The European Commission said Thursday that it made several unannounced inspections at companies — including Samsung Group — throughout the European Union based on suspicions that they manipulated the online prices of some electronics and domestic appliances.
A Texas federal court on Thursday refused to send a putative class action alleging Samsung didn’t make customers whole on faulty Galaxy S phones into arbitration, finding that clauses in the customers’ wireless carrier contracts did not include the phones’ maker.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he would soon propose reforms to the National Surveillance Agency in an effort to address domestic concerns about spying and privacy in the wake of government surveillance leaks by former security contractor Edward Snowden.
A New York federal judge said Thursday that sanctions must be imposed against counsel from Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP who filed an allegedly frivolous consolidated securities class action claiming AOL Inc. bought millions of its shares at artificially depressed prices before announcing a $1 billion patent sale.
Hackers have stolen the login passwords and other credentials of 2 million user accounts from popular websites such as Facebook, Gmail and Yahoo, researchers of the cybersecurity firm Trustwave said Tuesday.
A former Dell Inc. manager who provided investment firm professionals with inside information was sentenced to probation Thursday, dodging a prison term after he cooperated with prosecutors in investigations, including that of SAC Capital Advisors LP's Michael Steinberg.
LightSquared Inc. on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge not to toss its adversary suit claiming Dish Network Corp. and its chairman, Charlie Ergen, illegally bought more than $1 billion in bankrupt LightSquared's debt, arguing it has provided ample evidence Ergen wasn't acting for his benefit alone.
Over the past year, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP partner Keith Flaum has deftly helped helm Applied Materials Inc.'s $29 billion merger with Tokyo Electron Ltd., while closing several multibillion-dollar deals for Oracle Corp., earning him a spot on Law360's list of Technology MVPs.
Private equity firm Coller Capital didn't do enough to make sure it smoothed the sale of three technology patent portfolios, the attorney for a buyer who said it lost $300 million because of the failed deal told a New York state appeals court panel Thursday.
A Texas federal judge dismissed on Wednesday a suit involving wireless network patents developed by an ex-partner of Fish & Richardson PC that were asserted against Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., after a deal was reached in the case.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and a class of consumers urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive their separate antitrust suits over an alleged patent-licensing cartel among Panasonic Corp. and other flash memory card makers, arguing that a district court judge incorrectly found both sets of claims time-barred.
Microsoft Corp. is planning to bolster its encryption of customer data amid increasing reports of government spying by the National Security Agency, even though the software giant has no “direct evidence” of such a data breach through unapproved access by the government, its general counsel said Thursday.
A New Jersey state judge on Thursday ruled for an anonymous online poster and temporarily halted a school board's subpoena to Google Inc. seeking that person's identity as it probes the unauthorized disclosure of student tests.
America Movil could face forced asset sales based on findings from Mexico's telecom watchdog, while Kyle Bass' Hayman Capital unloaded the hedge fund's remaining stake in J.C. Penney.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss an antitrust suit accusing patent aggregator RPX Corp. and several Android device makers of conspiring to refuse patent licenses from Cascades Computer Innovation LLC, finding that Cascades had sufficiently bolstered its previously dismissed complaint.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Wednesday said she is drafting legislation that would arm federal regulators with new powers to fight illegal robocalls, saying telephone providers have refused to fully explore new technologies that could curb the practice.
The makers of one of the most popular Android apps, which allows its users to operate their devices as flashlights, agreed Thursday to settle charges that it shared private user information without their knowledge, including their exact location, with advertisers, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.
Someone once told me I had to cut my hair in order to become a rainmaker because long hair on women is too sexy and men would never take me seriously. I ignored her and learned that I could create my own style, and it's served me well, says Lori Hoberman, chairwoman of Chadbourne & Parke LLP's emerging companies/venture capital practice.
Russian banking consortium VTB Group sold a 50 percent stake in Russian telecommunications company Tele2 AB for 40.4 billion rubles ($1.2 billion), the company said in third-quarter account statements released Thursday.
Pharmaceutical and chemical giant Merck KGaA will take over specialty chemicals maker AZ Electronic Materials SA, for roughly £1.6 billion ($2.6 billion) to boost its stake in the high-tech electronics industry, according to a Thursday statement.
Although the U.S. Department of Defense's recently issued final rule addressing how DOD contractors and subcontractors must safeguard unclassified technical information on their corporate information systems narrows a 2011 proposed rule, it still has wide applicability to private sector information systems where DOD technical information is stored or transmitted, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Four precautionary measures that are neither expensive nor time-consuming to execute could mean the difference between coasting through the new Internet name space expansion or becoming embroiled in tough, uncharted legal waters, says Mark Stein of Higer Lichter & Givner LLP.
It is premature to call the ruling in Eli Lilly v. Huang a landmark decision — too many hurdles remain for multinational companies to become complacent about protection of trade secrets in China. But the country's new law allowing preliminary injunctions to stop infringement is an encouraging step forward, say Richard Grams and Allan Goldner of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aranoff LLP.
Picture this: A seller of goods is losing tens of millions of dollars per year on a requirements contract containing price caps that the parties have operated under for years. Given the Uniform Commercial Code and relevant case law, it would be natural — and completely logical — to accept the cogent authority establishing that rising costs are generally insufficient to invalidate a contract. I am betting that, in this case, the law will trick you, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
Our recent interview with Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner will give you better insight into Judge Posner's perspectives on patent litigation. He described his views on the use of survey evidence in measuring demand for specific patented features and discussed the use of market comparables and noninfringing alternatives in measuring the value of patented technology, say David Haas, John Bone and Bruce Burton of Stout Risius Ross Inc.
Not enough consideration has been devoted to the economic forces that work to suppress the opportunities for "hold-up" that standard-essential patent status might otherwise suggest. Moving to limit patent infringement litigation by SEP holders committed to licensing on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms is more nuanced than advocates would have us believe, says Donald Martin of ARPC.
Recent jurisprudence pertaining to the stream of commerce theory of personal jurisdiction demonstrates that courts are coalescing around two discernible schools of thought as to how to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro, says Josh Kluewer of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC.
When researching an expert, look for whether the expert’s opinion and methodology in the case is consistent with the expert’s approach outside of litigation. Inconsistency in an expert’s opinion not only is great fodder for cross-examination, but might also point to a more serious methodological problem that can form the basis for a Daubert challenge, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
A New York federal court's recent extension of the fair use defense to Google Books and its underlying technology reflects the court’s recognition that, like Superman, this project is for good, and against evil — or as U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin said in his ruling, "all society benefits" from Google Books, say attorneys with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
The New York Department of Financial Services is emerging as an aggressive regulator of financial institutions based in New York or doing business in the state. And recent information, including subpoenas issued to key industry players, suggests that the department has turned its attention to virtual currencies such as "Bitcoin," say attorneys with Jones Day.