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Technology

  • June 14, 2018

    LegalForce Slips Sanctions In TM Co. Witness Tampering Row

    The law firm that launched a litigation campaign over trademark registration companies’ alleged use of non-attorneys for legal work won’t face sanctions after using a job candidate’s statements during an interview in a complaint and accusing another lawyer of witness tampering, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    Chinese Tech Execs Face Arrest For Ignoring Chancery Suit

    A Delaware Chancery judge teed up arrest warrants for two executives of a Chinese technology firm Thursday after the officers dodged a shareholder suit for years and were found in contempt of prior orders in the case, giving the pair one last chance to cooperate before the warrants take effect.

  • June 14, 2018

    As New IP Tariffs Loom, China Implores Trump To Negotiate

    With the Trump administration preparing to impose tariffs to punish China for its intellectual property regime, Beijing on Thursday made a last-ditch effort to convince the White House to hold off and instead peacefully negotiate a solution to the escalating trade quarrel.

  • June 14, 2018

    Don't Let Wireless Interests Skew CBRS Licenses, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission must thwart an attempt by mobile service providers to lock down large swaths of spectrum through overreaching license areas in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, representatives from a coalition of public interests groups told the agency this week.

  • June 14, 2018

    Samsung-Huawei Patent Row Partly Paused On Heels Of SAS

    Part of a dispute between Samsung and Huawei over cellular network patents was put on hold Wednesday by a California federal court, a decision that stems from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in SAS Institute.

  • June 14, 2018

    What The Time Warner Case Means For Antitrust Enforcement

    The federal government was dealt a heavy blow this week when U.S. District Judge Richard Leon soundly rejected its first court challenge to a purely vertical merger in decades, and the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner trial provides some guidance about what to expect from future enforcement efforts.

  • June 14, 2018

    Sprint Defends FCC 5G Cell Review Exemptions At DC Circ.

    Sprint Corp. asked for permission Wednesday to intervene on behalf of the FCC against consolidated D.C. Circuit challenges by Native American tribes and environmentalists contesting an agency rule exempting small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks from environmental and historic reviews.

  • June 14, 2018

    Telecom Agency Head Grilled On US Internet Oversight

    The head of the government agency charged with setting internet policy told lawmakers Wednesday that he hopes the public will weigh in on whether the Trump administration can or should reverse an Obama-era decision relinquishing government control of the internet to international groups.

  • June 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Google, Robbins Property

    WeWork is reportedly leasing 60,000 square feet in New York, Google and Trammell Crow are said to have picked up three California parcels for $9.5 million, and Robbins Property has reportedly dropped $43 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • June 14, 2018

    Swaps Exchange Accuses BofA, Goldman Of Illegal Boycott

    An electronic exchange for trading interest rate swaps filed suit on Thursday in New York federal court against an array of large financial institutions, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, accusing them of illegally boycotting the exchange to eliminate competition in the interest rate swaps market and boost their own profits.

  • June 14, 2018

    Blackstone Sells Business Solutions Co. For $1B

    Paris-based customer service and call center company Teleperformance SE said Thursday that it has agreed to buy a business outsourcing firm from Blackstone Group LP in a deal that carries an enterprise value of $1 billion.

  • June 14, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Should Rehear Google V. Oracle, Groups Say

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and several groups have urged the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a ruling that revived Oracle's billion-dollar copyright lawsuit against Google over its Android smartphones, saying the appeals' court decision failed to consider various public and policy interests.

  • June 14, 2018

    Babst Calland Nabs Ex-DOT Official, Self-Driving Cars Pro

    Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir PC has snagged the U.S. Department of Transportation's former chief of trends and analysis and senior adviser on vehicle safety enforcement to join its Washington, D.C., office, where he will specialize in advising clients on emerging technology, including autonomous or self-driving vehicles.

  • June 14, 2018

    Kaspersky Banned From Gov. Agencies By Federal Council

    The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council on Thursday introduced an interim rule that will ban federal agencies from using products made by embattled Russian-owned cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Inc., saying the council was trying to give agencies and contractors time to adjust to the ban.

  • June 14, 2018

    Uber Drivers Denied Punitives In 'Safe Rides Fee' Row

    A certified class of drivers alleging Uber improperly took a cut of their fares by instituting a $1 “safe rides fee” cannot collect punitive damages on their breach of contract claim against the ride-hailing giant, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • June 14, 2018

    Venable Nabs Ex-K&L Gates IP Pro In New York

    Venable LLP has added a former K&L Gates LLP partner with over 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark and patent matters to its intellectual property transactions practice, the firm announced.

  • June 13, 2018

    FCC Urged To Create Reassigned Phone Number Database

    A retail industry association, Comcast Corp. and several others are continuing to throw their support behind a Federal Communications Commission proposal to create a database of reassigned phone numbers that would come with a liability shield for those who use it, saying the move would reduce both unwanted calls and “abusive” litigation.

  • June 13, 2018

    Apple To Close IPhone Backdoor Used By Law Enforcement

    Apple Inc. is disabling an iPhone feature which has been used by law enforcement officials in pursuit of evidence to circumvent a phone’s security settings, the tech giant told Law360 in an email Wednesday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Ex-CEO Gets 2 Years For Insider Trading Led By 'Pure Greed'

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sentenced the ex-CEO of a Silicon Valley-based fiber optics company to two years behind bars on Wednesday for making insider trades using secret brokerage accounts held in family members’ names, saying the wealthy man's crime was motivated by “pure greed.”

  • June 13, 2018

    Software Co. Says $514.16 Fee Row Belongs In Fed. Court

    A software company accused of conspiring with competitors to fix prices charged to bankruptcy trustees urged an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to retain jurisdiction over the suit, arguing that the opposing counsel is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees in a dispute triggered by a $514.16 deduction.

Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

    Alan Guy

    As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital.

  • 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.