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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.