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Technology

  • June 19, 2018

    Drinker Biddle Adds IP Pro From Kirkland In Chicago

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has expanded its intellectual property team with a seasoned patent litigator in Chicago from Kirkland & Ellis LLP who has handled complex cases involving data, gaming technology, medical devices and telecommunications, among other industries, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Apple Pushes Monopoly Concerns In Qualcomm ITC Fight

    Apple attorneys questioned an expert witness for Qualcomm on the potential competition effects of the chipmaker’s bid to ban Intel-equipped iPhones from the U.S. during a hearing Tuesday at the International Trade Commission, pressing a claim that a ban on imports of the phone could hand Qualcomm monopoly power and push Intel out of 5G development.

  • June 19, 2018

    Verizon, AT&T Say They Will Cut Off Location-Data Sellers

    Verizon and AT&T will end business relationships with third-party companies that buy cellphone users' location data, an Oregon senator who had called attention to prison phone operator Securus Technologies Inc. buying and releasing of users' location details said Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-IT Firm CFO To Pay $1.6M In SEC Judgment Over Fraud

    A former executive at an Illinois information technology company has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to resolve the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims he embezzled millions and filed false financial disclosures to cover it up, the commission said in a court filing Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Cybersecurity Firm That Probed DNC Hack Now Worth $3B

    Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which was hired to investigate the high-profile Democratic National Committee hacks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said Tuesday that it is now worth $3 billion after raising $200 million in new funding.

  • June 19, 2018

    DC Circ. Grounds Battle Over Privacy In FAA Drone Rules

    The D.C. Circuit tossed a petition by the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday that sought to review small drone rules promulgated by the Federal Aviation Administration, finding the nonprofit lacked standing to mount a challenge over the exclusion of privacy safeguards.

  • June 19, 2018

    Bazaarvoice Investor Dismisses Challenge To $521M Merger

    A shareholder of product ratings platform provider Bazaarvoice Inc. voluntarily dismissed her suit challenging board disclosures related to the company’s $521 million take-private merger deal with Marlin Equity Partners, according to a filing in Delaware federal court Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Facebook Users Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Tracking Claims

    Several Facebook users urged the Ninth Circuit to breathe new life into multidistrict litigation accusing the social media giant of unlawfully tracking people’s browsing activity after they signed out, saying they deserve a remedy for misdeeds that led to widespread outrage, a congressional investigation and a Federal Trade Commission settlement.

  • June 19, 2018

    'Bitcoin Baron' Gets Nearly 2 Years For DDoS Attacks

    A hacker known as the Bitcoin Baron was sentenced to 20 months in prison after he pled guilty to carrying out distributed denial-of-service attacks on Madison, Wisconsin's computer networks, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Autogrill, Abraaj, Xiaomi

    The Benetton family is reportedly eyeing options for its Autogrill restaurant chain, an Abu Dhabi Financial Group unit offered $50 million to buy the management interest of Abraaj’s limited partnerships, and smartphone maker Xiaomi decreased its possible valuation.

  • June 19, 2018

    Hollywood Giants Must Face Copyright Claims Over Digital FX

    Disney, Paramount and 20th Century Fox lost a bid Monday to escape accusations the Hollywood studios violated copyright law when they created digital effects for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and a slew of other blockbusters.

  • June 19, 2018

    LeClairRyan Nabs Schnader Harrison Aviation Pro In Calif.

    LeClairRyan has hired a Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP trial lawyer who’s represented clients in the energy, aerospace and defense industries to join its intellectual property, commercial litigation, products liability and aviation teams, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Wireless Tech Patent Killed Under Alice In Suit Against HTC

    A Seattle federal court has tossed infringement claims against smartphone maker HTC, ruling that a Uniloc patent on wireless remote control technology was too abstract to be valid.

  • June 19, 2018

    Jury Hung On Whether Belkin Copied Cellphone Holder IP

    A weeklong intellectual property trial ended in deadlock on Monday when a California federal jury couldn't agree on whether Belkin International Inc. ripped off Kenu Inc.'s design patent for a cellphone holder that clips onto a car's air vent.

  • June 19, 2018

    Satellite Operator Blasts 'Baseless' Challenge To $1M Award

    A Bermuda-based satellite operator urged a New York federal judge Monday to confirm a $1 million arbitral award stemming from a soured transaction, accusing a Korean satellite communications provider of doing everything in its power to get out of paying up.

  • June 19, 2018

    Sprint, T-Mobile Officially Ask FCC Permission To Merge

    T-Mobile and Sprint have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to combine forces, according to merger documents posted Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 19, 2018

    Gov't Control Has Stifled Spectrum Use, Think Tank Says

    Regulation of spectrum has curbed its potential productivity at a time when consumers and the country rely upon fast, ubiquitous wireless internet more than ever, according to a new report by a free-market think tank. 

  • June 19, 2018

    Trump Admin. Has No Plan For China Talks After Tariff Push

    The Trump administration has no imminent plans to hold new negotiations with China to resolve the two countries’ escalating intellectual property and tariff fight, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Tuesday, adding that fruitless recent meetings with the Chinese side have shown that “talk is cheap.”

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

Expert Analysis

  • E-Signature Laws Provide Legal Framework For Blockchain

    Brian Casey

    The drafters of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act had the foresight to create a model electronic signatures and records law that, 19 years later, readily accommodates blockchain-based transactions. Businesses should consider utilizing UETA compliance checklists before proceeding with blockchain transactions or smart contracts, says Brian Casey of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • GAO Will Police 'Other Transaction Authority' Awards

    Ronald Lee

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's Oracle decision acts as a shot across the bow to agencies exploring Other Transaction Authority agreements as alternatives to traditional contracting, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Go East, Angel Investors: Tax Incentives In Delaware Tech

    Ernie Holtzheimer

    A new Delaware law is noteworthy for angel investors because it awards a significant tax credit to those who invest in certain Delaware-based small businesses, says Ernie Holtzheimer of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • A Look At 2 GDPR-Inspired Privacy Bills In Senate

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    The very public and high-profile allegations against Facebook have led to more discussion about data privacy than ever before within the U.S. Two pieces of proposed legislation have the potential to considerably change the U.S. data privacy regime, but it is not clear that either has a realistic chance of passing, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Legal Risks For Consumer Products Cos. In 2018: Part 2

    Erin Bosman

    A recent survey of companies in the consumer products space reveals caseloads and issues of concern, the growing influence of the Federal Trade Commission, and trends in corporate legal departments’ budgeting, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect The PTAB

    Dana Rao

    Some people are intent on convincing newly appointed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu to roll back post-grant review procedures. The innovation community needs to remind Iancu why the patent reform gains of the last few years are so critical, says Dana Rao, associate general counsel of intellectual property and litigation at Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Limited Comfort For Corporate Defendants Post-LabMD Ruling

    Stuart Gerson

    On the face of it, the Eleventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Federal Trade Commission v. LabMD might appear to be a major defeat for the agency and a significant victory for the company. But there is a problem: The panel undertook a cursory and questionable analysis of the scope of the FTC’s jurisdiction and ignored what should be a more fundamental question, says Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker Green.

  • Legal Risks For Consumer Products Cos. In 2018: Part 1

    Erin Bosman

    Running a successful consumer products company has never been easy. Rapidly evolving technologies, an uncertain economy and changing government regulations appear primed to complicate the already challenging task of navigating legal issues, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.