Technology

  • June 23, 2017

    Mayors Say Cities Must Take Lead On Fighting Climate Change

    The spotlight shined hot on climate change Friday as the U.S. Conference of Mayors convened in Miami Beach, with leaders of the nation's cities saying they must take the lead on environmental efforts in the face of federal retreat.

  • June 23, 2017

    Cal Ripken Jr. Co. Accused Of Infringing Ball Machine IP

    Cal Ripken Jr.’s baseball camps were sued in Maryland federal court on Friday for allegedly infringing a pair of patents covering automatic dispensing systems through the way they use certain baseball practice machines.

  • June 23, 2017

    Snapchat Maker's Arbitration Bid Blasted By Ex-Employee

    The former Snap Inc. employee who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the social media company’s user metrics ahead of its initial public offering fired back at the Snapchat maker’s attempt to force arbitration of his whistleblower suit, telling a California federal court Friday that the arbitration agreement he signed at hiring was unconscionable.

  • June 23, 2017

    ALJ Nixes Patents In ITC Probe Of Electronic Tolling IP

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge deemed invalid Thursday a pair of radio frequency identification, or RFID, patents used in electronic tolling of moving cars, finding the patents lacked a written description and were anticipated and obvious.

  • June 23, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Sweeping PTAB Win For Straight Path IP

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that largely upheld the validity of three Straight Path IP patents related to real-time video teleconferencing technology, handing the licensing firm a decisive win after a series of attacks from telecom giants like Samsung and Cisco.

  • June 23, 2017

    FCC Says Cyberattack, Not Lobbying, Hit Comment System

    A May disruption to the Federal Communications Commission's online comment system was caused by a cyberattack from traffic that mostly didn't leave comments, the FCC has told lawmakers, saying the problem has been addressed and the system is handling all net neutrality comments.

  • June 23, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Attys Take On Trump Over Record-Keeping

    Two Baker McKenzie tax attorneys and a trial lawyer are representing a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group in a new lawsuit filed Thursday alleging that President Donald Trump and his staff are failing to preserve statutorily mandated records through their use of messaging apps and social media platforms.

  • June 23, 2017

    8 Companies Perk Up IPO Pipeline With Deals Surpassing $1B

    Eight companies hope to raise more than $1 billion through initial public offerings that will employ the work of 11 law firms during the final week of June, led by meal kit delivery startup and so-called unicorn Blue Apron Inc., potentially closing the second quarter with a bang.

  • June 23, 2017

    Judge Denies Implant Sciences Investors A Solicitation Agent

    A request from shareholders of bomb detection hardware maker Implant Sciences to retain a solicitation agent for the company’s proposed Chapter 11 plan failed to receive court approval Friday in Delaware because the court determined the services were unnecessary.

  • June 23, 2017

    NY Reaches $1M Settlement With Infosys Over Visas, Taxes

    The New York attorney general’s office has reached a $1 million settlement with India-based IT consulting company Infosys to resolve claims that the company ran afoul of U.S. visa requirements by failing to pay the prevailing wage to H-1B workers and to pay proper taxes to New York state.

  • June 23, 2017

    PTAB Rejects 2nd Attack On Diebold Check-Reader Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday denied a second bid from Nautilus Hyosung to invalidate part of rival Diebold's patent for a check-reading device, dismissing arguments that not hearing the challenge could be "tantamount to an outright prohibition on subsequent petitions."

  • June 23, 2017

    Bipartisan Group Of Sens. Float Drone Safety Bill

    A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to further the development of drones and safely integrate the unmanned machines alongside other aircraft.

  • June 23, 2017

    Twitter Signs On To Online Protest For Net Neutrality

    Twitter will take part in a July 12 online protest aimed at saving Obama-era net neutrality rules under threat at the Federal Communications Commission, joining Amazon, Netflix, Mozilla and a growing number of other companies and groups in the “internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality.”

  • June 23, 2017

    FTC Undertakes Rule Review, Mindful Of Trump’s Mandate

    The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced proposed changes to several regulations covering areas as diverse as how televisions are advertised and unwanted email advertising is regulated, with the possible modifications forming part of acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s regulatory reform initiative and the commission’s commitment to regularly review regulations.

  • June 23, 2017

    5th Circ. Affirms Quantlab's $12.2M Trade Secrets Win

    The Fifth Circuit rejected the last efforts of a mathematician and an attorney found to have stolen high-frequency trading firm Quantlab Technologies Ltd.’s code to launch a competing firm, saying Thursday that Quantlab proved its code was a trade secret and fairly presented its damages proposal.

  • June 23, 2017

    Dell, Hitachi Settle Optical Disc Drive Price-Fixing Claims

    Dell Inc. agreed Thursday to drop its claims against Hitachi Ltd., and Hitachi’s joint venture with LG Electronics Inc., in a suit alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for optical disk drives, which is part of a sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation in California involving a slew of manufacturers.

  • June 23, 2017

    Zynga Latest To Invoke TC Heartland In Gambling IP Row

    Video game developer Zynga followed in DraftKings and FanDuel's footsteps and urged a Nevada federal court Thursday to transfer a gambling technology patent suit against the developer, saying the new TC Heartland precedent supports a move to California.

  • June 23, 2017

    Sen. Cornyn Readies Bill Broadening CFIUS' Reach

    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Thursday he is putting the “final touches” on a bipartisan bill aimed at extending the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ reach to noncontrol and other currently uncovered transactions to stem Chinese investment in critical U.S. technology.

  • June 23, 2017

    Private Investors Plug $70M Into Chinese Dating App Tantan

    Tantan, a Chinese mobile app-based dating service that is similar to Tinder, has raked in $70 million from a group of private investors led by YY Inc. and Genesis Capital, the companies said on Friday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Ex-CEO Of Pokeware Pleads Guilty To $6M Investor Fraud

    The founder and former CEO of Pokeware on Thursday pled guilty in a New York federal court to defrauding investors of more than $6 million, kiting checks to dupe them into believing the company had more assets than it did and then converting investors’ money for her personal use, prosecutors said.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Privacy Developments In Trump's First 150 Days

    Jaipat S. Jain

    Recent significant shifts in privacy policy include an executive order withdrawing Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. individuals, and the rollback of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules, says Jaipat S. Jain of Lazare Potter & Giacovas LLP.

  • Protect Innovation By Making FDA Compliance Admissible

    Lisa Dwyer

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a case concerning a medical device maker's right to introduce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s review and authorization of its product into evidence. Such information should be a legitimate part of companies' full and robust defenses of their products, say Lisa Dwyer of King & Spalding LLP and Matthew Wetzel of AdvaMed.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Latest SEP Developments In China

    Guizhen Han

    China's current judicial practices appear to indicate that standard-essential patent holders are in a favorable condition to commence relevant patent infringement litigation to protect legitimate rights and interests in China, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • A Bipartisan Call For STRONGER Patents

    Chris Coons

    The American patent system has been weakened by recent court decisions and unintended consequences of the post-issuance proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That is why I introduced the STRONGER Patents Act on Wednesday,​ says Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • How Insurtechs Maximize Profits And Competitive Advantage

    Heidi Lawson

    Although enthusiasm abounds, proliferation in the insurtech industry has been slowed by a rusty set of insurance regulations administered on a state-by-state basis. Insurtechs must do their best to navigate these challenges, but there is hope that regulatory change favorable to insurance innovation is on its way, says Heidi Lawson of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Roundup

    FERC At 40

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    In 1977, the Federal Power Commission was replaced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. energy system entered a new era. This series takes stock of FERC's past, present and future.

  • Antitrust And Misuse Considerations Following Lexmark

    James Kobak

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Lexmark decision held contractual limitations to be outside the scope of a patentee’s rights under the patent law, restrictions on sales of patented objects will be subject to unfair competition, antitrust and patent misuse law, says James Kobak, general counsel of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Weighs In On Prosecution Disclaimer In IPR

    Jesse Jenike-Godshalk

    The Federal Circuit recently held that statements made by patentees during an inter partes review can constitute prosecution disclaimer. While the Aylus v. Apple decision seems sound from a public policy perspective, it creates tension between prosecution disclaimer and various types of estoppel that are closely related to prosecution disclaimer, say Jesse Jenike-Godshalk and Michael Nieberding of Thompson Hine LLP.