• March 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Hulu Picks Fight With Tech Startup 'Humu'

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hulu takes exception to the name of a tech startup founded by a former Google exec, a pet store named "Frodo" faces a "Lord of the Rings" battle, and Kobe Bryant springs into action to defend his "Black Mamba" nickname.

  • March 16, 2018

    Disney Deal Gets Autodesk Out Of Animation Patent Suit

    A California federal judge said Thursday that software giant Autodesk Inc. did not infringe designer Joseph Alter’s patent on technology for animating hair and fur by incorporating it into the company’s Maya animation program, finding Alter agreed not to sue Autodesk in a previous settlement with Disney.

  • March 16, 2018

    Phone Co. CEO Accused Of Encrypting Devices For Cartels

    The CEO of a company that made smartphones supposedly impervious to decryption was indicted Thursday and accused of helping drug traffickers escape detection, marking the first time the U.S. says it has pursued a business accused of intentionally providing tech tools to foil law enforcement.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, CIO at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 16, 2018

    9th Circ. Saves OnStar Consumer's Suit From Arbitration

    A federal appeals court resuscitated a potential class action against General Motors unit OnStar LLC on Thursday, saying the case couldn’t be sent to arbitration because the lead plaintiff didn’t really know she was agreeing to arbitrate when she signed up for OnStar.

  • March 16, 2018

    Clearlake Closes Latest Fund With $3.6B In Commitments

    Private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group LP has closed its latest round of funding with more than $3.6 billion in commitments that will be invested in target sectors including technology and energy, the firm said Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    FCC Rejects Spectrum Aggregator's License Renewal Bid

    The Federal Communications Commission has denied an "internet of things" wireless network provider a chance to renew 15 of its 16 spectrum licenses, finding that the company hadn't used most of them before they expired.

  • March 16, 2018

    BakerHostetler Adds 3 Technology Partners in Atlanta

    BakerHostetler has hired three former LeClairRyan attorneys, including the co-leads of its technology practice, who have represented digital marketers, software companies, health care providers and others in everything from data breaches to licensing deals.

  • March 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Partly Strikes Down FCC's TCPA Expansion

    The D.C. Circuit in a long-awaited ruling Friday narrowed a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order that expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, striking down the commission's definition of autodialer and strict conditions for calling reassigned numbers while upholding consumers' broad leeway to revoke consent.

  • March 15, 2018

    LinkedIn Tells 9th Circ. Startup’s Bots Hurt Competition

    LinkedIn asked a Ninth Circuit panel to nix a judge’s order allowing a startup company to keep using bots to scrape data from public profiles on its website, saying at oral arguments Thursday that the decision undermined the “very values of competition and innovation the district court thought it was protecting.”

  • March 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs Symantec’s Alice Win Against IV

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a decision that a data storage patent Intellectual Ventures accused Symantec of infringing is invalid for claiming a patent-ineligible abstract idea, even under a recent decision making such invalidations harder for accused infringers to win.

  • March 15, 2018

    Spotify Touts 'Transparency' Of Direct Stock Listing

    Music streaming giant Spotify Technology SA on Thursday touted its direct-listing plan as a transparent way of going public that is more democratic than a traditional initial public offering, marking the company’s first public discussion about its rationale for the unconventional strategy.

  • March 15, 2018

    Cost Error Gives Defense Co. 2nd Shot At $40M Navy Deal

    A government watchdog has told the U.S. Navy to take a second look at a $39.9 million contract awarded to a Florida defense contractor for providing information technology services at the Naval Sea Logistics Center, saying it may have inaccurately evaluated a bid by a South Carolina company as being costlier than it really was.

  • March 15, 2018

    FCC Must Undo AT&T, Verizon Spectrum Sales, Rep. Says

    In a letter Wednesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a California congresswoman accused the agency of unfairly giving AT&T and Verizon a leg up in the development of next-generation mobile service by approving a pair of multimillion-dollar spectrum license buyouts, calling for the commission to undo its actions. 

  • March 15, 2018

    Blucora Investor Defends Suit Over Costly Acquisitions

    An investor in tax and finance software venture Blucora Inc. argued late Wednesday that company directors were too conflicted to fairly consider and take up the claims in his multicount, derivative suit alleging duty breaches and self-interested board conduct in two costly acquisitions and other deals.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-Siemens Exec Admits To $100M Argentine Bribery Ploy

    A former Siemens AG executive on Thursday copped to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over his role in a massive $100 million bribery scheme in which several employees of the German conglomerate conspired to bribe Argentine officials to secure a $1 billion contract to produce national identity cards.

  • March 15, 2018

    GSA Taps 4 Companies To Start Federal IT Overhaul

    The U.S. General Services Administration has chosen four companies to help kick off the White House’s planned federal information technology overhaul, beginning with a pilot program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the GSA announced.

  • March 15, 2018

    Gravel & Shea Seals First US Blockchain Real Estate Deal

    A condo in South Burlington, Vermont, recently traded hands, and documents for the deal were entered into the blockchain in a historic first for a U.S. real estate transaction, with Gravel & Shea PC helping lay the groundwork to make the deal possible.

  • March 15, 2018

    'Warcraft' Maker Activision Gets PTAB To Kill Gaming Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that "World of Warcraft" maker Activision Blizzard had proven that a patent on avatars used in computer games is invalid based on prior art in an America Invents Act inter partes review, according to a decision issued Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2018

    EU To Decide Fate Of Apple's Shazam Purchase By Late April

    The European Union’s competition watchdog has set an April 23 deadline for a provisional decision on whether to clear Apple Inc.’s $400 million acquisition of music recognition service Shazam Entertainment Ltd., with a final decision due by June 2.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigating The Internet Of Things

    Leslie Gutierrez

    With the rise of the internet of things, vast new quantities of data are traversing the cloud. Companies that do not actively and continuously strengthen their cybersecurity protocols are at risk for breaches — and for the consumer class actions that may follow, says Leslie Gutierrez of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Could AI Take Over Standard Development Organizations?

    Ray Alderman

    The use of artificial intelligence in the existing technical standards development process might raise certain procedural, operational and legal questions in the future, say Ray Alderman of VITA and David Newman of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Opinion

    4 Ways New Chairman Can Create An Innovation-Friendly FTC

    Daniel Castro

    The Federal Trade Commission's incoming leaders will have an opportunity to solidify the FTC’s reputation as both a strong consumer advocate and a champion for innovation. To this end, there are several principles that should guide Chairman Joseph Simons when he takes the helm, say Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

  • A Closer Look At Fed. Circ. Guidance For PTAB In MaxLinear

    Scott Jarratt

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in MaxLinear v. CF Crespe remanding the case to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board presents logical and procedural uncertainties for the PTAB, as it has been directed to consider prior art not of record in the underlying inter partes review, says Scott Jarratt of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • What The DOJ Cyber Task Force Can Do

    Megan Brown

    While history is littered with reports and whitepapers that do not inspire change, there is an opportunity for the U.S. Department of Justice's new Cyber-Digital Task Force to have an impact, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Cryptocurrencies: Money, Securities Or Other Property?

    Leland Jones

    While newer forms of commercial crime policies specifically address cryptocurrency losses, there may be debate whether cryptocurrencies are "money," "securities" or "other property" under traditional crime forms. The argument will possibly focus on the "security" definition, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 10 Considerations For Blockchain Patent Applications

    Paul Haughey

    When filing blockchain patent applications, there are some issues to keep in mind, including divided infringement, Alice and open source, say attorneys with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Net Neutrality Repeal May Put Tech Startups In The Slow Lane

    Benjamin Warlick

    There is no telling how the current battle over net neutrality will play out, but there is a good chance that paid prioritization will not go away. Technology and content startups that do not have the resources to buy internet fast lanes may lose sales from slower traffic, says Benjamin Warlick of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • A Recurring Problem In Patentability Of Computer Software

    Benjamin Hattenbach

    In its discussion of the "abstract ideas" exception, Alice relied on Bilski. But the historical precedent cited by Bilski does not support the current patent regime. Courts should return to a clear delineation between patent-ineligible laws of nature and mathematical expressions thereof, and patent-eligible novel and useful inventions made by man, say Benjamin Hattenbach and Rosalyn Kautz of Irell & Manella LLP.

  • The FTC’s Quest For Better Influencer Disclosures

    Julie O’Neill

    Given the repetition of the Federal Trade Commission's message concerning its endorsement guides, it's apparent that the agency believes it is still not being heard. Julie O’Neill and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP recount how the FTC has gotten to where it is today and, thus, why it might be heading for a celebrity enforcement action next.