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Technology

  • June 13, 2018

    ​​​Feds Urged To Steer Autonomous Vehicle Infrastructure

    Local transportation agency chiefs and researchers told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday that the federal government’s lead on coordinating investment and fine-tuning regulations will be crucial to getting the nation’s highway infrastructure ready for connected and autonomous vehicles.

  • June 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Hana, GW Properties, Vincent Viola

    A Hana Asset Management venture has reportedly picked up a Silicon Valley campus leased to eBay for $132.5 million, a GW Properties venture is said to have bought a Chicago gas station and garage for $10.4 million and plans to build retail there, and Vincent Viola's $80 million New York mansion sale has reportedly fallen through.

  • June 13, 2018

    PayPal Wins Bid To Force Charity Class Suit Into Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday sent a proposed class action over how PayPal distributes charitable donations into arbitration, ruling the charities can't escape an arbitration provision in the payment website’s user agreement.

  • June 13, 2018

    Apple Can't Kill Suit Over Ex-Sony, Nokia Phone Patents

    Apple Inc. can’t make an early escape from a suit alleging that several models of its iPhone infringe three patents related to silence and ignore features, a Delaware federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting the technology giant’s contention that the patents — once held by Sony, Nokia and others — were invalid under Alice.

  • June 13, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Paves Way For Industry Overhaul

    The telecommunications and media space is poised for an overhaul now that a D.C. federal judge has approved AT&T’s $85.4 billion Time Warner buy, with the ruling squashing doubt about the vertical merger’s effect on competition after a challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • June 13, 2018

    White House Pushes Back On Senate ZTE Crackdown

    The White House has started to throw up roadblocks to the Senate’s effort to reinstate sanctions against Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, saying Wednesday they would oppose an effort that was tacked onto a must-pass defense bill.

  • June 13, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Fried Frank IP Ace For ITC Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has snapped up a veteran patent litigator from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP to chair the firm's International Trade Commission practice.

  • June 13, 2018

    VC-Backed Dutch Fintech Sizzles After Pricing $1B IPO

    Dutch financial technology startup Adyen BV saw shares boom in debut trading Wednesday after the venture-backed payments processor completed a $1 billion initial public offering, marking the third-largest IPO in Europe this year, advised by Clifford Chance LLP.

  • June 13, 2018

    DHS Unfairly Assessed Bids On IT Contract, GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unevenly assessed bids on a $192.3 million information technology services contract for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, evaluating a less expensive bidder more harshly compared to the contract awardee, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has ruled.

  • June 13, 2018

    GSA Risked ‘Disaster’ With Court Security Snafu, Judge Says

    The California federal judge overseeing a patent trial between Kenu Inc. and Belkin International eased up Wednesday on Belkin’s litigation services company, which he’d previously threatened with criminal fraud charges, saying new information showed the General Services Administration was mostly to blame for a breach of courthouse security protocols.

  • June 13, 2018

    VA Eyes Blockchain To Simplify Contract Closeouts

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is considering using blockchain technology to streamline its contract closing process, according to a recently filed request for industry input on the issue.

  • June 13, 2018

    Google Denied Litigation Finance Info In Balloon IP Suit

    A California federal magistrate judge has denied Google LLC’s attempts to force Space Data Corp. to hand over documents allegedly detailing its discussion of litigation funding as part of a suit accusing the tech giant of stealing balloon-based internet technology.

  • June 13, 2018

    Consulting Co. Exec Convicted In 401(k) Embezzlement Case

    A federal jury on Tuesday convicted the former CEO of an Ohio tech consulting business on most of the charges contained in a December indictment that alleged he embezzled money from a 401(k) and profit-sharing plan and also didn’t pay the IRS thousands in taxes collected from workers, court records show.

  • June 13, 2018

    Cooley Guides Opendoor's $325M Series E Raise

    Private equity-backed online real estate broker Opendoor, with counsel from Cooley LLP, has raised $325 million in Series E financing and with the latest round has now raised a total of $645 million, according to an announcement on Wednesday from the San Francisco-based company.

  • June 13, 2018

    LLR Partners Taps Latham & Watkins For $1.2B PE Fund

    Lower middle market private equity firm LLR Partners, with help from legal adviser Latham & Watkins LLP, has clinched a $1.2 billion fund that will invest in companies within the realms of education, fintech, health care, security and software, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • June 13, 2018

    Seattle Firm Grows Real Estate, IP, Construction Practices

    Seattle-based Cairncross & Hempelmann PS has added three associates to its construction litigation, intellectual property and technology, and real estate practices, the firm said Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Luxury Brands Must Pay For Web Blocking: UK Top Court

    The UK’s top appeals court ruled Wednesday that luxury brands like Cartier, and not internet service providers, must foot the bill for blocking access to counterfeit websites.

  • June 12, 2018

    3 Takeaways From Judge Leon's Ruling On Time Warner Deal

    U.S. District Judge Richard Leon rejected the government's challenge of AT&T's planned purchase of Time Warner on Tuesday, finding fault with the U.S. Department of Justice's economic analysis suggesting likely harm from the deal as well as other evidence that sought to support those claims. Here, Law360 takes a look at the judge’s opinion for a glimpse of what went wrong for the DOJ.

  • June 12, 2018

    Gov't Urges Caution On Security In Spectrum Balancing Act

    As federal agencies work to clear valuable spectrum for shared use with wireless services and other emerging technologies, stakeholders must be mindful of each other’s priorities and make sure national security is not undermined by new networks that use the airwaves, panelists said at a Wednesday spectrum symposium in Washington, D.C.

  • June 12, 2018

    Privacy Group Urges 2nd Circ. To Protect Users, Not Grindr

    A privacy public interest group on Monday urged the Second Circuit to revive a lawsuit accusing Grindr of doing nothing to stop a user from harassing his ex through the app, saying a safe harbor provision for internet platforms in federal communications law doesn't give the company a free pass to ignore reports of abuse.

Expert Analysis

  • How Supplemental Brief Can Help Ex Parte Appeals At PTAB

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    For a patent applicant, a supplemental appeal brief can be a handy tool to support your appeal when the law is changing in your favor. We recently saw this firsthand with Yahoo, says John Rauch of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • With States' Crypto Regulation, Problems Multiply

    Jason Gottlieb

    State securities agencies are increasingly regulating the cryptocurrency space through administrative proceedings and summary cease-and-desist orders. But the uncertainties and ambiguities in current cryptocurrency regulation mean that multistate action — even if coordinated — will create a real risk of splintered authority, says Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Trade Rep Hints At More CFIUS Scrutiny Of Biotech Deals

    Stephen Mahinka

    The Section 301 report issued in March by the United States Trade Representative highlighted foreign acquisitions and investments in the U.S. biotechnology industry. Counsel on both sides of a transaction in this sector should consider carefully whether involvement by foreign entities, especially from China, should be filed for review by CFIUS before closing, say Stephen Mahinka and Carl Valenstein of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Health Tech Is The New Focus For Cybersecurity Policy

    Elliot Golding

    Over the last year, government reports, enforcement actions and new regulatory proposals have thrown health care technology into the limelight. While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is already one of the country's most robust privacy and security laws, the government is seeking to fill some significant gaps in regulation, says Elliot Golding of Squire Patton Boggs.

  • Opinion

    ITC Should Reconsider Realtek R&D Standard

    Rett Snotherly

    The U.S. International Trade Commission’s 2014 Realtek decision negatively impacts legitimate, domestic research and development by inserting hurdles that were neither required by the relevant statutory provisions nor consistent with the realities of how companies conduct and document their R&D efforts, says Rett Snotherly of Levi & Snotherly PLLC.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • The Rise Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Construction

    Kenneth Suzan

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are gaining popularity in the construction industry, as they are useful for inspections, security and surveillance, among other functions. However, companies using them need to consider a number of legal risks and issues, including conflicts between state laws and federal aviation laws, says Kenneth Suzan of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.