Technology

  • May 24, 2017

    Ex-Playmate Gets Community Service For Locker Room Pic

    Former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers copped to an invasion of privacy charge in California state court and will serve 30 days of community service for mocking a woman she’d surreptitiously photographed on social media, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Senate Hears Microsoft's Take On Overseas Data Warrants

    Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith appeared along with a U.S. Department of Justice official and others on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to offer lawmakers their thoughts on potential legislation that would allow technology companies to comply with warrants for stored data abroad.

  • May 24, 2017

    Matsuo’s $4M Bid-Rigging Fine A ‘Sweetheart Deal’: Judge

    A California federal judge called Matsuo Electric Co. Ltd.’s $4.17 million criminal fine a “sweetheart deal” at a Wednesday sentencing hearing on charges it fixed prices of electrolytic capacitors, and said he’d need information on the company’s financial status before deciding whether a five-year payment plan for the fine was necessary.

  • May 24, 2017

    Theranos Dodges Investors’ ‘Boundless’ Docs Bid, For Now

    A California magistrate judge refused Wednesday to order Theranos to provide a putative shareholder class with all documents the beleaguered startup produced in similar, recently settled suits over claims it lied about the accuracy of its blood tests, saying he opened discovery, but “that doesn’t mean discovery is boundless.”

  • May 24, 2017

    Columbia Says Ex-Worker Must Answer Hacking Row Inquiries

    Columbia Sportswear Co. asked an Oregon federal judge Tuesday to force a former employee to respond to several discovery inquiries in litigation alleging he hacked into the apparel company’s computer system after resigning, saying he can’t invoke his right not to incriminate himself because the questions relate to information he voluntarily provided.

  • May 24, 2017

    Low-Power TV Group Tells FCC Concerns Over T-Mobile Plans

    The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition has urged the Federal Communications Commission to halt a spectrum repackaging plan until the agency resolves issues with what it called an "unharmonized timeline,” saying plans by T-Mobile to start using some of its spectrum before the year ends could displace nearly 50 stations.

  • May 24, 2017

    Google Denied PTAB Review Of Philips Touch-Screen Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied Google's petition to review a Philips touch-screen patent after Philips sued computer manufacturers Acer and Asus for infringement, determining Wednesday that Google failed to prove that the patent is likely invalid.

  • May 24, 2017

    Scripts Unit Awarded $4.6M Refund Withheld By Co. Suing It

    The Delaware Court of Chancery on Tuesday ordered a health company to turn over to an Express Scripts unit that it’s suing for fraud a $4.6 million tax refund it owes based on the sale of a subsidiary, as the chancellor ruled that the lawsuit from the sale had nothing to do with the tax owed.

  • May 24, 2017

    O’Melveny Adds IP Special Counsel In Silicon Valley

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP is bolstering its intellectual property and technology practice at its Silicon Valley office with the addition of a veteran advertising and marketing IP special counsel from DLA Piper, the firm announced.

  • May 24, 2017

    Battery Firm Seeks Quick OK For Ch. 11 Bidding, Auction Plan

    Warning that bankruptcy expenses could drain its case, saltwater battery developer Aquion Energy Inc. won an accelerated review for its Delaware Chapter 11 bid procedures Wednesday, and said that its only current bidder needs to close on a sale before June 30.

  • May 24, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear Apple, Facebook IP Suit

    Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and other tech giants continued to win out over infringement allegations filed by a patent licensing firm when the Federal Circuit on Wednesday declined to reconsider a decision tossing out the case.

  • May 24, 2017

    O’Rielly Pushes For FCC To Preempt Local Rules To Build 5G

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly pushed for rules on Tuesday to clear the way for the deployment of broadband infrastructure, saying the agency should clarify that localities are prohibited from imposing barriers to infrastructure upgrades.

  • May 24, 2017

    Boutique IP Firm Nabs Fox Rothschild Atty For Tech Team

    Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC has hired a veteran intellectual property attorney from Fox Rothschild LLP as a senior attorney in the boutique law firm’s mechanical arts and software industries team in Pittsburgh.

  • May 24, 2017

    Waymo Wants Privilege Log From Uber Exec In IP Suit

    Waymo asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to force a former engineer who's now working for Uber to provide a detailed list of documents he's refusing to disclose under the Fifth Amendment in a high-profile trade secrets fight alleging the ride-sharing giant stole the Alphabet Inc. unit's self-driving car technology.

  • May 24, 2017

    House Passes Bill Targeting Marine Nude Photo Scandal

    After months of scandal surrounding the nonconsensual sharing of explicit photos of Marines, the House on Wednesday has passed a bill to make such sharing a crime in the military.

  • May 24, 2017

    Blue Spike Trims What Was Largest Ever US Patent Suit

    Blue Spike nearly halved the number of patents cited in its claims in Texas federal court against more than 100 Juniper Networks wireless products allegedly using its electronic watermark technology in what was previously the largest ever patent suit in the U.S.

  • May 24, 2017

    Cardiac Tech Investors Hit NEA Funds With Del. Class Suit

    Investors in medical technology developer Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Inc. opened a class suit against venture capital giant New Enterprise Associates Inc. and affiliates late Tuesday, accusing NEA of using its control for deals that hobbled ACT’s prospects in a $3 billion industry.

  • May 23, 2017

    Zillow Uses Phony Appraisals As Strong-Arm Tactic, Suit Says

    An Illinois family that owns a construction business has hit Zillow Inc. with class allegations that the real estate website’s Zestimate feature gives inaccurate appraisals of homes in an effort to strong-arm homeowners into retaining Zillow-associated brokers.

  • May 23, 2017

    PE Firm CD&R Snags FIS Consulting Biz Stake In $477M Deal

    Financial services technology firm FIS said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell a majority stake in its management consulting business Capco to private equity outfit Clayton Dubilier & Rice in a $477 million deal guided by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • May 23, 2017

    Apple Asks Justices To Deny Samsung Petition In $120M Win

    Apple Inc. defended a Federal Circuit’s en banc decision to uphold a $120 million award against Samsung Electronics Corp. Ltd. in a long-running dispute over smartphone patent infringement to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, saying the decision doesn't stir up any issues on obviousness, infringement or injunctions worthy of high court review.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At Biometrics Legislation Across The US

    Justin Kay

    This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on the Illinois law, as well as a new impetus in other states to pass similar laws, say Justin Kay and Brendan McHugh of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • A New Era For Software Patents In China

    Elizabeth Chien-Hale

    At a time when the U.S. is pulling back on the patentability of software inventions, China is moving in the opposite direction. Recent changes to Chinese guidelines expanded patentability of business method patents and enhanced claiming options for patents covering software inventions, says Elizabeth Chien-Hale of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • Covering New Fraud Risks With Traditional Policies: Part 1

    Mary Borja

    Targets of fraudulent wire instruction scams have found that whether insurance coverage is available is highly dependent on the precise language of their specific policies, but the cases that have been litigated to date show that more often than not, traditional policies do not cover these exposures, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • The Risk Of Liability After A Preferred Stock Redemption

    Gail Weinstein

    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent decision in Frederic Hsu Living Trust v. ODN highlights the potential liability that private equity sponsors and directors face when preferred stock held by the sponsor is redeemed. If future decisions intensify this risk, sponsors could consider alternative investment structures, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Forum Selection

    Alan Rothman

    In the latest installment of his column on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP takes a closer look at how the panel decides to exclude a potentially related action from a new MDL proceeding, and at how the panel deals with forum selection clauses in contracts between parties in multidistrict claims.

  • Product Liability Plaintiffs May Aim For Tech Developers

    Robb Patryk

    Adam Alter's new book on technology-based behavioral addiction issues may unintentionally spur plaintiffs attorneys to launch product liability lawsuits against technology companies, holding them accountable for addictive products, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • AIA Trial Institution Rates Are Good News For Patent Owners

    Kerry Taylor

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released America Invents Act trial statistics through the first half of fiscal year 2017, and one trend is clear: The overall trial institution rates for inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews and post-grant reviews are down, say Kerry Taylor and Nathanael Luman of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP.

  • Back To The Fourco: High Court's New, Old Patent Venue Test

    Brian Ferguson

    For nearly 30 years, courts have liberally construed the patent venue statute. But no more — on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated its 1957 Fourco interpretation of the statute. This decision in TC Heartland will have a profound and immediate impact on patent litigation, say Brian Ferguson and Rahul Arora of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • What To Look For In Strong Ransomware Insurance

    Evan Bundschuh

    Organizations should take care to avoid developing a false sense of security over the simple placement of ransomware coverage. Terms can vary greatly, so insureds must take a close look at the definitions, terms and conditions to ensure adequate protection, says Evan Bundschuh of Gabriel Bundschuh & Associates Inc.