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc. appears to extend the FCC definitively into the enforcement of cybersecurity, a realm in which it has not previously taken a major role, say attorneys with Jones Day.