Technology

  • January 22, 2018

    John Beahn Joins DLA Piper's Telecom Practice In DC

    DLA Piper announced last week that it's snagged a Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP telecom expert to join its Washington, D.C., office as a partner, as part of the firm's continuing bid to bolster its intellectual property and technology practice.

  • January 22, 2018

    Indian Tech Co. Looks To Arbitrate $5M Heads-Up App Dispute

    An India-based technology company accused in a $5 million lawsuit of misrepresenting its ability to design and develop a cellphone application incorporating technology meant to keep a driver’s eyes on the road asked a Delaware federal court on Friday to send the dispute to arbitration.

  • January 22, 2018

    German SEO Firm Wins Patent Infringement Fight Under Alice

    A California federal judge Friday tossed litigation accusing Berlin-based Searchmetrics GmbH and a California subsidiary of infringing a rival search engine optimization firm’s patents, agreeing the asserted inventions related to statistical market analysis and market share growth and were not patentable under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling.

  • January 22, 2018

    Yahoo Says Users Still Fail To Show Harm From Data Hacks

    Yahoo users suing the tech giant over three data breaches that affected as many as 1.5 billion accounts still fail to show they'd been harmed or that the company didn't notify them promptly of the hacks, Yahoo told a California federal judge Friday.

  • January 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Walmart, Toshiba, Dalian Wanda

    Walmart is reportedly courting interest for a stake in its Brazilian operations, Toshiba is eyeing an initial public offering of its memory chip unit if an $18 billion deal for the business falls through, and Dalian Wanda Group tapped a trio of banks for the rumored IPO of its sports business.

  • January 22, 2018

    Icahn Calls For Xerox Chief's Ouster Amid Fujifilm Rumors

    Two of Xerox Corp.’s largest shareholders, Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, have released a joint statement calling for the company’s CEO to be replaced amid speculation Xerox was working on a deal with Fujifilm Holdings Corp. over control of the company.

  • January 22, 2018

    Russia’s Mail.Ru To Pay $100M For Esports Co. ESforce

    Russia’s Mail.Ru Group Ltd. said Monday it will buy global electronic sports company ESforce in an approximately $100 million deal that will give the internet giant control of a major online and physical presence in the up-and-coming esports space.

  • January 22, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Gives Patentee New Shot After WiFi One Decision

    The Federal Circuit said on Friday it would rehear Click-To-Call Technologies LP’s appeal in a decision invalidating its patent describing a system of establishing anonymous telephone communications, which has been pending for several years, saying that rehearing was “warranted” in light of the en banc ruling in WiFi One LLC v. Broadcom Corp. earlier this month.

  • January 22, 2018

    Jackson Lewis Fortifies SF Presence With Morgan Lewis Hire

    Jackson Lewis PC has brought on board a former senior attorney from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP with more than 15 years' experience litigating a broad span of employment law matters in the retail, financial services, restaurant technology and gig economy industries, the firm announced.

  • January 21, 2018

    Immigration Standoff Keeps Government Shuttered

    The Senate failed to reach a funding deal Sunday night, extending the government shutdown as both parties continued to clash over longstanding spending and immigration issues. 

  • January 19, 2018

    FTC Wants More Info On Broadcom Bid For Qualcomm

    The Federal Trade Commission is looking for additional information from Broadcom Ltd. as part of an antitrust review process into its ongoing attempt to take over Qualcomm Inc., the semiconductor technology company said in a statement Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Record Cos. Sue Music App Over 'Massive' Infringement

    Sony, Warner Bros. and other major labels repped by the Record Industry Association of America hurled copyright claims against Fit Radio LLC in Georgia federal court on Thursday, alleging that the music app is committing "massive scale" infringement.

  • January 19, 2018

    Gigamon Investors Seek Appraisal Of $1.6B Elliott Purchase

    A group of funds advised by Water Island Capital LLC launched a petition in Delaware Chancery Court late Thursday to appraise its stock in network technology company Gigamon Inc. now that its $1.6 billion acquisition by Elliott Management Corp. and the Qatari government's investment arm has closed.

  • January 19, 2018

    Golden State Warriors, Fans Will Arbitrate App-Spying Suit

    The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors and a proposed class will mediate claims that the team secretly recorded private conversations through a smartphone app, according to a joint filing that was approved in California federal court Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Media Groups Fight To Undo FCC Ownership Deregulation

    Two media organizations have launched a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s deregulation of its broadcast media ownership rules, telling the Third Circuit that the agency slashed important diversity safeguards without ample justification.

  • January 19, 2018

    No Proof Yet That Tax Cuts Have Boosted US Economy

    The flood of bonuses and wage-increase announcements from retailers, banks and manufacturers can’t be held as a testament to the Republicans’ tax cuts, as analysts remain firm that these well-timed disclosures would have happened even without the recently passed tax legislation.

  • January 19, 2018

    Software Developer Gets 5 Years For Stealing Source Code

    A software developer arrested in late 2015, who pled guilty to economic espionage and theft of a trade secret in New York federal court, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for stealing source code from his former employer, with apparent plans to sell it and use it for the Chinese government.

  • January 19, 2018

    FCC Urged To Cut Siting Fees For Tribal Broadband

    A telecom lobbying group has urged the Federal Communications Commission to rein in charges for siting procedures for broadband infrastructure on tribal lands, saying the fees are a barrier to development.

  • January 19, 2018

    PayPal Ducks Shareholder Suit Over FTC Venmo Inquiry

    A California federal judge on Thursday granted PayPal's bid to dismiss a proposed shareholder class action stemming from a Federal Trade Commission investigation into the company’s Venmo app, saying the shareholders failed to show PayPal's board faced a substantial likelihood of liability on any claims.

  • January 19, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bunge, Adyen, Dalian Wanda

    Chicago-based food processing company Archer Daniels Midland has offered to buy agribusiness Bunge, Dutch payments firm Adyen is close to selecting banks for an up to €1 billion initial public offering, and Dalian Wanda is selling two Australian property projects for about $800 million.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • How The Cybersecurity Legal Landscape Changed In 2017

    Jonathan Kolodner

    Over the last year, the existential risk posed by cyberattacks and data security vulnerabilities has become one of the top concerns for boards of directors, management, government agencies and the public. 2017 was punctuated by a series of headline-grabbing breaches, fast-moving regulatory developments around the globe, and record-breaking settlements by companies, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Retailers Need Dynamic Capabilities To Survive And Thrive

    Bob Duffy

    U.S. retailers face unprecedented threats from online shopping and demographic and technological change, but also opportunities for transformation if they can integrate physical and virtual shopping. There is a good survival opportunity for companies whose leaders can solve the puzzle, say consultants with Berkeley Research Group.

  • When And How To Use Conjoint Analysis For Patent Damages

    Daniel Korczyk

    Under the right conditions, conjoint analysis is appealing as a mechanism to help disaggregate royalty rates consistent with relative contributions of technology components to a product’s overall value. There are several factors to consider in determining whether it is the appropriate damages methodology, says Daniel Korczyk of GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC.

  • Key Takeaways From FTC’s VTech Privacy Enforcement

    Behnam Dayanim

    Up close, the Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with VTech is significant because it is the first children’s privacy case that involves internet-connected toys. But taking a step back, this action is just the latest in a string of recent regulatory pronouncements related to the internet of things and related corporate cybersecurity practices, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Challenges Of Bitcoin Financing

    Matthew Frankle

    As the price of bitcoin continues to rise, so does the demand for financing secured by bitcoin. Lenders need to ensure they are complying with existing law — law that did not develop with bitcoin in mind, including the Commodity Exchange Act, say Matthew Frankle and Nora Wong of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Will Crisis Management Insurance Cover Ransomware?

    Jeffrey Weinstein

    Kidnap, ransom and extortion insurance policies are now under increased scrutiny by insureds seeking potential coverage for ransomware attacks. Determining whether or not these attacks constitute extortion will raise new questions and issues, say Jeffrey Weinstein and Bruce Kaliner of Mound Cotton Wollan & Grreengrass LLP.

  • Tax Reform Reshuffles The Deck For Outsourcing

    Gary Wilcox

    The new tax bill changes the calculus for cross-border services outsourcing and cloud agreements. For a U.S.-parented provider deciding whether to increase its U.S. operations relative to non-U.S. operations, several provisions must be considered, including the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.