Technology

  • September 18, 2017

    'Angry Birds' Maker Rovio's IPO Seeks To Raise $510M

    Rovio Entertainment Corp., maker of the popular mobile game "Angry Birds," launched an initial public offering Monday on the Helsinki Nasdaq that could raise nearly $510 million.

  • September 18, 2017

    USCIS Restarts Expedited Processing For 2018 H-1B Visas

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday said that it will immediately restart “premium processing” for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the current fiscal year’s cap, the latest stage in the resumption of expedited service after it was suspended in April.

  • September 18, 2017

    Windstream Drops Appeal For Copyright Shield Against BMG

    Internet service provider Windstream dropped its Second Circuit appeal Monday, ending a bid for a preemptive ruling that the ISP remained protected from copyright litigation initiated by music publisher BMG Rights Management LLC for failing to end the subscriptions of users who download pirated music.

  • September 18, 2017

    Benefits To Ex-Avaya Worker's Widow Deemed Unsecured

    The widow of a former Avaya Inc. employee on Monday failed in her bid to have her survivorship benefits treated as an administrative expense rather than any other unsecured claim in the company’s ongoing restructuring in New York bankruptcy court.

  • September 18, 2017

    Hemlock Asks 6th Circ. To Keep Win Against SolarWorld Unit

    Hemlock Semiconductor Operations LLC on Friday urged the Sixth Circuit not to rehear its decision backing the company's $793 million damages win in a supply contract dispute with a SolarWorld unit, calling the unit's bid for rehearing "baseless."

  • September 18, 2017

    FCC Probes Sinclair, Tribune For More Merger Specifics

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. must offer specifics on how their combination would affect national and local media markets before the Federal Communications Commission will make a decision on their merger request, the agency has announced.

  • September 18, 2017

    FCC's Acting General Counsel Joins Wilkinson Barker

    Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has snagged the Federal Communications Commission’s former acting general counsel as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office focusing on media, privacy, and internet policy.

  • September 18, 2017

    Digital Streamer Roku Launches $204M IPO Led By Cooley

    Venture-backed, digital-media player company Roku Inc. on Monday launched an estimated $204 million initial public offering, guided by Cooley LLP, hoping to capitalize on the boom in television streaming as more consumers dispatch with traditional cable service.

  • September 18, 2017

    Calif. Broadband Privacy Bill Flops In Assembly

    A California state legislature bill that would have limited how broadband service providers may use subscribers’ personal data is dead on arrival after originally being set for a vote Friday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Flouted Alice In Memory Patent Case, Nvidia Says

    Nvidia Corp. has asked the full Federal Circuit to rehear its challenge to Visual Memory LLC’s computer memory patent, arguing that the court panel’s patentability finding is a throwback to now-discredited pre-Alice case law.

  • September 15, 2017

    What To Watch With EU-US Privacy Shield Under Microscope

    European Union and U.S. policymakers are set on Monday to begin their first review of the fledgling Privacy Shield pact that allows data to flow between the regions, and experts say how policymakers deal with thorny issues such as how the pact is being policed and concerns over U.S. surveillance will determine whether thousands of multinationals get the legal certainty for which they have long been clamoring.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Method In Nixing Oil Co. Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board can reach a legal or factual position that was not preemptively addressed in a petition for a patent review or the board's decision to institute it, the Federal Circuit ruled Friday.

  • September 15, 2017

    Crowdfunder’s Extortion Claims Against Ex-Exec Hit Setback

    A California judge overseeing a suit alleging equity fundraising website Crowdfunder fired a lawyer and former top executive for calling out incomplete investor disclosures on Friday gutted the company’s countersuit, but said it could amend allegations the former executive tried to extort the company.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Toss Of Interactive Sports Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a decision that dismissed patent claims and sent to New Jersey state court a dispute over interactive sports software that was invented by a memorabilia dealer who is in a separate legal battle with the New York Giants.

  • September 15, 2017

    EU Antitrust Official Defends Watchdog’s Economic Analysis

    A leading official for the European Commission’s competition authority stayed mostly mum Friday about a recent decision sending an abuse of dominance case against Intel Corp. back to the General Court, but he defended the watchdog’s ability to complete the type of analysis at issue in the case.

  • September 15, 2017

    Tech Industry’s Bias Complaints Not Letting Up Anytime Soon

    Google was hit recently with a class action accusing it of paying women less than men, joining a long list of Silicon Valley employers accused of gender bias that attorneys say will only get longer. Here, Law360 delves into why discrimination in the tech sector keeps making headlines and what employers can do to avoid ending up in court.

  • September 15, 2017

    Conservative-Friendly Gab Hits Google With Antitrust Suit

    Gab AI Inc., owner of a social media home for conservative voices — many of whom have been booted from other outlets — is accusing Google of violating antitrust laws by axing Gab from its app store, according to a suit filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • September 15, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Block Of China Chipmaker Deal

    President Donald Trump became just the third U.S. president to formally reject a transaction on national security grounds when he blocked a Chinese private equity firm's proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Here, Law360 looks at three takeaways from the move amid increasing global anxiety about foreign acquisitions.

  • September 15, 2017

    Jewelry CEO Pleads Guilty To Forgery Of Judge's Signature

    The president of a Manhattan sapphire jewelry company pled guilty Friday in a New York federal court to conspiracy to forge a judge’s signature on phony court orders to get Google to de-index negative links about his business, and then asked the judge to let him travel abroad to represent his country in an athletic event.

  • September 15, 2017

    Conservative Groups Urge FCC To Repurpose Spectrum Gaps

    A handful of conservative-leaning advocacy groups have thrown their support behind a plan to repurpose gaps between TV channels to power Wi-Fi-like signals in rural areas, writing in a Thursday letter that the unused spectrum “represents a valuable opportunity” to expand broadband access.

Expert Analysis

  • Founders Find Leverage In Investors’ Short Memories

    Les Trachtman

    The only rationale for why the capital markets have succumbed to the trendy scheme of dual-class stock is that economist John Kenneth Galbraith was right — when it comes to financial markets, we do have short memories. History is littered with well-meaning founders and chief executives who succumbed to the seduction of wealth and power, says Les Trachtman, CEO of The Trachtman Group.

  • What The Intel Decision Means For European Commission

    Ian Giles

    The European Court of Justice's judgment in the Intel case last week may play an important role in a number of high-profile European Commission investigations of alleged abuses of dominant positions, particularly in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, say Ian Giles and Jay Modrall of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • How The Utility Of The Future Will Evolve: Part 2

    Bill Zarakas

    The growth and widespread use of distributed energy resources may ultimately contribute to the evolution of the electric grid into a more sophisticated “platform.” In this scenario, utilities will facilitate numerous transactions concerning energy and associated services among DERs, consumers and the utilities themselves, say Bill Zarakis and Frank Graves of The Brattle Group.

  • Takeaways From FTC's Settlement With Lenovo

    Tracy Lechner

    The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with Lenovo over allegedly preloaded adware on its laptops reinforces a growing trend of courts and regulatory authorities imputing liability to companies for the acts and omissions of its third-party vendors, say Tracy Lechner and Esteban Morin of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Proving Injury In Lanham Act False Ad Cases

    Susan Cook

    Recent case law underscores the importance of demonstrating a strong causal link between a false or misleading statement forming the basis of a Lanham Act false advertising claim and a resulting injury to the plaintiff. These decisions provide valuable guidance for any company that wishes to pursue or needs to defend against a false advertising claim, say Susan Cook and Rebecca Mandel of Hogan Lovells.

  • How The Utility Of The Future Will Evolve: Part 1

    Bill Zarakas

    Rapid deployment of distributed energy resources has led some to argue that the utility business model of the last 100 years will soon no longer suffice. Even moderate amounts of DERs change the landscape for utility planning, and require new methods of analysis and changes to status quo policies, say Bill Zarakas and Frank Graves of The Brattle Group.

  • A Closer Look At 9th Circ. Video Filtering Copyright Ruling

    Jim Burger

    Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, recently decided by the Ninth Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy.” This is far from the truth. Instead, copyright law served to vindicate a small Utah company that pioneered filtering and adhered to the law, says Jim Burger of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Blockchain Cos. Must Beware SEC Intervention Risks

    Herbert Kozlov

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently suspended trading in securities of three public blockchain-related businesses in a period of just over two weeks, highlighting the fact that the spot market for digital tokens is no longer the “Wild West,” say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • An Update On China's Cybersecurity Law, 3 Months In

    Sarah Zhao

    Since the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect, the government has begun strengthening enforcement actions and adopting additional measures, including an entirely online court dedicated to internet-related disputes, in order to show its determination to give teeth to the new law, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.