Technology

  • October 17, 2017

    Winter Olympics, NASCAR Offer Glimpse Into 5G Future

    As the telecommunications industry lays the groundwork for the fifth-generation cell service network promising unparalleled speeds and the ability to support scores of connected devices, the 2018 Winter Olympics and NASCAR races are shaping up as notable testing grounds for the technology.

  • October 17, 2017

    OECD To Look At Short-Term Fixes For Taxing Digital Economy

    An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development project to develop new rules for taxing the digital economy will likely look at short-term solutions, although it may not be able to reach consensus, the organization's tax chief said.

  • October 17, 2017

    UK Wants To Subject More Mergers To Nat'l Security Review

    The British government wants to limit exceptions to national security reviews of would-be mergers under a proposal unveiled on Tuesday that would sharply narrow the financial thresholds of hookups in specific industries such as military and “dual-use" products subject to scrutiny and potential intervention.

  • October 17, 2017

    Property Database Patents Were Obvious, Fed. Circ. Affirms

    A Federal Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed an inter partes review decision finding that two patents covering a national database of real estate parcels were invalid as obvious in light of prior art after Boundary Solutions Inc. accused California-based CoreLogic Inc. of infringing them.

  • October 17, 2017

    BuzzFeed Argues To Keep 'Russian Dossier' Source Secret

    BuzzFeed told a Florida federal court Monday that a number of state and federal laws protect it from being compelled to reveal its source for a dossier alleging that Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump and that his companies helped target Democratic leaders’ computers.

  • October 17, 2017

    Siris To Pay $1B For Synchronoss Cloud Software Unit

    Siris Capital Group LLC said Tuesday that investment funds affiliated with the private equity firm have agreed to pay $1 billion to acquire all of the common stock of Synchronoss Technologies Inc.'s cloud software subsidiary.

  • October 17, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: GFP, Amazon, Freemont Capital

    GFP Real Estate has reportedly scored a $75 million loan for a New York office building, Amazon is said to be leasing six floors in downtown Seattle from private equity shop Starwood, and Freemont Capital has reportedly bought the former Death Row Records headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, for $17.5 million.

  • October 17, 2017

    High Court's Microsoft Take To Set Overseas Data Access Bar

    The U.S. Supreme Court in weighing the government's ability to access data stored overseas by Microsoft is likely to pick a clear winner in the battle over how far law enforcement can reach for data under the current law, experts say, although some are hoping that the move will prompt Congress to step in to quickly strike a better balance between privacy interests and law enforcement needs in a digital world.

  • October 17, 2017

    Emergency Messaging Patents Survive IBM Challenges At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday again refused to review five patents that EnvisionIT LLC accused the federal government’s emergency messaging system of infringing, finding that IBM Corp. had failed to demonstrate that the claims were likely invalid.

  • October 17, 2017

    ZwillGen Nabs Ex-DHS Cyber Pro From Hogan Lovells

    Technology and cybersecurity-focused law firm ZwillGen on Monday announced that it has brought on a former Hogan Lovells and U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney to serve as counsel at its Washington, D.C., office.

  • October 17, 2017

    Vizio Denied 9th Circ. Appeal Of Video Privacy Decision

    A California federal judge on Friday blocked TV maker Vizio Inc.’s bid to challenge her decision not to toss a privacy lawsuit brought by consumers who allege their smart TVs are spying on them, finding that an appeal would only delay the case.

  • October 16, 2017

    Waymo Denied Access To Uber Self-Driving Source Code

    Waymo LLC can't get its hands on Uber's self-driving vehicle source code, a California federal magistrate judge said Monday, calling Waymo's attempt "profoundly overbroad" and lacking sufficient cause.

  • October 16, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Finds Mail-Tracking Patents Invalid Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that several Secured Mail Solutions LLC patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test, upholding a lower court’s decision in an infringement case against Universal Wilde Inc.

  • October 16, 2017

    Court Warns Of 'Odor' To $1B Constant Contact Merger Suit

    A long-idled stockholder challenge to the $1 billion sale of online marketing firm Constant Contact Inc. accelerated straight into trouble on Monday, with Delaware’s chancellor citing an “odor” to class claims and giving attorneys 30 days to ponder the case’s future.

  • October 16, 2017

    HP, Juniper Won't Get Quick Win In Ethernet Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday partially dismissed Hewlett-Packard and Juniper Networks’ request to toss Network-1 Technologies Inc.'s allegations that they infringed its Ethernet patent on Friday, upholding a federal magistrate's recommendations.

  • October 16, 2017

    Netflix Says Investor Suit Over Price Hike Came Too Late

    Netflix Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to dismiss a proposed investor class action that alleges the streaming company tried to cover up the negative impact of a 2014 price hike on subscriber growth, arguing the suit was brought too late and is too full of holes to survive.

  • October 16, 2017

    Privacy Groups Want Recall On 'Spying' Google Speaker

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center and consumer groups on Friday pushed the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Google Home Mini, a smart speaker device that was recording private conversations, saying the problem stems from a “classic” manufacturing defect.

  • October 16, 2017

    Packet Intelligence Wins $6M IP Verdict Against NetScout

    A Texas federal jury on Friday awarded Packet Intelligence LLC more than $5.75 million in its patent suit against computer networking company NetScout Systems Inc., finding that NetScout infringed on three of Packet's patents with its GeoProbe data network monitoring systems.

  • October 16, 2017

    Electronic Arts Fires Back At Coder's High Court Appeal

    Video game industry giant Electronic Arts has hit back at a former computer programmer's Hail Mary attempt to revive copyright claims to "John Madden Football," telling the U.S. Supreme Court that offering expert testimony instead of evidence should remain out of bounds.

  • October 16, 2017

    High Court Denies Challenge To 'Google' Trademark

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a petition urging the justices to hold that “google” has become a generic verb that cannot be protected by trademark law. 

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    The new book "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" is a lively tour of colorful incidents and personalities that have populated the U.S. Supreme Court for the past 23 decades. Do authors Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of their examples are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • How Will High Court Rule On IPR? Clues In A Thomas Dissent

    Kayvan Noroozi

    The U.S. Supreme Court is highly likely to find inter partes reviews constitutional in Oil States. The strongest indication lies in Justice Clarence Thomas’ 2015 dissent in B&B Hardware — a case that has received no substantive discussion in the hundreds of pages of briefing filed thus far, says Kayvan Noroozi, principal at Noroozi PC and CEO of Koios Pharmaceuticals LLC.

  • 5 Questions GCs Should Ask On Securing Internet Of Things

    Rebecca Eisner

    Connected devices are creating new markets and new efficiencies for global businesses. But the internet of things also raises a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for general counsels and their legal teams, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Understanding FDA Guidance On Connected Medical Devices

    Erin Bosman

    Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance concerning the safety of interoperable medical devices. Complying with the guidance will help satisfy the FDA that a manufacturer has accounted for appropriate risk and safety factors, and may help defend against product liability claims, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • The Future Of Standard-Essential Patents At The ITC

    Bryan J. Vogel

    For the second time in four years, the U.S. International Trade Commission has been asked to exclude products from import into the United States based on standard-essential patents. The Fujifilm case is a potential opportunity for the ITC to clarify what the proper test is for essentiality in the absence of a contractually agreed-upon definition, say Bryan Vogel and Derrick Carman ​​​of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • SEC Stakes Claim As Digital Currency Regulator

    Robert Khuzami

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent enforcement action against Maksim Zaslavskiy and his two companies firmly establishes the commission’s assertion of authority over digital currencies. But it is important to note that the SEC’s recent foray into digital currencies is not the first assertion of regulatory authority in this arena, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.