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Technology

  • December 12, 2018

    FDA Explains Expectations For Drugmakers' Data Retention

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration answered drugmakers’ questions Wednesday about how to maintain data from drug tests and the manufacturing floor, following an uptick in violations of federal information retention standards.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nikon Says Zeiss, ASML 'Stretching' IP Claims Against It

    Nikon Corp. told a California federal jury during closing arguments Wednesday that lens maker Carl Zeiss and semiconductor maker ASML “overreached and exaggerated” allegations it infringed camera sensor patents and caused $23.9 million in damages, stressing that even one missing claim element means there is no infringement.

  • December 12, 2018

    No 'God-Given Right' To Discovery In Antitrust MDL, CDK Says

    CDK Global LLC stood by its refusal to comply with a second discovery request filed in the multidistrict litigation accusing it of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, telling an Illinois federal judge Tuesday that the competitors suing it don’t have a “God-given right” to unlimited discovery.

  • December 12, 2018

    Tokopedia Lands $1.1B E-Commerce Funding Round

    Indonesian technology company and e-commerce platform PT Tokopedia said on Wednesday that it has closed its latest funding round with $1.1 billion in commitments that it plans to use to increase technology and infrastructure to help grow local businesses.

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and esports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    2nd Circ. Agrees Xerox Worker's Benefits Claim Was Too Late

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday handed a win to a Xerox benefit plan in a retiree’s suit claiming that a “phantom” deduction unlawfully cut into his pension benefits, finding he brought a benefits denial claim too late. 

  • December 12, 2018

    GOP Sen. Says He May Allow FCC Nominee Vote Soon

    The hurdle blocking the confirmation of two Federal Communications Commission nominees could be removed by the end of the year.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC Votes 3-1 To Label Texts As Information Service

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to classify text messages as a Title I information service, a move that the agency’s Republican majority said will ward off a potential plethora of spam texts despite the lone Democratic commissioner’s warning that it will give companies censorship abilities.

  • December 12, 2018

    IP Challengers Needn’t Show All Arguments Will Win: PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Tuesday a patent challenger doesn’t need to show that each of its arguments will be successful in order for the board to institute America Invents Act review, refusing to back down from an approach it has sometimes taken following the U.S. Supreme Court’s SAS Institute ruling.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU-Japan Trade Pact Set To Take Effect In February

    The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect in February following its ratification by lawmakers Wednesday, effectively creating the largest free trade zone ever implemented by a regional trade accord.

  • December 12, 2018

    NY Pirate Radio Operator Arrested After FCC Tip

    A pirate radio operator in Westchester, New York, has been busted by local authorities working off a tip from the Federal Communications Commission, the agency announced Wednesday, marking a rare arrest in an enforcement arena that is usually limited to fines and seizures.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC OKs Media Ownership Review, Marketplace Assessment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday kicked off its periodic review of its local media ownership rules and released a first-of-its-kind report that outlines the state of the whole media industry, but the agency’s Republican majority took flak for allegedly still not capturing the whole picture.

  • December 12, 2018

    Google Tracking Class Actions Consolidated In Calif.

    Six proposed class actions accusing Google of tracking and storing users’ private location information even, in instances where consumers have opted out, have been consolidated in a California federal court.

  • December 12, 2018

    Sprint Wants In On Tribal Row Over FCC 5G Exemption Rule

    Sprint and a wireless industry trade group have petitioned to intervene in the Federal Communications Commission's dispute with tribes and environmentalists over its plan to accelerate the rollout of 5G infrastructure, saying small-cell fixtures should be exempt from certain environmental and historic regulatory reviews.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    Federal IT Acquisition Still Needs Improvement, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have improved their information technology acquisition and cybersecurity practices over time, they still have a distance to go to fully meet their statutory requirements and implement related recommendations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Uber Ran Rival Off Road With Fake Ride Requests, Suit Says

    A shuttered ride-hailing startup accused Uber in California federal court Tuesday of requesting rides and canceling them shortly before pickups in a scheme to push competitors out, saying it cost consumers “lower prices, higher quality, and more options.”

  • December 12, 2018

    Investor Seeks Halt Of $1.9B Apptio-Vista Deal For More Info

    An Apptio Inc. shareholder filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court on Tuesday seeking to halt the information technology company’s proposed $1.9 billion merger with Vista Equity Partners, claiming not enough information has been provided for investors to make an informed vote on the transaction.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nixon Peabody Snags Corporate Pro For San Francisco Office

    Nixon Peabody LLP has announced that it boosted its corporate practice in Northern California with a former Perkins Coie LLP attorney with experience in emerging growth companies, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, Warburg Pincus, Luckin Coffee

    Morgan Stanley will lead the IPO of Uber, which could value the ride-hailing giant at up to $120 billion, Warburg Pincus is launching a $1 billion joint venture that will invest in Chinese real estate, and China's Luckin Coffee has received a $200 million capital injection from private investors.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Which Class Action Question Will Justices Decide?

    Steve Carey

    In Frank v. Gaos, the U.S. Supreme Court may never address the issue of cy pres awards if it instead rules that none of the named plaintiffs had standing to bring the class action in the first place, says Steve Carey of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP​​​​​​​.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2018

    Ama Adams

    In 2018, the U.S. government strengthened sanctions targeting Iran, Russia and Venezuela, sanctioned an agency of the Chinese government and completed the second largest sanctions-related enforcement action on record. And the evidence suggests 2019 will be equally tumultuous, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Sanctions Screening Lessons From OFAC Cobham Settlement

    Roberto Gonzalez

    Last month, the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced a settlement with Cobham Holdings over shipments of goods to a Russian entity. The violations, apparently caused by deficient screening software, may signal heightened compliance expectations, say Roberto Gonzalez and Rachel Fiorill of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Proposed FDA Drug Software Rules Strict On Pharma Cos.

    Albert Cacozza

    If implemented, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed framework for regulating prescription drug-use-related software would likely mean that pharmaceutical companies will need to exert more control over certain software applications and be more involved in software update processes, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Speech May Leave SEP Implementers In Dire Straits

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    I suspect the true audience for the U.S. Department of Justice’s disavowal last week of a 2013 policy statement on standard-essential patents is not the courts but rather the U.S. International Trade Commission, whose discretion to pressure standard implementers to accept onerous licensing terms will be tested in the coming years, says University of Minnesota Law School professor Thomas Cotter.

  • Post-Teva Expert Disclosure Trends In 2 Patent-Rich Districts

    Ken Fung

    Local patent rules in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California don’t squarely address the issue of what must be disclosed during claim-construction discovery in order to rely on expert declarations. But thanks to the corpus of post-Teva decisions a clearer picture has emerged, says Ken Fung of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.