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Technology

  • January 9, 2019

    Free Market Think Tank Wants FCC To Strike Old Regs

    The Federal Communications Commission should flex its congressionally delegated muscles to clear out obsolete regulations, the conservative think tank Free State Foundation said in a white paper published Tuesday, adding that the idea has already garnered support within the agency.

  • January 9, 2019

    US Emphasizes Close Oversight In China Trade Talks

    Trump administration officials wrapped up a meeting with their Chinese counterparts with little fanfare Wednesday as the two sides continue to work on a deal that will solve a bitter trade dispute, with the U.S. stressing that any final agreement will be closely monitored to ensure Beijing’s compliance.

  • January 8, 2019

    Intel Exec Slams Qualcomm's 'Very Unfair' Biz Model At Trial

    Intel Corp.'s chief strategy officer ripped into Qualcomm's "very unfair" business model Tuesday on day three of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations, testifying that the chipmaker demands patent royalties from all device makers, even if they use competitors' chips, which undercuts competition.

  • January 8, 2019

    Red Hat Shareholder Drops Suit Over Planned $34B IBM Sale

    A Red Hat Inc. investor on Tuesday voluntarily dismissed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court that aimed to block a shareholder vote on the software company's planned $34 billion sale to IBM.

  • January 8, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Questions Contract Claim Over Secret IP Review

    A Federal Circuit judge asked a patent owner Tuesday to explain how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office breached an implied contract by funneling its patent application to a secret, now-defunct screening process.

  • January 8, 2019

    IBM Tops List Of US Patent Recipients For 26th Year

    IBM Corp. held its spot as the U.S. patent leader with a record 9,100 granted patents in 2018, according to a Tuesday report, even as the overall number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office took a slight drop from the previous year’s banner numbers.

  • January 8, 2019

    Apple, VirnetX Spar In Fed. Circ. Over Patent Appeal Remand

    Counsel from both Apple Inc. and VirnetX Inc. on Tuesday received tough questions from a Federal Circuit panel regarding whether the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has the authority to re-examine two pre-America Invents Act VirnetX patents that were ruled invalid after Apple challenged them.

  • January 8, 2019

    Cooley Nabs Ex-FCC Privacy, Telecom Pro From Boies Schiller

    Cooley LLP has picked up a Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner with significant cybersecurity, privacy and telecom litigation and policy experience garnered through his work spearheading enforcement activities at the Federal Communications Commission and the California attorney general's office.

  • January 8, 2019

    Cambridge Analytica Exec Can’t Stay Out Of Ch. 7 Case

    The Cambridge Analytica LLC director who signed the consulting firm’s bankruptcy papers can’t use a claim he wasn’t properly served to duck his role as the firm’s representative in its Chapter 7 case, a New York bankruptcy judge has found.

  • January 8, 2019

    Dems Renew Call For Crackdown On Mobile Location Tracking

    Sen. Ron Wyden and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have again called for government action to restrict mobile phone tracking in response to a report released Tuesday that described how an individual could still gain access to the locations of private cellphones through a shadowy network of location aggregators and resellers.

  • January 8, 2019

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the final month of 2018, lobbyists representing big telecom companies asked the Federal Communications Commission for regulatory changes to expand rural broadband and reduce call connection charges and for permission to keep building tools to block spam texts.

  • January 8, 2019

    Athenahealth Faces Shareholder Suit Over $5.7B Merger

    A proposed shareholder class action filed in Massachusetts federal court Monday asserts that a $5.7 billion plan for Veritas Capital and Elliot Management affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital to take Athenahealth private is based on misleading and inadequate financial analyses and overlooks potential conflicts of interest.

  • January 8, 2019

    Ericsson Can License IP On Its Terms, Not HTC's, Judge Says

    Ericsson isn't automatically required to license its standard-essential patents at the much cheaper component level, a Texas federal judge ruled Monday in a major blow to HTC, which has accused the company of trying to overcharge on royalties to license cellular and wireless network SEPs.

  • January 8, 2019

    Fintech Charter Ruling Is Important But 'Must Wait': OCC

    While acknowledging that a ruling on the matter would benefit the entire banking industry, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency told a D.C. federal judge Monday that a state regulator group’s latest challenge to a proposed special purpose charter for financial technology firms once again “must wait.”

  • January 8, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive $506M WARF IP Award Against Apple

    The full Federal Circuit will not review a decision that released Apple Inc. from a $506 million damages award in an infringement case brought by the licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison over a computer processor patent.

  • January 7, 2019

    Pols Can't Block Critics On Social Media, 4th Circ. Says

    Politicians can’t ban unfavorable constituents from social media pages and accounts used for official purposes, a Fourth Circuit panel ruled Monday, in a case that centers on issues similar to those at play in a dispute at the Second Circuit over President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

  • January 7, 2019

    High Court Asks SG To Weigh In On $59M Light Sensor Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it wants the solicitor general’s take on a $59 million intellectual property fight that could open a new avenue for patent damages on outside-the-U.S. sales if taken up.

  • January 7, 2019

    Class Fights Early Review Of Fitbit Insider Trading Suit

    Attorneys for Fitbit Inc. stockholders on Monday opposed a company bid for an early Delaware Supreme Court challenge to a Chancery Court decision nixing the dismissal of a $386 million derivative insider trading and fiduciary breach suit against key company figures in December.

  • January 7, 2019

    High Court Roundup: Justices Refuse To Hear 5 Patent Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals in several patent cases, including one in which a $200 million verdict won by Merck was wiped out by an attorney’s purportedly "duplicitous" behavior, and another arguing patent disclosure rules have created "anarchy."

  • January 7, 2019

    Justices Won't Hear Fiat Chrysler Bid To Undo Hack Cert.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Fiat Chrysler’s bid to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court’s certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, preserving a Seventh Circuit decision clearing the way for a multistate trial against the automaker.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Money Transmitters Face Ambiguity In State, Federal Law

    Madison Thompson

    Over the past five years, Venmo has been the subject of enforcement actions by both federal and state actors. Madison Thompson of Troutman Sanders LLP provides an overview of the current oversight regime and insight for other money transmitters navigating the regulatory space.

  • Perspectives

    Blockchain Can Empower Stateless Refugees

    Amy Schmitz

    Innovative blockchain-based projects providing stateless refugees with forms of identification, digital assets and educational opportunities could change the rules for this vulnerable population, say Amy Schmitz of the University of Missouri School of Law and Jeff Aresty of Internetbar.org.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Société Générale: Sanctions Enforcement Is Alive And Well

    Ama Adams

    The recent settlement between Société Générale and U.S. regulators illustrates that U.S. sanctions enforcement authorities may be shifting their attention back to large financial institutions after several years of relatively quiet enforcement across the financial services industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Further Expands Appellate Review Of IPR

    Christopher Loh

    The decision this month in Arista v. Cisco illustrates the Federal Circuit’s expanding jurisdiction over inter partes review issues that previously were considered unreviewable, says Christopher Loh of Venable LLP.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Days 12 And 13

    Janis Kestenbaum

    The seventh hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways.

  • The Future Of Intellectual Property Imports In China

    Holly White

    As China's intellectual property enforcement system is strengthened, and its consumer market grows in size and sophistication, there are increasingly more and better opportunities for foreign businesses to bring their IP into the country, says Holly White, a technology consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • Revised DOL Form Will Impact Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

    Miatrai Brown

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a new edition of its Labor Condition Application — a prerequisite for the proper filing of an H-1B petition — prompting several changes that will impact future filings, says Miatrai Brown of Erickson Immigration Group.