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Technology

  • October 23, 2018

    AI Is No Substitute For Good Lawyers

    While artificial intelligence enables in-house counsel to stop performing routine, repetitive and mundane tasks and focus their energy on practicing law at a higher level, it won't replace them, GE Digital Chief Commercial Counsel Bert Kaminski predicted Tuesday at an in-house lawyer conference.

  • October 23, 2018

    DOD Watchdog Urged To Review $10B JEDI Cloud Deal

    Two Republican lawmakers Monday asked a U.S. Department of Defense watchdog to look into a pending $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract, citing “gating” of deal that makes it appear the contract is being steered toward Amazon Web Services.

  • October 23, 2018

    5th Circ. Affirms Saudi Prince's $3M Win Against Tech Co.

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday affirmed a Saudi prince’s $3 million trial win against defunct technology company Youtoo Media LLP and its founder, ruling both Youtoo and the founder can be held liable for not paying back the prince’s refundable investment in the company.

  • October 23, 2018

    Huawei Can't Dodge Injunction In UK After Patent License Row

     A U.K. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision that found an injunction could be granted possibly preventing sales of mobile phones and telecom equipment in the country by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. after it refused the terms offered for Unwired Planet's standard-essential patents for cellular technology.

  • October 23, 2018

    Trans Worker Wrongly Fired For Glassdoor Post, Jury Told

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a California federal jury during trial openings Tuesday that an educational technology company wrongly fired a transgender worker for posting a Glassdoor review that accused his employer of discrimination, while the company said he was fired for claiming it defrauds job candidates.

  • October 23, 2018

    Google Says IPhone, Android Users Agreed To Tracking

    Google has fought back against a pair of proposed class suits alleging that the tech giant secretly kept tabs on smartphone users' locations, telling a California federal court that the iPhone and Android users agreed to the tracking when they accepted Google’s privacy policy.

  • October 23, 2018

    Basic Cable Rate Regs In Mass., Hawaii To Get FCC Review

    The Federal Communications Commission kicked off a rulemaking on Tuesday aimed at clarifying and paring down the basic-tier cable rate regulations, even though they are only now applied in some areas of Massachusetts and Hawaii.

  • October 23, 2018

    CRT Purchasers Defend $6M Carveout For Excluded Buyers

    A class of indirect purchasers of cathode ray tubes defended its bid to award $6 million of a $577 million bundle of antitrust settlements to buyers from three states who were excluded, saying Monday that the objectors' attempts to claim more money are based on an unrealistic analysis.

  • October 23, 2018

    FCC Floats $63M Fine Over Alleged Lifeline Bilking

    The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $63 million fine Tuesday against a company that offered mobile service supported by Lifeline subsidies to low-income Americans, charging that the company inflated its subscriber base by enrolling dead people and other ineligible recipients.

  • October 23, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Keeps Broad Test For Interested Parties AT PTAB

    The full Federal Circuit on Tuesday refused to reconsider a July ruling that threw out Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating parts of two patents challenged by RPX Corp. and instructed the board to use a broader test when evaluating the interested parties in a patent challenge.

  • October 23, 2018

    FCC Inks 3.5 GHz Band Rules With Larger Licensing Areas

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted along party lines to approve revised operating rules for the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, replacing a scheme settled by the Obama administration in which would-be users will vie at auction for the new, county-sized slices instead of neighborhood-sized tracts.

  • October 23, 2018

    Car Software Cos. Can’t Kick Suit From Antitrust MDL

    A pair of companies accused of conspiring to monopolize the market for car dealership data exchange lost a bid to toss claims against them in multidistrict litigation when an Illinois federal judge found Monday the suit was “not robust” but still enough to stand in court.

  • October 23, 2018

    Tech Co. Can't DQ Ex-Exec's Attys Over Privileged Docs

    A California federal judge refused to disqualify the counsel for a data security startup’s ousted co-founder in a suit accusing him of sharing trade secrets, saying that the counsel had violated ethical obligations by not revealing they had possession of privileged emails but that the company had not been harmed.

  • October 23, 2018

    Twilio Gets TeleSign Authentication Patents Axed Under Alice

    A California federal judge has invalidated four patents on two-factor authentication technology for websites that TeleSign Corp. accused rival Twilio Inc. of infringing, ruling that the patents claim nothing more than abstract ideas.

  • October 23, 2018

    HBUS Nabs First Female African-American GC In Crypto

    HBUS Inc., the U.S. strategic partner of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, has hired an attorney with in-house experience at Intuit, Google and Yahoo! as its general counsel, making her the first African-American woman to serve in that role for a digital currency marketplace, the company announced Tuesday.

  • October 23, 2018

    Coder Gets Time Served In Goldman Data Theft, Will Appeal

    Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs coder who has been battling federal and state prosecutors for nine years over his alleged theft of computer code from the Wall Street bank, was sentenced to time served by a state judge on Tuesday and vowed he would appeal.

  • October 22, 2018

    Facebook, Google Hit With Suits Over Location Tracking

    Facebook and Google surreptitiously track, log and store users' private location information, even in circumstances where consumers explicitly limit or turn off this data collection capability, according to separate putative class actions lodged in California federal court.

  • October 22, 2018

    FCC’s 5G Regs Deepen Old Divide For Some States, Cities

    A slate of recent Federal Communications Commission policy changes intended to speed 5G adoption has reopened old wounds for some state and municipal governments that feel they’ve lost ground during the Trump administration on issues ranging from local infrastructure decisions to net neutrality protections.

  • October 22, 2018

    Attys Cheer Iancu Patent Troll Speech, Tech Groups Dismayed

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu’s speech arguing that decrying patent trolls weakens the patent system has been welcomed by attorneys and inventor groups for its defense of patent owners, while tech groups say it ignores the harm of abusive patent litigation.

  • October 22, 2018

    DoorDash Driver Must Arbitrate Misclassification Suit

    A DoorDash Inc. delivery driver must arbitrate his putative class action claiming the app-based food delivery service misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, a California federal judge ruled Monday, saying just because a single driver opted out of arbitration doesn’t mean all drivers did.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Geopolitics In US-China Investments

    Charles Comey

    Notwithstanding protectionist trends on both sides of the Pacific, there continues to be high levels of interest from Chinese investors looking to invest in U.S. companies and vice versa. Charles Comey and Jim Ryan of Morrison & Foerster LLP discuss the new regulatory challenges facing these deals.

  • ​Takeaways From Senate Antitrust Enforcement Hearing

    Joseph Bial

    While testifying before the Senate's antitrust subcommittee earlier this month, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and the head of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division provided additional detail about several of the agencies’ initiatives, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rikfind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Roundup

    Trade Wars

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    This special series examines the legal, strategic and economic dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, and assesses what the recent shifts in U.S. trade policy may mean for the country and for the established system of international commerce.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Restricting Foreign Access To US Technology

    Hdeel Abdelhady

    The tech industry is now at the center of policies designed to protect U.S. technology from foreign access and influence — including not only restrictions on foreign investment, but also supply chain exclusions, limits on academic research, curbs on third-country technology transfers and measures against foreign control of key raw materials, says Hdeel Abdelhady of MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • Inventor's Case Highlights Appeal Option For Rejected Patent

    Pauline Pelletier

    ​When a rejected patent​ application ​is appealed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board​ unsuccessfully, ​the standard next step is Federal Circuit appeal. ​But an alternative route is to sue the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in district court. The recent decision in Gilbert Hyatt v. Iancu offers insight into this Section 145 process, say attorneys with Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.​

  • ​Are You Ready For Your Congressional Investigation?

    Brian Smith

    ​The Democratic Party is ​expected to take control of the House of Representatives next year,​ ​which​ will dramatically increase the congressional investigations risks for ​the ​private sector.​ Prime targets include pharmaceutical, financial services and technology ​companies, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Pros And Cons Of California’s New Corporate Blockchain Law

    Sara O’Connell

    A new California law will allow privately held companies to use blockchain technology for stock issuance and other corporate records. However, corporations should be cautious about moving into this relatively uncharted territory, say Sara O’Connell and Riaz Karamali of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • A New Framework For 'Blocking Patents' And Obviousness?

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    Secondary considerations can be a useful tool for patent owners attempting to overcome an obviousness challenge. However, the Federal Circuit's decision last month in Acorda v. Roxane leaves the treatment of secondary considerations in question when a so-called “blocking patent” may exist, say Daniel Winston and Bryana McGillycuddy of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Top 10 Trump Trends

    Charles Skuba

    The inner workings of the Trump economics and trade team remain foggy, but the administration's trade strategy can be discerned from the public statements of the president and his advisers. Unpredictability, mercantilism, bilateralism and a willingness to accept collateral damage are among the most important patterns, says Charles Skuba of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.