Technology

  • April 25, 2017

    Uber Can't Depose Google Co-Founder In Driverless Car Row

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Uber can't depose Google co-founder Larry Page in its trade secrets fight with driverless car spinoff Waymo, saying a question about whether Page knew an employee was allegedly stealing trade secrets could be answered in writing instead.

  • April 25, 2017

    Tech Co.'s Suit Must Be Stayed During Arbitration: 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday ordered a lower court to pause, rather than dismiss, a lawsuit lodged against a U.S. patent licensing company by a U.K. technology company while the parties hash out a breach of contract dispute in arbitration, saying a stay is required under federal law.

  • April 25, 2017

    Apple Strikes Out In 2 Labor Cert. Cases At BALCA

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed the denial of certifications for Apple Inc. to hire two foreign-born workers as a database administrator and a logistician, finding Monday that one candidate did not have the required qualifications and the other lacked the necessary experience.

  • April 25, 2017

    FCC's O'Rielly Says Agency Should Address Its Flaws

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said in a speech Monday that it’s up to Congress to decide whether the FCC should “go the way of the dodo” and be eliminated, but the new commission could at least restructure and clear regulatory burdens on broadcasters.

  • April 25, 2017

    Expedia Tech Guy Who Traded On Hacked Emails Sentenced

    A former computer technician at Expedia Inc. who pled guilty last year to snooping on executives’ emails and trading on insider information about revenues to gin up $331,000 in illicit profits was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge in Washington state Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Aurelius Equity Exits Compressor Co. In $202M Nidec Deal

    Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell Secop Group, a manufacturer of compressors used in refrigeration, to Japanese electric motor maker Nidec Corp. in a deal worth €185 million ($202.2 million) including debt, its largest sale to date.

  • April 25, 2017

    FCC Seeks Feedback On Promoting Connected Health

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday reached out for ideas on how it can boost broadband-enabled solutions for health care, saying in a public notice that it is looking for comments as the U.S. lags in adoption of the technology.

  • April 25, 2017

    EU Raids Swedish Telecom Cos. Over Plot To Block Rivals

    The European Commission raided several telecommunications providers on Tuesday based on concerns that Swedish mobile network operators may have tried to block new would-be rivals from entering the consumer market.

  • April 25, 2017

    Pai Pushes To Do Away With 'Outdated' Media Regs

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told a meeting of broadcasters Tuesday that the agency is aiming to do away with “outdated” media regulations, citing in particular the FCC’s “Main Studio Rule.”

  • April 25, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Miami Marlins, KKR, Hyland Software

    Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush are leading a group that will buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, KKR and Japan Industrial Partners will pay more than $1.8 billion to acquire Hitachi Kokusai Electric, and Hyland Software is set to acquire Lexmark International’s software division.

  • April 25, 2017

    Belgian Co. Pays $230M For PE-Backed Cloud Services Biz

    Belgian wholesale communications company BICS said Tuesday it will pay $230 million to acquire privately held cloud-based communications business TeleSign from its private equity backers in an effort to add mobile identity authentication services to its global connectivity offerings.

  • April 25, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Will Lay Out Net Neutrality Plan Wednesday

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is slated on Wednesday to deliver a speech revealing his plan to roll back 2015 net neutrality rules that he has long opposed, kicking off a rulemaking proceeding, a source familiar with the matter confirmed Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Judge Cracks Avaya's Ch. 11 Shield For BlackBerry Suit

    A New York bankruptcy judge cracked open telecom giant Avaya Inc.’s Chapter 11 litigation shield Tuesday, allowing a pair of defense motions to move forward in BlackBerry Corp.'s patent infringement suit against the company.

  • April 25, 2017

    Huawei Wants Sanctions For Russ August In Patent Battle

    Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. called for sanctions against Russ August & Kabat and demanded attorneys’ fees Monday after beating a Korean patent company’s infringement suit, telling a California federal judge the company and its firm knew it didn’t have standing and tried to hide that fact from Huawei.

  • April 25, 2017

    Hyundai App Fixed After Researchers Found Vulnerabilities

    A Hyundai application that allows owners to start their vehicles remotely suffered from vulnerabilities introduced in a late 2016 update that potentially left an opening for others to access users’ cars until the issue was corrected in March, a cybersecurity firm said Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    PTAB Nixes Ad Patent Claims Under Alice In Google Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday held that claims in a web advertising patent were invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision, delivering a win to Google Inc., which challenged the patent in an America Invents Act covered business method review after being sued for infringement.

  • April 25, 2017

    GAO Backs Some Costs, Denies Others On $25B CMS Protest

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should comp successful challengers of a $25 billion multiple-award information technology contract for some protest costs but not others stemming from arguments that are severable and not “clearly meritorious,” the Government Accountability Office said in decision made public Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Beazley Asks 2nd Circ. To Affirm D&O Coverage Denial

    Beazley Insurance Co. on Tuesday urged the Second Circuit to uphold a judgment that its directors and officers policy doesn't cover a policyholder's settlement with a video technology company over lapsed payments, asserting that a New York federal court correctly ruled on several pretrial issues.

  • April 25, 2017

    NFL Players Union Inks Deal With Wearable Tech Biz

    The National Football League Players Association said Tuesday that its recently launched business accelerator has inked a deal with Whoop Inc. that will provide players with wearable fitness tracking devices and ownership of the data they collect.

  • April 25, 2017

    Tritec-UBS JV Finalizes $81M Recap Of NY Medical Campus

    Tritec Real Estate Co. has finalized an $81.45 million recapitalization of a medical office portfolio on Long Island with its equity partner, a UBS Real Estate & Private Markets-advised fund, according to an announcement on Monday from Tritec's broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time For High Court To Clarify Presumption Of Patent Validity

    Charles Macedo

    Courts continue to invalidate patents under Section 101 without adhering to the presumption of validity standard mandated by Congress in Section 282 and the U.S. Supreme Court in i4i. The Supreme Court can set the record straight in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Uber: The Turning Of The Tide

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber Technologies may have reached the end of its worldwide efforts to dominate transportation markets with its popular ride-hailing app. Although Uber has met opposition in the past in both the marketplace and in court, particularly in California, new developments in China and in New York City may be bringing Uber’s nearly unstoppable advance to a halt, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • 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

    Robert Creo

    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.