Technology

  • November 14, 2017

    Finjan Says Blue Coat's IP 'Disrespect' Merits At Least $47M

    Symantec-unit Blue Coat Systems should pay more than $47 million in royalties for showing “almost complete disrespect for Finjan’s intellectual property rights,” an attorney for the cybersecurity company told a California federal jury Tuesday during closing arguments in its patent infringement suit.

  • November 14, 2017

    Buzzfeed Bid For Trump Dossier Info Imperils Probe, Feds Say

    The federal government is fighting BuzzFeed’s bid to force it to testify about how federal agencies handled an unverified dossier containing scandalous claims about information that Russia was said to be collecting to blackmail President Donald Trump.

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple At Center Of New ITC Probe Into Macs, iPhones

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday it has launched an investigation into an infringement complaint against Apple Inc. by the Southern California company that made the first Mac terminal server.

  • November 14, 2017

    Flash-Drive Maker Tells PTAB Patents Should Be Tossed

    Flash-drive company Kingston Technology Co. Inc. urged a Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel Tuesday to nix computer memory patents asserted against it by nonpracticing entity Polaris Innovations Ltd. in a suit allegedly funded by Samsung, arguing the technology would’ve been obvious given earlier technological developments.

  • November 14, 2017

    HP Cleared By Jury In Ethernet Patent Suit

    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas on Monday cleared Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. of infringing an Ethernet patent owned by Network-1 Technologies Inc., in a decision that could have major ramifications for the patent-licensing company going forward.

  • November 14, 2017

    TWC Urges Fed. Circ. To Nix Sprint's $140M IP Verdict Win

    Time Warner Cable asked the Federal Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a $140 million verdict awarded to Sprint Communications after a Kansas federal jury found that five of Sprint's internet calling patents were willfully infringed, arguing that the damage award was fundamentally flawed and the patent claims were invalid.

  • November 14, 2017

    SEC Gets Preliminary Injunction In Coin Offering Fraud Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday entered a preliminary injunction freezing the assets of a Brooklyn businessman whom the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused of swindling investors through so-called initial coin offerings purportedly backed by real estate and diamonds.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    High Court Should Accept Samsung Case, Despite SG's Brief

    Joshua Wolson

    In a somewhat puzzling submission this month, the solicitor general acknowledged concerns with the Federal Circuit’s ruling in Apple v. Samsung but nonetheless urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the case. His position poses several problems, and the Supreme Court should not be swayed by it, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • House Bill Would Raise Stakes Of Congressional Inquiries

    Steven Ross

    On Monday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would shift the current landscape regarding judicial review of congressional subpoenas and place significant burdens on all recipients of such subpoenas, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.