Technology

  • August 18, 2017

    FTC’s Deal With Uber Shows It Won’t Let Up On Data Security

    A settlement imposed Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission against Uber for failing to deliver on its data-security promises signals the agency is intent on enforcing consumer information safeguards in spite of statements the acting chairman made after her appointment by the Trump administration, attorneys say.

  • August 18, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Avvo, Patents And PACER

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six major recent developments in legal tech.

  • August 18, 2017

    Uber's Kalanick Invokes Arbitration In Board Seat Lawsuit

    Uber Technologies Inc. founder Travis Kalanick on Friday moved to trump a Benchmark Capital Partners LP Delaware lawsuit seeking to oust him from the company’s board, declaring in a bitterly worded motion and brief that disputes over board voting must go to arbitration.

  • August 18, 2017

    Fed Circ. Asked To Revive IBM Web Patent Infringement Suit

    The owner of a pair of patents involving web page loading asked the Federal Circuit on Thursday to reverse a ruling granting a win to IBM on claims it infringed the patents, saying the district court ran afoul of Federal Circuit precedent and that the ruling should be reversed.

  • August 18, 2017

    US Trustee Slams Payments To Ybrant's Bankruptcy Counsel

    The U.S. trustee’s office told a New York bankruptcy court Thursday that counsel for Ybrant Digital, which filed for Chapter 11 after getting hit with a $37 million arbitration award in a dispute with a South Korean technology company, should return fees that were purportedly received from unauthorized Ybrant subsidiaries.

  • August 18, 2017

    Uber Can’t Use Ex-Exec’s Doc Theft Admission At Waymo Trial

    After receiving a flurry of letters from all sides, U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Friday upheld a finding that attorney-client privilege blocked testimony alleging former Uber self-driving car head Anthony Levandowski admitted to an Uber attorney he’d stolen documents from his previous employer, Waymo.

  • August 18, 2017

    Trump Should Use WTO To Push China On IP, Ex-Official Says

    Although the Trump administration has had harsh words for the World Trade Organization’s dispute system in the past, it should strongly consider using that mechanism to build a case against China’s tech sector intellectual property regime, former WTO Appellate Body Chairman James Bacchus told Law360.

  • August 18, 2017

    Intel Settles Patent Row That Future Link Valued At $10B

    Intel Corp. settled claims from Future Link Systems LLC that it was owed $10 billion in damages for the infringement of 15 patents used in a variety of products including network architecture, cellphones and gaming platforms, according to a recent joint dismissal request in Delaware federal court.

  • August 18, 2017

    Westinghouse Liable For Project Shutdown Costs, Co. Says

    A subcontractor of bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Co. asked a New York bankruptcy court Thursday to ensure it will be paid the more than $2 million it says it will need to wind down its work at a canceled South Carolina nuclear power project.

  • August 18, 2017

    USTR Triggers Formal Investigation Of Chinese IP Regime

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer launched a full-fledged investigation of China’s intellectual property practices Friday, focusing on a slew of Beijing’s policies that purportedly force tech companies to hand over sensitive data and secrets in order to do business there.

  • August 18, 2017

    Google Must Turn Over Foreign Server Data, Pa. Judge Affirms

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday backed a magistrate judge’s order that Google must comply with two search warrants and turn over data stored on overseas servers, deepening a break with the Second Circuit, which reached the opposite conclusion in a case over data Microsoft stored outside of the country.

  • August 18, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Fiat Chrysler, Air Berlin

    AT&T is mulling a sale of its nearly $1 billion Digital Life home security business, multiple Chinese companies have refuted media speculation that they are interested in buying Fiat Chrysler, and recently bankrupt Air Berlin could be acquired by INTRO-Verwaltungs.

  • August 18, 2017

    RadioShack Files E-Commerce-Focused Restructuring Plan

    RadioShack filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement late Thursday in Delaware that would reorganize the bankrupt electronics retailer's debt structure and shift its operational focus to its e-commerce assets.

  • August 18, 2017

    Accused Fraudsters Deny BofA Insider Trading Scheme

    Two tutoring company executives, a union official and a software engineer on Friday denied their roles in a $5 million insider trading scheme, in which a former Bank of America vice president is accused of doling out confidential merger information he obtained from the bank.

  • August 17, 2017

    4th Circ. Won't Revive HR Worker's DOD Contractor Bias Row

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday shut down a human resources director’s retaliation and sex discrimination case against government contractor Sciences and Engineering Services LLC, finding she hadn’t proven she was fired for trying to end discriminatory practices at the company.

  • August 17, 2017

    Apple Says Drivers, Not Phones, Cause Texting Crashes

    Apple urged a California state judge Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging it puts profits over public safety by not installing lockout devices on iPhones that prevent texting while driving, saying courts have consistently held that distracted drivers are responsible for accidents, not phone manufacturers.

  • August 17, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Asked To Nix Sony En Banc Bid In Headset IP Suit

    The owner of two wireless headphone patents on Wednesday asked the Federal Circuit to deny a request by Sony Corp. and other alleged infringers for an en banc hearing of the patents' revival, arguing the companies failed to prove indefiniteness under a 2014 Supreme Court standard.

  • August 17, 2017

    Facebook-Google $122M Scam Suspect Extradited

    A Lithuanian man accused of scamming Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. out of more than $122 million pled not guilty at his arraignment in a New York federal court on Thursday, a day after he was extradited from Lithuania and five months after he was arrested there on a provisional warrant.

  • August 17, 2017

    OMB Lays Out R&D Priorities For 2019 Agency Spending

    The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to executive agencies Thursday outlining the administration’s research and development priorities for fiscal year 2019, naming “military superiority,” security, “American prosperity,” “energy dominance” and health care as areas of “special focus” for agencies as they craft their budget submissions.

  • August 17, 2017

    GAO Denies Jacobs Tech Protest Of $208M Air Force Award

    The Government Accountability Office has rejected a bid protest from Jacobs Technology Inc. over a $208 million research and operations services contract for a West Coast Air Force base, saying the service branch was not prohibited from changing the standards of the bid solicitation after Jacobs' previous successful challenge of the contract award.

Expert Analysis

  • Weakening The CDA Would Have Unintended Consequences

    Charles Harris

    Recent legislative efforts to amend the Communications Decency Act and remove Section 230 protection from websites that facilitate sex trafficking are commendable, but the vague language in the proposed legislation could open the door for the plaintiffs’ bar to file vexatious lawsuits against even law-abiding websites, says Charles Harris of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • How Patent Pools Help Cos. Avoid Infringement Litigation

    William Van Curen

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in TC Heartland could reduce the number of patent infringement suits filed by patent trolls, patent pools of all types will remain viable vehicles for reducing patent litigation risk, says William Van Curen of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Is The Hutchins Indictment Over Malware Unconstitutional?

    Alex Berengaut

    ​In a dramatic turn of events, the British security researcher who stopped the WannaCry malware attack has been indicted in the U.S. for creating and selling the Kronos malware. But it is an open question whether the indictment fails to allege a sufficient nexus between Marcus Hutchins and the U.S. for purposes of the Fifth Amendment, says Alex Berengaut of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Why ITC Is Increasingly Attractive For Patent Holders

    Ajay Mago

    U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past 15 years are limiting patent holders’ rights, and the recent TC Heartland and Lexmark decisions seem to hew to that direction. The legal community is learning that the U.S. International Trade Commission offers patent holders significant advantages compared to federal court, say Ajay Mago and Scott Anderson of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • The Internet Of Things: A Tangled Web Of Evidentiary Issues

    George Gasper

    In recent months, news stories have highlighted the increasingly prominent role electronic devices like Fitbit, Amazon Echo and Google Home are playing in litigation and courtrooms across the country. As electronic devices drive the legal landscape's evolution, attorneys need to be well-versed in issues related to the internet of things and data privacy and security, say George Gasper and Stephanie Courter of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • How To Get A Survey In A Patent Case Kicked Before Trial

    Brooke Myers Wallace

    The Northern District of California, in Unwired Planet v. Apple, recently excluded a survey for failing to accurately target the patented invention. The case underscores an effective, though perhaps overlooked, way to attack the use of surveys in patent damages opinions, says Brooke Myers Wallace of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • A Changing Tide For Venture Financing Deal Terms

    David Sorin

    Most of the prevailing core legal terms in seed- and early-stage venture capital transactions have remained relatively stable throughout the current decade. As we survey the most recent transactions, however, we are seeing some evidence that investor conservatism and increased discipline are finding their way into deal terms, say David Sorin and Herbert Moore Jr. of McCarter & English LLP.

  • 4 Cases That Could Affect Gov't Contracts For Tech

    Kristen Ittig

    The intersection of federal procurement and intellectual property law is a strange place, occupied by far more questions than answers. It is unusual that the past few months have brought so many decisions relevant to this area of law, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.