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Technology

  • November 30, 2018

    ASML Secures $223M Jury Verdict In Trade Secrets Row

    A jury in a California court has awarded ASML at least $223 million in a case in which the U.S. arm of the Dutch semiconductor maker alleged that rival XTAL induced employees to breach their contracts with ASML and reveal various trade secrets.

  • November 30, 2018

    Twitter, BlackBerry Sued Over Multimedia Messaging Tech

    Twitter Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd. are offering multimedia messaging services with features that infringe a patent held by Rainey Circuit LLC, the Texas-based company has alleged in two separate federal lawsuits.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bid To Rehear Facebook Recusal Case Lacks New Args: USAA

    A Miami law firm that tried and failed to get a Florida judge disqualified over a Facebook connection with an opposing counsel simply wants to "recycle" settled arguments, financial services company United Services Automobile Association told the state high court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Priceline Founder Lambastes 'Broken' Patent System

    The founder of Priceline.com, who owns nearly 1,000 patents, expressed an extremely dim view of the patent system at a recent conference, saying that patents are nothing more than a "piece of paper" for anyone except those with deep pockets.

  • November 30, 2018

    4 Tips For Facebook After 'Black People Problem' Memo

    While a former executive’s memo alleging that Facebook has a “black people problem” may tarnish the company's image in the short term, it also gives the social media giant a chance to address discrimination concerns before they metastasize into litigation. Here, employment law experts share 4 tips Facebook would be well-served to consider.

  • November 30, 2018

    Trio Of Senators Unveil Bill To Stop Robocalls

    Three Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would end the exemption that common carriers get from the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to crack down on robocalls.

  • November 30, 2018

    FTC, Qualcomm Look To Exclude Evidence From Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission and Qualcomm each have asked a California federal judge to exclude several pieces of evidence from the trial scheduled for January in the agency’s challenge of the chipmaker’s licensing practices for its cellular technology.

  • November 30, 2018

    Split Fed. Circ. Affirms Time Warner's $140M IP Loss To Sprint

    A split Federal Circuit has upheld a Kansas jury's $140 million verdict that found Time Warner Cable's internet voice service infringed five of Sprint's patents, while a judge said in a dissent that the case involves a "remarkable mismatch between the narrow patent disclosures and the exceedingly broad claims."

  • November 30, 2018

    Deal Near On Int'l Digital Taxes, OECD Tells G-20

    A deal may be close to being struck on a proposal for new international digital tax rules, according to a report released Friday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to the G-20.

  • November 30, 2018

    Gov't Looks To Pinpoint Future Spectrum Needs

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is asking federal agencies to identify their future spectrum needs so sufficient amounts of the airwaves can be set aside for government use.

  • November 30, 2018

    Dell Unit, Others Nab DOD Software Deal Worth Up To $3B

    A Texas-based Dell unit, New Jersey-based technology seller SHI International and several other contractors have been tapped for a deal worth up to $3.17 billion to provide Microsoft software licenses and annual subscriptions for the federal government, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

  • November 30, 2018

    Google Urges Full Fed. Circ. To Review 'Dangerous' IP Ruling

    Google has urged the full Federal Circuit to reconsider an earlier decision undoing an Alice win for the tech giant over three spreadsheet patents owned by a unit of patent licensing company Acacia Research, arguing that the “dangerous” ruling allows future litigants to claim that electronic versions of familiar ideas are patentable when they are not.

  • November 30, 2018

    5G Infrastructure Bill Sent To Mich. Governor

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign two bills put on his desk Thursday by the state legislature designed to build regulations for the installation of “small cells” on telephone poles, traffic lights and other public structures to ensure a smoother transition to 5G technology.

  • November 30, 2018

    3 Firms Steer Altice’s $2B Sale Of Fiber Connection Stake

    Altice Europe NV on Friday said it will hand a minority stake in a home fiber-optic connection business to a consortium consisting of OMERS Infrastructure, Allianz Capital Partners and entities represented by AXA Investment Managers--Real Assets, with Mayer Brown LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP and Franklin guiding the seller on the €1.8 billion ($2 billion) deal.

  • November 30, 2018

    Dickinson Wright Nabs 6 IP Attys In Florida, Calif., DC

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has beefed up its intellectual property practice with a group of five attorneys from Mayback & Hoffman PA, along with a former Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. trademark attorney, the firm announced.

  • November 29, 2018

    Autonomy’s Ex-CEO Charged With Fraud Linked To HP Deal

    A federal grand jury Thursday indicted former Autonomy Corp. CEO Michael Lynch and another former top executive on fraud charges, alleging they lied about the British software company's financials before Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $11.7 billion acquisition in 2011.

  • November 29, 2018

    'Chaos' Feared If Global Digital Tax Deal Fails, Panel Says

    As industries beyond tech hurtle toward a digital future, chaos could ensue unless consensus is reached on taxing a radically reshaped global economy, panelists at a forum in Washington, D.C., agreed Thursday.

  • November 29, 2018

    Ex-Microsoft Worker's Firing Suit Revived At Wash. High Court

    The Washington Supreme Court revived a case Thursday brought by a former Microsoft worker who claimed that she was given a low performance rating in retaliation for filing a previous suit against the company, finding that the employee had presented enough evidence to show a causal link between the two events.

  • November 29, 2018

    JPML Skeptical Of Combining Graphic Arts Patent Suits

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation questioned the need to create an MDL for three patent cases over graphic arts technology on Thursday, with one judge saying the lawsuits appeared “manageable” on their own.

  • November 29, 2018

    Tech Giants Off Hook In Woman's France Terror Attack Claims

    A California federal judge Thursday tossed a suit that had tried to hold Twitter, Facebook and Google liable for the deaths of a Texas woman's husband and son in a terror attack by the Islamic State group in Nice, France, citing a recent Ninth Circuit ruling and several similar dismissals.

Expert Analysis

  • What IP Attorneys Need To Know About 5G

    Ranganath Sudarshan

    With some companies planning to launch proprietary 5G services by the end of this year, attorneys should prepare for certain legal issues, such as the internationalization of 5G royalties and the challenge of calculating royalties for 5G-related patents, say Ranganath Sudarshan and Jason Reinecke of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Blockchain Cos. Should Welcome Regulation — Here's Why

    Anna Fridman

    A clearly delineated regulatory framework would go a long way in providing the certainty necessary for the digital asset economy to thrive, analogous to the stabilizing effect the formation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had on the stock market after the 1929 crash, says Anna Fridman of Spring Labs.

  • The Side Effects Of Policing 'Speech Monopolies'

    Hartley West

    Are companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google stifling free speech on their platforms? If the answer top antitrust regulators arrive at is “yes,” then significant new risks could be coming for not only these tech behemoths, but any businesses that utilize their platforms — in the U.S. or abroad, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • CFIUS Pilot Program: Immediate Investment Implications

    Ama Adams

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has announced a pilot program to review noncontrolling foreign investments in certain U.S. industries that were formerly outside the scope of its jurisdiction. This is a rapid assertion of CFIUS' new powers under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • When A Blog Post Leads To Antitrust Liability

    Daixi Xu

    It is not uncommon for companies to issue statements about pending litigation. But a California federal court's recent decision in Arista v. Cisco shows that, in some circumstances, such statements could be seen as part of an anti-competitive scheme, say Daixi Xu and Julie Shepard of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • What New Bank Charters Mean For Fintech

    Mark Nuccio

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recently announced national bank charters for financial technology companies hold the promise of delivering lower costs and improved efficiencies in a safe environment that protects consumers, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.