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Technology

  • June 22, 2018

    High Court Ruling May Spur Broader Location Privacy Limits

    The U.S. Supreme Court's split ruling Friday that historical cellphone location records are entitled to heightened privacy protections not only deals a major blow to law enforcement, but could also jeopardize the way private companies such as Google and Facebook currently use and share sensitive information by giving ammunition to courtroom challenges and policy efforts to rein in these practices, attorneys say.

  • June 22, 2018

    Beats' $109M Headphone Royalties Row Goes To Jury

    A Los Angeles jury began deliberations Friday afternoon to decide whether Beats Electronics LLC co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine owe $109 million in headphone-sale royalties to a businessman who claims he handed them the now-iconic product "on a silver platter" over a decade ago.

  • June 22, 2018

    Texas 'Black Hat' Gets 8 More Years In Prison For Retaliation

    A Texas federal judge has sent a man already convicted of threatening to extort a business investment firm through the internet back to prison for eight years for targeting the same company again with negative online reviews designed to harm its reputation.

  • June 22, 2018

    14 Firms To Steer IPOs Surpassing $2.5B To Close Busy June

    Fourteen firms will steer 12 initial public offerings that could surpass $2.5 billion in proceeds during the coming week, representing notable companies like private equity-backed BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. and several life science, technology and e-commerce issuers, potentially closing the busiest month for IPOs in three years.

  • June 22, 2018

    Health Care Cos. Raise $228M To Cap 10-IPO Week

    Cancer-focused biotechnology firm Autolus Therapeutics PLC and medical technology company Electrocore LLC made strong debuts in public markets on Friday after raising $228 million through initial public offerings, concluding a 10-IPO week dominated by the biotechnology sector.

  • June 22, 2018

    IPhone Chip Deal Loss Would Kill Intel 5G Plans, Atty Says

    Intel would likely ditch high-priority efforts to develop next-generation wireless technology if it were to lose a contract to supply mobile chips for the iPhone, even for only a year, a senior tech attorney for the company said Friday at an International Trade Commission patent case over Apple’s Intel-equipped handsets.

  • June 22, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a group of shippers bring a commercial fraud claim against the Bank of Scotland, the head of a Syrian laminate group sue United Insurance, and a dispute involving RBS and the failed Caterham Formula One Team. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 22, 2018

    PTAB Breaks Own Rule With Short Analysis, Security Co. Says

    A cybersecurity firm looking to fend off a challenge to one of its semiconductor patents said Thursday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board violates its own rules each time it agrees to review a patent without looking at every claim and argument.

  • June 22, 2018

    Ford Buyers Drop $50M Deal After Judge Raises Concerns

    A class of consumers alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens told a California federal judge Thursday that they have withdrawn from a settlement agreement with the automaker, which, they’d previously told a judge who was skeptical of the deal, could have been worth $50 million.

  • June 22, 2018

    Gov't Contractors Lacking In Email Spoof Defense, Study Says

    Nearly all of the top 100 federal government contractors are still vulnerable to email impersonation attacks because they have not fully implemented a form of email security that guards against phishing, a new study has found.

  • June 22, 2018

    Orrick Lures Cadwalader Antitrust M&A Partner In DC

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced the hiring Thursday of new partner Amy W. Ray, a tech-focused antitrust attorney from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP who’s worked on the competition angle for tens of billions of dollars’ worth of mergers, helping secure regulatory clearance for three massive Microsoft acquisitions.

  • June 22, 2018

    Feds Need Warrant For Cell Location Data, High Court Says

    A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the federal government generally needs a warrant to access historical cellphone location records, finding that the data deserves more stringent protection than other customer information held by service providers.

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Man Accused Of Smuggling Submarine Tech

    A Chinese man who is a lawful permanent resident of Massachusetts was accused on Thursday of illegally exporting submarine detection equipment for a Chinese military research institute that has been flagged by the U.S. Department of Commerce for national security concerns.

  • June 21, 2018

    Gov't Looking At 'Dynamic Sharing' Of Spectrum Bands

    The task of repurposing valuable spectrum bands to accommodate new users and technologies will increasingly invade airwaves long blocked off for one purpose, signaling a shift in the way users must think about spectrum territories, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration told industry members Thursday afternoon.

  • June 21, 2018

    Jones Day Scores IP Tech Pro From McDermott In Chicago

    Jones Day has hired an intellectual property attorney from McDermott Will and Emery LLP for its Chicago office who brings significant experience handling high-stakes, technology-driven litigation, particularly patent cases, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Espionage Group Hitting US Telecoms, Defense Cos.

    Chinese hackers are targeting satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the U.S. and Southeast Asia in an apparent espionage campaign designed to intercept sensitive military and civilian communications, cybersecurity firm Symantec Corp. warned.

  • June 21, 2018

    Fraud, Contract Suit Over $110M Tech Co. Sale Dismissed

    A company that paid $110 million to acquire multinational software firm Symbio SA had its case against the sellers dismissed on Thursday, with a New York state judge saying the buyer's claim that the sellers had fudged Symbio's profits and taxes wasn't enough for the case to advance.

  • June 21, 2018

    Congress Not Off The Hook With High Court's Sales Tax Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing states to collect tax from online and other remote retailers will inevitably lead to disparate tax policies and new risks for small businesses unless Congress steps in to enact uniformity and protections.

  • June 21, 2018

    Apple Ramps Up IP War With Qualcomm In New IPR Filings

    Apple Inc. filed multiple inter partes review petitions at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board this week challenging the validity of three Qualcomm Inc. patents, which the chipmaker has accused the tech giant of infringing, ramping up their sprawling intellectual property battle.

  • June 21, 2018

    Google Urged To Drop Huawei Collab Over Security Concerns

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has asked Google to rethink its relationship with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which some American intelligence officials have flagged as a national security threat.

Expert Analysis

  • Energy Storage: Are We There Yet?

    Paul Kraske

    2018 has proven to be a turning point for energy storage in the U.S. Affordable, reliable batteries, ambitious state capacity goals and a major policy shift from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have created an ideal environment for energy storage to grow at a fast rate, say Paul Kraske and Zahir Rahman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • When Will The ITC Honor A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity?

    Bryan J. Vogel

    As a general rule, the U.S. International Trade Commission has given little to no deference to Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. However, recent decisions seem to throw a wrinkle into this lack of deference, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mid-2018 Sanctions Review: A Turbulent Year So Far

    Ama Adams

    No superlative could aptly describe the magnitude of U.S. sanctions developments through the first six months of 2018. The pace of change has been so intense and complex that, understandably, even the most sophisticated international companies and investors have been challenged to respond to policy and regulatory developments, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Tips For Keeping FDA Advisory Action Letters Out Of Court

    Jaime Davis

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration often gives drug and device manufacturers notice of perceived violations by sending advisory action letters. Plaintiffs counsel may seek to admit such letters in litigation, but there are multiple ways defendants can try to keep juries from seeing them, say Jaime Davis and Caitlyn Ozier of King & Spalding LLP. 

  • 2 Avenues Of Insurance Coverage For Cryptocurrency Theft

    Fiona Chaney

    This month, cryptocurrency exchange Conrail reported that hackers stole $37 million of its virtual currency, marking the second high-profile cryptocurrency theft this year. In order to maximize potential recovery, companies should carefully review both their commercial crime and cyber policies before a theft or other loss occurs, says Fiona Chaney of Pasich LLP.

  • Defenses Remain For Companies In Calif. Call Recording Suits

    Joshua Briones

    Many defendants settle California Invasion of Privacy Act cases out of fear that courts will find violations even where no confidential information is recorded and where no one is harmed. But several decisions in the first half of 2018 provide these defendants with additional strategies, say Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Policy Is Changing For Technology Transfers

    Kevin O'Brien

    The Trump administration and Congress are tightening investment restrictions and export controls to address technology transfer concerns. These measures initially focus on China, but will have broader effects on investments in the United States and transfers of emerging technologies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.