Technology

  • January 22, 2020

    Ex-Jawbone Worker Stole IP Before Joining Fitbit, Jury Told

    Prosecutors told a California federal jury during openings of a trade secret trial Wednesday that Jawbone's ex-consumer experience director stole studies that were its "crown jewels" before taking a job at rival Fitbit, while her attorney argued she simply forgot she'd backed up the data onto her personal "cloud" account.

  • January 22, 2020

    Telegram Calls SEC's $1.7B Suit 'Fundamentally Flawed'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Telegram took aim at each other's arguments in their blockbuster $1.7 billion face-off, with the messaging company saying there are "glaring" flaws in the agency's argument that the company engaged in an unregistered securities offering of its Gram tokens.

  • January 22, 2020

    Execs On Notice After Report Of Saudi Bezos Cellphone Hack

    Revelations that Saudi Arabian leader Mohammed bin Salman may have personally duped Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos into clicking on a WhatsApp file loaded with malware, allowing Saudi spies to snoop on his cellphone, should make executives consider submitting their devices to security scans even if it means sacrificing their privacy, industry attorneys say.

  • January 22, 2020

    PTAB Casts Doubt On Validity Of Wireless Tech Patent

    Hera Wireless SA faced tough questions from a Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel Wednesday, which called into question whether one of its patents covering wireless communication systems is different enough from existing technology to make it patentable.

  • January 22, 2020

    Dem Bill Would Kill FCC Rule On Cable Co. Franchise Fees

    Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday that would roll back a new Federal Communications Commission rule that they worried would decimate community access TV stations.

  • January 22, 2020

    Pai Welcomes Plan For 5.9 GHz-Connected Vehicles In Virginia

    The head of the Federal Communications Commission is excited about Virginia’s plans to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, or C-V2X, that will let drivers know how long until their light turns green.

  • January 22, 2020

    Oracle Says Microsoft Winning JEDI Doesn't Moot Protest

    Oracle argued to keep alive its lawsuit alleging that the Pentagon's search for a company for its $10 billion cloud computing contract unfairly favored Amazon, saying Microsoft ultimately winning the deal doesn't render its challenge moot.

  • January 22, 2020

    US Safe Harbor Plan Not 'Credible,' French Official Says

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday blasted a U.S. proposal to implement a new global tax as an optional safe harbor, claiming it is not "credible" as a starting point in international negotiations on taxing the digital economy.

  • January 22, 2020

    FCC Prods Major Music Producers On Payola Practices

    The Federal Communications Commission is continuing its effort to suss out how much payola impacts the music industry, as Commissioner Michael O'Rielly sent letters to music-making giants Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group to learn what they're doing to prevent the practice. 

  • January 22, 2020

    9th Circ. Urged To Revive LG, Samsung Anti-Poaching Suit

    LG and Samsung should face class action claims they broke antitrust laws by agreeing not to poach each other's workers, an attorney for two former LG employees told a Ninth Circuit panel at a hearing Wednesday, saying a decision that tossed the suit raised the pleading standard and frustrated congressional intent.

  • January 22, 2020

    Clover Wins OK For Ch. 11 Plan With $400M Debt-Equity Swap

    Electronic goods repair and refurbishment venture Clover Technologies completed a 38-day sprint to Chapter 11 plan confirmation Wednesday, securing Delaware Bankruptcy Court approval for a restructuring that will convert nearly $400 million in company debt to equity.

  • January 22, 2020

    Kik Ordered To Tell SEC About Recent Business Endeavors

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday directed Kik Interactive Inc., a mobile messaging concern transitioning into cryptocurrency management, to provide the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with details about how its business has changed since 2018.

  • January 22, 2020

    VirnetX Slams Apple's High Court Bid To Ax $439M IP Verdict

    VirnetX is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to leave alone a $439 million verdict against Apple for infringing its network security patents, telling the justices that the tech giant's certiorari petition "presents no issues warranting review and is plagued by fatal defects."

  • January 22, 2020

    5G Expansion Plans Require Larger Workforce, Sens. Told

    Congress and government agencies must find ways to expand the workforce for infrastructure laborers as the demand for installing 5G equipment explodes, the Senate Commerce Committee heard Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2020

    Baker McKenzie Reps Tencent's $148M Bid For Game Co.

    Baker McKenzie helped represent China's Tencent, one of the largest companies in the world, in offering to buy out Norwegian video game developer Funcom in a deal that values it at $148 million, the company said Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2020

    GCs Must Brace For AI-Based Litigation Risks

    As in-house lawyers embrace artificial intelligence, they should get ahead of growing litigation risks by beefing up their compliance departments and preparing for breaches, according to a report released Wednesday by Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • January 22, 2020

    Cerner Corp. Accused Of Mismanaging Retirement Plan

    Cerner Corp. has been hit with a proposed class action accusing the health records giant of costing participants in its 401(k) retirement plan millions of dollars by keeping high-cost investment options in the plan and not properly scrutinizing its investment lineup.

  • January 22, 2020

    USCIS Reverses Denial Of Marketing Co.'s H-1B For Manager

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services backtracked on its original denial of a technology marketing company’s H-1B visa petition for a Japanese strategic account manager settling a lawsuit that challenged whether the employee’s position qualifies as a specialty occupation.

  • January 22, 2020

    Two Sigma Nabs $288M For Data-Driven Startup Investments

    Two Sigma Ventures on Wednesday said it raised $288 million for a venture capital fund focusing on "data-driven" startups, topping its original fundraising goal.

  • January 22, 2020

    UK Cybercrime Laws Need Reform, Report Says

    Britain’s cybercrime laws need to be brought into the 21st century, according to a legal report published Thursday that warns outdated rules could lead to courts prosecuting professionals who have ethical motives for accessing company data.

  • January 21, 2020

    Theater Owners Fight DOJ's Bid To Nix Longtime Protections

    Trade groups representing theater owners have urged a New York federal court not to let the Justice Department terminate rules that have governed major film studios for 70 years, saying the protections are more important now than ever.

  • January 21, 2020

    Cybersecurity Co. Joins LOT Network To Fight 'Patent Trolls'

    Trend Micro Inc. this week became the latest company to join the LOT Network, a patent-licensing initiative aimed at curbing lawsuits filed by so-called "patent trolls."

  • January 21, 2020

    NJ High Court Challenges Legality Of Forced IPhone Access

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday challenged prosecutors’ bid to look inside a rogue cop’s lawfully seized iPhones, questioning whether a trial court ran afoul of Fifth Amendment and state law protections against self-incrimination by ordering him to reveal his pass codes over criminal charges he assisted a drug trafficking ring.

  • January 21, 2020

    Blockchain Groups Ask To Weigh In On $1.7B Telegram Case

    Two amicus briefs were filed Tuesday in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against messaging app Telegram by industry groups focused on blockchain and digital assets, urging a New York federal judge not to rule with too broad a brush on the question of whether the company's digital tokens are securities.

  • January 21, 2020

    Judge Kills $10M Patent Verdict Against Nintendo Under Alice

    A Texas federal judge has overturned a $10.1 million patent verdict against Nintendo over motion-sensing technology, finding Friday that the patent at issue is invalid because it claimed only an abstract idea without adding anything new.

Expert Analysis

  • Weighing Trade Secrets Vs. Patents For Protecting Ideas

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    In light of a steady rise in federal district court trade secret filings and recent case law restricting the scope of patent protection, companies should consider the relative merits of trade secrets and patents upon conception of a promising idea, say Paul Veith and Chad Schafer of Sidley.

  • Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

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    Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Justices' IBM Ruling Gives Life To ERISA Disclosure Liability

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in IBM v. Jander leaves unresolved a conflict between disclosure obligations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and federal securities laws, boosting the so-called inevitable disclosure theory for ERISA liability, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • The Int'l, Federal And State Taxation Forecast For 2020

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    Attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson look at U.S. international, federal and state taxation, including legislative, regulatory and controversy developments expected in 2020.

  • 4 Cases That Will Shape Clickwrap Litigation In 2020

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    Four recent cases involving companies' online user agreements will have major impacts on the ways courts assess evidence in such cases, the types of evidence that companies must bring in order to enforce their terms, and the types of arguments that both defendants and plaintiffs will make, says Brian Powers of PactSafe.

  • Litigating FRAND Rates After Fed. Circ. Ericsson Decision

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    After the Federal Circuit’s recent ruling in TCL v. Ericsson, which puts juries at the helm of calculating FRAND damages for standard-essential patents, litigators should focus on preparing a simplified and emotionally persuasive story and garnering the evidentiary support necessary for a favorable appeal, says Larry Sandell of Mei & Mark.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • The New Class Action Frontier Under Illinois Privacy Law

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    One year after a pivotal Illinois Supreme Court ruling broadened liability under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, companies in a wide variety of industries need to be vigilant of a rise in potentially financially ruinous class action filings, and there are several steps they can take to protect themselves from BIPA liability, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Fed's Real-Time Payments Idea Presents Risks, Challenges

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    The Federal Reserve's development of a real-time payment and settlement service raises important questions related to consumer protection, litigation risk, and fraud and overdraft liability, say Ling Ling Ang at NERA Economic Consulting and Judy Mok at Ballard Spahr.

  • What's Changed And What's The Same In Final CFIUS Rules

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s final rules implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act complete the revamp of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will be more complex and better resourced to address evolving national security risks that arise in the context of foreign investments, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Proving Printed Publication As Prior Art In IPR Proceedings

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    Recent decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board show that petitioners in inter partes review proceedings must attend to evidence of public availability in establishing that proffered documents qualify as printed publication prior art, say Paul Ragusa and Daniel Rabinowitz of Baker Botts.

  • Autonomous Vehicle Guidance Gives Industry Room To Grow

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    The White House's recently updated guidance on the deployment of autonomous vehicles outlines broad principles for AV development, but does not identify best practices or create binding requirements, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Breaking Down Brazil's 1st Data Protection Law

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    Brazil's General Law on Data Protection, which comes into effect later this year, is largely modeled on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation but has some key differences that companies doing business in Brazil should keep in mind when formulating compliance plans, say Felipe Saraiva and Dean Forbes of Sidley.

  • Why Reformers Want Disclosure Of 3rd-Party MDL Funding

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    With third-party litigation funding increasingly being used to finance large and prolonged multidistrict litigations, more disclosure of funding agreements may be warranted to address potential biases and distortions of control and decision-making, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • How International Trade May Play Out In 2020

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    Despite the tumult the Trump administration's actions have created in international trade, the president's attempt at long-term disruption of global markets is unlikely to be successful, says Peter Quinter at GrayRobinson.