Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP said that it has recently added two former Williams Mullen partners to chair its information governance and electronic discovery practice in Washington, D.C.
Yahoo is gunning for blogging site Tumblr in what could shake out to be another billion-dollar deal in the social networking space, while Blackstone is putting together a "super" fund that plucks the best and boldest trades from its existing third-party funds.
Apple Inc. told a New York federal court Thursday that its entry into the e-book market increased competition and that its negotiations with major publishers did not amount to a price-fixing conspiracy, as the U.S. Department of Justice has suggested.
Hewlett Packard Co. on Thursday distanced itself from "The Chubby Checker," a penis-size calculator targeted in singer Chubby Checker's trademark infringement lawsuit in Florida, arguing software developers who created and named the now-defunct Palm application may be held liable, but not HP.
Yahoo Inc. won reversal of a $2.75 billion judgment from a Mexico appeals court in a breach of contract suit brought by Worldwide Directories SA de CV and Ideas Interactivas SA de CV, the Internet giant announced Thursday.
A fight between the creditors committee and the senior secured lender in the Powerwave Technologies bankruptcy case over a disappointing $17 million bid for the company was resolved Thursday when the two sides came to a last-minute settlement that will allow the Chapter 11 sale to go forward but still provide a small return for unsecured creditors.
A long-awaited U.S. Department of Defense regulation lays out additional steps contractors must take to prevent counterfeit electronics from making their way into defense technology, but questions remain about the implementation of the new rules, especially concerning the scope of a safe harbor provision for DOD-approved anti-counterfeiting practices.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill Thursday to force federal agencies to go to a judge before seizing telephone records, citing the recent revelations regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret gathering of Associated Press reporters' phone records.
U.S. copyright law needs to be modernized to account for the seismic technological advances in computing and digital media that couldn't have been envisioned when Congress last went about performing a comprehensive revision of the nation's copyright law more than 30 years ago, experts told a House panel Thursday.
Russia on Wednesday became the latest country to sign on to a 32-year-old European regulatory regime meant to safeguard the personal data of individuals, joining more than 40 other countries.
The judge overseeing liquid crystal display multidistrict litigation on Tuesday rejected objections to a $47 million attorneys' fee award to the Joseph M. Alioto's law firm based on its dispute with a lender, but cautioned Alioto that the loan fight wasn't over.
Eastman Kodak Co. asked a New York bankruptcy court Wednesday to approve a $650 million spinoff of its document imaging business to its largest creditor U.K. Kodak Pension Plan, a key settlement resolving $2.8 billion in claims and pushing the company a step closer to a Chapter 11 exit.
A Colorado federal judge on Wednesday signed off on Google Inc.’s withdrawal of its move to force intellectual property boutique Sheridan Ross PC to produce the personnel file of a former employee who claims he created two disputed patents, after Google learned it contained no relevant information.
Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to bar IP Nav, a rival's licensing agent, from accessing the tech giant's confidential information in a case accusing Apple's flagship products of patent infringement, arguing that allowing third-party access could leave Apple vulnerable to more patent suits.
A top European Union commissioner on Thursday outlined Europe's plans to fight cybercrime, repeating the bloc's vow to institute new reporting requirements for private companies experiencing threats to their secured networks.
A group of former Advanced Micro Devices Inc. employees was prohibited by a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday from destroying or using trade secrets they allegedly stole from their ex-employer while the company's suit against them is pending.
The European Union's intention to impose duties on solar panels imported from China and possible trade remedies against China's telecommunications industry would harm relations between the two governments, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce reportedly said Thursday.
The lobbying group for inventors on Thursday joined the fight to reinstate a $625.5 million patent infringement verdict against Apple Inc., saying the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn an appellate ruling to avoid “needlessly increasing the burden of proving direct infringement of process patents."
Marine Harvest could ratchet up its bid for rival fish farmer Cermaq past the current $1.7 billion mark if the target company agrees to make certain concessions in the deal, while activist hedge fund Elliott Management continues on its tear this proxy season with new plans to shake up yet another company.
Micron Technology Inc. nudged closer to completing its $2 billion acquisition of bankrupt rival Elpida Memory Inc. on Wednesday after a Japanese court rejected an appeal from bondholders challenging Elpida's reorganization plan and the underlying merger between the chipmakers.
If a business is financially harmed, but not ruined, by the acts of another party, it may seek damages based on some measure of lost profit. But for how long? An expert offering an opinion that financial harm will continue well into the future should consider the potential hesitancy of a judge or jury to award uncertain, long-term future damages, say Rodney Bosco and David Ottenbreit of Navigant Consulting Inc.
The creation of cost-effective, efficient means to challenge the validity of a patent will certainly become one of the long-lasting impacts of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. For clean technology companies, the proceedings offer a way to navigate the tidal wave of industry patents issued under fast-paced examination programs, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
The implications of the dispute between Apple Inc. and Proview Technology Co. Ltd. regarding Apple’s use of the “iPad” mark in China, including how it may impact Apple’s business in the U.S. and how Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. missed a golden opportunity in its patent war against Apple, provide important lessons for U.S. companies and intellectual property professionals, says Lei Mei of Mei & Mark LLP.
On March 4, the Obama administration said that consumers should be able to unlock their cellphones without risking penalties — a response to the librarian of Congress making unlocking illegal by altering a Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemption. The DMCA provides for a triennial exemption review process by the librarian, which has resulted in irrational results that often have little to do with protecting copyrights and significant impact on consumers, says Danica Mathes of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.
The holdings in Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. present design patent owners with a dilemma — protect only the most innovative parts of their article and increase their chances of proving infringement and thus damages while decreasing the prospects for an injunction, or protect their entire article in the hopes of obtaining an injunction, but thereby possibly decreasing the chances of establishing infringement in the first place, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-mandated conflict minerals disclosure deadline draws near, companies must push forward with their diligence and compliance efforts, using this as an opportunity to rethink certain aspects of their operations and derive efficiencies when possible, says Barbara Jones of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission's privacy law enforcement action against HTC America Inc. is a good example of how quickly and aggressively privacy law and enforcement are evolving. As evidenced by this action and others, failure to incorporate privacy considerations as part of a company’s culture, training and oversight can lead to 20-year regulatory consent orders and/or expensive litigation, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
While mergers in other industries are driven by cost efficiencies or economies of scale, law firm mergers are typically focused on the potential to leverage clients and the overall quality of the attorney population, branding and market position. As a result, full disclosure of third-party vendor or support function operating costs can be a secondary concern until after the deal closes. Firms need to hit the ground running the moment the merger is inked, says Matthew Sunderman of HBR Consulting LLC.
The New York Times recently reported that a Chinese military unit had hacked more than 140 organizations over the last several years, stealing valuable intellectual property such as technology blueprints, proprietary manufacturing processes, business plans and pricing documents. The revelation raises the possibility of a new wave of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions, class actions and derivative lawsuits related to cybersecurity, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
In 2013, the deal community and the electronic data room will observe the 10th anniversary of their partnership, so it is timely to review how EDRs have evolved and how they have affected the due diligence process, forecast how they might develop, and assess their usefulness in getting deals done, says Molly Stockley of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.