Technology

  • July 19, 2017

    Brazil Watchdog Takes Alleged Tech Cartel Cos. To Tribunal

    Brazil’s antitrust watchdog said Tuesday it had urged an administrative tribunal to find that Sharp, a Hitachi unit and three other companies had colluded with a wider group that fixed the prices of thin film transistors, a key component of laptops and monitors.

  • July 19, 2017

    PTAB Rehears Challenge To Finjan Patent, Institutes Review

    Blue Coat Systems Inc. convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review a Finjan Inc. patent for cybersecurity technology Tuesday, after the board previously found that Blue Coat wasn’t likely to succeed in showing the challenged parts of the patent were invalid.

  • July 19, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Says Game Over For Microsoft Rival's Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday agreed with Microsoft Corp. that a lower court rightly construed a patent covering low-power wireless technology, leaving intact a declaration that Microsoft could not infringe a competitor’s invention under that construction.

  • July 19, 2017

    SEC Settles Insider Trading Claims From Apple’s $355M Deal

    A former IT administrator of AuthenTec Inc. has settled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims that he traded on nonpublic information ahead of the fingerprint sensor maker’s $355 million sale to Apple Inc.

  • July 19, 2017

    Toshiba Can Again Block Western Digital’s JV Access

    A California state court on Tuesday gave Toshiba the green light to again block Western Digital’s access to their joint venture, granting the Japanese company a stay, for the time being, of a temporary restraining order the California-based company had secured earlier this month.

  • July 19, 2017

    GOP Lawmakers Demand IRS Briefing On Record Preservation

    Three Republican lawmakers are demanding a report from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on the agency’s record-keeping practices after a recent audit spotlighted an outdated email system and inadequate storage policies.

  • July 19, 2017

    Fintech Co. Wins Court-Ordered Access To Swap Servicer

    Financial technology firm trueEX LLC won a preliminary injunction on Tuesday from a New York federal court granting it access to the interest rate swap trading network of MarkitSERV Ltd. while an antitrust lawsuit between the pair plays out.

  • July 19, 2017

    Coinbase User Allowed To Challenge IRS Records Request

    A California federal judge Tuesday allowed a John Doe Coinbase user to join a challenge against an IRS summons that seeks customer names and other information from the virtual currency exchange company, slamming the government’s arguments as nonsensical and ruling that the anonymous individual has a protected interest at stake.

  • July 19, 2017

    Verizon Backs Sprint's Bid For Redo Of Access Fee Ruling

    State and regional subsidiaries of Verizon Communications asked Tuesday to join Sprint in requesting that the Fifth Circuit rehear a case over whether the service provider must pay local CenturyLink Inc. units $12.5 million in telecommunications access fees.

  • July 18, 2017

    FTC Turns Up Heat On Smart Devices With COPPA Update

    A recent warning by the Federal Trade Commission to connected toy makers that their products must comply with children's privacy rules may signal a related enforcement campaign is on the horizon, as the rapidly expanding and largely unregulated internet of things continues to attract more attention from both policymakers and lawmakers, attorneys say.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ropes & Gray, Cravath Guide Crown Castle $7.1B Fiber Buy

    Ropes & Gray LLP and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP have ushered in Crown Castle International Corp.'s $7.1 billion cash acquisition of Lightower Fiber Networks from Berkshire Partners, Pamlico Capital and others, in a deal announced Tuesday that's meant to cement Crown Castle as the largest  U.S. provider of shared infrastructure to wireless companies.

  • July 18, 2017

    Korean Scientist Found Guilty Of Laundering Bribes In US

    The head of South Korea's government-funded earthquake research program was found guilty of laundering bribery proceeds in the U.S. on Monday — the second such verdict against a foreign official this year.

  • July 18, 2017

    Fitbit Asks To Tweak Infringement Theory In Jawbone Row

    Fitbit Inc. urged a California magistrate judge Tuesday to change her mind and allow the wearable fitness device company to amend its patent infringement contentions against rival Jawbone, saying it needs to modify its infringement theory as a direct result of the court’s claim construction.

  • July 18, 2017

    Cray Urges Fed. Circ. To Scrap Gilstrap’s New Venue Rules

    Cray Inc. asked the Federal Circuit on Monday to throw out a decision by Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap setting rules for determining the appropriate venue for patent cases, arguing that his test flouts the law, days after a key congressman assailed the ruling as “reprehensible.”

  • July 18, 2017

    Apple Pulled Into Qualcomm Royalty Row With IPhone Makers

    Foxconn and other iPhone manufacturers on Monday brought in Apple Inc. as another defendant in Qualcomm Inc.’s suit seeking royalty payments from them for its cellular technology license agreements in California federal court, saying they had been caught in the middle of a sprawling patent and antitrust dispute between the two tech giants.

  • July 18, 2017

    BB-8 Maker Says Rival Poached Patented Robo-Ball Tech

    A Colorado robotics company hit Spin Master Inc. with a suit Tuesday claiming infringement of patented technology that powers toy versions of the BB-8 droid featured in "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens."

  • July 18, 2017

    Snell & Wilmer Slams DQ Bid In Cybersecurity Co. IP Row

    Attorneys for Snell & Wilmer LLP contested Monday an attempt to disqualify the firm from representing a cybersecurity company in its suit accusing a rival of false advertising and defamation regarding intellectual property ownership, saying that there was no evidence the firm had a conflict in the case.

  • July 18, 2017

    Cable Group Urges FCC To Crack Down On Pole Owners

    The American Cable Association urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to take action to help accelerate broadband deployment by cracking down on pole owners that impose barriers to pole access, saying swift action by the agency is “imperative.”

  • July 18, 2017

    Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Needn't Give Email Info To Gov't

    Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and another email provider have dodged 15 government search warrants seeking information related to accounts thought to be involved in an identity theft scheme, after an Alabama federal magistrate judge held that the requests threaten the users’ Fourth Amendment rights.

  • July 18, 2017

    Veeva Systems Sues Rivals Over Noncompetes In California

    Cloud computing company Veeva Systems sued a trio of competitors in California state court Monday, seeking to invalidate the restrictive covenants they’ve used to block Veeva from poaching their workers and saying the agreements are anti-competitive and illegal under state law.

Expert Analysis

  • Gilstrap's Venue Test: The 4 Factors And What They Mean

    Yar Chaikovsky

    On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas recently ruled on venue issues in Raytheon v. Cray — but the court did not stop there. The judge also laid out a four-part framework for determining what constitutes “a regular and established place of business,” say Yar Chaikovsky and Wei Wang of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 1

    Andrew Greenfield

    A new immigration regulation that went into effect earlier this year provides for greater flexibility in the ways U.S. employers can recruit and sponsor foreign professionals for temporary visas and U.S. permanent residence. In this three-part series Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP discusses how the new rules will impact various aspects of employers' recruiting and sponsorship practices.

  • Employees In All But Name: Where's The Privilege?

    Andrea Reid

    The virtual business model is increasingly replacing traditional corporate structures. Companies working under a virtual business model have fewer bona fide employees, and most core functions are fulfilled by external parties. Andrea Reid and Daniel Roberts of Dechert LLP explore how companies can preserve attorney-client privilege in this evolving and dynamic setting.

  • How To Convince A Startup To Think About IP

    Robert Kramer

    Cash-strapped, time-poor startups have many reasons to ignore intellectual property. Respond by suggesting that the client budget time and money for a coffee break with you next week. It might decide to pursue quality patents and a global strategic IP and licensing portfolio, or it might just end up buying coffee. Most startups leave somewhere in between, says Robert Kramer of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Ex-NAD Director Looks Back On 20 Years And 2,600 Decisions

    Andrea Levine

    Reflecting on over two decades at the National Advertising Division, it's hard to discern any clear pattern regarding the type of products, legal issues or the sheer number of cases that came before us. Looking ahead, with advertising metamorphosing into so many different formats, I think identifying “what is advertising” is going to be the biggest challenge, says Andrea Levine, former director of the National Advertising Division.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • Opinion

    Meritless FTC Case Against Qualcomm Will Harm Consumers

    James Skyles

    With its complaint earlier this year against Qualcomm, the Federal Trade Commission is in danger of intervening on behalf of business interests, not those of consumers, and compromising protections for innovations and technological breakthroughs, says James Skyles, founder of Skyles Law Group LLC.