Technology

  • March 24, 2017

    Hong Kong Regulator Takes First Case To Competition Court

    Hong Kong’s antitrust regulator on Friday took five information technology companies to court over allegations of bid rigging in the first enforcement proceedings brought by the watchdog since the enactment of the territory’s competition law in December 2015.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ill. Announces Security Plan For Aging Tech Infrastructure

    Gov. Bruce Rauner this week unveiled a statewide cybersecurity strategy that he said would eliminate the "patchwork" of tech policies in Illinois' 62 state agencies, and aim to make state's cyber infrastructure safer and more hack-resistant.

  • March 23, 2017

    FCC Says 12,600 Consumers Affected By AT&T 911 Outage

    A Federal Communications Commission official reported to commissioners Thursday that a 911 outage March 8 for AT&T wireless subscribers affected about 12,600 callers, as the agency investigates and seeks public comment on the event and a separate March 11 outage that had a smaller impact on 911 calls.

  • March 23, 2017

    Alice Dooms Vote Verification Patent, Judge Rules

    A Florida federal judge has dismissed a patent suit by Voter Verified Inc. against Elections Systems & Software LLC, holding that a patent on a vote verification system covers nothing more than the abstract idea of collecting and verifying votes.

  • March 23, 2017

    Colo. Judge Says Oracle Workers’ ERISA Suit Must Proceed

    A putative class action alleging that tens of thousands of Oracle Corp. 401(k) plan participants overpaid for their benefits beat Oracle’s dismissal motion Wednesday when a Colorado federal judge said that courts must tread especially lightly when hearing Employee Retirement Income Security Act cases.

  • March 23, 2017

    Siemens Accuses Power Plant Co. Of Trade Secrets Theft

    Siemens Energy Inc. sued Alin Machining Company in Florida federal court Thursday, alleging the power plant parts and services provider breached a confidentiality agreement and stole its trade secrets in order to make and sell knockoff replacement parts for Siemens’ energy turbines.

  • March 23, 2017

    Pillsbury Hires Ex-Greenberg Traurig Litigator In Calif.

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP announced Thursday that a former Greenberg Traurig LLP litigator is joining its Silicon Valley office, bolstering its offerings with his experience representing technology and cyber-focused companies and focusing on matters like securities litigation and data security.

  • March 23, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. Told 'Radical' Rulings Threaten CBM Program

    Recent Federal Circuit rulings limiting the scope of the America Invents Act's covered business method patent review program fly in the face of congressional intent and threaten to gut the program, U.S. Bank NA said Thursday in a petition for en banc rehearing.

  • March 23, 2017

    CORRECTED: Diabetes Company Valeritas Prices $54M Offering

    Private equity-backed insulin device maker Valeritas Inc. priced a $53.5 million initial public offering Thursday under guidance from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, marking the company’s second attempt at an IPO after pulling earlier plans, but saw shares slump in their debut.

  • March 23, 2017

    Enfish, Microsoft End Patent Row After Fed. Circ. Revival

    The software patent dispute between Enfish LLC and Microsoft Corp. that led to a widely cited Federal Circuit decision overturning invalidity findings under Alice reached a quiet end in California federal court on Thursday when a judge dismissed the case citing an undisclosed deal.

  • March 23, 2017

    Uber’s Bid To Arbitrate Bogus Stock Promise Row Stalls

    A California federal judge said Thursday she’ll deny Uber’s bid to arbitrate a proposed collective action alleging the ride-hailing giant lured top engineers with stock option promises that were later reneged, saying she’ll instead stay the case until the U.S. Supreme Court decides if businesses can force employees to waive collective claims.

  • March 23, 2017

    Amazon Loses Bid To Arbitrate Broadcom Tablet, Tech IP Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected Amazon's bid to force Broadcom and Avago to arbitrate their claims that Amazon is infringing a slew of its patents, ruling that Broadcom didn't agree to arbitrate its claims when it signed a customer agreement with Amazon Web Services.

  • March 23, 2017

    EPA Sued Over Employees' Use Of Encrypted Messaging App

    The government oversight nonprofit Cause of Action Institute has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in D.C. federal court over the alleged use of an encryption messaging service by some agency employees to discuss President Donald Trump’s intended policy changes.

  • March 23, 2017

    Judge Wary Of More Leeway To Sue Implant Sciences Lenders

    A bid by a stockholders committee to expand its limited standing to sue bankrupt Implant Sciences Corp.'s lenders could send ripples well beyond the already-sold explosive detector maker’s case, a Delaware bankruptcy judge said Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    MarketsandMarkets Receives $56M Private Funding Injection

    An Indian industry research and consulting company said it secured its first institutional investment on Thursday via a $56 million infusion from investment firm FTV Capital and venture capital shop Zodius Capital, allowing the company to continue its growth efforts.

  • March 23, 2017

    T-Mobile Urges FCC Not To Delay Post-Auction Transition

    T-Mobile encouraged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to refuse broadcaster requests to delay the transition of stations to new channels after the broadcast incentive auction, arguing that there is no justification for extending or delaying the process.

  • March 23, 2017

    Tax Court Backs Amazon In $1.5B Transfer Pricing Dispute

    Amazon won a major victory in its $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday when the U.S. Tax Court ruled that the methods it used to determine payments from its Luxembourg subsidiary for the licensing of intellectual property for online European operations were reasonable.

  • March 23, 2017

    Medical Device Giant Medtronics Sells Bonds Totaling $2B

    Irish medical device giant Medtronic Inc. priced bond offerings totaling $2 billion, in deals involving four firms, according to regulatory filings on Thursday, marking the latest health care related company to tap robust debt markets.

  • March 23, 2017

    Patent Licensing Cos. Fight To Save IP Row From Dismissal

    Two patent licensing companies on Wednesday hit back at a magistrate's recommendation to dismiss their infringement suits against Cigna, Consumer Cellular and others over 10 patents covering targeted email marketing technology, arguing that the defendants haven't established that the asserted claims are abstract under Alice.

  • March 23, 2017

    Intel's $15B Auto Tech Bet Could Spur More Sector Activity

    Intel Corp. made a huge bet on the autonomous driving industry with its $15.3 billion purchase of an automotive technology company last week, marking the chipmaker's largest deal ever and potentially sparking more movement in an industry that experts see as an area ripe for significant future growth.

Expert Analysis

  • How Past And Present Aerial Photography Can Make The Case

    David Ruiz

    Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Expectations For High Court Patent Exhaustion Decision

    Charlie Steenberg

    The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hold that the patent exhaustion doctrine bars patent owners from using patent law to enforce post-sale restrictions. While this ruling would have consequences, the concerns raised by Lexmark and amici may be somewhat overblown. The briefing and Tuesday's oral arguments were long on policy but short on concrete examples, say Charlie Steenburg and Ethan Marks of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Applying 'Footprint' Methodology To Prism V. Sprint

    Aaron R. Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Prism v. Sprint this month illustrates an example of the "footprint" approach to patent damages, interesting because of its focus on costs — and not revenues — as a reasonable royalty measure, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Why Calif. May Be The New Frontier For Autonomous Vehicles

    Linda Pfatteicher

    This month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. California's announced commitment to advancing innovation is especially important now that states like Michigan and Florida are challenging its forerunner role in testing autonomous vehicles, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • How EU Data Privacy Reform Will Impact US Telecom Cos.

    Linda V. Priebe

    It's no secret that a new European Union and European Economic Area data protection regulation will go into effect next year. What is not clearly understood is that U.S. communications companies without any EU/EEA customers of their own, may find themselves subject to the new general data protection regulation simply because their U.S. customers have customers in the EU/EEA, says Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Generation Development

    Linda Walsh

    The latest installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review recommends several ways to enhance power generation development, including focusing on renewable energy for underserved communities, advancing innovation in generation technologies, and incentivizing new hydropower and nuclear development. These recommendations present both opportunities and risks for generation developers and investors, say attorne... (continued)