The botched rollout of HealthCare.gov has boosted the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act's chances of passage, but experts warn that the current version of the bill doesn't go far enough in addressing the systematic weaknesses in the government's technology purchases and wouldn't have rescued the insurance exchange site.
A New York federal judge on Thursday denied bail for Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged owner of contraband website Silk Road, citing government claims of his involvement in six planned murders-for-hire.
Telecom giants AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. have agreed to stop commercial “premium text messages,” which account for the majority of third-party charges and “cramming” complaints from users, Maryland's attorney general announced Thursday.
The House Intelligence Committee passed a 2014 funding bill on Thursday that would reauthorize the National Security Agency and provide $75 million for the protection of classified information, in the wake of government surveillance leaks by former security contractor Edward Snowden.
Patent aggregation firm RPX Corp. on Wednesday filed petitions seeking inter partes review of network security patents owned by VirnetX Inc. that Apple Inc. has been found to infringe, days after another company dropped similar petitions that VirnetX claimed were part of a "shakedown."
Mozilla, Hewlett-Packard Co. and dozens of other companies and advocacy groups on Thursday issued the latest plea to congressional lawmakers for legislation that would curb the National Security Agency's spying authority and give companies the ability to disclose information about government surveillance requests.
To judge from notes passed to a California federal court by the jurors who slammed Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with a $290 million verdict in its smartphone patent battle with Apple Inc. Thursday, jurors had no trouble making themselves at home while they weighed Samsung’s fate.
A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that Best Buy Co. couldn't collect on a $22 million verdict against HannStar Display Corp. because of its earlier price-fixing settlements in the liquid crystal display multidistrict litigation, but left the door open for the retailer to pursue $18 million in fees and costs.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit in New York federal court Thursday, accusing a former Marvell Technology Group Ltd. employee of tipping nonpublic information that was used in conjunction with Raj Rajaratnam's giant insider trading scheme and helped generate $680,000 in unlawful profits for Spherix Capital LLC.
Samsung Electronics Co. owes Apple Inc. $290.5 million for selling mobile devices that infringed five iPhone and iPad patents, a California federal jury found Thursday, trouncing Samsung’s efforts to cap damages at $53 million and bringing its total bill for copying Apple products to almost $930 million.
Tennessee-based data analytics company Dataium has settled an investigation by the state of New Jersey into allegations that it illegally used software code to track websites visited by consumers without their knowledge or consent, the attorney general announced Thursday.
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP made a new hire Monday for its intellectual property group in New York, tapping a skilled litigator from Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP with expertise in an array of life science and technology sectors.
Deutsche Telekom AG will sell 70 percent of online marketplace Scout24 Holding GmbH for €2 billion ($2.69 billion) to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC, the integrated telecommunications company announced Wednesday.
Blackstone-owned hotelier Hilton is substantially increasing the size of its forthcoming multibillion-dollar IPO, while activist investor Daniel Loeb has taken a position worth more than $1 billion in a well-known Asian company.
Sierra Wireless Inc. said Thursday it has asked the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission to look into Nokia Corp.'s alleged anti-competitive business practices, claiming the company discriminates against standard-essential patent licensees via royalty rates.
A who’s who of the nation’s Internet content and service providers warned the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday that upholding a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader’s defamation verdict against a gossip website that posted user comments on her sex life would eviscerate a statutory immunity critical to the online universe.
The Federal Trade Commission recently shot down a first attempt to craft a method to verify parental consent allowing websites to collect data from children, a move that warns future applicants that they must develop sound proof about the reliability of their proposal in order to get past the skeptical regulator, attorneys say.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a bill aimed at cracking down on so-called patent trolls, turning aside a slew of amendments that would have stripped controversial provisions raising pleading requirements and limiting discovery in patent cases.
Cisco Systems Inc. escaped a $70 million jury verdict in a patent infringement and trade secrets suit when a Delaware federal judge ruled Wednesday there wasn't enough evidence Cisco had defrauded XpertUniverse Inc. in their call center routing technology joint venture.
SAC Capital Advisors LP Portfolio Manager Michael Steinberg tapped a network of corrupt financial industry professionals for information that could give him an "illegal edge" in trading technology stocks, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of Steinberg's insider trading trial.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.'s broad authority came into focus recently when Polaris Financial Technology announced that the agency had ordered it to divest its ownership stake in a U.S. company. In light of Polaris' misadventure, parties involved in cross-border transactions should be aware of the three important points in CFIUS' recent activism, say Richard Matheny and Gus Coldebella of Goodwin Procter LLP.
The Federal Circuit's analyses and disagreements in Ultramercial v. Hulu and Accenture v. Guidewire can be more easily understood by focusing on the "mental steps doctrine," which is a subcategory of abstract ideas. In this rubric, purely mental processes are not patentable, and consequently methods that can be performed by a person with a pencil and paper cannot be patented, says Russell Petersen of Hanson Bridgett LLP.
Although the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis are occasionally conflated, they have distinct effects on government operations and on parties interacting and transacting with the government, says Boris Bershteyn, of counsel with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and former general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Given that there is no apparent legal requirement to conduct a data breach response investigation in a particular way — and only vague guidance provided by HIPAA and the PCI Data Security Standards — companies may be tempted to reduce the scope of the enterprise impact assessment to what they consider the bare minimum. This approach should be resisted for two important reasons, say Kim Peretti of Alston & Bird LLP and Jason Straight of Kroll Advisory Solutions.
A recent Federal Circuit decision and a recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling held that establishing obviousness in view of the prior art requires more then an unsubstantiated claim of common sense and common subject matter. These decisions should serve as valuable reminders to practitioners, whether it be during litigation, re-examination or patent prosecution, of what is required but often overlooked, say attorneys with Dentons.
While most organizations active in the EU’s electronic communications sector agree that increased consistency is desirable, most issues covered in the European Commission’s new electronic communications regulation package would not be among the top priorities for either these providers or the national regulatory authorities in member states, says Gita Sorensen of Berkeley Research Group LLC.
With the rapid development of new technologies, many manufacturers and technology experts quickly recognize the need to adopt a specific technology that will become the new standard and gather to create a new standard-setting organization, but there are some factors that may affect willingness to participate in standard setting, says Robert Stoll, a partner with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office commissioner for patents.
In the wake of BlackBerry Ltd.’s announcement to take the company private through a $4.7 billion deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., attention will certainly be drawn to the company’s patent portfolio and valuation. In spite of the negative press BlackBerry has experienced over the last few years, its substantial patent portfolio should not be overlooked, says Miranda Lim of Chipworks Inc.
As the manufacturing process evolves to meet the demands of today’s marketplace, so too must the processes and procedures for protecting confidential and proprietary information. Starting the protection process early and having a plan in place to react if a competitor tries to unfairly misappropriate a company’s innovations is crucial, say John Birmingham Jr. and Michael Groebe of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Practitioners before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation should note that the basis for denying or granting MDL motions is not unique to an industry or set of cases. Rather, patterns regarding the denial and grant of MDL motions — such as the recent denial of two new food industry MDL proceedings arising from “All Natural” marketing campaigns — cut across industry lines and have certain common characteristics, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.