Technology

  • August 31, 2016

    Call Center Software Co. Picks Up Rival In $1.4B Deal

    Privately held call center software provider Genesys agreed to buy its competitor Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. in a deal valued at $1.4 billion on Wednesday, just over one month after receiving a $900 million investment from private equity shop Hellman & Friedman LLC.

  • August 31, 2016

    ITC Won't Appeal ClearCorrect Patent Ruling To High Court

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has elected not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision that the ITC lacks the authority to block imports of digital files, the accused infringer in the closely watched patent case, ClearCorrect LLC, said Wednesday.

  • August 31, 2016

    BMW, Mercedes Hit With Digital Radio Infringement Suits

    BMW North America and Mercedes-Benz were each smacked with infringement suits Wednesday in Texas federal court by Digital Stream IP LLC, which accuses the automakers of using patented digital satellite radio technology without authorization.

  • August 31, 2016

    Sears, Kmart Assert Right To Jury In CRT Antitrust Case

    Sears and Kmart on Tuesday told a California federal court that they have a right to a jury trial over allegations that manufacturers rigged cathode ray tube prices and that granting a request by LG Electronics Inc. for a bench trial to decide antitrust standing in the case would be unconstitutional.

  • August 31, 2016

    Ex-Sen. Levin Slams IRS Over Apple's $14.5B Irish Tax Bill

    Following the European Commission's finding that Apple owes €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin denounced both Apple and the Internal Revenue Service, saying Tuesday that the revenue agency has let the software giant get away with avoiding taxes on American soil.

  • August 31, 2016

    China Everbright, Focus Media Create $750M TMT Fund

    China Everbright Ltd., a Chinese government-owned investment group, said Monday it has joined in a partnership with Chinese advertising giant Focus Media Information Technology Co. to launch a new technology, media and telecommunications fund with total committed capital of RMB 5 billion ($750 million).

  • August 31, 2016

    VLP Adds IP Pro From Hogan Lovells As Partner In Calif.

    VLP Law Group LLP has added an intellectual property litigator previously with Hogan Lovells as a partner in its Silicon Valley office, the firm has announced.

  • August 31, 2016

    Majority Of Law Firms Increasing Tech Budgets, Survey Says

    More than half of law firms increased the percentage of their budgets dedicated to technology between 2015 and 2016, and security management continues to be firms’ biggest challenge in terms of internet technology, a new survey released by the International Legal Technology Association said.

  • August 31, 2016

    Sprint Wins $5M From Hackers In Cellphone-Resale Fraud Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday ordered three groups of alleged hackers to pay $5 million to Sprint over claims they cracked its computer networks, erased electronic serial numbers from 3 million Sprint cellphones later sold to major retailers and infringed Sprint’s trademarks.

  • August 30, 2016

    Cisco Accuses Arista Of Defying Import Ban On Infringing IP

    Cisco Systems Inc. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against rival tech firm Arista Networks Inc., accusing it of violating a cease-and-desist order issued in a patent infringement suit decided earlier this year.

  • August 30, 2016

    Canon Tries To Ditch Flash Memory Patent Case

    Canon Inc. asked a California federal judge to toss Technology Properties Ltd. LLC's memory card reader patent infringement case, arguing at a hearing Tuesday that its products don't contain the technology described in the court's claim limitations and that prior art would render TPL's broad interpretation of those claims invalid.

  • August 30, 2016

    Samsung Gets AIA Reviews Of 2 Semiconductor Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Tuesday to institute America Invents Act inter partes reviews of two semiconductor circuitry patents, finding that petitioner Samsung has demonstrated that the asserted claims are likely unpatentable.

  • August 30, 2016

    Paylocity Says Fee-Shifting Bylaw Suit Doesn't Show Harm

    A Paylocity Holding Corp. shareholder challenging a fee-shifting bylaw launched his proposed class lawsuit prematurely and without evidence of damage or proof that the rule violates a recent Delaware ban on the practice, the company said in a Chancery Court filing Tuesday.

  • August 30, 2016

    Apple's $14.5B Irish Tax Bill Could Be Wiped In Court

    The European Commission's conclusion that Apple owes Ireland €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in unpaid taxes since 2003 is sure to cause panic among U.S. businesses with similar transfer pricing structures in European Union countries, but experts say there are strong legal grounds to challenge the validity of Tuesday’s ruling.

  • August 30, 2016

    HP Sues Executive Who Went To Work For Competitor

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court last week seeking to prevent a former vice president from using knowledge gained about HP’s business and customers while employed with a competing company in a similar capacity.

  • August 30, 2016

    Panasonic Says Microsoft Wants Secret Docs For Arbitration

    Panasonic Corp. asked a California federal judge Monday to reject a bid by Microsoft’s mobile phone units to declassify several documents in a massive case over alleged price-fixing in the market for cellphone and laptop batteries, saying the U.S. tech giant secretly plans to use them in a related arbitration.

  • August 30, 2016

    Sales Clerk Wants Time Served In $50M Export Scheme

    A convicted sales clerk for the firm accused of secretly exporting over $50 million of microelectronics to the Russian government asked a New York federal court Monday for time served, arguing she was a junior employee who neither benefited from nor understood the conspiracy.

  • August 30, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Says PTAB Wrongly Denied Veritas' Amendment Bid

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that Veritas Technologies Inc.'s data restoration patent was obvious due to prior art, but reversed its decision not to allow amendment of claims, saying the denial was “arbitrary and capricious.”

  • August 30, 2016

    Kim Dotcom Extradition Fight Will Stream Online From NZ

    After initially denying Kim Dotcom's request to livestream a high-profile hearing over whether the Megaupload Ltd. founder and three other defendants can be brought to the United States for a criminal trial, a New Zealand judge granted the request Tuesday with some restrictions, according to a newspaper report.

  • August 30, 2016

    Alternative Biz Data Regs Proposal Self-Serving, FCC Told

    A group of midsize incumbent local exchange carriers including CenturyLink and Frontier on Monday blasted a business data services rate regulation proposal from Verizon and trade group INCOMPAS that it assailed as self-serving rather than any kind of compromise.

Expert Analysis

  • Forward Citations As A Patent Value Metric

    Goran Grbic

    In the constant struggle to find valuable patents more efficiently in patent evaluation, different patent metrics are considered, discussed, re-evaluated and occasionally benchmarked. We have benchmarked the value of forward citations — the metric that seems to be mentioned the most — using data from our evaluation of thousands of patents and from public sources on U.S. patent litigation, says Goran Grbic of Chipworks Inc.

  • Why Congress Should Act Quickly To Reauthorize SBIR, STTR

    Tina Reynolds

    Despite bipartisan efforts, the future is uncertain for the by all accounts highly successful Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. These programs provide valuable research funding to companies with good ideas but little capital, and Congress’ failure to reauthorize would be an unfortunate mistake, says Tina Reynolds of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Reconciling The Practice With The Business Of Law

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    The tension between practicing law and managing the firm is giving way to the realization that the latter had been largely overlooked, meagerly funded, and often underappreciated, says Dr. James Bailey, a professor at George Washington University School of Business and the keynote speaker at the Legal Marketing Association Southeast conference in September.

  • Where's The E-Sign? A Primer On Electronic Signature Laws

    Brian T. Casey

    Understanding the history and intricacies behind electronic signature laws can be difficult due to overlap between the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act and the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act. Brian Casey of Locke Lord LLP explains the differences between the laws and answers some of the questions they have raised.

  • Challenging No-Injury Class Actions In State Court

    Joshua Briones

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, some corporate defendants are concerned that successfully challenging plaintiffs’ Article III standing will merely cause them to refile in state court, which is traditionally viewed as less favorable. However, plaintiffs that cannot articulate a concrete harm in federal court are not likely to establish standing anywhere, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • In Search Of Objective Evidence Success At PTAB

    Kerry Flynn

    Patent owners are still struggling with how to present objective evidence of nonobviousness to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that is sufficiently persuasive. We can learn from the few successful attempts, say Kerry Flynn, chief IP counsel for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Stacy Lewis and Tom Irving of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Mobile Financial Services In Regulatory Crosshairs

    Erin Jane Illman

    Financial institutions should identify specific legal and regulatory risks associated with the use of mobile financial services. The increased use of mobile banking, coupled with a recent increase in regulatory scrutiny of data privacy and security, creates a prime environment for potential new legislation, says Erin Jane Illman of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: Establishing Standards And Norms In Mediation

    William A. Ruskin

    A recent Law360 guest article asks whether by signing a mediation confidentiality agreement a lawyer surrenders the power to protect his client against inappropriate mediation conduct. The short response to this concern is that parties to a mediation should refuse to execute such an agreement that removes all future recourse against the mediator, no matter how egregious the mediator’s actions, says William Ruskin of Gordon Rees Scu... (continued)

  • Board Interlocks In Antitrust Enforcement Hot Seat

    Andrea Agathoklis Murino

    Recent activity by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission make clear that enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act — the prohibition against interlocks between competitors — is alive and well. Board members and officers must be on alert, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.