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Technology

  • October 5, 2018

    ISN Needs Larger Fact Record For Early Win, Chancery Says

    A motion for summary judgment filed by ISN Software Inc. was defeated Friday when a Delaware Chancery Court judge said the shareholder suit over the company’s price in a 2013 merger needed a more developed factual record before any decision could be made in the case.

  • October 5, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For Fashion E-Commerce Co.

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court's decision to toss a patent infringement suit against fashion media company Clique Brands Inc., leaving in place a California federal judge's decision to ax the internet patent as too abstract under the high court's Alice standard.

  • October 5, 2018

    Judge Says Alibaba At Least Partly Won In Crypto TM Fight

    A New York federal judge told lawyers for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on Friday that they did a better job arguing for an injunction against the promoters of a cryptocurrency called Alibabacoin than they had previously, but declined to rule after a heated argument.

  • October 5, 2018

    Preliminary Privacy Settlement Over BART App OK'd By Judge

    A California federal magistrate judge has approved a preliminary settlement for a class that claims Bay Area Rapid Transit secretly collected riders' personal information through a mobile app promoted as a public safety measure.

  • October 5, 2018

    Apple Wants To Hang Up FaceTime Failure Suit

    Apple Inc. has urged a California federal court to toss a consumer class action alleging the tech giant intentionally broke the FaceTime video chat service on older iPhones, arguing iPhone 4 customers didn't adequately back up their damages claims and were improperly suing over the company's design choices.

  • October 5, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Army Can Redo $5B Computer Procurement

    The Federal Circuit in a decision made public Friday said the U.S. Army can reopen bidding on a $5 billion computer project after a federal judge blocked the agency from correcting issues with the procurement process, saying it was rational for the Army to fix major problems that wound up disqualifying most bidders. 

  • October 5, 2018

    Ericsson Insists HTC Must Prove SEP Royalties Breach

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc., which is suing Swedish telecom Ericsson Inc. in Texas federal court for allegedly overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, bears the burden of proof for its breach-of-contract claim, Ericsson has said in a brief.

  • October 5, 2018

    4 Blank-Check Companies Price IPOs Totaling $780M

    A quartet of blank-check companies began trading Friday after pricing initial public offerings totaling $780 million the day before, led by an upsized $400 million offering from Collier Creek Holdings, in addition to ChaSerg Technology Acquisition Corp., Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. and EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp.

  • October 5, 2018

    How PE Attys And Clients Can Get Ahead Of Cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks are becoming more common, disruptive and difficult to detect, and private equity attorneys should be imploring their clients to take preemptive action to ensure they have the proper practices in place to handle a cyber incident when it occurs.

  • October 5, 2018

    Eastern European Bloc Backs Digital Tax

    A bloc of Eastern European states said Friday that they were supporting the European Union’s temporary digital tax.

  • October 4, 2018

    Elon Musk, SEC Told To Justify $20M Settlement Over Tweets

    A New York federal judge on Thursday told Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to justify their settlement, which would see Musk step down as chair of Tesla Inc. and pay a $20 million fine to end the SEC’s allegations that he posted misleading Twitter messages about taking Tesla private.

  • October 4, 2018

    IQVIA Can't Nix Counterclaims In Trade Secrets Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has refused to dismiss pharmaceutical information technology company Veeva Systems Inc.’s monopoly claims in its countersuit against life sciences data giant IQVIA Inc., ruling Wednesday that it plausibly alleged IQVIA tried to block customer access to its product.

  • October 4, 2018

    Facebook Kids' App, Others Violate Privacy Law, FTC Told

    A pair of Democratic senators and several consumer organizations are urging the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at the data collection and tracking practices of child-directed apps, with the advocacy groups specifically targeting Facebook's kid-centric messaging service for allegedly violating federal children's privacy rules.

  • October 4, 2018

    T-Mobile Convinces PTAB Much Of Wi-Fi Patent Is Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board gutted a Wi-Fi hotspot patent that T-Mobile US Inc. had been accused of infringing, finding Wednesday that numerous claims in the patent were invalid.

  • October 4, 2018

    Synopsys Claims Ubiquiti Destroyed Evidence in RICO, IP Row

    Synopsys Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to sanction Ubiquiti Networks Inc. for allegedly destroying tens of thousands of files relevant to Synopsys' lawsuit that accuses the networking company of using its design software without paying and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • October 4, 2018

    Intuit's TurboTax Refund Fraud Deal For 915K Victims OK'd

    A California federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved a nonmonetary deal TurboTax-maker Intuit Inc. reached to settle proposed class action claims that the company enabled fraudsters to file 915,000 fake tax returns, saying not all identity theft victims suffered out-of-pocket losses and those who did can still pursue individual claims.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ga. Activists File Last-Ditch Bid For Election Security

    Activists that want Georgia to address hacking concerns by replacing electronic voting with paper balloting have filed a last-ditch effort to sway a federal judge to order a series of election security measures ahead of the upcoming midterms.

  • October 4, 2018

    Vizio Cuts $17M Deal To End Smart-TV Spying MDL

    Vizio Inc. has reached a $17 million deal to resolve multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of 16 million smart-TV owners over claims that the electronics company collected and shared data about the consumers' viewing habits without their consent, according to documents filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • October 4, 2018

    DevOps Tech Biz Lands $165M Series D Funding Round

    Continuous software updating technology company JFrog Ltd., which was guided by Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, said Thursday that it has closed its latest funding round with $165 million in contributions led by Insight Venture Partners that will be used to drive innovation and expansion.

  • October 4, 2018

    Texas Judge Adds 2 Years To ZTE Oversight In Sanctions Case

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will spend an extra two years under the scrutiny of a Texas federal judge’s hand-picked monitor after the judge found on Wednesday that the company had violated its probation in a criminal sanctions case.

Expert Analysis

  • The Limitations Of NY's Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

    Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

    A New York law that took effect this summer prohibits predispute agreements to arbitrate sexual harassment claims. Although well-intentioned, this provision is unlikely to significantly alter the status quo, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Jacob Singer of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Why Contract Analytics Are Essential To Minimizing Risk

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    In most enterprises, certain critical data remains in silos and cannot be leveraged in a standardized way across all units and issues. By applying analytics to contracts from the small silos and looking at them as a key source of information, executives and counsel can get a clear picture of the overall business, says Ryan Drimalla of FTI Consulting.

  • Intellectual Property Caught In US-China Trade Crossfire

    Holly White

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products as a response to China’s trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. The U.S.-Chinese trade war highlights the need to approach investments in China differently, taking a broad view of intellectual assets and looking beyond basic legal protection, says Holly White, a consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • Report Highlights Challenges Of Partial Vehicle Automation

    Laura Foggan

    A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reviewing advances in vehicle automation technology, notes the difficult questions that may arise when assigning responsibility in an accident involving both a human driver and a vehicle equipped with automated driving technology, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Redefines 'Real Party In Interest' In USPTO Reviews

    Craig Countryman

    The Federal Circuit’s decision in Applications in Internet Time v. RPX expansively interprets the term “real party in interest” and creates new hurdles for companies that ask the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to institute an inter partes or post-grant review, says Craig Countryman of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • 3 Risk Management Options For Autonomous Vehicle Makers

    Patrick Reilly

    While there are no precedential court decisions involving an autonomous vehicle accident yet, it's only a matter of time. In-house counsel should consider a range of legal, professional and technological measures to avoid or mitigate the litigation risks, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Early Strategies For Protecting Neural Network Inventions

    Frank DeCosta

    Companies are heavily investing in artificial neural networks and implementing them into products and businesses. This technology provides a vivid illustration of some of the challenges in seeking intellectual property protection for artificial intelligence, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Insurance In The Age Of Vehicle Autonomy And Ride-Sharing

    Robert Campedel

    Programs involving the use of autonomous vehicles by parties other than direct owners, such as ride-share, peer-to-peer, and leasing and rental programs, create new insurance issues for manufacturers, owners, lessors and users of autonomous vehicles, says Robert Campedel of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • When Electronic Records Disappear But Legal Issues Linger

    Donna Fisher

    The legal implications of communication tools that automatically delete messages are surfacing in various types of litigation and investigations. As these tools become more popular, a company must constantly evaluate how to reconcile their use with its duty to preserve evidence, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.