Newegg Inc. on Monday asked a Texas federal judge to find that it hadn’t infringed TQP Development LLC’s data encryption patent because the patent holder didn’t produce technically specific evidence and the patent had expired anyway.
Barnes & Noble Inc. and Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. have agreed to end their long-running dispute over patents related to Internet commerce, according to court documents filed Monday.
A California federal judge on Friday entered final judgment of noninfringement in favor of Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. in a suit brought by computer security company TriStrata Inc. over their alleged infringement of two patents, just one month after the court construed limitations of the patents.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., unveiled a new bill Monday that would stiffen penalties for telemarketing companies that harass consumers with unwanted robocalls, saying current laws have failed to stem a rising tide of nuisance calls.
Apple Inc. was hit Friday with a proposed class action in California federal court alleging that the “Lightning” cable, which powers its latest generation of devices, including the iPhone 5, is defective and that the computer giant has failed to properly recall the cables or refund consumers.
Google Inc. on Monday slammed critics of its proposed commitments to resolve a European Commission antitrust investigation into how it displays search results, saying objectors to its plan to include rivals’ links on some search pages were just seeking to harm a thriving competitor instead of championing consumers' interests.
Wireless technology giant Qualcomm Inc. announced Monday that it had become ensnared in an investigation by China's National Development and Reform Commission in connection with the country's anti-monopoly law.
Blackstone is pursuing a public listing for another of its multibillion-dollar hotel chains, while Glencore Xstrata has again narrowed the field of suitors for a $5.9 billion Peruvian copper mine.
Game developer Giant Interactive Group Inc. said Monday it is mulling a $2.82 billion buyout bid from its chairman and a private equity partner, touching off what could be one of the largest management-backed buyouts of a Chinese company in months.
The U.S. trustee for LightSquared Inc.’s Chapter 11 proceedings said in New York bankruptcy court on Friday that none of the four proposed plans to pull the company from under water may be feasible.
A New York federal judge on Friday tossed Lumen View Technology LLC's lawsuit accusing research website FindTheBest.com of infringing its technology for computer-based matchmaking, finding the plaintiff's patent covers an unpatentable abstract idea.
A California-based mobile application developer agreed last week to beef up its privacy disclosures and stop collecting personal information about users under 13 to settle a complaint with the New Jersey attorney general’s office, which accused the company of violating child online privacy laws.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld the conviction of former cell tower development manager Clovis Prince for a scheme to defraud several banks of $13.6 million and related bankruptcy fraud, saying he had not shown any government misconduct in his trial.
Social networking services Twitter Inc. and Path Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to uphold the dismissal of a text-spamming class action against Los Angeles Lakers Inc., saying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act is increasingly being wielded as “an extortionist club.”
AT&T Mobility LLC, Verizon Wireless LLC, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to nix a proposed class action accusing them of fixing the price of pay-per-use text messaging, saying there was no evidence of collusion.
The American Civil Liberties Union urged a New York federal judge Friday to halt the National Security Agency's collection of telephone records, saying the vast "dragnet" violates the U.S. constitution.
Three Senate Democrats on Thursday pushed the U.S. Department of Justice to reassess what it told the U.S. Supreme Court in Clapper v. Amnesty International, saying they believed the government made "misleading" statements that played a significant role in the court's decision to nix the surveillance challenge.
Luxury home rental site operator Villa Trader on Wednesday hit online host Rackspace, which had supported its accommodation services site Villuxe.com, with a $1.5 million suit over data loss.
A California federal judge Friday tossed AU Optronics Corp.'s bid to move to Virginia a Circuit City Stores Inc. trustee's state-law claims over price-fixing on LCD panels, saying she wasn't convinced that the bankrupt retailer's Virginia headquarters should control which state's laws apply.
A New York federal judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday in which a former IBM Japan Ltd. worker accused the company of violating Japanese law by failing to honor his permanent employment status with a firm IBM Japan acquired in 2008, finding the plaintiff hadn't established jurisdiction over the company.
The law of scholastic privilege is new and developing but provides an important tool in protecting the scientific endeavors of researchers and the academic institutions to which they belong. Protecting the scientific method is critical both to the scientific process being successful and to assuring that U.S. jurisdictions continue to be the haven of technological advancement, research and patent protection, says Christopher Land of Goodwin Procter LLP.
With the specter of another anniversary of Sept. 11 just passing, a patient and vigilant look at integrating unmanned air vehicles into the U.S. airspace is wise. The time is right to be sure a cybersecurity framework is established before a swarm of drones unduly susceptible to hacking are roaming the country, says Matthew Kalas of Locke Lord LLP.
Due to the increasing role of in-house counsel as business strategists, courts are more closely scrutinizing the attorney-client privilege as it applies to in-house counsel. As such, it is important for in-house counsel to make every effort to protect the attorney-client privilege — and a number of best practices may prove pivotal, says Kimberly Moore of Strasburger & Price LLP.
The California Legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown an amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act that will come as a disappointment for the online advertising industry, but less so than a mandate to honor “do not track” signals would be, says Alan Friel of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The risks of interconnected networks have become increasingly public, resulting in an upsurge in the demand for cyberinsurance. However, as shown in the recent case of the cyberattack on the New York Times' homepage, the contours of appropriate cyberinsurance have not been definitively fixed, and different carriers are writing the coverage on different forms, adding to the confusion regarding what is covered, says Lon Berk of Hunton & Williams LLP.
A recent decision out of the Southern District of New York — Tomita Technologies International Inc. v. Nintendo Co. Ltd. — provides an interesting example of judicial intervention into the wavy seas stirred up by the application of current patent damages law in an actual trial setting, say Gaston Kroub and Priya Sopori of Locke Lord LLP.
Perhaps the real lesson of the Trados Inc. case for private equity and venture investors is that relying on the blind squirrel approach can be far more costly and time consuming than ensuring that rights to force a sale, if necessary, are agreed upon in advance, says Gordon Caplan of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and corporate attorney Saroj Tharisayi.
Regardless of the number of firewalls, monitoring systems and policies put in place, the world of cybertheft prevention knows no fail-safes. The key to fighting employee cybertheft is to maximize the deterrent effect by notifying employees before the theft occurs of the severe and immediate nature of the sanctions, and, once the theft occurs, making the sanction for such conduct as severe as possible, say Mark Mermelstein and Mary Kelly Persyn of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
In Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network LLC, the Ninth Circuit recently found that Dish's ad-skipping technology likely does not violate Fox’s copyrights and should remain on the market. The decision is a unique example of how legal precedent can be sometimes both precise and flexible enough to govern even the most progressive tool of all — technology, says Jason Joyal of Sedgwick LLP.
Every law firm knows the importance of a conflicts check before beginning a representation, but what happens when it serves discovery requests or a subpoena on a third party, only to discover that the third party is a current or former client? As firms get larger, and litigations become more complex, this issue is bound to come up, say Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.