Technology

  • March 20, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Uber, GFI, Stifel Financial

    Uber has reportedly bought a stake in the office portion of the Golden State Warriors Mission Bay development project, GFI is said to have scored $181.3 million in financing for a New York hotel and condo tower, and Stifel Financial has reportedly subleased two floors of a Park Avenue tower.

  • March 20, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Win For Seagate On Encryption Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that an Enova Technology Corp. data encryption patent was invalid, solidifying a win for Seagate Technology LLC, which challenged the patent after it was sued for infringement.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ex-Panasonic Worker Claims Unethical Practices, Retaliation

    A Panasonic unit has been slapped with a whistleblower lawsuit in New Jersey state court by a former employee alleging she resigned last year after facing retaliation for reporting unethical business practices, such as distributors being over-credited by about $2 million and female workers being mistreated in terms of assignments and compensation.

  • March 20, 2017

    Nvidia Hit With Patent Suit Over Google Digital Assistant

    A Wi-LAN Inc. unit accused Nvidia Corp. of profiting off its patents for a digital voice assistant on tablets and televisions, saying the company’s Google voice assistant products are all infringing technology picked up from Apple Inc.’s Siri, according to a Delaware federal complaint on Friday.

  • March 20, 2017

    FCC Lays Out Criteria For $2B Connect America Auction

    The Federal Communications Commission said it will prioritize high speeds, low latency and low costs in its coming selection of internet providers that will receive up to $1.98 billion in federal funding to support broadband development in unserved and high-cost areas across America, according to a Tuesday final rule.

  • March 20, 2017

    High Court Won't Review Axing Of DataTreasury Patents

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a bid by DataTreasury for it to review whether the Federal Circuit erred by invalidating two check-imaging patents as abstract under the high court’s landmark Alice decision.

  • March 20, 2017

    Alsup Suggests Uber, Waymo Let Young Attys Give Tutorials

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup told counsel on both sides of Waymo and Uber's intellectual property dispute Monday that they should allow young lawyers to present an upcoming technological tutorial, the latest request in a sweep of orders looking to create opportunities for such attorneys.

  • March 20, 2017

    Electronics Giants To Pay $49M To Settle Battery Antitrust Suit

    Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi Maxell and NEC have agreed to pay $50 million to settle litigation by direct purchasers of lithium-ion batteries alleging the companies colluded with other electronics manufacturers to fix battery prices for more than a decade, according to documents filed in a California federal court Friday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Verizon's $11B Bond Sale To Buy Back Debt, Fund Yahoo Deal

    Telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. has sold $11 billion in bonds to refinance debt and help the company fund its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, according to a regulatory filing Thursday, the latest in a wave of large deals by investment-grade companies.

  • March 20, 2017

    PTAB Won't Review Hoverboard Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has decided not to review a hoverboard patent that is at the center of district court litigation and a complaint filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission, rejecting a challenge from a Chinese manufacturer that argued the patent is invalid.

  • March 20, 2017

    Gaming Giant Netmarble Seeks Largest Korean IPO Since 2010

    South Korean mobile gaming giant Netmarble Games Corp. told regulators Monday it plans to raise up to 2.7 trillion won ($2.4 billion) in an initial public offering, a deal that could mark the country's largest IPO since 2010.

  • March 20, 2017

    Why More Law Firms Are Moving To The Cloud

    The proportion of lawyers who report using the cloud has spiked in recent years, a trend experts say is driven by a recent uptick in confidence that the cloud can provide adequate privacy and security controls to law firms while making lawyers’ lives easier.

  • March 20, 2017

    AT&T Asks FCC To Make Jewish Center Call Traces Permanent

    AT&T pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to make permanent a temporary waiver that allows Jewish community centers to get increased access to blocked phone numbers when facing bomb threats.

  • March 20, 2017

    FactSet Inks $205M Deal For Data And Risk Management Firm

    Connecticut-based financial information and data analytics service provider FactSet Research Systems Inc. bought an asset management data and risk management software firm from its private equity owner Aquiline Capital Partners on Monday in a deal valued at $205.2 million.

  • March 20, 2017

    Motorola Can't Cut IV Patent From IP Row, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit affirmed on Monday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to keep alive some claims in Intellectual Ventures I LLC’s data transmission patent, rejecting Motorola Mobility LLC’s bid to invalidate them for being disclosed in a previous invention.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ultratech Shareholders Sue To Block $815M Veeco Merger

    Ultratech Inc. investors have hit the company, which makes equipment for businesses that manufacture semiconductors, with a proposed class action in California federal court over the company’s $815 million acquisition by Veeco Instruments Inc., saying shareholders were not given enough information on the deal.

  • March 20, 2017

    Facebook Users Fight 9th Circ. Take On Birthday Text Row

    The consumers behind a proposed class action alleging Facebook’s text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act urged a California judge not to certify for appeal his previous rejection of the social media giant’s dismissal request, calling it nothing but a stall tactic.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ala. Can't Get Redo On AT&T Users' Tax Refund Bid

    An Alabama appeals court on Friday declined to revisit its earlier decision denying the state’s attempt to avoid paying refunds to AT&T customers as part of a settlement in a class action accusing the telecom giant of collecting illegal taxes on internet service, keeping the government on the hook.

  • March 20, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Google's Appeal Over Data Patent

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Google’s bid for it to review how the Federal Circuit purportedly imposes “rigid” rules that wrongly keep “common sense” from being used to find patents invalid as obvious in a dispute over the invalidation of a computer data patent.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump's Budget Unlikely To Cover Gaps In Cybersecurity

    The Trump administration’s budget blueprint released Thursday acknowledges the importance of protecting networks from mounting cyberattacks, requesting $1.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to fund various cybersecurity efforts. But the failure to allot similar funding to other agencies and initiatives is likely to leave significant vulnerabilities, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside USPTO's Business Method Eligibility Examples

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    In a trio of subject matter eligibility examples quietly published in mid-December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears to be taking the position that in order for a claim related to a financial or business transaction to be eligible, that claim should recite technical content in detail and not just at a high level, says Michael Borella of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

  • The QER On Demand Response And Efficiency

    Marvin Griff

    The most recent installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review reflects the belief that demand response and energy efficiency are a significant part of grid modernization. While questions exist as to whether the new administration will continue to support innovation in these areas, they will continue to be important drivers of cost savings in energy delivery, say attorneys from Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • The Hidden Risk Of Open Source Software: The Law

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    Software companies and their law firms are often unaware of the open source components in their software and their corresponding compliance status. Legal teams are sometimes under the mistaken understanding that developers are aware of open source library requirements, while development is under immense time pressure to get products out of the door, says Jeff Luszcz of Flexera Software LLC.

  • 'Exceptional' Lessons From Iris Connex V. Dell

    Jay F. Utley

    Much of the same conduct that rendered Iris Connex v. Dell exceptional was found to also render it sanctionable. The thoroughly written decision from the Eastern District of Texas is especially instructive given the district’s historically rare findings of exceptionability and sanctionable conduct, say Jay Utley and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Potential Post-Pokemon Legal Issues For Augmented Reality

    Pramitha Krishnamurthyprakash

    Evolving from a simple, location-based augmented reality game into a cultural phenomenon, "Pokemon Go" was the biggest gaming craze of 2016. As a result of the game's popularity and the legal concerns that surround it, augmented reality will demand more attention from policymakers, courts and regulators, says Pramitha Krishnamurthyprakash of CPA Global.

  • Defining 'Fair' Licensing: Where We Stand On FRAND

    Charles. L. “Chip” Babcock

    One of the hottest terms in tech right now is “internet of things.” And fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing provides access to that connectivity. The FRAND system is based on mutual trust and shared commercial interests among the world’s most innovative companies. Where it gets complicated is that there is no consensus on what FRAND should mean and whether it can be defined in more detail, says Charles Babcock of Jackson Walker LLP.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • Avoiding FTC's Cross-Device Tracking Crosshairs

    Julie O’Neill

    While the Federal Trade Commission’s recent report on cross-device tracking does not introduce any materially new suggestions for compliance beyond existing industry self-regulatory efforts, it draws attention to the importance of compliance with those efforts and the potential risks of enforcement for failing to clearly and accurately describe cross-device tracking practices, say Julie O’Neill and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP.