Technology

  • May 26, 2017

    Replying To Lawmakers, DHS Hints At H-1B Program Updates

    In response to an inquiry from lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a message released Friday that it’s planning to issue new rules and guidance related to the H-1B visa program, consistent with the president’s recent executive order on the issue.

  • May 26, 2017

    EU Agency, Semiconductor Cos. Seek IoT Privacy Standards

    The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security has joined several semiconductor makers in calling upon the European Commission to lay out baseline requirements for the privacy and cybersecurity of connected devices, saying the current lack of guidance is worrisome in light of the rise of the internet of things.

  • May 26, 2017

    NJ Can't Deny Deductions For Software Co.'s Licensing Deals

    A Texas-based software company scored a partial victory in its $7 million lawsuit over taxes and penalties sought by New Jersey when a judge ruled in a decision released Friday that it was unreasonable for the Garden State to deny deductions for software license payments the company made to its corporate parent.

  • May 26, 2017

    Sprint Denied New Trial In Middle Man Phone Reseller Suit

    Sprint lost its bid for a new trial in its dispute with a phone reseller accused of violating the mobile giant's contract terms, a federal judge ruled Friday, flatly denying Sprint’s request for a redo.

  • May 26, 2017

    Judge Reopens ParkerVision Patent Suit Against Apple, LG

    A Florida federal judge on Friday reopened wireless communications company ParkerVision Inc.'s smartphone patent dispute against Apple, LG and Qualcomm after the end of a related U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • May 26, 2017

    Ill. Bill Would Prohibit Attys From Profiting On Own Patents

    An Illinois state lawmaker has introduced a bill aiming to bar attorneys from receiving legal fees in association with litigation of patents that they themselves own in response to internet security company Cloudflare's recent allegations that the patent-holding company Blackbird Technologies engages in such practices.

  • May 26, 2017

    Google, DOL Fight Over Withheld Compensation Data

    Google and the U.S. Department of Labor duked it out Friday over whether the tech giant must hand over employee pay data related to the government’s look into Google’s equal opportunity program, with the DOL arguing in a California administrative hearing that Google isn’t “too big to comply” with its data requests.

  • May 26, 2017

    House GOP Tax Plan May Exact Foreign Toll On Offshore IP

    The House Republicans’ plan to exempt exports, but not imports, from taxation may encourage American businesses to bring their offshore operations and profits back home, but companies holding intellectual property overseas would risk severe tax penalties from foreign governments if they try it.

  • May 26, 2017

    Quick Action Denied On Pause To Yahoo Pay Vote Meeting

    A Yahoo Inc. investor was denied expedited handling Friday for a preliminary injunction motion in Delaware Chancery Court seeking to delay an executive pay vote at the company’s June 8 annual meeting if the company doesn’t meet a disclosure demand.

  • May 26, 2017

    Sports Biz Of Chinese Tech Co. Valued At $3.5B In Fundraise

    The sports division of Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has raised a round of funding that values it at 24 billion yuan ($3.5 billion), it said Friday, and the company has plans to form a committee that will assist with its strategic decisions.

  • May 26, 2017

    House Subcommittee Gains Ex-FCC Chief Counsel

    The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee has taken on a new chief counsel who previously served as chief of staff for Mike O’Rielly, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, the subcommittee announced on Friday.

  • May 26, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rule On Interest In Halo, Pulse IP Case

    The Federal Circuit on Friday dismissed an appeal from Pulse Electronics over a prejudgment interest award on a $1.5 million patent infringement verdict for Halo Electronics in a 10-year-old suit that last year led the U.S. Supreme Court to determine a new standard for enhanced damages.

  • May 26, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds IBM's Win Over Twin Peaks Software

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a California federal court’s ruling that a patent covering a virtual file system that Twin Peaks Software Inc. asserted against IBM Corp. is invalid as indefinite because it doesn’t disclose how to achieve the claimed results.

  • May 26, 2017

    BlackBerry Gets $940M Award In Qualcomm Licensing Row

    Canada-based BlackBerry Ltd. announced on Friday that chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to pay it $940 million to resolve all payments tied to an arbitration panel’s decision in a licensing dispute, which placed the interim award in favor of BlackBerry at nearly $815 million.

  • May 26, 2017

    Spirax-Sarco Pays $415M For PE-Backed Thermal Tech Co.

    U.K.-based Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC has agreed to pay $415 million to buy private equity-backed Chromalox Inc., a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-headquartered thermal technology company that provides temperature management and process heating solutions to a range of industrial markets, the companies said Friday.

  • May 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Socked With Investor Suit After Shares Dip 35%

    Investors in Qualcomm Inc. hit the semiconductor giant with a shareholder lawsuit in Delaware federal court Thursday, alleging its leadership dropped the ball by pushing hard-line policies that led to record-breaking antitrust fines and rushing a defective mobile chip to market that led to a major drop in sales.

  • May 25, 2017

    Sephora Settles Chinese Customer Account Deletion Row

    A California federal judge said Thursday he would grant final approval to a $950,000 settlement ending class action claims that retailer Sephora breached contracts and racially discriminated against customers when it deactivated thousands of accounts created with Chinese domain name email addresses because it thought they were created by bots.

  • May 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Can’t Delay Discovery In Chip Price-Fix Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused Qualcomm’s request to delay discovery in a putative antitrust class action alleging the chipmaker hurt indirect buyers by fixing the price of microchips used in cellphones, urging both sides to “get this party started now.”

  • May 25, 2017

    SRI Gets $32M Added To $24M Patent Trial Win Against Cisco

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday shut down Cisco’s efforts to nix a $24 million verdict won by SRI International in the companies’ dispute over network surveillance patents, and instead doubled the damages award and awarded SRI $8 million in attorneys' fees on top.

  • May 25, 2017

    TC Heartland Adds To Fed. Circ. Losing Streak At High Court

    In its blockbuster ruling this week restricting where patent infringement suits can be filed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another blow to the Federal Circuit in an ongoing battle over whether the court is reading too much into statutes and creating too many elaborate rules for patent law.

Expert Analysis

  • Covering New Fraud Risks With Traditional Policies: Part 2

    Mary Borja

    Because traditional policies that afford coverage for business email compromise losses tend to be rare, a number of carriers now offer policies tailored to these losses. Insureds seeking coverage for this risk should request a policy that specifically covers fraudulent instruction and social engineering losses, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP in the final part of this article.

  • Would Ellen Pao Still Lose Under New Calif. Fair Pay Act?

    Jacqueline Beaumont

    Ellen Pao’s 2015 gender discrimination and retaliation case against her then-employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was a solid loss for Pao under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. But would it end the same way if she was able to file her claim under California’s newly amended Fair Pay Act provisions? The answer is not so clear, says Jacqueline Beaumont of Call & Jensen.

  • Sharing Private Information Through 3rd-Party Suppliers

    Stewart Baker

    As businesses expand their sharing of cybersecurity information, they are increasingly relying on companies that make information sharing more efficient and practical. Turning information over to third parties usually brings company lawyers to the table, but careful planning can greatly reduce the related risks, says Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Countdown To GDPR Compliance: 1 Year To Go

    Heather Sussman

    The EU's sweeping General Data Protection Regulation will take effect on May 25, 2018. With so much on the line, data controllers and processors will want to take immediate action to prepare for enforcement. The first step is determining whether the GDPR applies to your organization, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.

  • The Next Steps For Biometrics Legislation Across The US

    Justin Kay

    This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on the Illinois law, as well as a new impetus in other states to pass similar laws, say Justin Kay and Brendan McHugh of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • A New Era For Software Patents In China

    Elizabeth Chien-Hale

    At a time when the U.S. is pulling back on the patentability of software inventions, China is moving in the opposite direction. Recent changes to Chinese guidelines expanded patentability of business method patents and enhanced claiming options for patents covering software inventions, says Elizabeth Chien-Hale of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • Covering New Fraud Risks With Traditional Policies: Part 1

    Mary Borja

    Targets of fraudulent wire instruction scams have found that whether insurance coverage is available is highly dependent on the precise language of their specific policies, but the cases that have been litigated to date show that more often than not, traditional policies do not cover these exposures, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.