Technology

  • February 24, 2017

    Speaker Co.'s $1M Award Confirmed Against No-Show Buyer

    A California federal judge confirmed a $1 million arbitration award Thursday for a Chinese company that says it delivered more than 13,000 trendy portable speakers for Stelle LLC, but Stelle never fully paid up or appeared in either arbitration or the confirmation proceedings.

  • February 24, 2017

    Chinese Uber Drivers Must Arbitrate Guaranteed Income Row

    Chinese Uber drivers alleging the company didn’t pay them a promised minimum monthly income must arbitrate their claims against the company and cannot act as a class, even though they couldn’t understand the English contract binding them to arbitration, a New York federal court ruled Thursday.

  • February 24, 2017

    DC Circ. Agrees To Hold Off On AT&T Special Access Fight

    AT&T’s challenge to a Federal Communications Commission ruling on business data services ground to a halt Thursday, as the DC Circuit agreed to hold off on hearing the case while the now-GOP controlled commission considers the future of the issue.

  • February 23, 2017

    Google's Driverless Car Unit Accuses Uber Of IP Theft

    Google's self-driving car unit Waymo LLC filed a lawsuit in California federal court Thursday accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of stealing trade secrets and infringing patents over its proprietary laser system used to help guide driverless vehicles.

  • February 23, 2017

    Snapchat Says Vaporstream's Patents Are Blocked By Alice

    Snapchat urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss confidential messaging company Vaporstream’s patent infringement suit against the soon-to-be-public social media heavyweight, arguing all nine patents asserted by Vaporstream are exactly the sort of generic inventions deemed invalid under the Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • February 23, 2017

    Dropbox Wins Atty Fees Over Thru’s Bad Behavior In TM Row

    A California federal judge said at a hearing Thursday that he will make Thru Inc. pay as much as $1.95 million to cover Dropbox Inc.'s attorneys' fees in litigation over its registered trademark, saying Thru's discovery obfuscations, dilatory legal tactics and false statements made it an “exceptional case” that merited fee shifting.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ex-Fugitive Comverse CEO Gets Prison For Options Scam

    The former chairman and CEO of Comverse Technology Inc. on Thursday was sentenced to a record two-and-a-half years in prison for backdating the telecommunication software company's stock options, after a 10-year stretch on the lam in Africa.

  • February 23, 2017

    Wash. Judge Denies Twilio Sanctions Bid In TCPA Lawsuit

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday put the kibosh on Twilio Inc.’s bid for sanctions against a consumer it claimed filed a frivolous and duplicate amended complaint accusing the software company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that the new filing had changed in relevant ways.

  • February 23, 2017

    LG, Lenovo Hit With Wi-LAN Patent Suits Over 4G Tech

    Canadian technology development and licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. filed suits against LG Electronics Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. in California federal court for allegedly infringing fourth-generation tech patents.

  • February 23, 2017

    E-Book Cos. Push 2nd Circ. To Revive Antitrust Claims

    A pair of book companies, one of them defunct, asked the Second Circuit on Thursday in back-to-back arguments to revive their suits against a group of publishers, saying the lower court erred in finding they hadn’t suffered antitrust injuries from an anti-competitive conspiracy involving the price-fixing of e-books sold by Apple Inc.

  • February 23, 2017

    Shareholders Hit Ixia With Suit Over $1.6B Keysight Merger

    Shareholders of data technology firm Ixia sued the company, its board of directors and its proposed buyer Keysight Technologies Inc. in California federal court on Thursday, saying the deal should be stopped because the companies failed to disclose important information regarding the acquisition.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZeniMax Wants $1B In Damages, Oculus Products Pulled

    After winning a blockbuster trial over virtual reality software, video game developer ZeniMax Media LLC on Thursday asked a Texas federal judge for enhanced damages totaling more than $1 billion and to block Facebook Inc. subsidiary Oculus from selling products that infringe its copyrights.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Grants Small-Business Relief From Transparency Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to exempt broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers from stepped-up transparency rules in the 2015 Open Internet Order as the lone Democratic commissioner objected amid questions of how the GOP will deal with broader net neutrality rules.

  • February 23, 2017

    Infoblox Investors Seek Stock Appraisal After $1.6B Deal

    Shareholders of computer networking firm Infoblox Inc. filed a petition in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday seeking an appraisal of their stock in the company following its November buyout by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $1.6 billion.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Clears Use For First Set Of LTE-U Devices

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday authorized the first set of so-called LTE-U devices that may be used in the unlicensed spectrum, paving the way for mobile carriers to have additional network capacity.

  • February 23, 2017

    Tessera’s $100M Toshiba Royalty Row Lacks IP Claims: Judge

    Tessera Technologies sought Thursday to appeal an early ruling over claims Toshiba Corp. owes more than $100 million in royalties for using its integrated circuit technology in 7,000 products, facing a skeptical California federal judge who noted its “garden variety” contract suit might have been stronger with patent infringement claims.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZTE Gets Another Reprieve From US Sanctions

    Nearly a year after it was first rapped for allegedly violating sanctions on Iran, Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. was given another reprieve by the U.S. government Thursday as the two sides continue to work on an agreement that will settle the allegations.

  • February 23, 2017

    Time Warner Eyes Atlanta Station Sale Ahead Of AT&T Deal

    Time Warner Inc. said in a Thursday regulatory filing it is looking to sell an Atlanta broadcast station to Meredith Corp. for $70 million, a move that comes as the content company pushes forward with its $85.4 billion sale to telecommunications giant AT&T Inc.

  • February 23, 2017

    Unwired Planet Discourages Full Fed. Circ. CBM Review

    Unwired Planet LLC urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to let stand its November decision that held the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is using an overly broad definition of what qualifies under its covered business method patent review program.

  • February 23, 2017

    Honeywell Sues To Stop Alarm.com's $140M Monopoly Bid

    Honeywell International Inc. on Tuesday filed an antitrust action against Alarm.com and Icontrol Networks Inc. over a planned $140 million security technology acquisition deal, alleging in New Jersey federal court the deal would give Alarm.com a monopoly in the market.

Expert Analysis

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Debating Anti-Rebate And Inducement Laws In Washington

    Shawn Hanson

    Last month, the Washington state Senate introduced a bill that would amend its anti-rebate and inducement laws to allow insurers to offer free goods and services. Supporters argue that Washington is the only state in the country to force consumers to pay for technology that is free everywhere else, while opponents have expressed concern for fair competition, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Google Warrant Case Vs. Microsoft Warrant Case

    Philip J. Bezanson

    The Pennsylvania federal court's recent Google decision may give companies emboldened by the Second Circuit's Microsoft decision pause in deciding whether to resist compliance with what they view as overly broad requests for customer data. However, the different results in the cases may serve as useful guidance for securing data abroad, say Philip Bezanson and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.

  • Personal Jurisdiction Takeaways From Fed. Circ. In Xilinx

    Phillip Articola

    The Federal Circuit's decision Wednesday in Xilinx v. Papst serves as a lesson to patent owners that if they do not want to be hauled into potentially unfavorable jurisdictions to defend declaratory judgment actions, they should be careful as to what actions they perform in those jurisdictions, says Phillip Articola of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: How License Agreements Changed

    Jonathan Lourie

    In the decade following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in MedImmune, patent holders have taken into account the increased risk of a subsequent patent challenge by including provisions in license agreements that are a disincentive to the licensee challenging the validity of the licensed patent, say Jonathan Lourie and Vicki Norton of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Tips For Addressing The IP Challenges Of 3-D Printing: Part 2

    Michael Shaw

    In the age of 3-D printing, a trademark protection strategy needs to take into account realistic market ambitions, the relative commercial importance of actual and potential geographic markets, and all alternative possible manners of use of the mark, say Michael Shaw and Michael Moore of Marks & Clerk.

  • California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

    David Stein

    California has the nation’s most powerful consumer protection statutes, but in recent years, the state’s federal courts have imposed a major constraint on omission claims brought under those statutes. The good news for consumers is that recent developments suggest this constrictive view of California consumer protection law is ending, say David Stein and Amanda Karl of Girard Gibbs LLP.