Technology

  • September 7, 2017

    Way Cleared For Colo. Town’s Broadband Ballot Proposal

    A Colorado state judge has waved forward ballot language that could give the city of Fort Collins permission to set up its own municipal telecommunications utility, despite a challenge to the legality of the ballot item.

  • September 7, 2017

    Judge Finds Ex-Tyco Director Breached Noncompete

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday sided with Tyco Integrated Security LLC in finding its former director of regional sales breached his employment agreement by taking a job as vice president of sales at a competing electronic security company.

  • September 7, 2017

    Cisco’s IP Defense In Antitrust Suit ‘Insane,’ Arista Says

    Arista Networks Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to let it proceed with allegations that Cisco violated antitrust laws by interfering with sales of ethernet switches, calling “breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane” Cisco’s defense that the case was barred by an ITC ruling that Arista had infringed Cisco patents.

  • September 7, 2017

    Cooley Hires 3 More Wilson Sonsini IPO Pros In Bay Area

    Cooley LLP has added three more partners from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, picking up Silicon Valley-area experts in initial public offerings and other matters for emerging growth companies, technology companies and other innovators, the firm said Thursday.

  • September 7, 2017

    Expanded PTAB Panel Spells Out Rules For Multiple Petitions

    An expanded panel of Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges refused Wednesday to revisit decisions denying review of Canon Kabushiki Kaisha patents for toner supply cartridges, in a ruling that spells out how the board will evaluate multiple challenges to the same patent.

  • September 7, 2017

    Broadcasters Underfunded For Spectrum Repack, Reps. Told

    Public TV broadcasters and local radio stations will bear the brunt of inconveniences and transition costs as wireless service providers prepare to take over channels cleared by the recent broadcast incentive auction, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee heard Thursday.

  • September 7, 2017

    Malaysia Warns Investors Of Initial Coin Offering Risks

    The Securities Commission Malaysia on Thursday warned investors of risks associated with initial coin offerings, joining a wave of regulatory bodies worldwide that are increasing oversight of the new form of digital currency-based capital raising.

  • September 7, 2017

    Amazon Planning New $5B Campus, Searching For Host

    Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it’s planning to construct a second headquarters in North America that will cost more than $5 billion and released a request for proposals from local and state government leaders interested in luring the campus to their communities.

  • September 7, 2017

    PTAB Can't Invalidate Podcast Patent, Full Fed. Circ. Told

    Personal Audio LLC asked a full court of the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to affirm a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling to invalidate a podcasting patent, arguing that it could not overturn the company’s prior $1.3 million jury win.

  • September 7, 2017

    App Buyers Ask High Court To Decline Apple Monopoly Row

    A group of consumers on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the Ninth Circuit's January decision reviving allegations that Apple Inc. illegally monopolized the market for iPhone apps, saying they, not developers, paid inflated prices because of the company’s actions.

  • September 7, 2017

    Industrial Drone Maker Airobotics Raises $32.5M In Funding

    Automated industrial drone company Airobotics on Thursday said that it has landed $32.5 million in its latest funding round, led by BlueRun Ventures China, Microsoft Ventures and OurCrowd.com, which it will use to expand in the mining and homeland security sectors.

  • September 6, 2017

    New Fund Lets Litigation Investors Target Smaller Cases

    Fintech platform LexShares announced early Thursday morning that it has launched a marketplace fund that allows for bundled litigation funding on a smaller scale than had been available previously.

  • September 6, 2017

    Theranos Gets Class Limited To Indirect Share Purchasers

    Theranos Inc. won a bid to exclude certain investors from a proposed class of stock buyers bringing securities fraud claims against the health care technology company, with a California federal court issuing an order Wednesday limiting the class to indirect purchasers of the shares.

  • September 6, 2017

    PTAB Win For Seagate For Encryption Patent OK'd By Fed Circ

    The Federal Circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding that all 53 asserted claims of a data encryption patent held by Enova Technology Corp. were invalid as obvious, handing a win to Seagate Technology LLC on Wednesday after concluding the decision was supported by substantial evidence.

  • September 6, 2017

    Verizon Joins Dolby Subsidiary Via's Patent Pool

    Via Licensing Corp., a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories Inc., announced Wednesday that Verizon Communications Inc. has joined its patent pool for Long Term Evolution, or LTE, technologies.

  • September 6, 2017

    Infineon Asks Fed. Circ. To Lift Semiconductor Injunction

    Infineon Technologies Americas pressed a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday to throw out an injunction preventing it from making certain semiconductor products amid a patent dispute with Macom Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.

  • September 6, 2017

    8 Years, 3 Commissioners And €1.1B: Intel's EU Antitrust Saga

    The European Union's highest court dealt the bloc's antitrust enforcer a rare setback in one of its marquee cases Wednesday when it sided with Intel Corp. in its challenge to a €1.06 billion ($1.26 billion) abuse of dominance penalty. Here, Law360 looks back at the twists and turns the landmark case has taken.

  • September 6, 2017

    Ex-Counterterrorism Head Joins Skadden's Security Practice

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP on Tuesday announced it has brought on former U.S. National Counterterrorism Center director and Leidos Defense technology executive Michael Leiter as a partner with the firm's national security practice in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • September 6, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Korean Co.'s $73M Suit Against Citi

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday declined to give a South Korean circuit board producer another go at its $73 million currency exchange fraud suit against Citibank NA, agreeing with a New York federal judge that several of the claims had already been hashed out in a separate suit.

  • September 6, 2017

    PE-Backed GoDaddy Unveils $882M Secondary Offering

    GoDaddy Inc., a private-equity backed web hosting company that went public in 2015 through a $418 million initial public offering, said Wednesday existing shareholders will pare their stakes in the company through a secondary sale that will net more than $882 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • A Summer Update On FCPA: Part 1

    Michael Skopets

    July produced a small uptick in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement resolutions, including a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with Halliburton — the first corporate disposition entered into by the Trump administration — and three individual enforcement actions, say Michael Skopets and Marc Bohn of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • A Tale Of 2 Fed. Circ. Inter Partes Review Affirmances

    Jason Keener

    Recently, the Federal Circuit affirmed two rare inter partes review decisions finding all the subject claims not invalid. While both involved the same parties and the same panel of judges, different technologies were at issue, and the reasons for the affirmances tell different stories, says Jason Keener, chairman of Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP's intellectual property group.

  • Venturing Into The Land Of Location Data Collection

    Sheila Pham

    As mobile apps become more customizable to users’ experiences and locations, the data provided and potentially obtained through those customizations become more specific and personal. However, where technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, the law often follows far behind, say Sheila Pham and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

  • From Bills Of Lading To Blockchain Structures: Part 2

    Christopher McDermott

    It may be possible to design a blockchain structure that can fulfill the legal requirements of a bill of lading. But making a blockchain bill of lading negotiable hinges on whether state of mind factors work in a decentralized system that takes transactions out of the hands of human beings, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • Texts And Message Apps Are Changing Internal Investigations

    Jessica Nall

    The near-universal use of text messaging and other mobile communication platforms should prompt a major shift in how evidence is gathered and considered in internal corporate investigations, say Jessica Nall and Claire Johnson of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.