Technology

  • September 18, 2017

    FCC Probes Sinclair, Tribune For More Merger Specifics

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. must offer specifics on how their combination would affect national and local media markets before the Federal Communications Commission will make a decision on their merger request, the agency has announced.

  • September 18, 2017

    FCC's Acting General Counsel Joins Wilkinson Barker

    Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has snagged the Federal Communications Commission’s former acting general counsel as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office focusing on media, privacy, and internet policy.

  • September 18, 2017

    Digital Streamer Roku Launches $204M IPO Led By Cooley

    Venture-backed, digital-media player company Roku Inc. on Monday launched an estimated $204 million initial public offering, guided by Cooley LLP, hoping to capitalize on the boom in television streaming as more consumers dispatch with traditional cable service.

  • September 18, 2017

    Calif. Broadband Privacy Bill Flops In Assembly

    A California state legislature bill that would have limited how broadband service providers may use subscribers’ personal data is dead on arrival after originally being set for a vote Friday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Flouted Alice In Memory Patent Case, Nvidia Says

    Nvidia Corp. has asked the full Federal Circuit to rehear its challenge to Visual Memory LLC’s computer memory patent, arguing that the court panel’s patentability finding is a throwback to now-discredited pre-Alice case law.

  • September 15, 2017

    What To Watch With EU-US Privacy Shield Under Microscope

    European Union and U.S. policymakers are set on Monday to begin their first review of the fledgling Privacy Shield pact that allows data to flow between the regions, and experts say how policymakers deal with thorny issues such as how the pact is being policed and concerns over U.S. surveillance will determine whether thousands of multinationals get the legal certainty for which they have long been clamoring.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Method In Nixing Oil Co. Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board can reach a legal or factual position that was not preemptively addressed in a petition for a patent review or the board's decision to institute it, the Federal Circuit ruled Friday.

  • September 15, 2017

    Crowdfunder’s Extortion Claims Against Ex-Exec Hit Setback

    A California judge overseeing a suit alleging equity fundraising website Crowdfunder fired a lawyer and former top executive for calling out incomplete investor disclosures on Friday gutted the company’s countersuit, but said it could amend allegations the former executive tried to extort the company.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Toss Of Interactive Sports Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a decision that dismissed patent claims and sent to New Jersey state court a dispute over interactive sports software that was invented by a memorabilia dealer who is in a separate legal battle with the New York Giants.

  • September 15, 2017

    EU Antitrust Official Defends Watchdog’s Economic Analysis

    A leading official for the European Commission’s competition authority stayed mostly mum Friday about a recent decision sending an abuse of dominance case against Intel Corp. back to the General Court, but he defended the watchdog’s ability to complete the type of analysis at issue in the case.

  • September 15, 2017

    Tech Industry’s Bias Complaints Not Letting Up Anytime Soon

    Google was hit recently with a class action accusing it of paying women less than men, joining a long list of Silicon Valley employers accused of gender bias that attorneys say will only get longer. Here, Law360 delves into why discrimination in the tech sector keeps making headlines and what employers can do to avoid ending up in court.

  • September 15, 2017

    Conservative-Friendly Gab Hits Google With Antitrust Suit

    Gab AI Inc., owner of a social media home for conservative voices — many of whom have been booted from other outlets — is accusing Google of violating antitrust laws by axing Gab from its app store, according to a suit filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • September 15, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Block Of China Chipmaker Deal

    President Donald Trump became just the third U.S. president to formally reject a transaction on national security grounds when he blocked a Chinese private equity firm's proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Here, Law360 looks at three takeaways from the move amid increasing global anxiety about foreign acquisitions.

  • September 15, 2017

    Jewelry CEO Pleads Guilty To Forgery Of Judge's Signature

    The president of a Manhattan sapphire jewelry company pled guilty Friday in a New York federal court to conspiracy to forge a judge’s signature on phony court orders to get Google to de-index negative links about his business, and then asked the judge to let him travel abroad to represent his country in an athletic event.

  • September 15, 2017

    Conservative Groups Urge FCC To Repurpose Spectrum Gaps

    A handful of conservative-leaning advocacy groups have thrown their support behind a plan to repurpose gaps between TV channels to power Wi-Fi-like signals in rural areas, writing in a Thursday letter that the unused spectrum “represents a valuable opportunity” to expand broadband access.

  • September 15, 2017

    Net Neutrality Comments: The People's Case

    The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality docket recently garnered a landslide of 22.1 million submissions that included the well-researched positions of industry groups arguing for and against repealing broadband's Title II status, which regulates internet service providers as utilities. But it also attracted a high volume of comments from passionate individuals eager to make their voices heard.

  • September 15, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Lyft, JD.com, CK Infrastructure

    Google's parent company may invest about $1 billion in Lyft, a subsidiary of Chinese internet commerce company JD.com is in talks to buy a roughly $1.5 billion stake in Chinese brokerage First Capital Securities, and CK Infrastructure is mulling a bid for U.K. energy firm Cory Riverside.

  • September 15, 2017

    Tech-Minded Blank Check Co. Prices $50M IPO

    A blank check issuer with sights on a North American technology company on Thursday said it’s priced its initial public offering of 5 million units at $10 a piece, the same day another special purpose acquisition company raised $600 million in its IPO.

  • September 15, 2017

    House Introduces Resolution To Encourage 5G Rollout

    Two lawmakers introduced a bipartisan House resolution on Thursday that aims to speed the deployment of 5G networks, saying Congress must recognize the potential the technology holds for future growth and investment.

  • September 15, 2017

    EU Weighs ICO Risk-Reward To Ease Capital Markets Pain

    The emergence of initial coin offerings, which promise investors huge returns through digital currency instead of stock, may be the unlikely answer to jump-starting Europe’s sluggish capital markets, giving regulators the first test of their pledge to take a hands-off approach to fintech.

Expert Analysis

  • Managing Consumer Expectations For Autonomous Vehicles

    Charles Moellenberg Jr.

    As consumers begin to sit in the driver’s seat of automated and autonomous vehicles, manufacturers and sellers have a golden opportunity to educate consumers on the benefits and risks of those vehicles and to shape their expectations, says Charles Moellenberg Jr. of Jones Day.

  • New Considerations For Patent Counsel In The Startup World

    Justin Nifong

    The goal of many small companies now is to grow to the point of acquisition, instead of or in addition to working to become long-term sustaining businesses. With this change comes a shift in intellectual property advising to drive a startup’s valuation at the fundraising and exit stages, says Justin Nifong, co-founder of NK Patent Law PLLC.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • How Insurers Can Respond To Disruptive Technology

    Huhnsik Chung

    In an age where technology is poised to disrupt the existing landscape, insurers who embrace the changes and turn them into opportunities will thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace, say Huhnsik Chung and Christina Cerutti of Baker McKenzie.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • Panel-Dependent Fed. Circ. Decisions For 101 Challenges?

    Yar Chaikovsky

    Last week, a divided panel at the Federal Circuit applied an analytical framework in Visual Memory v. Nvidia that appears to be inconsistent with the framework applied in a number of previous Federal Circuit decisions on Section 101 motions at the Rule 12(b)(6) stage, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Candy Lab And The Changing Reality Of Augmented Reality

    Kimberly Culp

    Augmented reality game developers recently scored major points when a Wisconsin federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the Candy Lab case, prohibiting Milwaukee from enforcing an ordinance limiting the use of augmented reality and location-based applications, say Kimberly Culp and Taylor Sachs of Venable LLP.