Technology

  • July 21, 2017

    Quinn Dropped Uber Due To Fixed Fee Program, Doc Says

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dropped Uber Technologies Inc. as a client last fall because a fixed fee arrangement “no longer made financial sense,” according to an email disclosed Thursday in the California federal court intellectual property battle filed against Uber by the firm’s current client Waymo LLC.

  • July 21, 2017

    DOD Enacting Measures To Improve Acquisitions, GAO Says

    The Department of Defense is putting in place measures to make it easier for commercial science and tech firms to participate in the procurement process, according to a report made public Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

  • July 21, 2017

    Intel, Apple Tag Qualcomm As 'Monopolist' In IP War At ITC

    Apple and Intel hit hard at Qualcomm in public statements filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission in a case where the chipmaker is seeking to bar iPhones that allegedly infringe its patents, with both companies accusing Qualcomm of seeking a monopoly on the technology.

  • July 21, 2017

    Orange Owes $60M For Startup-Killing IP Theft, Jury Told

    An attorney for defunct startup Telesocial Inc. told a California federal jury during closing arguments Friday that Orange SA destroyed the young company by stealing its trade secrets instead of buying its communications technology, while Orange’s attorneys denied responsibility for Telesocial’s failure and argued no theft occurred.

  • July 21, 2017

    Medidata Covered For $4.8M Computer Fraud, Judge Rules

    Medidata Solutions Inc. is entitled to coverage from a Chubb Ltd. unit for a $4.8 million loss it suffered when it was tricked into wiring the money overseas, a New York federal judge ruled on Friday, holding that the incident constituted covered computer fraud under Medidata's crime policy.

  • July 21, 2017

    Man Gets 3 Yrs. For Role In Electronics Smuggling Scheme

    An Italian national who copped to smuggling counterfeit electronics, including fake Apple phones and tablets and items bearing phony Sony labels, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison Friday, authorities from multiple agencies announced.

  • July 21, 2017

    Intel Says AVM Can't Reverse Loss In $2B Patent Trial

    Intel Corp. urged a Delaware federal judge on Friday to shut down rival AVM Technologies LLC's bid to undo its loss in a $2 billion patent infringement trial, saying the evidence amply supported Intel's belief that its circuits' functionality was different from that spelled out in the intellectual property at issue.

  • July 21, 2017

    BakerHostetler Adds Pillsbury Patent Pro In Seattle

    BakerHostetler scored a patent litigator from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP who brings 20 years of experience representing technology clients in intellectual property disputes, the firm recently announced.

  • July 21, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: China Unicom, Bombardier, RLJ Lodging

    The group of big-name Chinese companies looking to back telecom firm China Unicom continues to grow, Bombardier and Siemens are in the final stages of talks about combining their rail businesses, and Blackstone is pursuing RLJ Lodging.

  • July 21, 2017

    Researchers Take New Look At Software Flaw Vulnerabilities

    Multiple parties are independently discovering the same software vulnerabilities more often than previously reported, researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center concluded in a recent paper, saying their findings highlight the importance of carefully weighing the risks of keeping a flaw under wraps. 

  • July 21, 2017

    Wash. Expands Biometric Privacy Quilt With More Limited Law

    A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers’ biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Won't Halt Christie's IT Dept. Decentralization

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday declined to halt Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to decentralize the state’s Office of Information Technology workers and disband them to the respective agencies they serve, a move the office’s union says could compromise the quality of the state’s computer systems.

  • July 21, 2017

    White House Will Probe Defense Industry Amid Trade Fears

    President Donald Trump ordered a thorough review of the national defense industrial base Friday, as the government seeks to gather information about whether U.S. companies can meet the commercial demand for national security goods including steel, circuit boards and flat-panel displays.

  • July 21, 2017

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Anna Remis

    Sidley Austin LLP's Anna J. Remis has represented a variety of companies in technology-related transactions in her career, including helping PayPal with multiple acquisitions and helping Kroger subsidiary 84.51 Degrees establish a relationship with an advanced market measurement services company, earning her a spot among five technology law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 21, 2017

    PTAB Invalidates Patent As Earbud-Makers Duel

    An earbud company convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate a patent on a rival’s earbud system on Wednesday for combining existing inventions in an obvious way, drawing first blood in an industry feud involving four patent challenges and two infringement lawsuits.

  • July 21, 2017

    PTAB Says Communications Patent Ineligible For CBM Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused Friday to review a patent for a communications system used by financial traders, finding the patent was not eligible for the America Invents Act's covered business method review program because it was not related to a financial activity.

  • July 21, 2017

    Fitbit Sways Judge On Infringement Changes In Jawbone Row

    A California magistrate judge on Friday changed her mind and allowed Fitbit Inc. to amend its patent infringement contentions against rival Jawbone, finding that the wearable fitness device company has a good reason for the changes and it’s been diligent in pursuing them.

  • July 21, 2017

    UnitedHealth Unit Must Cough Up Patent Docs: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday, in a matter of first impression, backed a district judge’s order requiring a UnitedHealth Group Inc. unit to turn over documents related to its patent for software that processes medical claims, finding that the company is bound by its predecessor's attorney-client privilege waiver.

  • July 20, 2017

    Facebook Atty Says ‘Fake News’ Fight A Tough Balancing Act

    Facebook’s deputy general counsel told an audience at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference in San Francisco on Thursday that his company’s efforts to limit the spread of viral misinformation known as “fake news” required a careful balance of corporate responsibility and First Amendment concerns.

  • July 20, 2017

    MoFo IP Pioneer Rachel Krevans Is Dead At 60

    Longtime intellectual property litigator Rachel Krevans of Morrison & Foerster LLP, renowned for winning Apple Inc. a $1 billion jury verdict in its patent war with Samsung, died Wednesday in Maine of cancer, the firm said. She was 60.

Expert Analysis

  • Improving Medicare With Expanded Telehealth Services

    Anthea Daniels

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently approved a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services. Anthea Daniels of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC reviews the proposed changes and how they would loosen the current telehealth limitations.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Exhausted: Courts Reject Restraints On Alienation Of IP

    Jason Russell

    With its recent decisions in Impression Products and Kirtsaeng, the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically has endorsed a sweeping interpretation of the patent exhaustion and first sale doctrines, which is likely to have significant effects on commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Lessons From The CoinDash Hack

    Stuart Levi

    The CoinDash initial coin offering was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions about the security and legitimacy of ICOs and of the blockchain more generally, says Stuart Levi, co-head of the intellectual property and technology group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Facing The IoT's Regulatory, Security And Privacy Risks

    Rebecca Eisner

    In spite of the internet of things' growing popularity, the U.S. government has largely adopted a "wait and see" approach to specifically regulating the IoT. However, businesses must pay attention to cybersecurity risks, as well as new liability and regulatory risks, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Courts Tackle Tech And Privacy Trends In Law Enforcement

    Paul Rosen

    In granting certiorari in Carpenter, the U.S. Supreme Court recently reminded us that, as technology allows law enforcement to gather vast amounts of personal information from smartphones and other electronic devices, traditional standards and interpretations may not apply, say Paul Rosen and Chris Garcia of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.