Technology

  • April 21, 2017

    With H-1B Application Drop, Signs Point To IT Retreat

    After steadily increasing over the last few years, the number of H-1B visa petitions filed this spring dropped by over 30,000, and both immigration attorneys and government data suggest that the decline could be due to large information technology companies filing fewer requests for the skilled worker visas.

  • April 21, 2017

    FTC Wants Input On TRUSTe's Tweaks To COPPA Safe Harbor

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking the public's input on changes that TRUSTe wants to make to its safe harbor program under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, including an amendment that would require participants to conduct an annual internal assessment of third parties’ data collection practices.

  • April 21, 2017

    Russian Legislator's Son Gets 27 Years In Credit Card Scam

    The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced in Seattle to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay back the $169 million he stole by hacking into retailers’ systems and stealing credit card data, according to an order on Friday.

  • April 21, 2017

    Chubb, IT Co. Spar Over Coverage For $14M Hawaii DOT Suit

    Bankrupt IT consultancy Ciber Inc. and two Chubb units traded barbs in Colorado federal court Thursday after the insurers refused to defend Ciber in a suit alleging it charged the Hawaii DOT $14 million for a worthless software system, with Chubb calling the suit’s allegations strictly digital and therefore not “property damage."

  • April 21, 2017

    FCC’s Infrastructure Votes Pave Way For Bold 5G Push

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to tee up proposals to streamline the deployment of wireline and wireless infrastructure, and experts say the agency appears ready to act quickly and aggressively to use its authority to remove roadblocks.

  • April 21, 2017

    Tech Giants Urge Trump Not To Drop Qualcomm SEP Suit

    Samsung, Intel and other companies urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to crack down on owners of standard-essential patents who don’t license them on fair terms, and to allow a Federal Trade Commission suit accusing Qualcomm of doing that to proceed in court.

  • April 21, 2017

    Hacking Is Still Top Security Threat: BakerHostetler Report

    For the second year running, a BakerHostetler analysis ranked hacking among the leading causes of clients’ data security incidents, highlighting the importance of taking companywide steps to address intrusions before they occur and making sure everyone from executives to frontline employees knows the risks, according to a recent report.

  • April 21, 2017

    Westinghouse Ch. 11 Threatens Fate Of US Nuclear Projects

    The recent bankruptcy filing of Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, Toshiba’s global nuclear energy arm, could put the fate of its unfinished nuclear reactor projects in the U.S. at risk, the Congressional Research Service said, noting concern over the federal government’s $8.3 billion in guaranteed liabilities.

  • April 21, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Says Estoppel Ends Fight Over Fairchild Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday ordered the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to vacate part of a decision that invalidated claims in a Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp. patent, finding that a rival’s challenge to certain claims couldn’t be maintained due to the inter partes re-examination estoppel provision.

  • April 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Block Berkeley's Cellphone Warning Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday declined to halt enforcement of a Berkeley, California, ordinance that requires cellphone retailers to warn consumers about radiation risks, saying the law withstands First Amendment scrutiny since it’s related to a substantial government interest of protecting consumers’ health and safety.

  • April 21, 2017

    Wal-Mart Ordered To Pay $12M For Lifting Trade Secrets

    An Arkansas jury on Friday awarded digital agency Cuker Interactive LLC more than $12 million in trade secret damages from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after it lodged counterclaims against the big-box retailer in a dispute arising from a contract for website development.

  • April 21, 2017

    Timberlake, Spears Didn’t Prove Pryor Cashman’s Fees

    A company that makes display screens for concerts told a California federal judge on Friday that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears aren’t charging fair attorneys’ fees after the stars trounced the company's patent licensing suit, arguing the singers haven’t proven their Pryor Cashman LLP team’s rates are reasonable.

  • April 21, 2017

    JPMorgan Pushed To Reveal Cybersecurity Code In IP Suit

    Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures on Thursday sought to force JPMorgan Chase & Co. to turn over source code for its cybersecurity software in New York federal court, reasoning that an expert’s testimony needed to be verified against the code itself to determine whether the technology infringes the company’s intellectual property.

  • April 21, 2017

    Apple Slips Suit Alleging Mac Pro Defects, For Now

    A California judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action alleging that Apple Inc.’s 2013 line of Mac Pro computers contain defective components that cause them to freeze and crash, but gave the plaintiff leave to amend to clarify whether his problems occurred during the warranty period.

  • April 21, 2017

    Lifelock Investors Take FTC Compliance Suit To 9th Circ.

    Lifelock Inc. investors urged a Ninth Circuit panel Friday to revive their putative securities class action alleging the identity theft protection company lied about its compliance with a Federal Trade Commission false advertising order, arguing a lower court judge wrongly inferred facts when she found its statements weren’t misleading.

  • April 21, 2017

    Polsinelli Hires IP Pro As Shareholder In SF Office

    Polsinelli PC announced Thursday the hiring of accomplished intellectual property attorney Kory Christensen, who will be joining the firm’s San Francisco office as a shareholder from Stoel Rives LLP.

  • April 21, 2017

    PTAB Invalidates Computer Security Patent In Sony Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday invalidated a patent related to internet communications that was challenged by Sony Mobile, handing the telecommunications company another victory in its global patent dispute with a Finnish cybersecurity firm.

  • April 21, 2017

    China's Wecash Scores $80M Private Capital Infusion

    Wecash, a Chinese company using artificial intelligence to aid credit assessments, has collected $80 million from a group of private investors led by China Merchants Venture Capital, Forebright Capital and SIG Ventures, the companies said Friday.

  • April 21, 2017

    Cert. Sought In Fight Over GoDaddy's Microsoft Office Sales

    A business legal services provider asked an Arizona federal judge Thursday for class certification in litigation accusing domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy.com of selling Microsoft Office products lacking certain features, saying every class member has exactly the same grievance.

  • April 21, 2017

    The Firms Filing The Most Patent Cases

    Puerto Rico’s Ferraiuoli LLC has filed more patent lawsuits than any other law firm in the first part of 2017, headlining a top 10 list dominated by firms that have brought numerous cases on behalf of clients owning patents related to computer technologies.

Expert Analysis

  • Memorable Lessons From Violin Memory And Other Auctions

    Sheon Karol

    When Violin Memory filed Chapter 11 in December, prospects for the company seemed grim. But the combination of rival offer methods and special process features resulted in an auction that exceeded all expectations, says Sheon Karol of The DAK Group.

  • Tips For Finding Your Company's Hidden IP

    Neil Belson

    Research-based companies routinely fail to take full advantage of the intellectual property they already possess, particularly by focusing solely on protecting a project’s end product and overlooking other IP created during its development, says Neil Belson of Potomac Law Group PLLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

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    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • What An Illegal Price-Fixing Bot Might Look Like

    David Evans

    Generally, price-setting bots are not violating the Sherman Act. At what point would, or could, a bot engage in illegal price-fixing? Let's look at five scenarios, says David Evans of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • An Earth Day Review Of 'Green Guide' False Advertising

    David Kluft

    To help prepare for the Earth Day barrage of environmental advertising claims, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP highlights several "Green Guide"-related matters before the Federal Trade Commission and National Advertising Division that can help marketers ensure their advertising is not deceptive.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • The 1st Case To Decline Corwin 'Cleansing'

    Gail Weinstein

    Saba Software Stockholder Litigation may be the first case in which the Delaware Chancery Court has declined to apply “cleansing” under Corwin, but the decision confirms the recent trend that Corwin cleansing of noncontroller stockholder-approved transactions is likely to be precluded only in unusual and egregious circumstances, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.