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Technology

  • June 22, 2018

    BREAKING: 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.

  • June 21, 2018

    Beats’ Expert Disputes $107M Figure In Royalties Row

    A damages expert for Beats Electronics LLC told a California jury Thursday that, if it agrees with an entrepreneur’s interpretation of a 2007 agreement he made with Beats' co-founders, then he is owed about $15 million in additional royalties for his work on the company's headphones — not the $107 million he claims.

  • June 21, 2018

    PTAB Nixes Parts Of 2 IV Computer Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday invalidated parts of two Intellectual Ventures patents related to virtual data storage that Lenovo and other companies have been accused of infringing.

  • June 21, 2018

    1st Circ. Upholds Discovery Bid Nix In Gene-Editing IP Row

    The First Circuit has affirmed a Massachusetts federal judge’s decision to deny a patent agency’s bid for discovery into an MIT lab’s European patents for genome-editing technology, saying that the court correctly found that the agent failed to prove the European patent office’s need for its assistance.

  • June 21, 2018

    FCC July Meeting Agenda To Include C-Band, Kid Video

    The Federal Communications Commission will take up several anticipated items at its July 12 open meeting, including probing flexible use of the so-called C-Band spectrum and a promised review of rules covering children’s broadcast programming.

  • June 21, 2018

    Sharper Image Defends Right To Petition PTAB At Fed. Circ.

    A patent licensing agreement between Sharper Image and a virtual reality company doesn’t bar Patent Trial and Appeal Board challenges, as it only limits litigation tied to interpreting the contract, the retailer told the Federal Circuit in a brief made public Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Ga. Atty Beats Defamation Suit Over Snapchat Accident Row

    A Georgia state appellate court on Thursday shut down a defamation lawsuit against an attorney representing a man injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a driver using Snapchat's "speed filter," saying public statements made by the lawyer were protected and based on the best information he had at the time.

  • June 21, 2018

    Firefighters Didn't Vet Defective Siren Claims: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit has affirmed attorneys’ fees awarded to a siren maker sued by firefighters who claim they suffered hearing loss, ruling in a precedential decision that the firefighters’ failure to thoroughly vet the claims led to substantial legal costs before the case was dropped for good.

  • June 21, 2018

    Rubio Pushes Tough Line On Chinese Tariffs, Tech Sanctions

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded recently announced tariffs on Chinese imports Thursday while slamming the Trump administration’s reversal on a decision to lock telecommunications company ZTE out of the U.S., saying firm measures are needed to address intellectual property theft and national security threats posed by China.

  • June 21, 2018

    Iancu Vows To Give IP World Guidance On Patent Eligibility

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu reassured patent practitioners Thursday that more guidance is likely in the coming months on how to predictably determine patent eligibility in the wake of court decisions that he said have muddied those waters.

  • June 21, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Ex-Morgan Lewis Partner In NJ

    DLA Piper has added a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner to its corporate practice in New Jersey, where he’ll continue to represent buyers and sellers in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions in fields such as life sciences and technology.

  • June 21, 2018

    Kirkland, Sidley Guide PE Firm Siris’ $2B Internet Co. Buy

    Private equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire a provider of internet services and online marketing solutions in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, an offer that was guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.