• March 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Delivers Relief, But Not Clarity, With TCPA Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday eased some of the exposure that companies have faced since the Federal Communications Commission expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2015, but the resulting lack of bright lines for liability ensures that the crush of legal fights under the statute are far from over, attorneys say.

  • March 16, 2018

    Alleged Ponzi Promoters Can't Nix $340M SEC Suit In Mass.

    A Massachusetts federal judge denied bids by two alleged former promoters of TelexFree LLC to escape a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit on Friday, saying the government had identified specific statements both had made to members of the state’s Dominican community urging them to invest in a company authorities have called a $340 million pyramid scheme.

  • March 16, 2018

    'Unicorn' Zscaler Surges After Pricing Upsized $192M IPO

    Shares of cybersecurity startup Zscaler Inc. more than doubled in a sizzling debut on Friday, one day after the technology “unicorn” priced an upsized $192 million initial public offering above its projected range, representing the largest of four IPOs during the week of March 12.

  • March 16, 2018

    Tribal Groups Blast FCC Plan To Ease Wireless Buildout

    Two tribal groups hinted at potential legal action in comments filed Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission that blasted its proposal to roll back environmental and historic site reviews for small wireless infrastructure deployment in the race to roll out 5G services.

  • March 16, 2018

    Optical Co. Says Ex-Biz Partner's IP Suit Too Late

    A Japanese optical manufacturer on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to toss a suit filed by a startup claiming its onetime partner was responsible for a loss in business after it patented technology they both developed, claiming the statute of limitations had run out and the complaint is based on hearsay.

  • March 16, 2018

    Kodak Patent Owner Sues DJI, Hasselblad Over Photo Tech

    Monument Peak Ventures LLC, a Texas subsidiary of Dominion Harbor Enterprises that claims to own more than 1,000 Kodak patents, sued drone-maker DJI Technology Inc. and camera manufacturer Hasselblad Inc. Friday in California federal court, accusing them of refusing to correctly license imaging patents used in their products.

  • March 16, 2018

    Vehicle Safety, 5G Futures Hinge On DOT, FCC Moves: Panel

    A leaderless Department of Transportation's indecision on the future of a vehicle safety regulation has left not only carmakers but the wireless industry and Federal Communications Commission in limbo, some on a panel hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute suggested Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Microsoft Wants Corel To Pay Attys Fees For $278K IP Verdict

    Microsoft has asked a California federal court to add its attorneys' fees to the $278,000 verdict it scored against Corel last month for infringing patents related to its Office software, in a move that could add substantially to the relatively milquetoast judgment.

  • March 16, 2018

    Morningstar, Prudential Flee RICO Claim Over Robo-Adviser

    Morningstar Inc. and two Prudential Financial Inc. retirement-focused subsidiaries escaped a racketeering suit claiming the three colluded to steer investors toward high-cost investment options with a robo-adviser, after an Illinois federal judge Friday said a plan participant who is lobbing those claims failed to allege that the companies were running an unlawful enterprise.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ga. Plant Owners Seek Return Of Cash From Westinghouse

    Georgia Power, co-owner of a nuclear power project whose fate has been intertwined with Westinghouse’s bankruptcy, told a New York bankruptcy court on Thursday that proposed Westinghouse reorganization plan language should be revised to reflect that the plant’s owners have dibs on up to $57.5 million sitting in a bank account.

  • March 16, 2018

    Consumer Drops Morton Williams ADA Row After Inking Deal

    A consumer on Thursday dropped her New York federal suit claiming that supermarket chain Morton Williams violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make its website accessible to blind or visually impaired users, after counsel for both sides said they had reached a confidential settlement.

  • March 16, 2018

    Calif. Man Admits To $6.8M Investment Fraud Scams

    A purported California entrepreneur has admitted to bilking investors out of $6.8 million by falsely claiming that three different companies he controlled were developing technology that could dramatically increase gas mileage for any car, working on anti-counterfeiting technology and coming up with a method to convert used tires into oil.

  • March 16, 2018

    Robins Kaplan Adds Ex-Kasowitz Benson IP Pro In Calif.

    Robins Kaplan LLP has hired the former managing partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP’s Silicon Valley office, a seasoned intellectual property attorney who represents clients in industries including high tech, pharmaceutical and telecommunications, the firm announced Thursday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Investors Push To Consolidate Intel Stock-Drop Suits

    A pension fund pushed to consolidate and then lead two proposed class actions alleging Intel Corp. knew but failed to disclose the existence of two security flaws that sent its stock crashing, telling a California federal court Thursday that the disputes are identical and the fund has suffered the greater damages.

  • March 16, 2018

    4 Firms To Steer IPOs Totaling $850M Led By Dropbox

    Four firms are guiding three companies planning initial public offerings projected to raise about $850 million during the week of March 19, led by an estimated $612 million offering by file-storage giant Dropbox Inc., the year's largest technology IPO to date.

  • March 16, 2018

    Former PLX CFO Won't Be Compelled To Testify At Del. Trial

    A former executive of PLX Technology Inc. will not be compelled to testify at an upcoming trial over the company’s 2015 sale after a Delaware state court judge determined he didn’t have the jurisdiction to require the executive’s appearance.

  • March 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Hulu Picks Fight With Tech Startup 'Humu'

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hulu takes exception to the name of a tech startup founded by a former Google exec, a pet store named "Frodo" faces a "Lord of the Rings" battle, and Kobe Bryant springs into action to defend his "Black Mamba" nickname.

  • March 16, 2018

    Disney Deal Gets Autodesk Out Of Animation Patent Suit

    A California federal judge said Thursday that software giant Autodesk Inc. did not infringe designer Joseph Alter’s patent on technology for animating hair and fur by incorporating it into the company’s Maya animation program, finding Alter agreed not to sue Autodesk in a previous settlement with Disney.

  • March 16, 2018

    Phone Co. CEO Accused Of Encrypting Devices For Cartels

    The CEO of a company that made smartphones supposedly impervious to decryption was indicted Thursday and accused of helping drug traffickers escape detection, marking the first time the U.S. says it has pursued a business accused of intentionally providing tech tools to foil law enforcement.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Export Control Reform Act Would Impact Companies

    Mario Mancuso

    Last month, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, which could have a significant impact on restricting access to U.S. technology, even within the U.S. Companies should be aware that the act would increase compliance complexity and heighten enforcement risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Venmo: The Battle Between App Usability And Compliance

    Jason Sarfati

    Venmo’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy concerns should serve as a cautionary tale for all software and application development companies that are seeking to create innovative and user-friendly products, says Jason Sarfati of Joseph Greenwald & Laake PA.

  • An Update On The Blockchain Patent Landscape

    Nelson Rosario

    What is perhaps more interesting than the number of blockchain-related patent filings, or their subject matter, is the number of assignees for these patents, says Nelson Rosario of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • Section 101 Decisions Clarify 'Clear And Convincing Evidence'

    Rob Shaffer

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, many practitioners have been confused about whether the presumption of validity and proof by clear and convincing evidence still apply when a patent has been challenged under Section 101, particularly at the pleadings stage. In three recent decisions, the Federal Circuit has provided guidance, say Rob Shaffer and Scott Allen of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Insurtech Is The Next Frontier For Texas Insurance

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Texas has shown strong interest in investing in insurtech startup companies, and insurers would be wise to implement insurtech innovations before being left in the dust. Though some view insurtech as a threat, it appears to be here to stay and will supply insurers with a wealth of information, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss of Zelle LLP.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Will UN Electric Vehicle Regs Live Up To Billing?

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Are Works Generated By AI Subject To IP Protection?

    Jason Bloom

    As businesses invest more heavily in AI, they will increasingly turn to intellectual property law to protect their investments. However, many questions currently exist regarding whether AI-generated work can be protected, and who is liable when AI generates infringing work, say Jason Bloom and Stephanie Sivinski of Haynes and Boone LLP.