The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed the rejection of a patent application for an invention to help select prior art to send to the U.S. Patent Trademark Office as part of an application, finding the claims in the application were anticipated by an earlier invention.
Multinational corporations engaged in cross-border consumer data collection should issue comprehensive notifications of data breaches to avoid running afoul of a tangled web of international privacy laws, among other strategies, a panel of attorneys and insurers said at a privacy liability forum Friday.
TiVo Inc. announced Friday that it had reached a $490 million settlement with Motorola Mobility Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. to resolve patent infringement allegations on the eve of trial.
The draft environmental impact report for Apple Inc.'s proposed ring-shaped campus in the city of Cupertino, Calif., was released Thursday, voicing several traffic-related issues and calling for a possible reduction in density for the technology giant's plans.
A bill introduced in Congress on Tuesday would allow more companies and individuals to qualify as "microentities" under patent law, giving them a 75 percent discount on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office fees.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Friday threatened to subpoena Google Inc. if it doesn’t curb online access to counterfeit painkillers and pirated movies, a charge the search giant said it’s working feverishly to address.
A European Union cybersecurity bill that would strengthen the bloc’s ability to go after hackers and companies that benefit from cyberattacks advanced from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday, positioning it for a full parliamentary vote in July.
Oracle Corp. has reached a deal to end two shareholder derivative suits by installing new policies aimed at ensuring compliance with government contracting laws and regulations, according to documents filed in California federal court Thursday.
Investment firm Whittier Trust Co. and one of its former fund managers have agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit in New York federal court over an alleged insider trading scheme involving shares of technology firms that has sparked criminal charges, the agency said Friday.
The Federal Circuit ruled Friday that the U.S. International Trade Commission wrongly sent InterDigital Communications LLC's suit against LG Electronics Inc. over 3G wireless patents to arbitration, ruling that there was "no plausible argument" that the dispute was covered by a license.
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Thursday backed Ericsson Inc.’s request for foreign help with obtaining discovery from Finland-based Nokia Corp. about its licensing deal with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for patents Ericsson has been accused of infringing.
Over the past year, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has helped Tyco International Ltd. escape brutal punishment for bribing government officials abroad, and on the flip side, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act scandal surrounding Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has laid bare the potential consequences of not heeding the firm's advice.
Motorola Mobility Inc. on Thursday confirmed a settlement with digital video recording services giant TiVo Inc. after years of patent infringement claims and counterclaims between the two companies and assertions of billions of dollars in damages, just one week before trial was scheduled to begin in a Texas federal court.
Verizon Communications Inc. had little choice but to comply with the National Security Agency's recent demand for all its customer phone records, attorneys say, but the public outcry that has followed may convince the company and others that they should mount more of a fight next time the government comes calling.
Just a day after revelations that the National Security Agency collects phone records of American citizens, reports emerged Thursday of a classified document bearing the names of nine top Internet companies, including Google Inc. and Apple Inc., from which the government obtains email, videos, photos and other personal data.
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it is planning to vote on whether to expand consumer privacy protections to include mobile networks and devices so that companies would have to seek cellphone customers' approval before sharing their personal information with marketing companies.
Canadian wireless company Public Mobile has been acquired by New York private equity firm Cartesian Capital Group LLC and venture capital investor Thomvest Seed Capital Inc., Public Mobile said Thursday, giving it access to capital as it tried to compete with the country's three largest carriers.
The founder and former CEO of Dallas-based energy trading software developer Allegro Development Corp. sued the firm Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court, claiming he was "ambushed" and improperly ousted so that two private equity investors could buy back their investment at a huge premium.
A Chicago-based company on Wednesday announced the first public offering of its planned financial exchange for intellectual property — a stock-market-like system that the company says is the first of its kind.
Dish Network Corp. on Thursday asked a Texas court to confirm a $12.6 million arbitration award against Houston law firm T. Wade Welch & Associates, which allegedly bungled multimillion-dollar litigation claiming Dish interfered with a Russian-language television provider’s contract with Comcast Communications Corp.
The appellate court in Milan recently published its decision overturning the conviction of three Google Inc. executives for allowing video depicting the bullying of an autistic teenager to be uploaded to the Italian Google Video website. The opinion reduces the potential burdens facing content-hosting providers and other similar Internet companies, say attorneys with Jones Day.
Obviousness-type double patenting usually arises between commonly owned patents or patent applications. While the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has interpreted the judicially created doctrine as pertaining when there is common or overlapping inventorship, without regard to common ownership, the Federal Circuit had not upheld that interpretation of the doctrine until recently in In re Hubbell, says Courtenay Brinckerhoff of Foley & Lardner LLP
Recent U.S. Department of Justice speeches and statements indicate that the DOJ may be searching for ways to enforce a policy of using Section 2 of the Sherman Act to discourage standard essential patent holders who license their patents on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms from seeking injunctive relief against alleged infringers. This would be a significant development in its regulatory agenda, says Wendy Fu of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Research shows that helping others and cultivating social relationships makes us happier and that generous people live longer, healthier lives. These are just a few of the countless reasons to create time in our busy schedules to do pro bono and charitable work this year, says Anne Brafford of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
It can be a challenge even for experienced trial lawyers to keep one eye on the present trial and one eye on the future appellate record, as the charge conference requires. But being aware of the major pitfalls of the conference, and how to avoid them, will pay big dividends later, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
One of the most fascinating facets of watching the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is trying to guess not simply whether an MDL will be created, but where it will be located. Take, for example, In re Mirena IUD Products Liability and Marketing Litigation, slated to be heard at the March 21 hearing, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Following a similar U.S. regime for emerging growth companies under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the London Stock Exchange has introduced a section to its main market catering specifically to high growth companies looking for a transitional route to the official list. But for London to truly rival New York as an attractive place to list technology shares, it will require a much wider maturation of the market, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
Do not be lulled into a false sense of complacency by the formality, civility and, in some cases, old-fashioned Southern charm of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Cases usually move with lightning speed, handled by efficient, polite, but no-nonsense jurists and courtroom deputies. There are many traps for the unwary, say Robert Tata and Wendy McGraw of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Market-Alerts Pty. Ltd. v. Bloomberg Finance LP is one of the first judicial decisions to apply the new criteria governing covered business method post-grant review-related stays under the America Invents Act. The case highlights a significant new consideration for parties litigating CBM patents, particularly where the plaintiff is a nonpracticing entity, say attorneys with Gibbons PC.
As a result of Apple Inc.'s failure to comply with discovery obligations, a judge in the Northern District of California recently denied Apple's motion for summary judgment in a privacy class action by iPhone and iPad owners and ordered the plaintiffs to withdraw their class certification motion and refile later. Having now shown its cards on grounds for its dispositive motion and for opposing class certification, Apple could be in a quandary, says Evan Nadel of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.