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Technology

  • July 13, 2018

    Edible Arrangements Must Arbitrate $209M Google TM Row

    A Connecticut federal judge on Friday granted arbitration and administratively closed a $209 million trademark suit in which Edible Arrangements accused Google of creating confusion by placing Edible's ads next to competitors, rejecting Edible's argument that the claims fall outside the scope of the companies’ arbitration clause.

  • July 13, 2018

    14 Firms To Guide IPOs Exceeding $1.1B As Deals Resume

    Fourteen firms will steer initial public offerings by 10 companies projected to raise $1.1 billion during the week of July 16, led by an estimated $300 million IPO from a private equity-backed energy equipment manufacturer, plus smaller deals by biotechnology firms, banks and a medical marijuana exporter.

  • July 13, 2018

    Uniloc Says Amazon's Video Compressor Infringes Its Patent

    Patent litigator Uniloc filed a complaint Thursday alleging that Amazon sells video devices that infringe a patent related to technology that encodes and compresses videos.

  • July 13, 2018

    Political Website Comments Didn't Violate Law, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey state appeals court has refused to revive claims in a defamation suit over postings on a political news website, ruling that while the online sentiments may have violated the site’s terms, they didn’t amount to the type of computer offense targeted by state law.

  • July 13, 2018

    Army Picks Austin For New Cutting-Edge Tech Unit

    As part of its biggest organizational shakeup in decades, the U.S. Army announced Friday that it has chosen Austin, Texas, for the headquarters of its new Futures Command, a unit meant to improve its modernization efforts and outreach to technology companies and researchers.

  • July 13, 2018

    New NLRB Advice Memos Include OK For 2 Lyft Rules

    The National Labor Relations Board general counsel's office released a fresh series of advice memorandums Friday, including one that found two Lyft Inc. rules restricting the use of its intellectual property and app users’ information were legal under the board’s new test for evaluating such rules.

  • July 13, 2018

    Big Patent Paydays Remain Tough With $140M Fed. Circ. Ax

    A recent Federal Circuit ruling that threw out $140 million in patent damages won by Power Integrations Inc. shows that the appeals court is keeping a close eye on sizable verdicts and making it difficult for patentees to base damages theories on a product’s entire value, attorneys say.

  • July 13, 2018

    US Lifts ZTE Export Ban Amid Sanctions Controversy

    The U.S. Department of Commerce formally reinstated ZTE Corp.'s access to the U.S. market Friday, capping off a long and controversial sanctions enforcement saga that has roiled lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

  • July 13, 2018

    Health Hires: King & Spalding, DLA Piper, Polsinelli, Quarles

    King & Spalding LLP has hired a pair of patent pros from Paul Hastings LLP; DLA Piper has scored a health care partner from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; Polsinelli PC has added a public policy shareholder from Dentons; and Quarles & Brady LLP has brought on a health and life sciences attorney from Wisconsin's Von Briesen & Roper SC.

  • July 12, 2018

    Patent Holder Challenges PTAB Decision's Constitutionality

    Polaris Innovations Ltd., a subsidiary of major patent licensing firm WiLAN, urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that found all 17 challenged claims of a patent are unpatentable, arguing that the way PTAB judges are appointed is unconstitutional. 

  • July 12, 2018

    Cybersecurity Firm CEO Says Merger Suit Lacks Facts

    An attorney for the CEO of cybersecurity technology firm Trustwave Holdings Inc. told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Thursday that a minority investor suit over the company’s $810 million merger did not include facts that support their claim that the executive exerted control over the company to push through the deal.

  • July 12, 2018

    Twitter Investors Seek Class Cert. In Stock-Drop Suit

    Twitter shareholders sought class certification Thursday for their claims the company inflated its stock price by lying about key user statistics, telling a California federal judge that according to one of his own past rulings, they could rely on contemporaneous market analyses to calculate damages.

  • July 12, 2018

    Pharmacy Tech Investors Say Board Gave Itself Cheap Stock

    Minority shareholders of pharmacy technology company KloudScript Inc. filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court accusing the company’s directors of secretly issuing themselves deeply discounted shares in the firm to dilute the voting power of other equity holders.

  • July 12, 2018

    Big3 Co-Founder Says Ex-Exec Funded App Through Fraud

    The co-founder of Ice Cube’s three-on-three basketball league has accused its former commissioner of fraud in California state court on Thursday, accusing Roger Mason of "sadistically preying" on his friends and the league’s players to raise $2.4 million for an app that’s in a "death spiral to inevitable financial ruin."

  • July 12, 2018

    US Military Drone Docs For Sale On Dark Web, Group Says

    A hacker recently hawked sensitive documents such as training manuals for the MQ-9 Reaper drone and personnel assignments on the dark web after worming into the computer of a U.S. Air Force captain, according to cyberthreat intelligence firm Recorded Future.

  • July 12, 2018

    Blockchain Looks To Avoid Patent Wars Of The Past

    It has become a familiar pattern: An innovative new technology emerges, then heated fights over intellectual property ensue. With the patent wars of the past in mind, companies are looking for ways to avoid similar fights over blockchain.

  • July 12, 2018

    DOD Is Reviewing Contentious JEDI Cloud Deal

    The U.S. Department of Defense is in the midst of a full review of its contentious, pending JEDI cloud computing contract and is in no hurry to release a final solicitation, despite a September deadline for awarding the deal, the DOD’s chief information officer said.

  • July 12, 2018

    Convertible Bonds Surge To Highest Clip Since 2008

    Capital markets practices are benefiting from a surge in convertible bonds — hybrid securities that blend elements of debt and equity — that are currently at their highest level of issuance in 10 years, aided by continued low interest rates and investor hunger for technology shares.

  • July 12, 2018

    Google's Youthful Staff Gives Judge Pause In Age Bias Suit

    A California federal judge Thursday said she is "struggling" over Google Inc.'s bid to decertify a collective action alleging it discriminates against older job candidates, saying she would mull over the workers' argument about an inference of bias from the company's younger workforce and preference for "Googleyness" in applicants.

  • July 12, 2018

    China Says US Risks Being 'Enemy To All' With Trade Push

    China put out a scorching statement blasting the Trump administration for moving ahead with tariffs on $200 billion worth of its exports, saying on Thursday that the U.S. is not only putting its relationship with China at risk but becoming “an enemy to all.”

Expert Analysis

  • Another Decision In Goldman Code Theft Case

    Jonathan Waisnor

    The Aleynikov case demonstrates that employees who attempt to use the proprietary source code of their former employers without authorization may face not only the risk of civil liability, but also prosecution under local criminal statutes. And they could also face liability under the recently expanded federal Economic Espionage Act, says Jonathan Waisnor of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Managing The Risks Of Emerging Construction Technologies

    Gary Brown

    As buildings incorporate increasingly advanced features, the risks associated with technology failures — and resulting defect claims against those involved in the buildings' design and construction — become greater. Owners and contractors presenting these technologies to end users should explore nontraditional approaches in contracts and insurance to better mitigate these risks, says Gary Brown of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • The Robot’s Invention: Patent Considerations In AI

    Eric Sophir

    Identifying inventorship for artificial intelligence-enabled technology is especially challenging because there may be different parties generating the initial model, training the model and providing the known data to train the model. Indeed, these parties may even have competing interests, say Eric Sophir and Kamyar Maserrat of Dentons and Tanguy de Carbonnieres of Fannie Mae.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • GDPR Gameplay: Privacy Issues For Video Game Developers

    Roger Wylie

    Independent video game developers may collect and utilize data from users to improve their games or release new content — and they may not be prepared for the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, say Roger Wylie and Frank Johnson Jr. of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • The Reinvention Of Art Auctions In The Age Of Blockchain

    Desiree Moore

    In the context of the purchase and sale of fine art, blockchain technology is proving to be a profound answer to uncertainty in authenticity, gaps in provenance and overall lack of transparency that have long plagued the global art market, say Desiree Moore and Dora Georgescu of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.