Technology

  • March 29, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Seeks Internet Without ‘Heavy-Handed’ Regs

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai doubled down Wednesday on his theme of a new “light touch” approach that promotes investment at the FCC, advocating for an internet freer from “heavy-handed” regulation in a speech that also touted new telecom cooperation between India and the U.S.

  • March 29, 2017

    Consulting Firm BRG Lands $63M PE Investment

    Strategic advisory and expert consulting firm Berkeley Research Group LLC said Wednesday it has landed a $62.5 million investment from private equity shop Endeavour Capital Inc., money BRG will use to help its expansion plans and to repay early investors.

  • March 29, 2017

    Motorola Files ITC Complaint Over Hytera Radio Equipment

    Chicago-based Motorola Solutions Inc. said Wednesday that it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block China’s Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd. from importing two-way radio equipment that Motorola claims infringes several of its patents.

  • March 29, 2017

    Copyright Chief Appointee Bill Clears House Hurdle

    The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-1 on Wednesday to approve a bipartisan bill that would make the Register of Copyrights a presidentially appointed position, a step toward a broader initiative of modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office. 

  • March 29, 2017

    Bell Helicopter Worker Wins $8.8M In Asbestos Trial

    A Dallas jury awarded $8.8 million to the family of a Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. employee who died of a lung cancer he alleged was the result of years of workplace asbestos exposure, finding the company was guilty of gross negligence.

  • March 29, 2017

    Senators Demand GAO Probe Of Work Relief Programs

    Two senators on Tuesday asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office for a full evaluation of government work relief initiatives, including the often-maligned fleet of Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs.

  • March 29, 2017

    Westinghouse Hits Ch. 11, Reassesses Nuclear Projects

    Toshiba-owned Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, a global icon in nuclear technology design and construction, filed an anticipated Chapter 11 petition on Wednesday, aiming to shore up its core businesses and reassess the future of its nuclear reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina that could cost the debtors billions.

  • March 29, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toshiba, BuzzFeed, Blue Apron

    South Korea's SK Hynix is leading a group that has offered to pay more than $9 billion for a majority stake in Toshiba's memory chip business, BuzzFeed intends to go public in 2018, and Blue Apron is planning a 2017 initial public offering that could value the company at about $3 billion.

  • March 29, 2017

    PE Firms Collect $1.2B In Sale Of ConvaTec Shares

    The private equity majority owners of ConvaTec Ltd. have collected £975 million ($1.2 billion) through the sale of 375 million ordinary shares in the publicly listed medical technology firm, the companies said on Wednesday.

  • March 29, 2017

    11th Circ. Won’t Rehear Case Of Ex-Exec Fired For Snooping

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday denied a request for rehearing made by a former executive with furniture manufacturer Brown Jordan International Inc. asking the court to reconsider its ruling siding with the company after it terminated him for accessing co-workers’ emails to report potential problems.

  • March 29, 2017

    US Removes ZTE From Trade Blacklist After Sanctions Deal

    After more than a year in limbo, ZTE Corp. was removed from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s corporate blacklist Wednesday in the wake of its deal to pay $892 million in penalties for illicit sales of sensitive technology to Iran and North Korea.

  • March 28, 2017

    Cute Kitten Bolsters Brief In Buzzfeed Defamation Row

    Buzzfeed Inc. can’t suddenly plead ignorance of where Florida is just to avoid facing a lawsuit, a Russian technology executive argued in a filing that employed clickbait-worthy tactics, including Buzzfeed-like lists and a photograph of a kitten, as part of his bid to keep his defamation suit against the company in the Sunshine State.

  • March 28, 2017

    Dem Lawmakers Urge FCC Action On Cellphone Cybersecurity

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., in a letter on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to move quickly to take on “fundamental security threats” to cellphones, saying that self-regulation by the industry isn’t working and the vulnerabilities are clear.

  • March 28, 2017

    Alsup Fed Up With Redactions In Waymo, Uber IP Tussle

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday slammed Uber’s bid to expedite proceedings on its request for a court order that Waymo must arbitrate some of its claims in a dispute over the alleged theft of self-driving car technology, describing the motion as “overly redacted.”

  • March 28, 2017

    PTAB Reaches ‘Unusual’ Decision On Parking Meter Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday upheld several claims in an IPS Group Inc. patent covering an electronic parking meter, though the board, in a decision it acknowledged was “unusual,” invalidated a couple of the patent’s other claims.

  • March 28, 2017

    NY's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Bill Needs Narrower Focus

    New York lawmakers are weighing novel legislation that would force online publishers such as Google to delete information flagged as inaccurate or irrelevant. But the bill's failure to account for First Amendment rights makes it unlikely that the sweeping proposal will go very far, attorneys say. 

  • March 28, 2017

    Cerner's $63M Award Bid Kept Alive In UAE Contract Dispute

    An Oregon federal magistrate judge refused to toss the bid of an affiliate of electronic medical records giant Cerner Corp. to enforce a $63 million award over an allegedly unpaid government contract, ruling Monday that it made enough of a case that a United Arab Emirates citizen was bound to arbitration.

  • March 28, 2017

    Apple, Others Tell Fed. Circ. PTAB Time-Bar Orders Are OK

    Tech giants Apple, Intel and Oracle urged the full Federal Circuit on Monday to find that patent owners should not be able to appeal Patent Trial and Appeal Board determinations on the timeliness of petitions for inter partes reviews, supporting semiconductor maker Broadcom’s position in an underlying patent validity case.

  • March 28, 2017

    Trade Group Warns FCC Of Special Access Market Power

    A competitive networks trade group has asked the Federal Communications Commission to recognize the power of older providers in the market for business data services, also pushing the agency to seek feedback if it intends to change course from earlier findings, according to a filing posted publicly Tuesday.

  • March 28, 2017

    HTC, Others Can't Beat Map Patent With Alice, Judge Rules

    HTC Corp. and two other smartphone makers couldn’t persuade a California federal judge that InfoGation Corp.’s mobile navigation patent was invalid as abstract under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling, according to a ruling Monday that found InfoGation’s work described a solution to a technical problem.

Expert Analysis

  • Expectations For High Court Patent Exhaustion Decision

    Charlie Steenberg

    The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hold that the patent exhaustion doctrine bars patent owners from using patent law to enforce post-sale restrictions. While this ruling would have consequences, the concerns raised by Lexmark and amici may be somewhat overblown. The briefing and Tuesday's oral arguments were long on policy but short on concrete examples, say Charlie Steenburg and Ethan Marks of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Applying 'Footprint' Methodology To Prism V. Sprint

    Aaron R. Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Prism v. Sprint this month illustrates an example of the "footprint" approach to patent damages, interesting because of its focus on costs — and not revenues — as a reasonable royalty measure, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Why Calif. May Be The New Frontier For Autonomous Vehicles

    Linda Pfatteicher

    This month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. California's announced commitment to advancing innovation is especially important now that states like Michigan and Florida are challenging its forerunner role in testing autonomous vehicles, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • How EU Data Privacy Reform Will Impact US Telecom Cos.

    Linda V. Priebe

    It's no secret that a new European Union and European Economic Area data protection regulation will go into effect next year. What is not clearly understood is that U.S. communications companies without any EU/EEA customers of their own, may find themselves subject to the new general data protection regulation simply because their U.S. customers have customers in the EU/EEA, says Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Generation Development

    Linda Walsh

    The latest installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review recommends several ways to enhance power generation development, including focusing on renewable energy for underserved communities, advancing innovation in generation technologies, and incentivizing new hydropower and nuclear development. These recommendations present both opportunities and risks for generation developers and investors, say attorne... (continued)

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.