Technology

  • January 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive IP Suit Against Pinterest, Others

    The Federal Circuit ruled on Friday that a Fo2Go LLC photo processing patent was invalid as indefinite, upholding a lower court ruling that ended infringement lawsuits brought against companies including Pinterest Inc. and Yahoo Inc. 

  • January 13, 2017

    Power Integrations Denied Extra Damages In $140M IP Win

    Power Integrations Inc. is not entitled to enhanced damages for its $140 million jury win against rival chip maker Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, a California federal judge ruled Friday, saying PI had not made a showing of “egregious misconduct.”

  • January 13, 2017

    Belize Urges 11th Circ. To Toss $22M Telecom Contract Suit

    The government of Belize urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to dismiss a claim it owes a company more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment, saying a lower court failed to properly consider Belizean law and wrongly found that it waived sovereign immunity.

  • January 13, 2017

    ATopTech Hits Ch. 11 10 Months After $30M IP Verdict

    Software company ATopTech Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Friday, about 10 months after a California federal jury hit it with a $30 million verdict on accusations of infringing Synopsys Inc.'s copyrights, but says it has a potential buyer lined up to anchor a bankruptcy auction.

  • January 13, 2017

    Ramirez Leaves An FTC Prepared To Lead Privacy Enforcement

    With her resignation Friday, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez leaves an agency that has become a capable and powerful privacy and data security regulator, having pushed the commission to not only undertake more cutting-edge enforcement actions but also build up its technological capabilities to better address these issues.

  • January 13, 2017

    Trump Picks Giuliani As Cybersecurity Adviser

    President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has tapped former New York City mayor and Greenberg Traurig LLP cybersecurity practice leader Rudy Giuliani as an adviser, saying Giuliani will provide advice on cybersecurity matters and serve as a liaison with industry.

  • January 13, 2017

    Agilent Rival Can't Trim Trade Secret Suit Over DNA Tech

    A California state judge on Friday denied startup Twist Bioscience Corp.’s bid to trim Agilent Technologies Inc.’s suit accusing Twist’s founder of stealing its proprietary DNA synthesis technology, finding that trade secret claims don't preempt breach of loyalty claims under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

  • January 13, 2017

    Google Workers’ Attys Pressed On Fees In $4.75M Wage Deal

    A California judge Friday pressed attorneys representing about 5,100 current and former hourly Google workers on their fee request in a $4.75 million class action deal resolving wage-and-hour claims stretching back to 2011, ordering the attorneys to file briefs explaining why their work merits a third of that total.

  • January 13, 2017

    Techie 'Cult Leader' Woos Fed. Circ. In Microsoft Patent Row

    Counsel for a New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged self-help "cult leader" fought on Friday to revive the man’s patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. over teleconferencing technology, assuring a Federal Circuit panel that he owns the rights to the patents.

  • January 13, 2017

    WorldLink Gets Arbitration Coverage Fight Booted From Mich.

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday tossed an insurer’s suit against staffing agency ADI WorldLink LLC seeking to escape coverage obligations related to WordLink’s arbitrations with employees, saying the suit belongs in Texas.

  • January 13, 2017

    Wheeler Asks ‘Where’s The Fire?’ On Nixing Net Neutrality

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler lodged a final defense of his FCC’s Open Internet Order that set net neutrality rules in his last speech Friday, calling for new leaders not to rush to overturn an order that also provides the basis for privacy rules for internet service providers.

  • January 13, 2017

    DHS Issues Final Rule To Help Int'l Entrepreneurs Stay In US

    The Department of Homeland Security has released a final rule that enables entrepreneurs to seek temporary permission to be in the country, known as parole, if they can prove their proposed business would promote the public interest.

  • January 13, 2017

    Health Hires: 7 New Life Sciences, Health Additions

    The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.

  • January 13, 2017

    Russia Bombshells Leave Sanctions Bar Guessing

    With President Barack Obama taking one final strike at Russia for its purported tampering in the U.S. election and President-elect Donald Trump facing a slew of explosive allegations of Moscow-related impropriety, sanctions attorneys have been left grasping at straws regarding what comes next in the two countries' fractious relationship.

  • January 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AltaGas, Arris International, Intrawest

    Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas could pay up to $6 billion for Washington, D.C.-based natural gas utility WGL Holdings, telecommunications equipment manufacturer Arris International is in talks to buy Brocade Communications’ networking equipment business and private equity-owned ski resort operator Intrawest Resorts is on the chopping block.

  • January 13, 2017

    EA Gets Part Of Video Game Patent Axed At PTAB

    Electronic Acts Inc. scored a victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday, when the board invalidated much of a sports video game patent that EA’s college football and golf video games are accused of infringing.

  • January 13, 2017

    Technology Group Of The Year: Fenwick & West

    From shepherding multibillion-dollar mergers to litigating precedent-setting cases for high-profile companies, a sharp focus on all things tech has helped earn Fenwick & West LLP Practice Group of the Year honors in the sector four years running.

  • January 13, 2017

    Advent, Bain Team To Buy German Payments Firm Concardis

    Private equity giants Advent International and Bain Capital have teamed up to buy German payments company Concardis GmbH, the companies confirmed Friday, in a move meant to boost Concardis’ growth and accelerate its international expansion.

  • January 13, 2017

    JMC Capital Snags $206M For Industrial Products, Tech Fund

    Boston, Massachusetts-based JMC Capital Partners has closed its second fund after raking in $206 million from limited partners, with plans to acquire lower middle market companies within the industrial products and industrial technology sectors, the firm has said.

  • January 12, 2017

    Judge Knocks Out Imaging Patent For Inequitable Conduct

    Visage Imaging Inc. won a ruling Wednesday that a patent for a 3-D medical image system is unenforceable after a Georgia federal judge decided that the patent's owner committed inequitable conduct while getting the patent reinstated.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 1

    David Fink

    Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • 2 States, 2 Visions For Driverless Vehicle Regulation

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    When it comes to automated vehicles on public roads, a new Michigan law and draft regulations in California present competing approaches to balancing innovation with safety. Michigan takes a permissive approach, allowing automakers to experiment with technologies and business models, while California proposes extensive vetting of automated vehicles before they hit the road, say Michael Reynolds and Jason Orr of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Future FCC Leadership Could Mean Big Changes For TCPA

    David N. Anthony

    Litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has become one of the leading types of consumer lawsuits in the U.S. However, the election of Donald Trump as president may prove to be a watershed moment for the TCPA, with the Federal Communications Commission's leadership switching to a majority of Republican appointees including a sharp critic of the FCC’s past handling of the TCPA, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Acquiring Ownership Rights To Machine Learning Output

    Michael Baumert

    Without certain adjustments, the traditional software licensing model may no longer be appropriate for the licensing of artificial intelligence systems, says Michael Baumert of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 2 More SEC Whistleblower Actions And Lessons Learned

    Christopher Davies

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently settled cases against NeuStar and SandRidge Energy continue its efforts to bring enforcement actions for violations of whistleblower protections and provide more confirmation that the SEC considers illegal any severance agreement provisions that expressly preclude communications with government agencies, say attorneys with WilmerHale.