Technology

  • May 23, 2017

    Apple Asks Justices To Deny Samsung Petition In $120M Win

    Apple Inc. defended a Federal Circuit’s en banc decision to uphold a $120 million award against Samsung Electronics Corp. Ltd. in a long-running dispute over smartphone patent infringement to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, saying the decision doesn't stir up any issues on obviousness, infringement or injunctions worthy of high court review.

  • May 23, 2017

    Apple, Nokia Deal Resolves Slew Of Video Patent Suits

    Apple and Nokia set aside their differences and reached a business deal to end sprawling patent litigation that accused the California-based iPhone maker of infringing 40 Nokia patents for video coding, compression and other technologies, the companies said Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    US Corporate Legal Spending Far Outpaces Rest Of World

    Companies in the U.S. spend nearly triple the amount on legal services for every dollar of revenue than counterparts around the globe, but overall spending varies greatly depending on the size and industry of the business, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Screen Manufacturers Settle In Long-Running LCD Patent Suit

    Eidos Display resolved its long-standing patent infringement dispute with another screen manufacturer, HannStar Display, over its use of technology meant to improve liquid crystal displays in Texas federal court Monday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Drone Maker Hits Roadblocks On Ch. 11 Cash Use, Refunds

    Bankrupt flying camera-drone venture Lily Robotics Inc. struggled Tuesday to land final agreements on cash due from a company sales processing contractor, with a Delaware bankruptcy judge saying that a temporary restraining order could be one of the solutions.

  • May 23, 2017

    Yahoo Says Claims Don't Hold Up In Data Breach MDL

    Yahoo Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to toss allegations over massive data breaches that reportedly affected more than a billion users, contending that the individuals leading the multidistrict litigation fail in their efforts to hold the company responsible for the highly sophisticated and relentless criminal attacks. 

  • May 23, 2017

    Jones Day Hires Former White House Cybersecurity Official

    Jones Day has hired the former White House senior director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council to its office in Washington, D.C., the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    4th Circ. Lets Wikipedia Move Forward With NSA Spying Fight

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday resurrected a constitutional challenge mounted by Wikipedia's parent company against the NSA’s controversial “upstream” collection of internet communications, but found other groups couldn’t move forward because they relied on a broader surveillance effort that couldn’t be plausibly proven.

  • May 23, 2017

    MoFo Adds 6 From Wilson Sonsini To SF IP Litigation Group

    Morrison & Foerster LLP announced Tuesday the addition of six top intellectual property litigation attorneys from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC to its San Francisco office, prepping the firm for future tech-based trials and proceedings at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • May 23, 2017

    Digital Rights Group Accuses Comcast Of Censorship

    A digital rights advocacy group announced Tuesday that it had received a cease-and-desist letter from Comcast representatives threatening to bring trademark infringement claims against its website, Comcastroturf.com, which is organizing investigations into allegedly fake anti-net neutrality comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 23, 2017

    Buzzfeed Loses Bid To Move Trump-Dossier Defamation Row

    A Florida federal judge on Monday declined Buzzfeed’s request to dismiss or transfer a Russian technology executive’s defamation suit over the publication of his name in a dossier related to President Donald Trump, finding sufficient contacts existed with the Sunshine State.

  • May 23, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sinochem, Constellation, Delivery Hero

    Sinochem is in talks to merge with ChemChina to create a single entity worth roughly $120 billion, Constellation Brands is pursuing an acquisition of Jack Daniel’s parent company, and Europe and Latin America-focused online delivery service Delivery Hero is preparing to go public this summer.

  • May 23, 2017

    E-Wallet Tech Developer Claims Apple Pay Was His Brainchild

    Apple and Visa were hit with a patent infringement suit in Delaware federal court on Sunday alleging that they rejected a licensing deal with an early developer of personal identity authentication technology for a contactless payment system and nevertheless went to market with their own version, Apple Pay.

  • May 23, 2017

    No Court Has Ever Nixed A Fair Use Verdict, Google Says

    Google Inc. urged the Federal Circuit on Monday not to revive an $8.8 billion copyright lawsuit filed against the company by Oracle, warning that “no court” has ever overturned a jury verdict on fair use — and “this is no time to start.”

  • May 23, 2017

    Hulu Sues TiVo Over Patent Licensing Agreement

    Hulu LLC hit TiVo Corp. with a suit in California federal court Tuesday, asking the court to declare that it doesn’t need to renew an expired licensing agreement with the entertainment patent holding company since three patents covered by the agreement are no longer applicable.

  • May 23, 2017

    Netflix, Starz Say Data Patent Suits Nixed By Alice

    Streaming sites including Netflix Inc. and Starz Entertainment LLC asked a Delaware federal court on Monday to toss data storage patent-infringement claims lodged by an IP litigation company founded by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners, saying the company’s patent is invalid under the Alice standard.

  • May 22, 2017

    High Court Could Expand PTAB's Role In Validity Disputes

    A case the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Monday could concentrate patent validity disputes at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board by limiting piecemeal litigation where the board decides the validity of some patent claims in America Invents Act reviews and district courts decide others.

  • May 22, 2017

    3 Takeaways From The Supreme Court's Patent Venue Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to put restrictions on where patent lawsuits can be filed will limit the ability of patent owners to file cases in favorable courts, likely marking the end of the Eastern District of Texas as a patent litigation hot spot. Here, Law360 takes a look at the impact and other possible fallout from the ruling.

  • May 22, 2017

    Patent Venue Ruling Will Force Texas Firms To Branch Out

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday placing new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed will force Texas-based intellectual property practices to compete for business beyond the longtime litigation hub of the Eastern District of Texas, but it isn't a death knell for Texas patent cases, lawyers say.

  • May 22, 2017

    Delaware Primed For IP Case Bump Despite Bench Vacancies

    The Delaware District Court may have two of its four full-time seats vacant, but there is high confidence throughout the First State's bar that the system is ready to handle an expected influx of patent litigation from the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in the TC Heartland case.

Expert Analysis

  • Initial Artifex Ruling Is A Victory For Open-Source Software

    Heather Meeker

    In denying a motion to dismiss in Artifex Software v. Hancom last month, the California federal court held that the copyright infringement and breach of contract claims may proceed on the theories enunciated by Artifex, not necessarily that they will succeed. Still, the case represents a significant step forward for open-source plaintiffs, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Uber May Have Met Its Waterloo In Europe

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    Recent developments in Europe suggest that Uber’s business model — built on its claims that it is a digital platform between consumer and driver, not a transportation company, and that its workers are merely independent contractors, not employees governed by local labor laws — may be approaching collapse on the continent sooner than anticipated, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • Privacy, Security And The Internet Of Medical Things

    Diane Romza-Kutz

    Internet-connected medical devices can provide many benefits, but they also raise cybersecurity risks, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just begun to confront. Market participants should seek to get out in front of these challenges, say Diane Romza-Kutz and Matt Hafter of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Trump Cybersecurity Order: Ambitious Goals, Tight Timelines

    Heather Sussman

    The Trump administration’s first executive action on cybersecurity aims to jump-start cybersecurity risk management activities within the federal government. But with such short reporting deadlines, agencies may not be able to undertake meaningful risk assessments and planning activities, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Consider Ransomware Now So You Don’t WannaCry Later

    Roberta Anderson

    Last Friday, the largest ransomware infestation ever affected tens of thousands of organizations across the globe and a wide range of industry sectors. A well-negotiated insurance program will position an organization to be resilient in the face of the escalating threat of cyberextortion, says Roberta Anderson of Cohen & Grigsby PC.

  • The Meaning Of Spokeo, 365 Days And 430 Decisions Later

    Ezra Church

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision, nearly 60 percent of courts analyzing constitutional standing have determined that the plaintiff had Article III standing. Notably, the outcomes vary markedly by statute and forum, and have intensified in some ways over the last six months, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • The Concerns Surrounding Snap’s No-Vote Shares

    Brian Shea

    Beyond the magnitude of the offering and its implications for the broader deal pipeline, Snap’s initial public offering has raised interesting governance issues around its nonvoting shares, says Brian Shea of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.