Technology

  • May 16, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Poses Cybersecurity Risk, House Reps. Told

    Cybersecurity experts told a House subcommittee Wednesday that telecom infrastructure built by Chinese companies with alleged government ties poses a national security risk, and advocated for interagency and private sector collaboration to address the risks in a targeted way.

  • May 16, 2018

    Quinn Atty's Query In $1B Apple Trial 'Improper,' Judge Says

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threatened Wednesday to admonish Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in front of a jury deciding how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple smartphone patents, calling a line of questioning posed to an Apple witness “very improper" and "intentionally done.”

  • May 16, 2018

    LG Chem Can't Shake NJ Suit Over Exploding Battery

    LG Chem Ltd. has lost its bid to toss a New Jersey federal court lawsuit from a California man who was allegedly injured by an exploding battery after boarding a flight in Denver, with a judge ordering discovery to gauge whether the case may be heard in the Garden State.

  • May 16, 2018

    Lexis Boosts IP Services With PatentSight Acquisition

    LexisNexis-owned Reed Tech, which provides information services to the intellectual property, government and life sciences industries, on Wednesday announced that it has acquired PatentSight, a data analytics company known for its program that helps value IP assets.

  • May 16, 2018

    Liberty, Travelers Off Hook For Costs In Ala. Enviro Cleanup

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Liberty Mutual and Travelers don’t have to cover environmental cleanup costs for an electronics company that struck a deal with an Alabama regulator, finding the policies only obligated the insurers to pay costs racked up as damages from a lawsuit.

  • May 16, 2018

    Calif. Federal Court Tosses Negligence Claim Against Intuit

    A California federal court dismissed claims of negligence and aiding and abetting fraud asserted by two plaintiffs in a proposed class action against Intuit Inc., the maker of TurboTax software, saying Tuesday that the alleged injuries were not reasonably foreseeable.

  • May 16, 2018

    Mugshots.com Exploited Those Arrested, Calif. AG Says

    Four men allegedly behind Mugshots.com were charged Wednesday with extortion, money laundering and identity theft, with California's attorney general saying the company’s “scheme” requiring payment to remove an individual’s booking photo from the website is “exploitation, plain and simple.”

  • May 16, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tianqi, SoftBank, CVC

    Tianqi Lithium is reportedly getting close to inking a $4.3 billion deal to buy a stake in Sociedad Quimica y Minera, SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son is considering another $100 billion fund, and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners paused a possible takeover of pharmaceutical giant Recordati.

  • May 16, 2018

    PTAB Upholds Data Patent Challenged By Dell, Others

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday upheld a Realtime Data patent covering data compression technology that was challenged by several tech companies including Dell, Oracle and HP, finding the companies failed to show any of the claims are obvious.

  • May 16, 2018

    Samsung Fights Sanctions Bid In Panasonic Antitrust Suit

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. urged a California federal court on Tuesday not to sanction the company over its suit alleging Panasonic Corp. colluded with others to monopolize the flash memory card market, arguing Panasonic is glossing over the main part of the alleged scheme.

  • May 16, 2018

    Pentagon Says Cloud Services Best Left To One Company

    The U.S. Department of Defense has defended its decision to build a multibillion-dollar commercial cloud service around a single vendor, telling lawmakers recently that sourcing the project to multiple companies would add costs and hamper "warfighter" effectiveness.

  • May 16, 2018

    Gov't Not A 'Person' In AIA Patent Reviews, Justices Told

    Return Mail Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit ruling that the federal government is a "person" with standing to challenge patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, saying the government has become a "repeat participant" in America Invents Act review proceedings.

  • May 16, 2018

    UK Lawmakers Want Answers From Facebook On Data Privacy

    Lawmakers in the United Kingdom took Facebook Inc. to task for failing to sufficiently answer questions Parliament posed regarding the social media giant's data privacy policies and the spread of fake news via its platform, saying they want more answers from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

  • May 16, 2018

    Senate Passes Measure To Keep Net Neutrality

    Senate Democrats narrowly succeeded Wednesday in passing a resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation rule, setting the stage for a tougher showdown in the House.

  • May 16, 2018

    Republican Sens. Propose FCC Merger Review 'Shot Clock'

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee and two other Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would institute a 180-day "shot clock" on merger reviews by the Federal Communications Commission and require the Federal Trade Commission to litigate merger challenges in federal court.

  • May 16, 2018

    Construction Industry Can't Ignore Growing Hacking Threats

    The construction industry has yet to join the ranks of sectors that have been smacked by massive data breaches in recent years, but hackers are no doubt eyeing the sensitive employee data and business plans that builders hold, both to launch isolated attacks and to use as gateways to bigger hauls, attorneys say.

  • May 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For SAP On Financial Data Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Texas federal judge's finding that InvestPic LLC's patented method for analyzing financial data, which it asserted against SAP America Inc., was invalid under Alice for claiming a noninventive and abstract mathematical idea.

  • May 15, 2018

    Google Cries Foul At Architect’s Revised RICO Suit

    Google objected Tuesday to an architect’s sixth attempt at alleging the tech giant stole his building design technology trade secrets, saying the amended suit filed in California federal court with bolstered Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims was improperly filed without the court’s permission.

  • May 15, 2018

    GoDaddy Texts Weren't Sent Using Autodialer, Judge Says

    GoDaddy.com scored a quick win in a proposed class action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations stemming from allegedly unauthorized text messages, with an Arizona federal judge citing a recent D.C. Circuit decision addressing the definition of "autodialer" to conclude that such a device wasn’t used here.

  • May 15, 2018

    Samsung Owes Apple Over $1B For Ripping Off IP, Jury Told

    Apple told an eight-member jury during opening statements in a high-profile California federal damages trial Tuesday that Samsung owes it more than $1 billion for infringing three of Apple's design patents covering iPhones, while Samsung pegged the number at just $28 million.

Expert Analysis

  • A New Regulatory Avenue For NY Cryptocurrency Exchanges

    Jonathan Sorkowitz

    Virtual currency businesses in New York should understand that they are under scrutiny even if they receive New York BitLicenses. The Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative will most likely survive the resignation and departure of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, so businesses should proceed cautiously, says Jonathan Sorkowitz of Skarzynski Black LLC.

  • Data Breach Disclosure Lessons From SEC's $35M Yahoo Fine

    Michael Dicke

    The $35 million fine levied against Altaba, formerly known as Yahoo, marks the first time that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has alleged that a company’s failure to disclose a data breach violated the federal securities laws. This enforcement action may also give breach-related securities class actions new life, say Michael Dicke and Alexis Caloza of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Will The US Match Or Improve On GDPR Privacy Model?

    Jonathan Walsh

    While aspects of proposed U.S. privacy legislation mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, none of the pending solutions in Congress provides the level of government protection of user data engendered by the GDPR, say Jonathan Walsh and Edward Combs of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • Opinion

    SEC Needs To Better Understand Cryptocurrency Industry

    Harvey Kesner

    While subpoenas fly and much confusion surrounds unregistered initial coin offering sales, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff struggles to grasp the evolving businesses around blockchain. The staff is grinding out ill-fitted comments to issuers, relying on assumptions incompatible with this brand-new industry, says Harvey Kesner of Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • New Regs Pave Way For China's Self-Driving Car Strategy

    Mark Schaub

    Last month, three Chinese government ministries jointly issued national regulations for road testing of autonomous vehicles. The national rules supplement local regulations recently issued in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, and are just one indication of China’s ambitions to lead the world in this new technology, say Mark Schaub and Atticus Zhao of King & Wood Mallesons.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Tech Can Help, Not Take Over, Your Real Estate Transaction

    Shawn Amuial

    Many technologists and pessimists alike have claimed that artificial intelligence and machine learning will replace lawyers. However, current technologies can actually transform and streamline attorneys' jobs, allowing them to complete tasks like real estate transactions in a manner that is better, faster and cheaper, says Shawn Amuial of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Antitrust Concerns About Big Data May Be Overblown

    Paul Eckles

    The antitrust world has begun to take notice of the ever-growing amount of data being shared across networks and devices, resulting in calls for new laws and increased enforcement efforts. However, existing antitrust principles — when correctly applied — are sufficient to police a firm’s purported misuse of big data, say Paul Eckles and Luke Taeschler of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.