Technology

  • January 20, 2017

    Canada Sues HarperCollins, Settles With Others On E-Books

    Canada’s Competition Bureau announced Friday that it has reached settlements with Apple, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster ending its price-fixing allegations and allowing Canadian retailers to offer discounts on e-books by those publishers, but is taking HarperCollins to court over its alleged price-fixing.

  • January 20, 2017

    Rimon Snags Ex-Reed Smith FinTech Partner In DC

    Rimon PC has bolstered its intellectual property and financial services team with the addition of an ex-Reed Smith LLP attorney in Washington, D.C., who has a deep wealth of experience in the FinTech space, according to a Rimon announcement on Friday.

  • January 20, 2017

    Apple Latest To Settle E-Watch's Camera Phone Patent Row

    Apple Inc. has become the latest technology giant to reach a settlement ending e-Watch Inc.’s claims that the company is infringing two patents related to cellphone camera technology, according to a document filed in Texas federal court on Friday.

  • January 20, 2017

    FCC’s Wheeler Signs Off With ‘Competition’ Mantra

    Departing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler cast a final spotlight on the “competition, competition, competition” mantra that has been his theme in departing office Friday, stepping down from the agency to make way for Ajit Pai to be elevated to chairman.

  • January 20, 2017

    Security Firm Releases Results Of 'Hack the Army' Project

    A security consulting firm commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense to find vulnerabilities in certain Army websites said on Thursday that the first “bug” was found within five minutes of launching the “Hack the Army” project.

  • January 20, 2017

    Apple Sues Qualcomm Over Royalty 'Extortion,' $1B Withheld

    Apple accused Qualcomm on Friday in California federal court of illegal business practices, overcharging Apple “billions of dollars” in royalties, withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates and trying to extort Apple after it cooperated in a Korean regulator’s investigation into the chipmaker’s licensing practices.

  • January 20, 2017

    Face Scan Storage Not Actual Injury, Video Game Maker Says

    The maker of an NBA video game asked a New York federal judge on Friday to toss a putative class action claiming the company collected and retained facial scans of gamers because the players didn’t suffer any actual harm.

  • January 20, 2017

    Mitsubishi To Pay $75M To End Direct Buyers' CRT Claims

    Direct buyers of Mitsubishi televisions urged a California federal judge Thursday to approve the company's agreement to resolve their antitrust claims for $75 million in the sprawling cathode ray tube price-fixing multidistrict litigation.

  • January 20, 2017

    8 Firms To Steer IPOs Totaling $1.9B As 2017 Gets Cranking

    Eight firms will guide initial public offerings aiming to raise about $1.9 billion the week of Jan. 23, representing a wide range of issuers that could jolt a sluggish IPO market, including the year's first technology "unicorn," several private equity-backed deals, an energy offering and four biotechs.

  • January 20, 2017

    Samsung Fires Up $429M LCD Arbitration Against 3 Firms

    Consumer technology company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is seeking $429 million in arbitration from three companies for cutting off supplies of LCD panels for televisions, a Japanese electronics trader said Thursday.

  • January 20, 2017

    IMX Equity Panel Offers Fee Cap For Ch. 11 Lender Suit

    Attorneys for IMX Acquisition Corp. stockholders offered a $2 million cap Friday on future regular litigation fees for a potential suit against company lenders, citing far higher potential damage recoveries for lender tactics that allegedly drove the company into a Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • January 20, 2017

    Indian Auto Parts Co. Snags Finnish Peer For $611M

    India’s Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. said Thursday that it plans to expand its reach into North America and Europe with the €571 million ($610.6 million) purchase of Finnish counterpart PKC Group PLC, a deal that will also expand the Indian automotive component company’s commercial vehicle offerings.

  • January 20, 2017

    Apple Fights $7M Core Wireless Patent Loss

    Apple urged a California federal court Thursday to invalidate two of Core Wireless' mobile communications patents or allow a new trial, after getting hit with a $7.3 million verdict for infringing Core Wireless technology that purportedly lets Apple products work "wherever and whenever."

  • January 20, 2017

    Finjan Sues Avast, AVG For Infringing Cybersecurity Patents

    Cybersecurity company Finjan Inc. filed suit on Friday against rivals Avast Software and AVG Technologies NV for more than $15.4 million in damages, claiming Avast-owned AVG makes products that infringe on six of its patents, and licensing negotiations with Avast over the inventions have been unsuccessful.

  • January 20, 2017

    Ex-FBI Tech Gets 2 Years For Passing Info To China

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday hit a Chinese-born ex-FBI technician with two years in prison and a $10,000 fine for providing the Chinese government details about the FBI's internal workings, characterizing the crime as "treachery" against his former employer.

  • January 20, 2017

    Kinglite Loses Final Round In PTAB Software Patent Fight

    Claims in two Kinglite Holdings Inc. computer software patents were found invalid Thursday, capping a spate of recent decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board involving more than a dozen patents owned by the Singapore company.

  • January 20, 2017

    HP Must Face Copyright Claim Over Oracle Code

    A California federal court on Thursday ruled Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. must face a claim for vicarious copyright infringement in Oracle International Corp.’s suit alleging HP support companies distributed copyrighted Oracle code.

  • January 20, 2017

    FinTech Blank Check Co. Prices $100M IPO

    Blank check company FinTech Acquisition Corp. II priced its initial public offering on Friday with guidance from Ledgewood PC, pulling in $153 million it will look to use to acquire businesses operating in the financial technology industry.

  • January 20, 2017

    Nortel, Creditors Ask For Ch. 11 Plan Approval

    Nortel Networks Inc. received a bevy of support in Delaware bankruptcy court Thursday in pushing for the confirmation of a long-awaited Chapter 11 plan the company says has few objectors and is the “best and only” way to resolve its bankruptcy.

  • January 19, 2017

    FBI Agent Says Ex-JPMorgan Analyst's Calls Led Pals To Buy

    Prosecutors accusing a former J.P. Morgan Securities LLC analyst of tipping off friends about pending acquisitions on Thursday called an FBI special agent to tell a California federal jury how the analyst's friends often bought securities just minutes after he would contact them.

Expert Analysis

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 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.