Technology

  • February 17, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated At The Federal Circuit In 2017

    These law firms handled some of the hottest issues in intellectual property last year, racking up wins and setting precedent in all corners of patent law.

  • February 17, 2018

    How The Federal Circuit’s Patent Docket Changed In 2017

    A hefty patent caseload has been the new normal for the Federal Circuit since America Invents Act proceedings first hit the court three years ago, but 2017 still saw some subtle changes. Here, Law360 looks at the latest trends in patent appeals.

  • February 16, 2018

    IPhone Buyers Lose Cert. Bid In AT&T Exclusivity Fight

    A California federal judge has declined to certify a class of iPhone buyers who allege Apple Inc. violated antitrust laws by locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, finding Friday the consumers’ damages expert’s report lacked "any data-driven analysis.”

  • February 16, 2018

    Group Holds Off On FCC Net Neutrality Rollback Challenge

    A public interest group on Friday withdrew its petition filed in the D.C. Circuit seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s order ending net neutrality regulations, acknowledging that challenges should be filed after the order’s publication in the Federal Register as a lottery to determine jurisdiction for challenges looms.

  • February 16, 2018

    Fla. Software Co. Hit With TCPA Class Action Over Calls

    A software company that specializes in condominium and homeowners association communication platforms was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Friday alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by soliciting people to attend a conference.

  • February 16, 2018

    Investor Groups Cheer Calls For Limiting Dual-Class Perks

    Investor advocates on Friday lauded SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson's call for sunset provisions on dual-class stock structures, which allow company founders to reserve extra voting power compared with public shareholders, calling it a pragmatic approach that could curb perceived abuses of the practice.

  • February 16, 2018

    UK Appeals Court Revives Suit Alleging Global LCD Cartel

    The Court of Appeals of England and Wales Friday revived cartel allegations against LG Electronics, Samsung and Philips, saying plaintiffs in the suit can show U.K. jurisdiction by demonstrating the alleged cartel had “substantial effects” inside the European Union.

  • February 16, 2018

    FCC Reauthorization Bill Reflects Industry, Policy Trends

    The House of Representatives is taking another stab at renewing the mandate for the Federal Communications Commission, and many of the provisions in the multipronged bill reflect the agency’s morphing values in the Trump administration.

  • February 16, 2018

    Qualcomm Still Anti-Broadcom Deal, But Open To More Talks

    Qualcomm Inc. on Friday said it is still opposed to Broadcom Ltd.’s $121 billion takeover offer after the sides met earlier in the week to discuss a possible deal, but called the discussions “constructive” and remained open to additional talks.

  • February 16, 2018

    Facebook Threatened With $125M Fine For Tracking Belgians

    A Belgian court on Friday ordered Facebook to stop tracking Belgian citizens’ online activity on third-party websites — or face up to €100 million ($125 million) in fines.

  • February 16, 2018

    Apple Gets $6.5M Ongoing Royalties In Samsung IP Dispute

    A California federal judge on Thursday granted Apple almost $6.5 million in ongoing royalties from Samsung in the companies’ dispute over patented designs, but denied the tech giant's request for ongoing royalties on products containing design-arounds.

  • February 16, 2018

    Google's Firing Of Outspoken Engineer Was Legal, NLRB Says

    Google Inc. did not violate federal labor law when it fired a software engineer after he wrote a divisive memo that criticized the company’s inclusion and diversity policies and argued that women are less biologically suited for tech jobs, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office has said in an advice memorandum.

  • February 16, 2018

    BakerHostetler Adds Ex-Norton Rose IP Pro In LA

    BakerHostetler has added a former Norton Rose Fulbright intellectual property attorney who brings to its Los Angeles office a focus on patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio management and strategic counseling both at home and abroad, the firm announced Friday.

  • February 16, 2018

    SEC Halts Trading In 3 Penny Stocks Tied To Cryptocurrency

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday suspended trading in three penny-stock companies, questioning the accuracy of recent statements they all made claiming substantial acquisitions in assets tied to cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.

  • February 16, 2018

    Intel Says Chip Security Flaws Led To 30+ Suits Against It

    Intel said on Friday in a regulatory filing that it is facing more than 30 lawsuits, including proposed consumer and securities class actions, over the discovery in 2017 that security flaws, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, make virtually every computer chip vulnerable to hacking.

  • February 15, 2018

    Congress Needs To Tackle Overseas Warrant Row, Rep Says

    The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn’t have the last word on whether the federal government should be allowed to access data stored overseas by companies such as Microsoft, but instead federal lawmakers need to act to remove the legal “hodgepodge” fueling the dispute, a Republican congressman said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Cisco’s 'Insane' IP Defense Fails In Arista Antitrust Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday agreed to strike most of Cisco defenses against an antitrust suit brought by Arista over the sales of Ethernet switches, including a hotly contested infringement defense, which Arista’s counsel called “breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane.”

  • February 15, 2018

    Facebook, Twitter Still Violating Consumer Law, EU Says

    Facebook and Twitter have taken some recent steps to comply with European consumer law, but could still face sanctions over their processes for deleting user content, according to a European Commission report released Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    FCC Watchdog Probing Pai-Sinclair Relationship, Rep Says

    The inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission is investigating Chairman Ajit Pai over whether he improperly pushed for rule changes relaxing media ownership rules in order to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., announced Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Union Investment, ADME, Braintree

    Union Investment is reportedly buying a New York retail condo leased to Lexus for $88 million, A.D.M.E. Real Estate is said to have sold a Miami Beach assisted-living facility for nearly $18 million and mobile payment software firm Braintree is reportedly in talks with landlord Vornado Realty Trust for 40,000 additional square feet in Chicago.

Expert Analysis

  • Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

    Sara Baxenberg

    A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Look At US And EU Fintech Regulatory Frameworks

    Brian Christiansen

    The regulatory fragmentation on the federal level, and at the U.S. state and EU member state levels, presents challenges and uncertainty for many fintech companies. The resolution of these uncertainties will directly impact the evolution of this sector, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Delaware May Be The Right Jurisdiction For 'Smart' Orgs

    Matthew O’Toole

    As distributed ledgers and blockchains emerge as means for processing and recording corporate and commercial transactions, the Delaware LLC may become an attractive organizational form for next-generation "decentralized autonomous organizations," say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Worker Classification Questions Remain Post-GrubHub Win

    Art Lambert

    A California federal judge implied that her recent decision in Lawson v. GrubHub was a close call, which suggests there is a tipping point where a driver moves from the independent contractor classification to the employee classification. However, when exactly that happens is still up in the air, says Art Lambert of Fisher Phillips.

  • A Back-To-Basics Approach To Patent Damages Law

    Aaron Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Finjan demonstrates how creating patent-specific rules for damages creates uncertainty for future litigants. The patent community would benefit from the law of patent damages returning to fundamental tort and evidentiary principles, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • 4 Ways Blockchain Will Transform The Insurance Industry

    Daniel Marvin

    Blockchain holds huge potential for the insurance industry, enabling the use of smart contracts as well as new methods of fighting insurance fraud and keeping records. It may be some time before the technology is widely adopted, but insurers should consider getting ahead of the curve now, says Daniel Marvin of Morrison Mahoney LLP.

  • Google Equal Pay Case Could Have Far-Reaching Impact

    Debra Ellwood Meppen

    Following the recent filing of an amended complaint, if the class action is certified in Kelly Ellis v. Google — a case alleging gender-based pay discrimination — ramifications will trickle down into every business, large or small, that employs men and women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.