Technology

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple Says IPhone Buyers' Class Cert. Bid Ignores Reality

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal court Monday to reject a class certification bid by a group of consumers who accused the iPhone maker of locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, saying the phone buyers were being “deliberately indifferent” to earlier rulings trimming their case.

  • November 14, 2017

    Waymo, Uber Missed 'Lobotomy' Jury Instruction, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Tuesday that Uber and Waymo attorneys have “blown an opportunity” in their driverless car trade secret trial by failing to craft jury instructions on a vital issue in Silicon Valley: whether engineers need “a frontal lobotomy before going to their next job” or can apply what they’ve learned during prior employment.

  • November 14, 2017

    What Telecom Attys Need To Know About Connected Cars

    As the possibility of connected vehicles moves from a futuristic development to an impending reality, the automotive sector has been busy trying to establish technical standards to guide the innovation. But the realm also includes sophisticated communications technology that is taking the telecommunications industry on a wild ride.

  • November 14, 2017

    Fraud At KIT 'The Elephant In The Room,' Ex-CFO Tells Jury

    Former KIT Digital Inc. finance executive Robin Smyth told a New York federal jury Tuesday that he helped create bogus revenue streams for Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, the former head of the fallen tech concern, who is accused of fraud, and that they used terms like “the elephant” and “the back end” to discuss the fakery.

  • November 14, 2017

    VC Group Pushes For Win In Foreign Entrepreneur Rule Row

    A venture capital group and others asked a D.C. federal court Monday to vacate a Trump administration rule that delayed an Obama-era regulation for international entrepreneurs, arguing it’s not lawful because the government did not give time for public notice or comment.

  • November 14, 2017

    Canon's $4.4M Win In Toner Patent Case Left Untouched

    A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday let stand a $4.4 million verdict against a toner company and plastic manufacturer accused by Canon Inc. of violating its ink toner bottle patent, saying the jury’s infringement findings and damage award were reasonably supported by the evidence.

  • November 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Questions Google Privacy-Payout Challenger

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday pressed a class action fairness advocate challenging the distribution of a Google Inc. privacy case settlement to prove why class members, and not internet watchdog groups, should have been the direct beneficiaries of the proceeds if the case wasn’t about a financial loss.

  • November 14, 2017

    Tata, DoCoMo Sew Up Deal Over $1.2B Arbitration Award

    Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. and Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo Inc. appear to have completed their settlement over a $1.2 billion arbitration award in a share purchase dispute, after the two sides agreed to drop DoCoMo’s New York federal suit to confirm the award.

  • November 13, 2017

    Hisense Slips Sharp’s First Amendment Suit Over Gag Order

    China’s state-owned Hisense Co. Ltd. on Monday won the toss of a First Amendment suit Sharp Corp. filed against it over a gag order issued by a Singapore arbitrator, as a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled that the Japanese electronics maker did not show government involvement in the arbitration.

  • November 13, 2017

    Sipco Defends Wireless Network Patent To PTAB

    Wireless network company Sipco LLC defended its wireless network gateway patent before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday, but faced skepticism during the oral hearing as a competitor maintained that it simply combined decades-old technology in an obvious way.

  • November 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Seals MasterCard Transaction Patent Win At PTAB

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling from 2016 that invalidated a handful of claims in a secure-transaction patent that were asserted against MasterCard International Inc. after the credit card company had showed them to be unpatentable.

  • November 13, 2017

    Finjan's $1.5M IP Damages Request Inflated, Jury Told

    An expert paid by Symantec unit Blue Coat Systems took the stand Monday in a California federal jury trial over claims Blue Coat is infringing Finjan’s online security patents, testifying that Finjan’s $1.5 million damages estimate is inflated, based on “entirely inappropriate metrics,” and should be closer to $663,000.

  • November 13, 2017

    Spy Court Says ACLU Can Seek Data Collection Rulings

    The United States’ secret surveillance court has — in the first ever public decision issued by all 11 of its member judges — reopened the door to suing the court to access its classified rulings.

  • November 13, 2017

    3 Cos. Price IPOs Raising $410M Led By Chinese Lender

    Three companies, led by a Chinese peer-to-peer lender, a French biotechnology firm and a U.S. telephone-over-internet provider, debuted in public markets Friday after pricing initial public offerings that raised a combined $410 million, adding to the flurry of recent listings.

  • November 13, 2017

    Qualcomm Can't Escape Pared-Down Consumer Antitrust Suit

    A California federal judge has ruled that consumers cannot seek damages from Qualcomm over its patent licensing practices under federal antitrust law, but she rejected the chipmaker's bid to dismiss state law claims in the proposed class action.

  • November 13, 2017

    Senate Approves Lyft GM For Senior DOT Role

    The Senate confirmed Lyft Inc.'s general manager for the number three spot at the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, sending President Donald Trump's pick Derek Kan to head the department's policy arm.

  • November 13, 2017

    Watchdog Orgs. Urge Transparency In Online Election Ads

    Technology and privacy advocacy groups told the Federal Election Commission Friday that it should require disclosures in online political ads after covert Russia-sponsored propaganda was found to have influenced the 2016 presidential election, with at least one group suggesting that broadcast advertising guidelines should apply to web content.

  • November 13, 2017

    Prism Seeks High Court Review Of Nixed IP In T-Mobile Suit

    Prism Technologies has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh whether the Federal Circuit, after nixing its $100 million infringement lawsuit against T-Mobile, applied the wrong standard of review in deciding to invalidate the company’s network authentication patents under Alice as well, calling it a question of significant nationwide importance.

  • November 13, 2017

    DC Court Reins In Facebook Warrants Linked To Riots

    The D.C. Superior Court has restricted the scope of search warrants issued for three Facebook accounts linked to the 2017 presidential inauguration riots, ordering Facebook to redact all third-party identifying information and forbidding the government from sharing or keeping any irrelevant material it finds.

  • November 13, 2017

    Sprint Takes $12.5M Telecom Fee Fight To High Court

    Sprint Communications Co. LP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to look at whether it must shell out about $12.5 million in access fees it was found to owe local CenturyLink Inc. units for their services connecting Voice over Internet Protocol customers with traditional landlines.

Expert Analysis

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • High Court Gets Ready To Weigh Privacy Vs. Public Safety

    Bob Anderson

    On Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Carpenter v. United States — a case that could dramatically affect the future of surveillance, potentially requiring law enforcement to secure a warrant each time it seeks cell tower data and similar types of metadata, says Bob Anderson, leader of Navigant Consulting Inc.'s information security practice.

  • Dealing With H-1B Extensions In The New No-Deference Era

    Rabindra Singh

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna recently implemented a new policy memo that specifically instructs all USCIS officers not to give deference to any previously approved nonimmigrant visa petition. In light of the policy shift, Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP shares a few practice pointers to consider before filing an H-1B extension petition.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Digital Assistants Create Privacy Paradox

    Eric Boughman

    Optimum use of a digital assistant requires that you share personal data. But additional, less obvious data might be captured. These devices are generally designed only to record information once a "wake" word is spoken, but the device is always "listening," says Eric Boughman of Forster Boughman & Lefkowitz.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.