Technology

  • February 21, 2018

    Apple Says Batteries Piling Up In IPhone Slowdown Suits

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to find it doesn’t need to hold onto every battery it replaces from iPhones in a slew of proposed class actions alleging it misled consumers by slowing phones with diminished battery capacities, arguing that preserving every battery poses health and environmental hazards.

  • February 21, 2018

    FCC's Net Neutrality Deregulation Hits Next Milestone

    The Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules will move closer to taking effect Thursday, paving the way for official legal challenges and tripping the shot clock for a congressional vote that could nullify the rule change.

  • February 21, 2018

    DOJ Antitrust Chief Wants Closer IP Enforcement With EU

    U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim argued in a speech Wednesday at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, for a closing of the enforcement policy gap between U.S. and European authorities on matters of intellectual property and treatment of “unilateral conduct” by individual companies.

  • February 21, 2018

    Sonos Gets Judge To Kill Home Audio Patent Under Alice

    A Delaware federal judge on Tuesday invalidated a home audio patent that D&M Holdings accuses rival Sonos of infringing, saying the invention is routine and conventional in one of the first decisions to apply new Federal Circuit rules for such summary judgment motions.

  • February 21, 2018

    Google Advertiser Gets 5th Try At Click-Fraud Class Action

    A California federal judge Tuesday tossed a businessman’s fourth version of a putative class action alleging Google understates the fraudulent clicks its ads receive, saying he hadn’t shown charges for invalid ad views but the “interests of justice” supported allowing him to submit another amended complaint.

  • February 21, 2018

    Bitfunder Boss Charged With Lying About $70M Bitcoin Heist

    Alternative currency purveyor Jon E. Montroll lied to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after hackers stole 6,000 bitcoins, today worth nearly $70 million, from his WeExchange and Bitfunder.com businesses in 2013, according to criminal charges unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

  • February 21, 2018

    Public Transit Tech Co. Moovit Nabs $50M From Investors

    Public transit application maker Moovit App Global Ltd. scored $50 million from a recent funding round led by Intel Capital and including the venture capital arm of BMW, as the company looks to expand and improve its existing platform and add to its global sales team.

  • February 21, 2018

    Top 10 Reads From Telecom Attys' Bookshelves For 2018

    With so much activity in the telecommunications sector — from pending net neutrality challenges to budget woes to congressional gridlock — it’s easy for rest and recreation to take a back seat. But Law360 has a prescription to cure burnout and winter blues: a healthy dose of peer-recommended literature.

  • February 21, 2018

    Temenos Expands Fintech Service With $1.9B Fidessa Merger

    United Kingdom-based capital markets software provider Fidessa Group PLC has been acquired by Swiss banking software company Temenos AG for £1.43 billion ($1.99 billion), the companies said Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2018

    DOJ Will Form Cybersecurity Task Force

    In the wake of numerous high profile hacks, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it will form a Cyber-Digital Task Force aimed at combating a global cyber threat.

  • February 20, 2018

    DOD Focus On ‘Other Transactions’ Shows Big Year Ahead

    After many years of being ignored as a pathway for bringing commercial technology vendors aboard, Other Transaction Authority has gained traction thanks to recent statutory changes and a renewed focus from the U.S. Department of Defense, making 2018 potentially the biggest year yet for the DOD’s use of it.

  • February 20, 2018

    EU Tees Up New Measures To Tax The Digital Economy

    The European Union is preparing to unveil proposals aimed at taxing the digital economy, including measures targeting tech companies that don’t have a physical presence in member states where they provide services, an EU official announced Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Swarmify Can’t Point To Trade Secret, CloudFlare GC Says

    During the sealed portion of a hearing last week, the video streaming startup Swarmify “was unable to articulate a protectable trade secret” stolen by CloudFlare, the company’s general counsel told Law360 Tuesday, after a California federal judge said he could respond to Swarmify's public statements about the closed session.

  • February 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. OKs Killing Money Transfer Patent Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s decision to invalidate claims in four Integrated Technological Systems Inc. patents tied to money transfers in the newest of several high-profile decisions over how to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • February 20, 2018

    Comcast Seeks Speedy Review Of TiVo Patent Case

    Comcast Inc. has asked the Federal Circuit to follow an expedited schedule in its review of an International Trade Commission decision prohibiting the cable and broadband company from importing set-top cable boxes found to infringe a patent held by TiVo Corp.

  • February 20, 2018

    4 Cos. Restock IPO Pipeline With Filings Totaling $300M

    Four companies, spanning the life sciences, technology and banking industries, have filed initial public offerings that are preliminarily estimated to raise $300 million, adding new potential deals to an IPO pipeline that has thinned out in recent weeks.

  • February 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs Google’s PTAB Word-Recognition Patent Win

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that a word-recognition patent challenged by Google is invalid as obvious, ruling that while one of the board’s two rulings on the patent was wrong, the other was correct.

  • February 20, 2018

    Has Rule 36 Peaked At The Federal Circuit?

    The number of patent cases the Federal Circuit ruled on without writing an opinion is in decline for the first time in recent years, amid criticism over the court’s use of these “silent decisions” and a plateau in its patent workload.

  • February 20, 2018

    ‘The Federal Circuit Has Strayed’: 2017 In Patent Dissents

    The Federal Circuit was in a mostly agreeable mood last year, with only 7 percent of decisions including a dissent or concurrence compared with 10 percent in 2016, but the judges still found plenty of ways to criticize their colleagues’ reasoning. Here are some of 2017’s most biting and noteworthy dissents.

  • February 20, 2018

    PTAB Won't Review FedEx's 2nd Challenge To Shipping Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday denied a petition from FedEx seeking review of a shipping and transit patent owned by Intellectual Ventures, saying that the package delivery giant’s arguments to institute a review on the patent, which it had challenged once before, were “unpersuasive.”

Expert Analysis

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Opinion

    Proposal For Nationalization Of 5G Network Is Dead On Arrival

    Kristin Smith

    The Trump administration is unlikely to act on its reported plan to nationalize the 5G wireless network, but if it formally proposed nationalization, the wireless industry would unleash a lobbying battle on Congress that would doom the project, says Kristin Smith of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 1

    Ella Foley Gannon

    For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills along with a host of more minor bills. While protecting the environment, the Legislature also sought environmental justice, with new legislation relating to the state's cap-and-trade program, air quality and distributed energy resources, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • BMG V. Cox Is Major Copyright Victory For Music Industry

    Alexander Lawrence

    In one of the music industry's first attempts to hold an internet service provider liable for subscribers' unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, the Fourth Circuit largely sided with the copyright holders. The BMG v. Cox decision last week provides important guidance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor and the scope of secondary liability under the Copyright Act, says Alexander Lawrence of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • An Overdue Re-Examination Of Antitrust Policy Toward SEPs

    David Teece

    Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim's recent speech on antitrust issues regarding standards development and patents implicating standards is promising in that, for the first time in a while, we might have an authentic innovation champion at the U.S. Department of Justice, say David Teece of Berkeley Research Group LLC and Edward Sherry of Expert Research Associates Inc.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Beware ICO Lawyers, You're The Next Target

    John Reed Stark

    Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently gave an extraordinary speech reiterating his concerns about initial coin offerings while also adding a new twist. It's gatekeeper liability redux at the SEC, and lawyers connected to ICOs should be watching their backs, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • The Future Of France Is Innovation

    Anne-Charlotte Rivière

    Initiatives and legislation in France to cut red tape, reduce taxes and loosen labor laws have caught investors’ attention, highlighting a shift in French business culture that has brought new energy to innovation-dependent sectors like life sciences and software, say Anne-Charlotte Rivière and Kristopher Brown of Dechert LLP.