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  • July 19, 2018

    Rosenstein Heralds DOJ Cyber-Digital Task Force's 1st Report

    The federal government will start notifying the public and companies when it uncovers so-called foreign influence operations like the Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday as he released a report put out by the Cyber-Digital Task Force on cyber threats to the nation.

  • July 19, 2018

    Uber Slams Rival's 'Troubling Pattern' Of Axing Attys In IP Row

    A California state judge tapped the brakes on Uber’s bid to end claims it stole an inventor’s ride-sharing concept, saying Thursday she would wait until the man finds a new attorney — even after Uber pointed out “a troubling pattern,” noting the plaintiff had terminated contracts with three consecutive law firms in the case.

  • July 19, 2018

    What's Keeping Execs Up At Night? Cybersecurity, Poll Says

    The top liability concern facing American businesses is cybersecurity, while securities suits and other investors’ claims are being put on the back burner, according to a survey of 77 directors and officers from companies across various industries and geographic regions released Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Amdocs, Openet Settle IP Row That Saw Rare Alice Reversal

    Amdocs and Openet reached a licensing deal to end a patent infringement dispute over computer network monitoring technology that at one point saw a split Federal Circuit panel make a rare reversal of a lower court’s invalidation of the patents under Alice, the companies said Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Philips Accused Of Patent ‘Holdup’ In Cell Tech Antitrust Suit

    A Swiss tech company slapped Philips with an antitrust lawsuit Thursday in California federal court, claiming the Dutch multinational reneged on its pledges to license its standard-essential cellular technology patents on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-RIAA Exec Joins Coblentz Patch IP Practice

    The Recording Industry Association of America's former senior vice president of litigation and legal affairs is joining the San Francisco-based Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2018

    PTAB Denies Alice Challenges To Doc Retrieval Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board rejected challenges from a group of financial services firms to two document retrieval patents Thursday, finding their arguments that the patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test too closely resembled those made separately by Fidelity Information Services LLC.

  • July 19, 2018

    DOD Floats Moving Some Cyber Defenses To Cloud

    The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking to move parts of its Acropolis cyber defense system to the cloud, according to a recent DOD request for information seeking out companies that could potentially handle the work.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ligado's Satellite 5G Network Should Commence, FCC Hears

    The wireless industry is ratcheting up pressure for the Federal Communications Commission to approve Ligado Networks LLC’s proposed licensing changes that would enable a massive satellite broadband network supporting the rollout of 5G and "internet of things" applications.

  • July 19, 2018

    Chinese Co. Says It's Immune From Cathode Ray MDL

    Irico Group and a subsidiary on Wednesday asked a California federal court to dismiss them from long-running litigation that claims they participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for cathode ray tubes, saying they should be granted sovereign immunity because they are controlled by the Chinese state.

  • July 19, 2018

    CDK Seeks Arbitration Or Toss Of Dealership Claims In MDL

    Software provider CDK Global LLC asked an Illinois federal court on Wednesday to either compel arbitration or dismiss claims against it by the car dealership class in multidistrict litigation alleging it monopolized access to data in software licensed to car dealerships, saying the dealers don’t have standing as indirect purchasers of applications that utilize the data.

  • July 19, 2018

    GOP Rep. Floats Bill To Codify FCC Draft Item Releases

    Illinois GOP House lawmaker Adam Kinzinger introduced legislation on Thursday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to publish draft documents on its website at least three weeks ahead of any vote, calling it a drive toward "transparency, efficiency and accountability."

  • July 19, 2018

    ITC To Probe Powered Cover Plates From China

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate powered cover plates containing built-in light sensors and USB chargers after a Utah company accused several companies located in the U.S. and China of selling knockoffs that infringe four of its patents, the agency announced on Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Willkie Helps Insight Venture Partners Wrap Up $6.3B Fund

    Insight Venture Partners, with assistance from legal adviser Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, has clinched its 10th fund at $6.3 billion, which the private equity and venture capital firm will use for growth equity investments in technology companies, it said on Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Nikon Didn't Infringe Carl Zeiss Patents, Calif. Jury Says

    A California federal jury on Thursday cleared Japanese camera giant Nikon of allegations by lensmaker Carl Zeiss and semiconductor equipment maker ASML that Nikon digital cameras infringe two patents protecting electronic image capture technology.

  • July 18, 2018

    ICOs No Guarantee Of 'Easy Money,' Wilson Sonsini Atty Says

    A budding company eyeing cryptocurrency to raise “easy money” through an initial coin offering should know it’s not that easy, a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorney told a crush of startup hopefuls in San Francisco Tuesday during a panel on blockchain technology financing.

  • July 18, 2018

    BladeRoom Wants Emerson IP After $30M Trade Secrets Win

    BladeRoom Group Ltd. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to block Emerson Electric Co. from peddling data center components created using its stolen trade secrets and reassign a patent related to the building technology on top of the $30 million verdict it won at trial.

  • July 18, 2018

    PLX Shareholders Say Potomac Helped Push Low-Ball Sale

    An attorney for shareholders of semiconductor company PLX Technology Inc. argued Wednesday during post-trial arguments in Delaware Chancery Court that the co-manager of Potomac Capital Partners LP, the firm’s largest investor, pushed for a quick sale in 2015 at a steep discount in order to dump holdings in the struggling company.

  • July 18, 2018

    Firms Vie For Facebook MDL Lead In Judge's 'Beauty Contest'

    Ten law firms fought to take the lead of multidistrict litigation Wednesday alleging Facebook negligently allowed big-data firm Cambridge Analytica to collect personal information on millions of users, during a hearing U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria called a "beauty contest."

  • July 18, 2018

    3 Takeaways From EU's Latest Google Antitrust Fine

    Europe’s antitrust enforcer hit Google with another massive fine on Wednesday, this time a €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) levy over the licensing practices for its Android mobile operating system, nearly double one issued last year for favoring its own comparison shopping site in search results. Here, Law360 takes a look at the latest fine and what it could mean for Google.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Of IP In The Crypto Bubble

    Aaron Parker

    Crypto markets experienced a sharp downturn in the first half of 2018. But strategically positioned blockchain-related patent and trademark rights can help keep a company financially and technologically relevant through even turbulent times, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • How Courts Are Analyzing Copyright Protection For Software

    Mark Moore

    Two recent copyright decisions reflect a challenge for companies seeking to protect their software — courts' highly nuanced examinations of the functionality and structure of the software at issue in determining whether copyright protection is warranted, says ​​​​​​​Mark Moore of Reavis Page Jump LLP.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Del. Ruling Offers Trade Secret Reminders For Startups

    Josh Fowkes

    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent decision in Alarm.com v. ABS highlights the tension an emerging company often faces with its potential outside investors over its trade secrets, say Josh Fowkes and Brandi Howard of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Prepare For New Claim Construction Standard At PTAB

    Matt Kamps

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's proposed rule changing claim construction in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is likely to be adopted in some form. In view of the 300 comments submitted over the last two months, we have a few predictions and some questions, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.