Technology

  • November 9, 2017

    Speaker Co.’s Suit Against Apple Needs Tuning, Judge Says

    A California federal judge told Slot Speaker Technologies on Thursday that he's concerned about sending its patent infringement suit against Apple over iPhone and iPad speakers to trial, saying during a hearing that it doesn’t seem that Slot Speaker has “pinned down” its theory yet.

  • November 9, 2017

    Texas Justices Weigh Patent Agent Emails Merit Privilege

    Texas Supreme Court justices on Thursday questioned whether patent agents who are not attorneys can assert attorney-client privilege to protect their communications with clients made in the context of patent prosecutions.

  • November 9, 2017

    VMware Seeks $11M Atty Fees For Beating Phoenix IP Suit

    VMware Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to award it $11.2 million in attorneys’ fees and litigation costs after a jury cleared it of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.’s claims it infringed Phoenix’s software copyright and breached their licensing agreement, arguing that the case was “ill founded from the outset.”

  • November 9, 2017

    Apple, Cisco Likely To Nix Straight Path’s Patent Claims

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup told Straight Path IP Group Inc. at a hearing Thursday that when the Federal Circuit saved its internet telephone patents from “obliteration,” its decision narrowed the patents’ scope, and the company can’t now “wiggle out” of the appellate ruling in order to sue Apple and Cisco.

  • November 9, 2017

    Judge Slams Uber's 'Irritating' Response To Jury Instruction

    The California federal judge overseeing the self-driving car trade secrets dispute between Waymo and Uber admonished Uber’s lawyers in a short order on Wednesday, saying he was upset that when he asked for a response on a proposed jury instruction, Uber only replied that it agreed with the proposal.

  • November 9, 2017

    Appleby Data Breach Highlights Law Firms' Unique Risks

    The recent leak of a trove of high-profile clients’ investment data from offshore law firm Appleby drives home the legal and ethical pitfalls that arise from lawyers’ failure to protect the records of individuals and businesses expecting the strictest confidentiality, attorneys say.

  • November 9, 2017

    Heyman, Block & Leviton To Lead Tangoe Buyout Challenge

    A Delaware Chancery judge chose the combination of Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP and Block & Leviton LLP as lead plaintiff counsel in the case challenging Tangoe Inc.’s $256 million buyout, ruling that their pursuit of a books and records demand gave them a slight edge.

  • November 9, 2017

    ECB Vice President Casts Cold Water On Cryptocurrencies

    The vice president of the European Central Bank took a bearish view of cryptocurrencies’ potential to transform the financial system in a speech in Rome on Thursday, saying that private digital currencies will never fully replace money, predicting that central bank-sponsored versions would not to come pass without limits.

  • November 9, 2017

    Intellectual Ventures Fights T-Mobile's Bid To Nix LTE Claims

    Intellectual Ventures on Wednesday blasted T-Mobile USA's bid to dismiss claims that it had infringed existing wireless transmission patents with its growing LTE network, telling a Texas federal court that the patent claims at issue are different from those asserted in its unsuccessful suit against the mobile communications giant in another court.

  • November 9, 2017

    Chinese Search Co. Sogou's Shares Rise In IPO

    Investors on Thursday welcomed shares of Sogou Inc., China’s second-largest search engine, pushing its stock nearly 4 percent higher in an initial public offering that saw the Beijing-based company, represented by Goulston & Storrs PC, raise $585 million.

  • November 9, 2017

    9 Firms To Steer IPOs Exceeding $1.7B Amid Preholiday Rush

    Nine firms will steer 10 companies scheduled to price initial public offerings surpassing $1.75 billion during the final full week before Thanksgiving, representing a bevy of companies spanning from China to Latin America to private equity and venture-backed issuers at home.

  • November 9, 2017

    FCC Commissioner Questions Next-Gen TV Standards Rollout

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is taking to Twitter to raise concerns about the agency’s upcoming vote to decide if broadcasters should be permitted to use the next-generation TV broadcasting standard, echoing red flags recently raised by at least one lawmaker.

  • November 9, 2017

    Brand Battles: US Army Fights For 'West Point' Trademarks

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. Army battles back after an examiner rules that "West Point" is merely a town name, a trendy Brooklyn eatery draws flak from the organizer of the Emmy Awards, and Apple files another case in a busy year at the board.

  • November 9, 2017

    BakerHostetler Hires Ex-Stroock Patent Partner In NY

    A former Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP partner with over 20 years of patent litigation experience for previous clients such as health care products maker Kaz Inc. and digital equipment maker Movea Inc. has joined BakerHostetler in New York.

  • November 9, 2017

    4th Circ. Affirms IT Co.’s Win Over Benefit Plan Change

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld an information technology company’s quick win in a putative class action accusing it of diminishing retirement plan participants’ benefits through a credit rating amendment, finding that the change comported with company requirements and does not diminish their benefits.

  • November 9, 2017

    SunEdison Judge Says Creditor Seems Bitter Over Equity Deal

    Two linked investors alleging SunEdison Inc. favored certain creditors when putting together a Chapter 11 exit financing agreement received a blunt rebuke Thursday when a New York bankruptcy judge said their complaints sounded like bitterness over their own offer's rejection, not like legal impropriety.

  • November 9, 2017

    Contraception App Co. Raises $30M From Investors

    Contraception app maker Natural Cycles said Thursday that a recent funding round led by EQT Ventures brought in $30 million, which will help the company advance clinical research, product development and recruitment.

  • November 9, 2017

    Qualcomm Unveils $12B In China Deals Amid Trump's Trip

    A Qualcomm Inc. unit inked a series of potential deals worth $12 billion with three Chinese mobile handset makers in China on Thursday, an announcement that came as part of President Donald Trump’s visit to the country.

  • November 8, 2017

    Apple, Qualcomm Each Take Losses In War Over IPhone Chip

    Qualcomm can’t accuse Apple of unfair competition for allegedly threatening to end their business partnership if the chipmaker went public about disparities in iPhone speeds, a California federal judge said Wednesday in an order that also found Apple couldn’t assert that nine of Qualcomm’s patents were invalid.

  • November 8, 2017

    Electrolux, LG Selling Washers At Below Normal Value: ITA

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that imports of large residential washers by Electrolux from Mexico and by LG from South Korea were sold in the U.S. through most of 2016 at prices below normal value, according to notices published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

Expert Analysis

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • How Will High Court Rule On IPR? Clues In A Thomas Dissent

    Kayvan Noroozi

    The U.S. Supreme Court is highly likely to find inter partes reviews constitutional in Oil States. The strongest indication lies in Justice Clarence Thomas’ 2015 dissent in B&B Hardware — a case that has received no substantive discussion in the hundreds of pages of briefing filed thus far, says Kayvan Noroozi, principal at Noroozi PC and CEO of Koios Pharmaceuticals LLC.

  • 5 Questions GCs Should Ask On Securing Internet Of Things

    Rebecca Eisner

    Connected devices are creating new markets and new efficiencies for global businesses. But the internet of things also raises a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for general counsel and their legal teams, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Understanding FDA Guidance On Connected Medical Devices

    Erin Bosman

    Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance concerning the safety of interoperable medical devices. Complying with the guidance will help satisfy the FDA that a manufacturer has accounted for appropriate risk and safety factors, and may help defend against product liability claims, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • The Future Of Standard-Essential Patents At The ITC

    Bryan J. Vogel

    For the second time in four years, the U.S. International Trade Commission has been asked to exclude products from import into the United States based on standard-essential patents. The Fujifilm case is a potential opportunity for the ITC to clarify what the proper test is for essentiality in the absence of a contractually agreed-upon definition, say Bryan Vogel and Derrick Carman ​​​of Robins Kaplan LLP.