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Technology

  • May 21, 2018

    Texas Atty Sues FindLaw Over 'Cookie Cutter' Website Design

    A Dallas attorney sued West Publishing Corp. in Texas court Monday, alleging he was duped into buying website design services for his seven-lawyer firm from the company's FindLaw platform based on a promise of a customized site, only to get a "generic cookie cutter" site.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ex-Uber Engineer Files Sexual Harassment Suit

    A former Uber programmer sued the ride-hailing giant in California state court Monday alleging she was subject to such severe sexual harassment and retaliation that she was hospitalized, in a filing that comes days after the company pledged not to send sexual misconduct-based suits to arbitration.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Opens 'Transparency' Portal Before Net Neutrality Sunset

    The Federal Communications Commission has put in place another piece of the framework for the agency's net neutrality deregulation, revealing Monday that the FCC opened a portal for internet service providers to disclose their web traffic-management practices.

  • May 21, 2018

    High Court Won’t Hear Sony PlayStation Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of America Invents Act reviews related to a dispute over intellectual property used in Sony’s PlayStation gaming system, continuing its cleanup of cases impacted by its recent ruling that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has the authority to invalidate patents.

  • May 21, 2018

    Making Sense Of Trump's Abrupt China Trade Ceasefire

    President Donald Trump has called an abrupt truce in his ever-escalating trade spat with China as the two powerhouses try and hammer out a broader agreement, marking the latest dramatic turn in a saga that has come to define the early stages of the administration’s economic policy.

  • May 21, 2018

    NJ Orders Cos. To Stop Offering Securities In 'Cryptosweep'

    New Jersey officials on Monday ordered three online cryptocurrency-related investment organizations to stop offering unregistered securities in the Garden State, issuing the directives as part of an international crackdown on bogus products.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Shot Clock Bill Unlikely To Speed Merger Reviews

    A bill that would lock federal agencies into tighter merger review procedures found new life in the U.S. Senate last week, but experts are divided on how effective such a measure could be in speeding up media merger approvals at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 21, 2018

    Toyota To Proceed With Wireless Tech Despite FCC Caution

    Toyota has not given up on having vehicles wirelessly communicate with each other within the next few years, telling the Federal Communications Commission in a letter Friday that the automaker will continue to implement the technology despite proposals for sharing its spectrum.

  • May 21, 2018

    Samsung Can't Force Galaxy S3 Arb With Hidden Agreement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said Monday that Samsung can’t dismiss or force into arbitration a proposed class action seeking damages after a consumer's Galaxy S3 phone allegedly overheated and caused a fire, determining that the company had essentially hidden its arbitration agreement in a 64-page informational booklet.

  • May 21, 2018

    Mass. Tech Co. Says Ex-Employees Gave Secrets To Rival

    A Massachusetts semiconductor maker on Monday sued a Bay State competitor, claiming three former employees who had jumped ship brought with them trade secrets that have led to two different patents being infringed.

  • May 21, 2018

    DLA Piper Picks Up NJ Corporate Atty From Morgan Lewis

    DLA Piper has added a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney to its corporate practice group in its Short Hills, New Jersey, office, where he’ll focus on business transactions ranging from formations to sales and initial public offerings.

  • May 21, 2018

    Pillsbury Adds IP Duo In Calif. To Lead Taiwan Practice

    Two attorneys with experience in complex intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation and patents have joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as partners in San Francisco, where they’ll lead the firm’s Taiwan practice, Pillsbury announced Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    TiVo Ordered To Pay Attys' Fees In 7-Year-Old IP Suit

    A global research agency on Friday won its bid for attorneys' fees in an intellectual property suit against TiVo that stretches back nearly seven years, after a New York federal judge found that TiVo had unnecessarily prolonged frivolous arguments defending its patented advertising platform.

  • May 21, 2018

    TTAB Denies LG 'G5' Logo TM, Citing Chinese Co.'s 'G'Five'

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is refusing to let LG Electronics register the logo for its "G5" smartphone as a trademark, saying it's confusingly similar to a Chinese electronics company's "G'Five" brand.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ropes & Gray Leads Partners Group In GlobalLogic Buy-In

    Switzerland-based Partners Group, led by Ropes & Gray LLP, will snap up Apax Partners' stake in GlobalLogic in a deal that values the digital product engineering services provider at more than $2 billion, with plans to help the company grow its services in Europe.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Judge Tosses Uniloc's Battery IP Suit Against Apple

    A California federal judge has tossed Uniloc USA Inc.'s infringement suit against Apple Inc. without leave to amend, finding that its patent for cooling down devices when a battery is overheating involved "industry standard" technology that didn't sufficiently explain how its method for controlling the current in the battery is patentable.

  • May 21, 2018

    Roper Technologies Pays $1.1B For PE-Backed PowerPlan

    Roper Technologies Inc. has agreed to buy private equity-backed PowerPlan Inc., which provides accounting, tax and capital budgeting services to industries including oil and gas, telecom, and transportation, in an all-cash deal worth $1.1 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday responded to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck federal restrictions on sports betting by urging Congress to establish uniform standards for the states that legalize the practice.

  • May 21, 2018

    Accused ICO Fraudsters Deny $25M Crypto Card Scheme

    Two co-founders of cryptocurrency company Centra Tech Inc. on Monday denied charges of conning investors in a $25 million initial coin offering to fund a digital currency payment card they falsely claimed was backed by major payment processors including Visa Inc.

  • May 21, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Asks Google Whether Full Court Should Eye Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Friday asked Google to weigh in on a patent licensing company’s request for the entire court to review whether a panel erred in holding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board goofed on its construction of a claim term included in several media search patents challenged by the tech giant.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Blockchains May Comply With GDPR Mandates: Part 2

    Kennedy Luvai

    The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation may present some challenges to certain blockchain-based solutions. Compliance issues include data minimization, rectification of inaccurate data, access to data and access to data portability, says Kennedy Luvai of Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.