Technology

  • April 28, 2017

    NSA To Stop Collecting Emails About Foreign Targets

    The National Security Agency is halting a controversial surveillance method that had allowed it to scoop up internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target, including messages from Americans who aren’t under investigation, the agency said Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    ISPs Say Internet Will Remain Open After FCC Regs Rollback

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that he wants to open a probe regarding broadband’s classification as a Title II common carrier has drawn the applause of internet service providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, and the ire of internet trade groups this week.

  • April 28, 2017

    FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Sets Up Repeal Without Replace

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to undo the reclassification of broadband as a utility leaves open-ended how, or if, the FCC will continue to compel broadband providers to follow net neutrality principles, experts say, with some questioning Pai’s desire to set rules of the road.

  • April 28, 2017

    6 Cos. Price IPOs Totaling $1B To Conclude Flurry Of Deals

    Six companies raised nearly $1 billion from initial public offerings late Thursday in a blitz of deals capping a busy week, including technology “unicorn” Cloudera Inc., which raised $225 million after pricing above range and promptly saw its shares rally in debut trading Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Qualcomm Rips Apple For Unpaid Contractors In Royalty Row

    Apple Inc. ratcheted up an escalating royalties dispute with Qualcomm Inc. when it decided to withhold payments to contract manufacturers who owe royalties to the chipmaker under their licenses for sales ending March 31, Qualcomm huffed in a statement on Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For Nintendo On Image Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday agreed to free Nintendo from infringement claims over an image processing patent invalidated under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard, ruling the company asserting the technology for encoding and decoding information had been beaten to the punch by the legendary Paul Revere.

  • April 28, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Paytm, M1, BASF

    Indian mobile payment platform Paytm has received a $1.87 billion investment from SoftBank, multiple suitors have placed bids for Singaporean wireless operator M1 and BASF will not pursue an acquisition of Akzo Nobel's chemical business.

  • April 28, 2017

    Lily Robotics Seeks Bidders After Asset Sale Plan Approved

    Flying drone camera maker Lily Robotics Inc. is in the market for a stalking horse bidder after receiving court approval Friday in Delaware for the sale plan the company previously proposed for its assets, mainly consisting of intellectual property.

  • April 28, 2017

    Microsoft Snags Ex-FTC Commish Brill From Hogan Lovells

    Julie Brill, who left her post at the Federal Trade Commission last year to co-lead the privacy and cybersecurity group at Hogan Lovells, is exiting the law firm to take the reins of the privacy and regulatory affairs group at Microsoft, the company announced Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    8th Circ. Affirms $60M Symantec Deal Over Objections

    The Eighth Circuit upheld the approval of a $60 million settlement resolving class claims that Symantec Corp. and an e-commerce services provider duped customers into buying an unnecessary add-on to Norton security software, holding in a published opinion Friday that challenges raised by two objectors weren’t persuasive.

  • April 28, 2017

    Gilstrap Properly Denied LED Sales Ban, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Friday refused to undo U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s ruling that found a Nichia Corp. rival infringed LED semiconductor patents but denied the patent owner a permanent sales injunction, saying he properly considered potential harm to the company.

  • April 28, 2017

    Brand Battles: Google, Instagram, Bayer, 'Mad Men'

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Google responds to threats of litigation with a cancellation proceeding against what it says is a generic cloud computing term, Instagram faces a hurdle to registering its new neon logo, Bayer says its rights to "Claritin" are nothing to sneeze at, and Lions Gate takes action over a "Mad Men" barbershop.

  • April 28, 2017

    Google, Facebook Say They Paid Email Scammer $100M

    Facebook and Google have confirmed that they were the companies allegedly defrauded out of $100 million by a Lithuanian man facing criminal charges for posing as a major hardware manufacturer and tricking the companies into wiring money to his bank account.

  • April 28, 2017

    Facebook Can Take Birthday Text Class Action To 9th Circ.

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Facebook could appeal his rejection of its motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging its text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, over the opposition of both the proposed class and the government.

  • April 28, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Thor, Samar Hospitality, Snap

    Thor Equities is reportedly trying to get out of a $42.5 million contract to buy a New York rental building, Samar Hospitality is said to have scored a $24 million loan for a Florida hotel project, and Snap Inc. is reportedly taking an additional 26,000 square feet of space from real estate investment trust Columbia Property in New York.

  • April 28, 2017

    OCC Chief Says Fintech Charter Fight May Stifle Innovation

    U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry on Friday defended his agency’s proposal to grant special banking charters to financial technology firms, and said that critics of the move could be putting consumers at risk by not adapting to changes in the financial services industry.

  • April 28, 2017

    2 UAE Men Seek To Halt Cerner's Collection Of $62M Award

    A United Arab Emirates businessman and his son asked a Massachusetts federal court Thursday to stay proceedings brought by health records giant Cerner Corp. to confirm a $62 million arbitration award over a billing dispute, saying they haven’t been properly served.

  • April 28, 2017

    Health Hires: 8 Firms Add Health, Life Sciences Experts

    The last few weeks have seen Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Fox Rothschild LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Nossaman LLP, Polsinelli PC and Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC expand their expertise in the health and life sciences worlds.

  • April 28, 2017

    ABA Sections Urge EU To Avoid New Data Access Regs

    The American Bar Association's international and antitrust sections have weighed in on a public request from the European Union's executive arm to discuss data economy growth throughout the bloc, urging the commission to shy away from policies that may stifle competition and innovation.

  • April 28, 2017

    Tech Co. Dodges Stock Drop Case, But Investors Get 2nd Try

    A California federal judge dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action Thursday against Extreme Networks Inc. but gave the suing investors a chance to strengthen their case, saying all the suspect statements the shareholders raised were either too vague or not actually false.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    When we think of a collusive agreement between competitors, we usually think of an act of directly fixing prices or output. But just sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.

  • Series

    10 Years Of KSR: The Evolution Of 'Common Sense'

    Karen McDaniel

    In KSR, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed lower courts to cast a broad net when considering patent obviousness, and condemned “rigid, preventative rules that deny factfinders recourse to common sense.” But just what is common sense, legally? In the decade since the decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the courts all have wrestled with this question, say Karen McDaniel and Lisa Colbur... (continued)

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Florida 'Black Box' Ruling: Game Changer For Vehicle Tech

    Tina Sciocchetti

    A split panel of a Florida state appellate court has held that police need a warrant to search a vehicle’s electronic data recorder or “black box” absent exigent circumstances. The ruling in Florida v. Worsham demonstrates that the constitutional, legislative and regulatory privacy protections afforded data-capturing vehicle technologies are expanding rapidly, say Tina Sciochetti and Charles Dell'Anno of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time For High Court To Clarify Presumption Of Patent Validity

    Charles Macedo

    Courts continue to invalidate patents under Section 101 without adhering to the presumption of validity standard mandated by Congress in Section 282 and the U.S. Supreme Court in i4i. The Supreme Court can set the record straight in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Uber: The Turning Of The Tide

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber Technologies may have reached the end of its worldwide efforts to dominate transportation markets with its popular ride-hailing app. Although Uber has met opposition in the past in both the marketplace and in court, particularly in California, new developments in China and in New York City may be bringing Uber’s nearly unstoppable advance to a halt, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.