Technology

  • June 01, 2020

    FCC Eases Rules For Providing Subsidized Tribal Broadband

    The Federal Communications Commission in an order Monday made it easier for low-income consumers living on rural tribal lands to obtain discounts on broadband internet and phone services during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 01, 2020

    Chinese Delivery Firm Preps $264M IPO Amid U.S.-China Spat

    Chinese online delivery platform Dada Nexus Ltd. on Monday set a price range on an estimated $264 million initial public offering, undeterred by U.S. efforts to increase scrutiny of Chinese-based public companies amid escalating tension between the two countries.

  • June 01, 2020

    Western Digital Sued Over 'Completely Worthless' Hard Drives

    Western Digital Corp. has been hit with a proposed class action in California federal court accusing the data storage giant of surreptitiously changing the design of a popular hard drive product in a way that made the devices "completely worthless."

  • June 01, 2020

    Facebook Asks Texas High Court To End Sex Trafficking Suits

    Facebook is asking the Texas Supreme Court to dismiss three lawsuits that accuse the company of providing an unrestricted platform for predators to exploit, extort and recruit children into the sex trade, arguing it can't be held liable for what third parties post on its website.

  • June 01, 2020

    Snubbed CRT Buyers Say Leaner Price-Fix Deal Still No Good

    Cathode ray tube buyers excluded from a recently retooled package of price-fixing settlements with electronics makers have called on a California federal judge to roll back his initial approval of the deals, arguing they're being shortchanged.

  • June 01, 2020

    Justices Told PTAB Findings Can't Erase Infringement Rulings

    Chrimar Systems Inc. is pressing the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its appeal over whether Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidations can override district courts' infringement judgments, telling the high court that "patent-specific carve-outs are a reason for granting cert."

  • June 01, 2020

    Pai, Broadcasters Condemn Violence Against News Crews

    The head of the Federal Communications Commission and a nationwide advocate for broadcasters have both condemned violence against news crews during protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minnesota.

  • June 01, 2020

    Quinn Emanuel Nabs Ex-Williams & Connolly Patent Pro In DC

    A former co-chair of Williams & Connolly LLP's patent litigation group with two decades of experience is the latest partner to leave the firm, joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP on Monday in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • June 01, 2020

    Latham-Led Fintech Shift4 Payments Launches $300M IPO

    Private equity-backed payment processor Shift4 Payments Inc. on Monday joined a growing initial public offering pipeline, setting a price range for an IPO estimated to raise $300 million guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • June 01, 2020

    Perkins Coie Adds M&A Partner To Burgeoning Texas Team

    Perkins Coie LLP added an experienced attorney to its corporate and securities practice from K&L Gates LLP in Dallas last week, adding to its expanding Texas operations.

  • June 01, 2020

    Equinix Buys Bell Data Center Portfolio In Canada For $765M

    Equinix has reached a deal to buy 25 data centers in Canada from Bell's parent company for CA$1.04 billion ($765 million), according to separate announcements from Equinix and Bell on Monday.

  • June 01, 2020

    White & Case, GKC Guide Zynga's $1.8B Mobile Gaming Deal

    Gaming company Zynga said Monday it will acquire Turkey-based mobile gaming company Peak for $1.8 billion in a deal steered on the buy side by White & Case LLP and Turkish firm GKC Partners.

  • June 01, 2020

    ACLU, Others Back Maine Web Privacy Law Against Challenge

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed an amicus brief Friday in defense of Maine's new online privacy law, as several telecom trade groups contend the law violates the First Amendment and seek to strike it down.

  • May 29, 2020

    USPTO Tells Fed. Circ. Arthrex Not For Ex Parte Appeals

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is urging the Federal Circuit not to invoke its Arthrex ruling during appeals of rejected patent applications, saying that ruling's remedy of vacating and remanding cases is not needed under these circumstances.

  • May 29, 2020

    Mylan Gets More Sanofi Insulin Pen Patents Nixed At PTAB

    Generic-drug maker Mylan convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to nix a handful of Sanofi-Aventis patents Friday covering the Lantus SoloStar disposable insulin injection pen, adding to its past wins in cases related to the same product.

  • May 29, 2020

    Chancery Tosses Tardy Investor Suit Over Undervalued Biz

    A private equity investor that sat out an appraisal suit challenging a tech company's 2013 cash-out merger price, only to see the Delaware Chancery Court set a price 2.6-times higher for those who did, waited too long to sue the company's controllers afterward, a Delaware vice chancellor ruled Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Latham, Meitar Lead Fiverr's $120M Follow-On Deal

    Israeli online marketplace startup Fiverr, led by Latham & Watkins and Israeli firm Meitar, priced a follow-on offering at $120 million to raise money for growth and general business activities.

  • May 29, 2020

    Sens. Join Call For FTC To Probe How TikTok Uses Kids' Data

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday stepped up pressure on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether popular video-sharing app TikTok is "blatantly flouting" a deal with the commission that required it to significantly strengthen its children's privacy protections, a push that came just a day after more than a dozen U.S. House Democrats issued a similar call. 

  • May 29, 2020

    COVID-19 IP Catch-Up: Remdesivir Access, Zoom TM Security

    The novel coronavirus pandemic has continued to cause delays and waivers in the patent and trademark worlds, and also has led to questions about who owns the rights to a key antiviral drug and whether Zoom should be concerned about its trademark.

  • May 29, 2020

    Ligado Opposes NTIA's Push To Stall 5G Plan Approval

    Satellite operator Ligado Networks pushed back on the U.S. Department of Defense's bid to nix its planned 5G network by defending the Federal Communications Commission's green light for the project in a filing Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Digital Taxes Face International Legal Gantlet

    Special taxes on digital companies seem almost inevitable as the novel pandemic heightens focus on the tech sector, but they could face legal challenges under both international trade and tax rules as countries begin to collect.

  • May 29, 2020

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus, Space And Google Deals

    The federal government looked to the future in May, injecting $1.2 billion into AstraZeneca's candidate COVID-19 vaccine and infusing billions into the U.S.'s space-bound ambitions. Other megadeals include remediation of a nuclear site and Google's partnership with the Pentagon.

  • May 29, 2020

    Open Source Vet Joins Taylor English IP Team In San Antonio

    Taylor English Duma LLP announced this week it has hired a veteran intellectual property attorney from Dykema Gossett PLLC who is experienced with open source software to the firm's intellectual property practice in San Antonio, Texas.

  • May 29, 2020

    Trump Blocks Visas For Chinese Students With Military Ties

    President Donald Trump issued an order Friday banning Chinese citizens with ties to the country's military from entering the U.S. on student visas to attend graduate programs, citing concerns that these students could steal American technology.

  • May 29, 2020

    Dems Upbeat On Prospects For Stalled Broadband Bills

    House and Senate Democrats have high hopes for passing a bevy of broadband expansion bills, whether or not they're officially rolled into the next coronavirus rescue package, two Hill staffers told Law360 during a virtual panel event on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Patent Owners Should Mind Assignee Rights Restrictions

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    Federal courts' reliance on the Federal Circuit Lone Star v. United Microelectronics decision, which closely scrutinized contractual restrictions in patent assignments, makes it crucial for patent owners to take particular care when limiting an assignee's ability to enforce the patent or transfer the rights, say John Haynes and Lindsay Church at Alston & Bird.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • The Death Of The Combination Patent Claim

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    Recent Federal Circuit cases appear to suggest that if your patent claim to a combination of otherwise known elements does not include a specific technical improvement, then the claim is not patent-eligible — meaning a bedrock patent principle has been overruled implicitly, says Howard Skaist at Berkeley Law & Technology Group.

  • Strategies For Managing Calif. Litigation As Courts Reopen

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    As state and federal courts in California begin to reopen, strategic decisions need to be made about where cases should be filed, public and private perception of litigation conduct, alternative plans for discovery, and more, says attorney Steven Brower.

  • Where We Are In The US Trade Secret Crackdown On China

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    As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to focus on prosecuting trade secret theft by China, U.S. companies are also filing private civil lawsuits against Chinese companies in federal courts, relying on both the Defend Trade Secrets Act and state trade secret laws, say attorneys at Wiggin and Dana.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Tech Will Play Key Role In Real Estate's Road To Recovery

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    With unprecedented stress on real estate operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time to reflect on the property technology industry's success in recent years and to recognize how those models can be used to rebuild for the future, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Tips For Spoliation Claims In Trade Secret Cases

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    As businesses move toward the complete digitization of information, spoliation issues are increasingly arising in the context of trade secret litigation, and a recent California federal court's decision in WeRide v. Huang is a great example of how plaintiffs can use spoliation offensively to obtain a win, say attorneys at Arent Fox.

  • Early Securities Litigation Trends Stemming From Recent IPOs

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale analyze Securities Act complaints against companies that went public immediately prior to and during the COVID-19-induced market volatility, providing preliminary insights into whether, when and on what basis recent issuers are facing securities litigation.

  • New Trend In IPR Institution Appealability Demands Scrutiny

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    While a recent trend of federal courts holding that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions instituting inter partes reviews are not appealable requires close following, there are two remedies practitioners can seek apart from appeal, say Brett Cooper and Kevin Schubert at McKool Smith.

  • The Legal Risks Of Bias In Artificial Intelligence

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    Bias in artificial intelligence algorithms is inevitable, so companies that use AI should take proactive steps to avoid disparate impact on legally protected classes and minimize the risk of lawsuits, say Brig. Gen. Patrick Huston at the Army JAG Corps and Lourdes Fuentes-Slater at Karta Legal.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

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