Technology

  • June 27, 2017

    Judge Koh Denies Qualcomm's Bid To Nix FTC Antitrust Suit

    Qualcomm can't escape the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust suit accusing the chipmaker of using royalties and licensing agreements to maintain a market monopoly for chips used in cellular handsets, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh ruled Monday, finding the enforcer has properly pled its claims.

  • June 27, 2017

    Celgard Asks High Court to Ax Fed. Circ.'s One-Line Orders

    Celgard LLC has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision to invalidate its lithium battery technology patent, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the Federal Circuit  to issue a one-line order to dismiss its case.

  • June 27, 2017

    Head Coin.mx Crook Hit With 5 1/2-Year Sentence

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday hit a restaurateur-turned-bitcoin fraudster with a 66-month prison sentence for engineering a criminal online operation that left a trail of damaged lives in its wake.

  • June 27, 2017

    Western Digital Again Makes PE-Backed Toshiba Memory Bid

    Western Digital on Tuesday revealed it again made a competing, private equity-backed bid for Toshiba’s memory business, a day after the California-based company slammed a preferred consortium’s 2 trillion yen ($17.9 billion) offer for the inclusion of a rival chipmaker.

  • June 27, 2017

    Google Hit With €2.4B EU Antitrust Fine Over Search Practices

    The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday imposed a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) fine on Google over allegations that the tech giant violated the bloc’s antitrust laws by steering users toward its own comparison-shopping service in searches.

  • June 26, 2017

    SAP, HP Want Software Co. Sanctioned for 'Fishing Expedition'

    SAP America and HP urged a California federal judge on Friday to sanction a Silicon Valley software company and its attorneys for filing a new infringement suit in sprawling litigation over an e-commerce patent, saying “one attempted fishing expedition is enough."

  • June 26, 2017

    Justices Deny Case Over Differing PTAB, Fed. Circ. Rationales

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal accusing a Federal Circuit panel of unfairly substituting its own reasoning for that of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to find a transponder patent invalid as obvious.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.

  • June 26, 2017

    IP Cases Led The Pack In High Court Amicus Briefs

    Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.

  • June 26, 2017

    Feds Ask Justices To Review Microsoft Overseas Warrant Win

    The U.S. government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Second Circuit’s decision in July that it can’t use search warrants to access consumer data stored overseas by service providers such as Microsoft, which had declined to turn over a user’s email data located in Ireland.

  • June 26, 2017

    Software Co. Gets $3M Award Confirmed In Distributor Row

    A Utah federal judge Friday confirmed a software company’s arbitration award of nearly $3 million, which a three-arbitrator panel in Salt Lake City had issued after finding the company’s former European business partners had breached distribution agreements.

  • June 26, 2017

    FCC Asked To Halt Special Access Change During Litigation

    Challengers to the Federal Communications Commission’s move to deregulate the market for business data, or special access, services have urged the agency to pause the effective date for the change during litigation, saying businesses will otherwise face major losses.

  • June 26, 2017

    PTAB Upholds Elm Patents In Samsung-Led Challenges

    Elm 3DS Innovations LLC secured a sweeping victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Friday, when the board upheld the validity of challenged claims in several semiconductor patents that Elm has accused Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix of infringing.

  • June 26, 2017

    PTAB Nixes Unisone Inventory Patent Claims In CBM Review

    A handful of claims in a patent for inventory restocking technology are invalid following a covered business method review because the patent does not solve a “technical problem,” the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Friday.

  • June 26, 2017

    Bankrupt IT Co. Pays Investors $1.3M Over Faulty Reporting

    Bankrupt information technology servicer Code Rebel Corp. has agreed to pay $1.3 million to end a proposed investor class action alleging its executives approved inaccurate financial statements, according to a settlement filed in New York federal court Monday.

  • June 26, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Says Net Neutrality Plan Returns ‘Light Touch’

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in remarks Monday in Sweden that the agency’s proposal to reverse course on the 2015 Open Internet Order will bring back an earlier “light touch” approach and clear the way for network investment.

  • June 26, 2017

    Alibaba-Backed Logistics Co. Best Files $750M IPO

    Best Inc., a Chinese logistics company backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. that seeks to capitalize on China’s booming online retail market, on Monday filed a $750 million U.S. initial public offering, guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • June 26, 2017

    Uber Doesn’t Need To Produce More Docs In Trade Secret Row

    A California magistrate judge determined Monday that Uber Technologies Inc. doesn’t need to produce additional documents that are privileged from disclosure, saying Waymo LLC hasn’t proven that Uber hired attorneys in order to help the ride-hailing giant receive trade secrets allegedly stolen by a former Waymo employee.

  • June 26, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: JPMorgan, Pacific Urban, Mountain View

    J.P. Morgan Asset Management has loaned $32 million for a Texas multifamily purchase, Pacific Urban Residential has reportedly dropped $73 million on a California apartment complex, and a California environmental body is now recommending that far fewer apartments be built in Silicon Valley's North Bayshore area.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    How Nevada Is Preparing For Blockchain Technology

    Ben Kieckhefer

    Nevada Senate Bill 398 helps make the state welcoming to companies using blockchain technology, and gives legal recognition to blockchain transactions. It also incorporates blockchain into the definition of electronic records, and prohibits interference from local governments, says Ben Kieckhefer, a member of the Nevada Senate and director of client relations for McDonald Carano LLP.

  • Why We Must Teach Self-Driving Cars How To Crash

    Todd Benoff

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policy on automated vehicles has sparked debate on a number of issues, but one remains unaddressed: How should self-driving cars make ethical decisions when an accident is unavoidable? The data shows that how moral algorithms are (or are not) regulated could impact the acceptance of driverless vehicles, says Todd Benoff of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Patent Exhaustion Ruling Will Affect Many Industries

    Mark Baghdassarian

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent expansion of the patent exhaustion doctrine in Impression Products v. Lexmark raises potentially far-reaching implications that may range from lower prices for consumer products and lower profitability for companies, to higher prices for consumer products and higher profitability for companies, say Mark Baghdassarian and Friedrich Laub of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Key Privacy Developments In Trump's First 150 Days

    Jaipat S. Jain

    Recent significant shifts in privacy policy include an executive order withdrawing Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. individuals, and the rollback of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules, says Jaipat S. Jain of Lazare Potter & Giacovas LLP.

  • Protect Innovation By Making FDA Compliance Admissible

    Lisa Dwyer

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a case concerning a medical device maker's right to introduce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s review and authorization of its product into evidence. Such information should be a legitimate part of companies' full and robust defenses of their products, say Lisa Dwyer of King & Spalding LLP and Matthew Wetzel of AdvaMed.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Latest SEP Developments In China

    Guizhen Han

    China's current judicial practices appear to indicate that standard-essential patent holders are in a favorable condition to commence relevant patent infringement litigation to protect legitimate rights and interests in China, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.