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Technology

  • August 16, 2018

    Judge Rips Twombly For Straining Resources In IP Row

    A California federal judge appeared unswayed Thursday by SAP America Inc. and HP Inc.’s arguments that a software company hasn't met the stringent pleading standards required under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly decision, saying Twombly has created more work than it’s saved, and "you get to the point where we’re wasting time and resources when you know what their pleading is."

  • August 16, 2018

    Miss. High Court Won't Let Google Slip Student Privacy Suit

    Mississippi's highest court has refused to entertain Google's challenge to a ruling that kept alive a suit lodged by the state's attorney general over the tech giant's allegedly unlawful collection and use of public school students’ personal information, a conclusion that was met with opposition by the court's chief justice. 

  • August 16, 2018

    Electronics Giants Agree To Settle Battery MDL For $43.5M

    Indirect purchasers who allege a slew of battery makers engaged in price-fixing lithium ion batteries told a California federal court on Wednesday that Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., NEC Tokin Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have agreed to settle their multidistrict litigation claims for a total of $43.5 million.

  • August 16, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Says Axed Suits Still Start AIA Time-Bar Clock

    The full Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that patent suits that are voluntarily dismissed start the clock on the one-year window the accused party has to file an inter partes review petition, saying the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's contrary holding misread the America Invents Act.

  • August 16, 2018

    Tribes Allowed To Intervene In Small-Cell Rule Challenges

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday allowed several tribes to intervene in combined challenges to a Federal Communications Commission rule that exempts from environmental and historic reviews small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks.

  • August 16, 2018

    Auto Software Maker Seeks Temporary Ban On Rival's Sales

    A car software company urged a Washington federal court Thursday to temporarily bar a rival from selling competing products that allegedly were made with hacked trade secrets, asserting that an anonymous informant supplied it with images and communications that back up its contentions.

  • August 16, 2018

    Mandamus Not A Tool To Fight IPR Rejections: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday accused Power Integrations Inc. of using mandamus proceedings to try to skirt the law by urging the appeals court to reconsider the merits of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision not to review three ON Semiconductor patents.

  • August 16, 2018

    Facebook Sued Over Allegedly Bogus Advertising Stats

    The owner of a Kansas-based aromatherapy fashion business has filed a proposed class action suit in California federal court against Facebook alleging the social media giant grossly inflates so-called potential-reach demographic figures that dictate advertising rates and guide clients in choosing what markets in which to place their ads.

  • August 16, 2018

    Groups Urge FTC To Fine Facebook Amid EU Data Row

    EPIC and a coalition of like-minded internet consumer groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to slap Facebook with a hefty fine and conclude the agency's investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal by September or potentially see the legal basis for transferring data across the Atlantic grind to a halt.

  • August 16, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Part Of $7.3M Apple Patent Verdict

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upended a jury verdict that required Apple Inc. to pay $7.3 million to Core Wireless Licensing SARL, which claimed iPads and iPhones infringed two of its patents covering wireless communications technology.

  • August 16, 2018

    Free Speech Group Backs Trump In 2nd Circ. Twitter Appeal

    Free speech organization the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation on Wednesday stood behind President Donald Trump in his Second Circuit appeal challenging a lower court's decision deeming his blocking of critics from his personal Twitter account unconstitutional, saying the ruling misconstrued the First Amendment.

  • August 16, 2018

    FCC’s Pai Says Debunked Cyberattack Put Him In A Pickle

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday defended his decision to delay publicly disavowing since-debunked claims that a cyberattack brought down its public comment system last year, telling lawmakers that an agency watchdog’s request to keep mum put him in a difficult position.

  • August 16, 2018

    Battery Makers Seek To Dodge Buyer Claims In Antitrust MDL

    Panasonic Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. have asked a California federal court to let them out of indirect purchasers' claims in multidistrict litigation over alleged lithium ion battery price-fixing, arguing that the consumers had provided no evidence that they paid unfairly spiked prices for batteries sold by the companies.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 16, 2018

    Duane Morris Nabs Epstein Becker Immigration Pro In NY

    Duane Morris LLP has said it hired a former Epstein Becker Green member who’s experienced in representing technology, finance and retail companies in a range of immigration matters.

  • August 16, 2018

    Squire Patton Nabs 3 Leaders Of Dissolved IP Boutique

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has swallowed intellectual property boutique Singularity LLP, snagging a trio of veteran tech litigators from the dissolved boutique as part of the global firm’s efforts to bolster its intellectual property presence in the Bay Area.

  • August 15, 2018

    FTC Heeds Groups' Input In OK'ing Modified COPPA Program

    The Federal Trade Commission allowed the video game industry’s self-regulatory body to move forward with proposed changes to its longstanding safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, after one of the program’s operators agreed to strike narrowed definitions of personal information and jurisdiction that had attracted backlash from advocacy groups.

  • August 15, 2018

    Facebook Beats Mirror Worlds' Patent Suit Over News Feed

    A New York federal judge has ruled that Mirror Worlds Technologies LLC failed to show that Facebook Inc. infringed three of its patents covering digital data organization technology, finding that the social media giant’s news feed and other features did not use a “main stream” as described by the patents.

  • August 15, 2018

    Chancery Cuts 3.3% More From AOL Merger Appraisal

    A reargument of a Chancery Court post-merger appraisal of AOL Inc. added to dissenting stockholders’ loss Wednesday, with a $47.08-per-share ruling that saw 3.3 percent nicked off the already below-deal amount that some investors were left with after trial.

  • August 15, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds Ex-Reed Smith Litigator In Philly

    Holland & Knight LLP has hired a Reed Smith LLP partner with 30 years of experience as a trial attorney representing major clients like Uber Technology Inc. in bet-the-company litigation to head the firm’s Philadelphia regional litigation team, Holland & Knight said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The SEC Thinks Most Tokens Are Securities, For Now

    Robert Rosenblum

    A common misconception in the cryptocurrency community has been the belief that because a token is intended to have utility in the future, it is not a security at the time it is issued. However, based on certain features of the tokens and how they are typically offered, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has concluded otherwise, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • AI In Lending: Key Challenges And Practical Considerations

    David Stein

    A recent report from the U.S. Treasury Department discussed the use of artificial intelligence in financial services and identified related legal challenges. There is little risk of financial regulators taking proactive steps to restrict the use of AI, but existing laws and regulations adopted long before its advent remain in effect, says David Stein of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Blockchains: A Better Tool For Supply Chain Management

    James Ton-that

    Although commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology can also be implemented to modernize international supply chains, which currently suffer from voluminous documentary requirements, layers of middlemen and immense regulation, say James Ton-that and Ravi Soopramanien of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Carpenter Ruling May Be Turning Point In Digital Data Privacy

    Kim Peretti

    While the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed its Carpenter holding was narrow, its unprecedented recognition of an individual’s privacy interest in data held by third parties could signal significant changes in privacy more generally, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Sidewalks: The Next Mobility Frontier

    Michele Satterlund

    Sidewalks are an increasingly integral part of how people and goods are transported. While some jurisdictions are banning certain technologies from their sidewalks, others are recognizing the importance of expanding mobility options, says Michele Satterlund, an attorney with McGuireWoods LLP and lobbyist with McGuireWoods Consulting.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.