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  • August 15, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Halt FCC's Next-Gen Rule Amid Challenges

    The D.C. Circuit refused on Wednesday to pause the implementation of a Federal Communications Commission rule intended to accelerate the deployment of infrastructure to support denser, next-generation mobile networks.

  • August 15, 2018

    Cabot Inks $1.6B Cash-And-Stock Deal For Chemicals Co.

    Semiconductor industry supplier Cabot Microelectronics Corp. has agreed to buy Fort Worth, Texas-based specialty chemicals company KMG Chemicals Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal that boasts an enterprise value of roughly $1.6 billion, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2018

    AT&T Faces $224M Privacy Suit Over Cryptocurrency Theft

    A well-known cryptocurrency investor slapped AT&T with a nearly $224 million lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday, alleging that the carrier’s failure to provide adequate data security, despite previously suffering high-profile privacy incidents, allowed for the theft of millions in digital currency from his accounts.

  • August 14, 2018

    Tinder Founders Sue Match For $2B Over Stock Options

    A slew of Tinder founders, early employees and current executives hit the dating app’s parent companies, IAC and Match Group Inc., with a $2 billion suit in New York state court Tuesday, accusing the companies of deliberately tanking the valuation of the dating app in order to lessen the value of their stock options.

  • August 14, 2018

    Rimini Still Owes Oracle $28.5M Attys' Fees In IP Suit

    A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday ordered Rimini Street Inc. to pay Oracle Corp. $28.5 million in attorneys' fees after years of litigation in their copyright infringement case, saying the award was still justified even though the Ninth Circuit reversed Oracle’s state-law claims.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Calif. Privacy Law Isn't End Of The World, Lawmakers Told

    A coalition of consumer advocacy groups shot back at the business community's initial efforts to scale back a recently enacted California privacy law, arguing that "the sky is not falling, as industry suggests" and urging state lawmakers to focus on "strictly technical cleanup" work for now. 

  • August 14, 2018

    US Asks To DQ Atty In Sub-Tech Case Who Reps China’s Gov’t

    The U.S. Attorney's Office asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to disqualify an attorney for a man accused of illegally exporting submarine-detection equipment for a Chinese military institute, saying the lawyer’s simultaneous representation of the Chinese government creates a “serious potential conflict of interest.”

  • August 14, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Mobile Priority Raises Open Internet Snags

    The Federal Communications Commission is inviting stakeholders to probe whether a framework that offers priority mobile service to public safety users raises concerns under the Communications Act and the agency’s new “open internet” regime that replaced stricter net neutrality rules.

  • August 14, 2018

    PE-Backed First Data Prices $1.5B Secondary Offering

    KKR & Co.-backed payment technology company First Data Corp. unveiled the pricing of a $1.52 billion secondary offering of shares of its Class A common stock by New Omaha Holdings LP, an affiliate of the private equity giant, that is expected to close on Thursday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Talent, Recruiting Biz ClearCompany Nabs $60M In Funding

    Talent management and recruiting software firm ClearCompany on Tuesday said its first-ever growth funding round brought in $60 million, as the company looks to add new members to its team and increase its development and sales capabilities.

  • August 14, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During July, telecom lobbyists laid out agendas at the Federal Communications Commission to better organize infrastructure work, collect more granular broadband data and support voice services in areas that are expensive to serve.

  • August 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of Netlist Memory Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday invalidated parts of two computer memory patents that Netlist Inc. has accused SanDisk LLC of infringing, upholding a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • August 14, 2018

    Amicus Briefs Back DOJ On AT&T-Time Warner Appeal

    A slew of law professors and interest groups, as well as the Federal Communications Commission, largely supported the government’s case Monday in filings with the D.C. Circuit as the U.S. Department of Justice appeals its loss in the AT&T-Time Warner merger challenge.

  • August 14, 2018

    After Big Ruling, Fed. Circ. Nixes USPTO Fee Award

    Citing a ruling last month striking down the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's controversial policy on attorneys' fees, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday started tossing out such awards against other patent applicants.

  • August 14, 2018

    BlackBerry Slams Class Cert. Bid In Stock-Drop Suit

    BlackBerry Ltd. has asked a New York federal judge not to certify a proposed class of investors alleging the company inflated its stock by hiding the poor performance of its Z10 smartphone, arguing that even the investors' experts cannot confirm that any of the company's alleged misstatements affected its share price.

  • August 14, 2018

    MoFo M&A Co-Chair Named 1st-Ever CLO Of Softbank Group

    The co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s global mergers and acquisitions practice group is set to become the first-ever chief legal officer and senior vice president of SoftBank Group Corp., the Tokyo-based telecommunications and internet giant announced on Monday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reverses PTAB Denial Of Facebook Layout Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Facebook Inc.’s patent application for a method of arranging images was not obvious by prior art because a previously published algorithm did not sufficiently teach the rejected patent claims, reversing a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision.

  • August 14, 2018

    Investors Sue MoviePass Owners As Stock Bottoms Out

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. investors filed a putative class action suit against the company alleging that it misled the public on the profitability of moviegoing subscription service MoviePass Inc. before the stock bottomed out, according to a filing in New York federal court Monday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Adds Corporate Partner in Atlanta Office

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has brought on a corporate attorney who previously worked in private practice as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside The Latest Congressional Hearing On Crypto

    Todd Friedman

    Following a July hearing by the House Committee on Agriculture on the regulation of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, Todd Friedman of Silver Miller recaps the views of various stakeholders — from the former head of JPMorgan's blockchain program to a former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • ReadyTech And The Future Of The Privacy Shield

    Jason Sarfati

    Despite the Federal Trade Commission’s commitment to continue regulating and enforcing the Privacy Shield program — as evidenced by a settlement last month with ReadyTech — the program itself has recently been placed in jeopardy, says Jason Sarfati of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Crypto Economy Presents Novel Challenges For Insurers

    Thomas Caswell

    In cryptocurrency insurance, volatility disproportionately affects every stage of an insurance policy's life cycle from underwriting to adjustment of losses. This creates real challenges — especially when it comes to valuing losses, say Thomas Caswell and Dennis Anderson of Zelle LLP.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Licensing Technology

    Toni Hickey

    Statistics show that licensing activity is at an all-time high. Still, companies should carefully consider whether and how to license technology, as licensing arrangements can present a conundrum for both intellectual property owners and licensees, say Toni Hickey of Cummins Inc. and William Barrow and Charles Harris of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • 3D Gun Legality After Defense Distributed Settlement, Ruling

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    A month after the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement allowing Defense Distributed to legally publish and share its 3D printable gun files on the internet, a Washington federal court granted a preliminary injunction. The reach of permissible file sharing for do-it-yourself plastic guns in the age of 3D printing just took an unexpected turn, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Responding To Fed. Circ.'s Latest Patent Damages Test

    Eric Phillips

    Although the Federal Circuit's decision last month in Power Integrations v. Fairchild appears to raise the bar on using an entire product as the royalty base, other recent decisions appear to relax requirements for certain plaintiffs or even provide an alternate path to the same damages figure, say Eric Phillips of VLF Consulting Inc. and Amol Parikh of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Opinion

    A Decade Of US Patent Reform Must Not Be Undone

    John Thorne

    Recent reforms in America's patent system have nurtured a remarkable burst of American innovation. Despite this, legislation has been filed in Congress that would effectively repeal the America Invents Act and overturn a number of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, says John Thorne of the High Tech Inventors Alliance.