Technology

  • January 19, 2017

    Regulator-Targeted Bills Threaten Telecom Sector, Senate Told

    Public Knowledge, Common Cause, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and other consumer groups told Senate leaders Wednesday that three en route bills affecting regulators would undermine federal administrative law and endanger communications.

  • January 19, 2017

    Calif. Leads In Executing Clean Car Tech, Study Says

    California is leading the U.S. in greenhouse gas reduction and in implementing zero-emissions vehicle technologies, even surpassing the national standards put in place by the federal government, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board.

  • January 19, 2017

    When A Startup Needs A Lawyer The Most

    It can be hard for lawyers to get a foot in a startup's door, partly because the company may not yet have the resources to recruit counsel. Here's how you can adjust to accommodate entrepreneurs' needs and help them through three potential legal minefields. 

  • January 19, 2017

    Dell Says Chancery 'Abused Discretion' In Buyout Appraisal

    Dell Inc. told the Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday that the Chancery Court abused its discretion when it appraised the company’s $24.9 billion buyout as undervalued by nearly 30 percent by refusing to even consider the actual market price of the deal.

  • January 19, 2017

    Technology Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    Online and over the air, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP’s winning arguments in high-profile technology fights that included a far-reaching cyberspace copyright dispute and a patent lawsuit over basic functions that undergird everyday smartphone use have helped earn the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Ex-JPMorgan Analyst Tipped Pals To Tech Deals, Jury Told

    Former J.P. Morgan Securities LLC analyst Ashish Aggarwal tipped two friends to a Salesforce.com acquisition and another pending deal in a scheme that “cheated the market and lined their own pockets” with $600,000, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday during opening statements in California federal court.

  • January 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Microsoft Win In Techie 'Cult Leader' Row

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a win for Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. in a patent lawsuit over teleconferencing technology that was brought by a New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged self-help "cult leader.”

  • January 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Toss Of Data Patent Suit Against Google

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive a patent infringement suit against Google Inc. and two of its subsidiaries regarding proprietary audio and video compression technology that had been dismissed by the lower court for lack of standing to enforce the patent.

  • January 18, 2017

    Bio-Rad’s Ex-GC Testifies CEO Resisted FCPA Investigation

    The former general counsel for Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. took the stand in his retaliation suit accusing the life sciences company of firing him for reporting possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations related to payments in China, testifying that Bio-Rad’s CEO resisted his attempts to investigate possible wrongdoing.

  • January 18, 2017

    5 Key Takeaways From The FTC's Qualcomm Patent Suit

    The Federal Trade Commission stunned the antitrust bar Tuesday by launching a controversial case challenging Qualcomm Inc.'s licensing of its standard-essential wireless patents on the eve of a leadership transition. Here are five key takeaways from the suit.

  • January 18, 2017

    TiVo Damages Lost Value Claim Tossed In Kantar IP Row

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ruled that said that TiVo Research and Analytics Inc. hadn’t proved it is entitled to damages between $60 million and $196 million as a result of Kantar Media Audiences’ alleging devaluing of its business in a long-running patent infringement row. 

  • January 18, 2017

    Oculus Founder, CEO Say Company Built Without Stealing

    The founder and the CEO of Facebook Inc. subsidiary Oculus VR LLC on Wednesday testified about the work they’d each put into building the virtual reality company from scratch, denying claims in a $2 billion Texas federal court suit that the Oculus Rift headset was built on stolen source code.

  • January 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Win For EBay On E-Currency Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed separate Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that the asserted claims of three patents covering electronic currency allegedly infringed by former eBay Inc. subsidiary PayPal Inc. are invalid as obvious.

  • January 18, 2017

    Cisco, Arista Push For New Rulings In $335M IP Battle

    Tech rivals Arista Networks Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. both asked a California federal judge for separate judgments as a matter of law in a $335 million suit Tuesday, after a jury found Arista’s popular Ethernet switches are shielded from infringement claims by the scènes à faire doctrine.

  • January 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Nix Of Zond Plasma Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's invalidation of five Zond LLC patents on plasma generator technology, cementing a series of losses for a company that at one point was among the most frequent target of America Invents Act reviews.

  • January 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Finds Trading Patents Survive Alice In $16M Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision that two Trading Technologies International Inc. electronic trading patents are not invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling, leaving intact a $16 million jury verdict the company won against CQG Inc.

  • January 18, 2017

    DOL Accuses Oracle Of Bias Against Women, Minorities

    The U.S. Department of Labor fired off a lawsuit against Oracle America Inc. Tuesday, alleging that the computer technology giant discriminates against women and minorities by paying them less than their counterparts and also discriminates against qualified non-Asian applicants in favor of Asian candidates for certain roles.

  • January 18, 2017

    Qualcomm Slapped With Antitrust Class Action After FTC Suit

    A group of consumers hit Qualcomm Inc. with a proposed class action Wednesday alleging it has a monopoly on modem chipset technology that resulted in inflated retail prices for cell phones and other devices, closely following a Federal Trade Commission challenge to the company’s practices.

  • January 18, 2017

    Lenovo Seeks To Slim Class Action Over Hidden Adware

    Computer manufacturer Lenovo asked a California federal judge Tuesday to toss part of a lawsuit alleging the company installed hidden adware with security vulnerabilities on laptops it sold, saying class members don’t have standing to bring claims based on security issues.

  • January 18, 2017

    Twitter, Facebook Blamed In Dallas Police Shooting Lawsuit

    A sergeant with the Dallas Police Department filed a federal lawsuit in California on Tuesday against Twitter, Facebook and Google, alleging the tech companies gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July.

Expert Analysis

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • The New IP Antitrust Licensing Guidelines' Silence On SEPs

    Kelly Smith Fayne

    The new intellectual property licensing guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice — the first update in more than 20 years — largely adopted the revisions proposed last August. Despite requests during the comment period, the agencies did not make any changes to address standard-essential patents directly, say Kelly Smith Fayne and Joshua Holian of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • ADEA At 50: Trends And Predictions For An Aging Workforce

    Chloe J. Roberts

    Enacted on Dec. 15, 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is celebrating 50 years of protecting older workers, many with families and children requiring financial support, from unemployment and poverty. At this half-century milestone, we should take a moment to analyze the ADEA’s effect on the workforce, says Chloe Roberts of Roberts & Associates Law Firm.

  • 2 Ways Courts Approach Willful Infringement After Halo

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Halo last year, district courts have taken diverging approaches to the pleading requirements for willful infringement. Some courts set a relatively low bar, and others set a relatively high bar, say Natalie Hanlon Leh and Michael Silhasek of WilmerHale.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2016: Part 2

    Randy E. Kahnke

    Our first article in this two-part series focused on the most significant event in trade secret law in many years — the passage of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. Now we leave the DTSA and highlight five other trade-secret trends that promise to shape future developments, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Evidence Substantiation Burden May Soon Shift To FTC

    Margaret E. Krawiec

    To date, questions about how the Trump administration will impact the Federal Trade Commission have focused primarily on antitrust issues, but clues to how the new administration will affect consumer protection issues might be found by examining the record of former Commissioner Joshua Wright, whom Trump has named to lead the FTC transition efforts, say attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.