Technology

  • February 13, 2018

    Fox Rothschild, MRI Cos. Founders Sued By Investors

    The receiver for a pair of New Jersey MRI businesses and investors sued Fox Rothschild LLP and those businesses' founders on Tuesday, accusing the founders of fraud and a long-running scheme to squander investments and enrich themselves.

  • February 13, 2018

    Verizon Users Can't Sustain 'Supercookies' Suit, Court Told

    Online marketer Turn Inc. on Monday previewed its latest strategy for shaking a recently resurrected putative class action claiming it secretly tracked Verizon subscribers with "supercookies," telling a California federal court that the plaintiffs have failed to allege a concrete injury and had authorized the disputed data collection.

  • February 13, 2018

    'No Doubt' Russia Will Meddle In Midterms, Spy Chief Says

    America’s spy chief on Tuesday warned that Russia would target the 2018 midterm elections with its continuing online propaganda campaign, in a U.S. Senate hearing where intelligence bosses listed cybersecurity as the country’s top defense concern.

  • February 13, 2018

    Quick Alice Wins May Be Tougher After Fed. Circ. Ruling

    The days of patents regularly being invalidated under Alice early in a case could be over following a Federal Circuit decision that a judge wrongly granted summary judgment that a patent claimed only abstract ideas, attorneys say, and the contentious issue may now go to juries.

  • February 13, 2018

    IBM Says Exec's Microsoft Move Flouted Noncompete

    IBM accused an outgoing top executive Monday of violating a yearlong noncompete agreement when she accepted a job as Microsoft’s chief diversity officer, prompting a New York federal judge to temporarily block her from starting her new job at least until a hearing is held.

  • February 13, 2018

    Part Of Map Patent Survives Google Challenge At PTAB

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board found Monday that Google had shown certain claims of a Makor Issues & Rights Ltd. traffic system patent were invalid as obvious but said the internet giant failed to prove that several claims of a second Makor patent were void.

  • February 13, 2018

    After Big Waymo Settlement, Uber Criminal Probe Still Looms

    Uber paid hundreds of millions of dollars last week to settle civil accusations that it stole self-driving car technology from Google’s Waymo, but don’t forget: Federal prosecutors might still bring criminal charges over the same alleged theft.

  • February 13, 2018

    Sportswear Co. Wins Toss Of Some Claims In Domain Dispute

    An Arizona federal judge on Monday trimmed fraud and interference claims from an online gambling company's lawsuit that accused an Italian sportswear company of hijacking registered internet domains, but said the gambling company had plausibly suggested the website names had been improperly suspended.

  • February 13, 2018

    3 Online Policy Areas That Need Some Valentine's Day Love

    As social media changes the way we look for love, news and inspiration, it’s also offering scammers and advertisers new platforms to take advantage of consumers. Here, Law360 looks at three online policy areas that could use some extra love this year.

  • February 13, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms Ex-Brokers' IBM Insider Trading Verdict

    A Second Circuit panel Tuesday upheld a verdict against a pair of former brokers found liable for insider trading in connection with a $1.2 billion IBM deal, ruling that the jury was not required to find their testimony credible.

  • February 13, 2018

    $69M IPO Filed By Biotech That Uses AI To Develop Drugs

    BioXcel Therapeutics Inc., a company using artificial intelligence to develop drugs that fight cancer and neurological disorders, on Monday filed an initial public offering estimated to raise $69 million, joining an IPO pipeline that has shrunk in recent days.

  • February 13, 2018

    Nomadix Must Cough Up Patent Info In $11M Licensing Row

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered network device maker Nomadix Inc. to disclose patent information related to the counterclaims filed against it by a hotel entertainment company, explaining that the patent licenses could help establish damages in an $11 million suit over unpaid royalties.

  • February 13, 2018

    Judge Denies Phoenix New IP Trial But Refuses VMware Fees

    A California federal judge on Monday rejected Phoenix Technologies Ltd.'s efforts to roll back a jury's finding that VMware Inc. did not infringe copyrights for basic computer input-output firmware, but declined to award VMware $11 million in legal fees.

  • February 13, 2018

    Jury Awards Microsoft $278K In Office IP Row With Corel

    A California federal jury declined Microsoft’s request for more than $1 million and awarded it just $278,000 Tuesday in a suit over Corel Corp.’s infringement of patents related to its Office software, finding Corel had willfully infringed nine patents but hadn't learned of the infringement until Microsoft sued.

  • February 13, 2018

    Va. Cos. Secure $200M Geospatial Info Contract From DOD

    Virginia-based defense contractors Leidos and General Dynamics One Source have landed a $200 million contract to work on the U.S. Army’s geospatial information requirements, standards and related systems, one of several contract awards the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    BuzzFeed Defends Press Privilege In Dossier Defamation Suit

    BuzzFeed has urged a Florida federal court to deny a Russian billionaire's bid for a partial judgment in his defamation suit over the website's publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump, saying he wrongly argued it had to independently “verify” all of the contents.

  • February 12, 2018

    Cybersecurity Gets Boost In Trump's 2019 Budget Proposal

    The Trump administration on Monday released a budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year that calls for increased spending on cybersecurity efforts across the federal government, including the allocation of $8 billion to boost initiatives at the U.S. Department of Defense and $1 billion to help improve cyberthreat information-sharing between the public and private sectors. 

  • February 12, 2018

    German Court Finds Facebook Privacy Settings Illegal

    Facebook’s failure to obtain users’ informed consent before collecting their data was illegal, a German court has said, as European authorities continue to scrutinize how tech companies use massive troves of data to send consumers targeted advertisements.

  • February 12, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Scores IP Transactions Partner In Silicon Valley

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced Monday that it had hired a White & Case LLP partner with a high-profile intellectual and technology transactions practice for its Silicon Valley office.

  • February 12, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: JK Equities, Moishe Mana, Codecademy

    A venture that includes JK Equities is reportedly eyeing the sale of a Chicago residential development site, developer Moishe Mana is said to have leased 120,000 square feet in Miami Gardens, and Codecademy has reportedly subleased nearly 21,000 square feet in New York.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court Considers Upending Patent Damages

    Rayiner Hashem

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in WesternGeco v. Ion, a case that could have significant ramifications for U.S. patent holders who compete in foreign markets, say attorneys with MoloLamken LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • How The Cybersecurity Legal Landscape Changed In 2017

    Jonathan Kolodner

    Over the last year, the existential risk posed by cyberattacks and data security vulnerabilities has become one of the top concerns for boards of directors, management, government agencies and the public. 2017 was punctuated by a series of headline-grabbing breaches, fast-moving regulatory developments around the globe, and record-breaking settlements by companies, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Retailers Need Dynamic Capabilities To Survive And Thrive

    Bob Duffy

    U.S. retailers face unprecedented threats from online shopping and demographic and technological change, but also opportunities for transformation if they can integrate physical and virtual shopping. There is a good survival opportunity for companies whose leaders can solve the puzzle, say consultants with Berkeley Research Group.

  • When And How To Use Conjoint Analysis For Patent Damages

    Daniel Korczyk

    Under the right conditions, conjoint analysis is appealing as a mechanism to help disaggregate royalty rates consistent with relative contributions of technology components to a product’s overall value. There are several factors to consider in determining whether it is the appropriate damages methodology, says Daniel Korczyk of GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC.

  • Key Takeaways From FTC’s VTech Privacy Enforcement

    Behnam Dayanim

    Up close, the Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with VTech is significant because it is the first children’s privacy case that involves internet-connected toys. But taking a step back, this action is just the latest in a string of recent regulatory pronouncements related to the internet of things and related corporate cybersecurity practices, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Challenges Of Bitcoin Financing

    Matthew Frankle

    As the price of bitcoin continues to rise, so does the demand for financing secured by bitcoin. Lenders need to ensure they are complying with existing law — law that did not develop with bitcoin in mind, including the Commodity Exchange Act, say Matthew Frankle and Nora Wong of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Will Crisis Management Insurance Cover Ransomware?

    Jeffrey Weinstein

    Kidnap, ransom and extortion insurance policies are now under increased scrutiny by insureds seeking potential coverage for ransomware attacks. Determining whether or not these attacks constitute extortion will raise new questions and issues, say Jeffrey Weinstein and Bruce Kaliner of Mound Cotton Wollan & Grreengrass LLP.

  • Tax Reform Reshuffles The Deck For Outsourcing

    Gary Wilcox

    The new tax bill changes the calculus for cross-border services outsourcing and cloud agreements. For a U.S.-parented provider deciding whether to increase its U.S. operations relative to non-U.S. operations, several provisions must be considered, including the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.