Technology

  • February 23, 2017

    Dropbox Wins Atty Fees Over Thru’s Bad Behavior In TM Row

    A California federal judge said at a hearing Thursday that he will make Thru Inc. pay as much as $1.95 million to cover Dropbox Inc.'s attorneys' fees in litigation over its registered trademark, saying Thru's discovery obfuscations, dilatory legal tactics and false statements made it an “exceptional case” that merited fee shifting.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ex-Fugitive Comverse CEO Gets Prison For Options Scam

    The former chairman and CEO of Comverse Technology Inc. on Thursday was sentenced to a record two and a half years in prison for backdating the telecommunication software company's stock options, after a 10-year stretch on the lam in Africa.

  • February 23, 2017

    Wash. Judge Denies Twilio Sanctions Bid In TCPA Lawsuit

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday put the kibosh on Twilio Inc.’s bid for sanctions against a consumer it claimed filed a frivolous and duplicate amended complaint accusing the software company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that the new filing had changed in relevant ways.

  • February 23, 2017

    LG, Lenovo Hit With Wi-LAN Patent Suits Over 4G Tech

    Canadian technology development and licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. filed suits against LG Electronics Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. in California federal court for allegedly infringing fourth-generation tech patents.

  • February 23, 2017

    E-Book Cos. Push 2nd Circ. To Revive Antitrust Claims

    A pair of book companies, one of them defunct, asked the Second Circuit on Thursday in back-to-back arguments to revive their suits against a group of publishers, saying the lower court erred in finding they hadn’t suffered antitrust injuries from an anti-competitive conspiracy involving the price-fixing of e-books sold by Apple Inc.

  • February 23, 2017

    Shareholders Hit Ixia With Suit Over $1.6B Keysight Merger

    Shareholders of data technology firm Ixia sued the company, its board of directors and its proposed buyer Keysight Technologies Inc. in California federal court on Thursday, saying the deal should be stopped because the companies failed to disclose important information regarding the acquisition.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZeniMax Wants $1B In Damages, Oculus Products Pulled

    After winning a blockbuster trial over virtual reality software, video game developer ZeniMax Media LLC on Thursday asked a Texas federal judge for enhanced damages totaling more than $1 billion and to block Facebook Inc. subsidiary Oculus from selling products that infringe its copyrights.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Grants Small-Business Relief From Transparency Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to exempt broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers from stepped-up transparency rules in the 2015 Open Internet Order as the lone Democratic commissioner objected amid questions of how the GOP will deal with broader net neutrality rules.

  • February 23, 2017

    Infoblox Investors Seek Stock Appraisal After $1.6B Deal

    Shareholders of computer networking firm Infoblox Inc. filed a petition in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday seeking an appraisal of their stock in the company following its November buyout by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $1.6 billion.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Clears Use For First Set Of LTE-U Devices

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday authorized the first set of so-called LTE-U devices that may be used in the unlicensed spectrum, paving the way for mobile carriers to have additional network capacity.

  • February 23, 2017

    Tessera’s $100M Toshiba Royalty Row Lacks IP Claims: Judge

    Tessera Technologies sought Thursday to appeal an early ruling over claims Toshiba Corp. owes more than $100 million in royalties for using its integrated circuit technology in 7,000 products, facing a skeptical California federal judge who noted its “garden variety” contract suit might have been stronger with patent infringement claims.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZTE Gets Another Reprieve From US Sanctions

    Nearly a year after it was first rapped for allegedly violating sanctions on Iran, Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. was given another reprieve by the U.S. government Thursday as the two sides continue to work on an agreement that will settle the allegations.

  • February 23, 2017

    Time Warner Eyes Atlanta Station Sale Ahead Of AT&T Deal

    Time Warner Inc. said in a Thursday regulatory filing it is looking to sell an Atlanta broadcast station to Meredith Corp. for $70 million, a move that comes as the content company pushes forward with its $85.4 billion sale to telecommunications giant AT&T Inc.

  • February 23, 2017

    Unwired Planet Discourages Full Fed. Circ. CBM Review

    Unwired Planet LLC urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to let stand its November decision that held the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is using an overly broad definition of what qualifies under its covered business method patent review program.

  • February 23, 2017

    Honeywell Sues To Stop Alarm.com's $140M Monopoly Bid

    Honeywell International Inc. on Tuesday filed an antitrust action against Alarm.com and Icontrol Networks Inc. over a planned $140 million security technology acquisition deal, alleging in New Jersey federal court the deal would give Alarm.com a monopoly in the market.

  • February 23, 2017

    Apple Gets Power Adapter Patent Invalidated In AIA Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday invalidated a patent for a power adapter that Apple Inc. challenged in an inter partes review under the America Invents Act after it was slapped with an infringement complaint.

  • February 23, 2017

    Canadian Securities Watchdog Launches Regulatory Sandbox

    Canadian securities regulators on Thursday launched a so-called regulatory sandbox, allowing companies that use innovative technologies and capital-raising techniques to experiment under fewer regulations, spreading an idea that has gained momentum across Europe and Asia.

  • February 23, 2017

    Olshan Frome, Paul Hastings Guide $291M Apple Office Trade

    Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP represented Tristar Capital in connection with its $290.7 million purchase, announced Wednesday, of a Sunnyvale, California, office campus leased to Apple Inc. from a Paul Hastings LLP-counseled affiliate of Rockwood Capital LLC.

  • February 23, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Allfunds Bank, Siam Commercial

    Siemens' $4.5 billion acquisition of Mentor Graphics will be approved by the European Commission without concessions; numerous suitors are vying to buy Allfunds Bank, worth nearly €2 billion; and Siam Commercial Bank hopes to receive at least $3 billion through the sale of its life insurance business.

  • February 23, 2017

    More Tried For H-1B Visas In 2015, Fewer Succeeded

    Fiscal 2015 brought more demand for employer-sponsored visas but saw fewer H-1B approvals compared with the previous fiscal year, a recently released report by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicated.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Data Dexterity: The New Moat Of The Information Economy

    Brian H. Lam

    Over the past year, companies have used data-based competitive advantage, or “moats,” to drive astronomic acquisition prices. In this article, Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC introduces the concept of “data dexterity” as the actual creator of data-based moats and analyzes the data interactions of LinkedIn, Dollar Shave Club and AppDynamics to illustrate how data dexterity exists in practice.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Grid Security

    William Demarest, Jr.

    The most recent installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review includes a number of recommendations for physical and cybersecurity protection of the nation's power infrastructure. Although the report recommends developing and implementing "necessary" security measures, it provides limited details in some areas, and does not identify revenue sources for some initiatives, say attorneys from Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • How The GDPR Will Impact Life Sciences And Health Care

    Rohan Massey

    The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation will considerably increase the sanctions and penalties that can be imposed on organizations that breach its requirements. The implications for organizations operating in the life sciences and health care sectors are likely to be particularly far-reaching, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • US Patent Practice Drifting Toward Approach Prevalent Abroad

    Gurneet Singh

    Post-Alice cases on technical problems and technical solutions show that a problem-solution standard similar to the one adopted in Europe, Australia, China and Japan is seeing express endorsement by U.S. courts adjudicating Section 101 challenges, say Gurneet Singh and Harold Laidlaw of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Debating Anti-Rebate And Inducement Laws In Washington

    Shawn Hanson

    Last month, the Washington state Senate introduced a bill that would amend its anti-rebate and inducement laws to allow insurers to offer free goods and services. Supporters argue that Washington is the only state in the country to force consumers to pay for technology that is free everywhere else, while opponents have expressed concern for fair competition, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.