Carl Icahn again lifted his stake in Nuance Communications Inc. to give him nearly 19 percent of the voice-recognition software maker's shares, he said in a late Wednesday filing, reigniting speculation that the activist could thrust the company into a sale.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday pressed Google Inc. to explain why a lower court did not err in ruling that its Android mobile operating system hadn't infringed Oracle's copyrighted Java software, while Oracle accused Google of taking its protected code to obtain a dominant position in the smartphone market.
A California federal judge on Wednesday ruled that documents related to a settlement agreement HannStar Display Corp. reached with two Sony Corp. units in multidistrict litigation over the alleged price-fixing of liquid crystal display panels are inadmissible, refusing to find that HannStar breached the agreement.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive an inventor's claims that IBM Corp. stole trade secrets related to his software feature called “Bookmark,” finding his case time-barred because he didn't prove that his mother was unaware of the alleged theft when she owned the IP rights.
Seven defense contractors have received a maximum $4 billion multiple-award contract to conduct research and technology development for the U.S. Department of Defense’s anti-weapons of mass destruction initiatives, the DOD announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's trial loss on Monday against an executive at government website contractor NIC Inc. comes less than two months after a jury cleared Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban of insider trading, reigniting questions about the agency’s courtroom chops.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected Korean technology firm Simmtech Co. Ltd.’s motion to remand to state court its $73 million fraud suit accusing Citibank NA of duping Simmtech into investing in derivatives contracts to hedge against currency fluctuations by hiding risks.
The former owners of speech technology firm Dragon Systems Inc. asked the First Circuit on Wednesday to revive their allegations that Goldman Sachs & Co. failed to assess the stability of a company buying out Dragon, arguing that Goldman’s conduct was egregious enough to warrant liability.
A California federal judge on Wednesday dealt a substantial blow to online auto parts retailer Parts.com's trademark infringement campaign against search giants Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. over sponsored advertisements, dismissing the retailer's lawsuit against Google completely and leaving intact only one claim in its suit against Yahoo.
Carl Icahn is pushing for a shareholder vote on his proposal for Apple Inc. to beef up its buyback initiative, though the billionaire said Wednesday he has backed off his calls for the tech giant to pursue a record-setting $150 billion repurchase program.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday shut down a bid by Malaysia’s national oil company to revive its trademark infringement suit against Internet domain registrar GoDaddy Inc., finding that the Internet domain registrar can’t contribute to so-called cybersquatting simply by performing its regular services.
Federal regulators have approved a $130 billion deal between Verizon Communications Inc. and joint venture partner Vodafone Group PLC that will allow Verizon to gain full control of Verizon Wireless, the company said Wednesday.
European Union privacy regulators on Wednesday pushed for the adoption of a sweeping data-protection reform proposal before the May 2014 parliamentary elections, as EU justice ministers prepare to meet Friday to hold discussions that will likely determine if the deadline can be met.
A New Jersey federal judge ordered LG Electronics USA Inc. and a group of consumers into mediation on Monday in a proposed class action over the company's washing machines, which allegedly have a design defect that causes them to grow moldy.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge blessed a slate of first-day motions for OCZ Technology Group Inc. on Wednesday, including approval of a $23.5 million debtor-in-possession financing package that will keep the computer drive maker running as it pursues a Section 363 sale with stalking horse bidder Toshiba Corp.
Software company RealTime Data LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday to revive its case alleging a slew of investment banks, securities exchanges and financial publications infringed on its data-compression technology patents, claiming the lower court misconstrued key patent terms.
An administrative judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission rejected LG Electronics Inc., Nokia Corp. and others’ efforts to toss an investigation over whether their smartphones infringe Tela Innovations Inc. patents because of a dispute over material facts, according to an order published Tuesday.
An Illinois federal judge last week became the latest to attack now-defunct so-called porn troll Prenda Law for its notorious campaign of porn-linked copyright litigation, hitting the company with massive new fines for dragging Comcast and AT&T into court on “baseless” claims.
A California federal judge on Tuesday axed for the second time a proposed class action accusing Google Inc. of violating privacy laws by aggregating users’ data across its platforms, but gave the plaintiffs one more chance to fix their complaint.
General Motors Co. will shed the last of its stake in former lending unit Ally Financial Inc. in a placement worth $900 million, while Men's Wearhouse — itself on a buyout hunt — is closing in on a deal that would send its discount clothing unit to Sycamore Partners.
Following the Federal Circuit’s recent vote to deny rehearing en banc of the panel’s split decision in Commil USA LLC. v. Cisco Systems Inc., defendants have a new arrow in their quiver — good faith belief of invalidity — to ward off claims of inducement, and plaintiffs are on notice to rethink their allegations of inducement and how to reshape their discovery plans and trial evidence, say Tryn Stimart and David Boaz of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.
Adoption of the EU's new data protection regulation may still be some time away, but companies should already be considering what changes will likely be required in their data protection policies, what resources will need to be allocated to data protection compliance, and how to prioritize areas where the impact of the regulation could be the most significant, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that warrants to search premises must expressly authorize the police to search computers found therein. The decision has important implications for criminal and quasi-criminal prosecutions, and best business practices, say Jack Coop and Graham Reynolds of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.
Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court made it clear that California employers do not have to police meal and rest periods, so it would seem employers have a safe harbor so long as employees have the freedom to take meal and rest breaks, right? Not so fast, says Joshua Kienitz of Littler Mendelson PC.
Our recent interview with Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit will give you better insight into the way that Judge Posner views patents and associated litigation. He described the relationship he sees between incentives and patentability, the types of evidence he finds compelling in proving damages, and use of the Georgia-Pacific factors in reasonable royalty determination, say David Haas, John Bone and Bruce Burton of Stout Risius Ross Inc.
As if compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act were not more than enough to keep general counsels awake at night, there is now one more concern that is sure to cause even more sleepless nights: Misrepresenting the true reason a worker is coming to the U.S. opens up a company to criminal exposure, say Peter Zeidenberg of DLA Piper and Brian Green of Murthy Law.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers are adapting to courts’ historic skepticism toward data privacy suits by developing creative new legal theories. Their biggest challenge is overcoming the constitutional requirement that, to obtain standing in federal court, plaintiffs must show “an injury-in-fact” that is “concrete and particularized,” say Lisa Rickard of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Robert McKenna, co-head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's public policy group and the former attorney general of Washington state.
In Apple Inc. v. Sightsound Technologies LLC, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has demonstrated what, in its view, is necessary to claim a patent-eligible business method. Going forward, covered business method review challengers will need to carefully consider whether to bring their Section 101 arguments to the PTAB, and patent owners have a road map for their arguments to save their patents, say Cyrus Morton and Ryan Schultz of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
When is it safe to rely on the research of a junior associate? You may have seen this coming, but it is almost never entirely safe. The law is simply too riddled with dangerous twists and turns that are hard to spot. And these are not traps that can be avoided with common sense. Indeed, attorneys who follow what is normally considered the sensible path of trusting in their judgment of what is reasonable are apt to be betrayed by the law, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
The results to date of post-grant validity challenges, plus the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's tips on presentation, claim construction, claim charts, use of experts, obviousness arguments and discovery, provide strategies and best practices for practitioners, say attorneys with Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.