Technology

  • 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.

  • November 8, 2017

    SunEdison Judge Limits Reach Of 3rd-Party Releases

    The judge presiding over SunEdison Inc.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case ruled Wednesday that creditors who did not vote on the renewable giant's restructuring plan cannot be bound to included third-party litigation releases, saying their silence does not amount to consent.

  • November 8, 2017

    9th Circ. Tells Glassdoor To Give User IDs To VA Vendor Probe

    The Ninth Circuit held Wednesday that Glassdoor Inc. couldn't quash a subpoena requiring the identities of eight users who posted anonymous reviews about a Veterans Affairs contractor under investigation by a federal grand jury, saying “the right to speak anonymously is not unlimited.”

  • November 8, 2017

    Sex Trafficking Law Could Inadvertently Hurt Smaller Cos.

    A new law that aims to make it easier to sue websites that host sex-trafficking ads could also end up threatening online free speech and cause startups to fold in the face of potential litigation, attorneys and advocates say.

  • November 8, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Facebook Win In Word To Info Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a California federal court ruling that found Facebook did not infringe seven Word to Info patents relating to computer systems that can interpret human language.

  • November 8, 2017

    Chasm Remains In Experts' Views Of Post-AIA Landscape

    How effectively has the America Invents Act reformed patent law in the last five years? Depends who you ask; one expert on a panel Tuesday suggested it’s a broadly positive change that could use some tweaks, while another argued it cripples U.S. innovation and substantially erodes the entire economy.

  • November 8, 2017

    Ineligibility Not A Defense In Patent Cases, High Court Told

    RPost Communications Ltd. has appealed its loss in a patent case against GoDaddy.com to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it asked the justices to rule the argument that a patent covers an abstract idea or other ineligible subject matter is not a defense in patent litigation.

  • November 8, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ruyi Group, Cenovus Energy, EuNetworks

    Ruyi Group is paying more than $2 billion for the apparels and advanced textile division of a Koch Industries subsidiary, multiple suitors are vying for a Cenovus Energy-owned oil facility, and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners will use a $348 million loan to help pay for its acquisition of an euNetworks stake.

  • November 8, 2017

    McDermott Nabs Fintech Trio, Including Blockchain Pro

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP is bolstering its financial services and technology offerings by bringing on board to its New York office the former head of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s fintech practice, a leading blockchain lawyer, and two colleagues, the firm recently announced.

  • November 8, 2017

    FCC Had Authority To Reinstate UHF Discount, DC Court Told

    The Federal Communications Commission acted within the scope of all laws when it moved this spring to reinstate a discount that makes it easier for UHF broadcast owners to gain market share, the agency told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday.

  • November 8, 2017

    Congress Seeks To Curb Chinese Investment With CFIUS

    A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that aims to “modernize and strengthen” the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ ability to review foreign direct investment in the country, as concerns about Chinese investment in areas like critical U.S. technologies continue to grow.

  • November 8, 2017

    Online Cos. Should Obey Net Neutrality Rules, Franken Says

    Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., took aim at big tech companies as media gatekeepers on Wednesday, saying in a Washington, D.C., speech that net neutrality principles should be applied to edge providers, as well as internet service providers.

  • November 8, 2017

    Smart Cities Tech Biz Snags $150M From Investors

    Intersection, a smart cities technology and media company that provides free public Wi-Fi and other services, has collected $150 million from a group of private investors led by former Washington Post owner Graham Holdings Co., according to a Wednesday statement.

Expert Analysis

  • How Hotel Owners Can Respond To Evolving Technology

    Samantha Ahuja

    As the role of guest-facing technology proliferates and brands update their standards, hotels and hotel managers must negotiate their management and franchise agreements in order to protect themselves, say attorneys with Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Defensive Patenting Strategies For Blockchain Innovators

    Leslie Spencer

    In response to blockchain patenting activity, blockchain companies and other stakeholders have begun collaborating to develop a patent pledge or patent pool for patents related to blockchain technology, say Leslie Spencer and Marta Belcher of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 4 Takeaways From FTC V. D-Link Systems

    Janis Kestenbaum

    A California federal court's recent ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. D-Link Systems suggests that, without evidence of misuse of data, the FTC will be hard-pressed to demonstrate that a heightened risk of exposure of personal data constitutes the requisite “substantial injury” for an unfairness claim, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Mitigating Securities Litigation Risk From Software Problems

    Gerard Pecht

    Public companies can face significant securities litigation risk over defective algorithms, data errors and software glitches. Even companies that follow best practices in software development can face liability for unexpected problems if they do not also follow best practices from a disclosure standpoint, say Gerard Pecht and Peter Stokes of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Employers Should Be Wary Of Turning Over Employee Info

    Meg Inomata

    An administrative law judge's recent decision to substantially limit the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s demand for employee contact information from Google demonstrates that employers can, and should, request judicial intervention before producing their employees’ confidential information for the government, private litigants or opposing counsel, says Meg Inomata of Vedder Price PC.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • 4 Reasons We May Not See Colluding Robots Anytime Soon

    Ai Deng

    There is a lack of empirical evidence that the singular goal of profit maximization would lead to collusion by machines. But even if possible, algorithmic collusion could be limited in its scope, says Ai Deng of Bates White LLC.