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Technology

  • August 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of Netlist Memory Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday invalidated parts of two computer memory patents that Netlist Inc. has accused SanDisk LLC of infringing, upholding a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • August 14, 2018

    Amicus Briefs Back DOJ On AT&T-Time Warner Appeal

    A slew of law professors and interest groups, as well as the Federal Communications Commission, largely supported the government’s case Monday in filings with the D.C. Circuit as the U.S. Department of Justice appeals its loss in the AT&T-Time Warner merger challenge.

  • August 14, 2018

    After Big Ruling, Fed. Circ. Nixes USPTO Fee Award

    Citing a ruling last month striking down the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's controversial policy on attorneys' fees, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday started tossing out such awards against other patent applicants.

  • August 14, 2018

    BlackBerry Slams Class Cert. Bid In Stock-Drop Suit

    BlackBerry Ltd. has asked a New York federal judge not to certify a proposed class of investors alleging the company inflated its stock by hiding the poor performance of its Z10 smartphone, arguing that even the investors' experts cannot confirm that any of the company's alleged misstatements affected its share price.

  • August 14, 2018

    MoFo M&A Co-Chair Named 1st-Ever CLO Of Softbank Group

    The co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s global mergers and acquisitions practice group is set to become the first-ever chief legal officer and senior vice president of SoftBank Group Corp., the Tokyo-based telecommunications and internet giant announced on Monday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reverses PTAB Denial Of Facebook Layout Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Facebook Inc.’s patent application for a method of arranging images was not obvious by prior art because a previously published algorithm did not sufficiently teach the rejected patent claims, reversing a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision.

  • August 14, 2018

    Investors Sue MoviePass Owners As Stock Bottoms Out

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. investors filed a putative class action suit against the company alleging that it misled the public on the profitability of moviegoing subscription service MoviePass Inc. before the stock bottomed out, according to a filing in New York federal court Monday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Adds Corporate Partner in Atlanta Office

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has brought on a corporate attorney who previously worked in private practice as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office.

  • August 14, 2018

    Microsoft Avoids $47M Danish Transfer Pricing Bill

    Microsoft’s Danish arm does not have to pay a tax bill of more than 308 million krone ($47 million) after Denmark’s authorities failed to prove the tech giant had undercharged for marketing services, Danish court documents said.

  • August 14, 2018

    1 NASA Small-Biz Contract, 1 Giant Leap For Plantkind

    Nanotechnology development company UbiQD Inc. said that it has nabbed a NASA contract that will help fund its work on a nanoparticle film intended to bolster crop growth and production during in-space missions and planetary explorations.

  • August 13, 2018

    Investors Secure Class Cert. In Biotech Stock-Drop Case

    A California federal judge on Monday certified a shareholder class alleging that biotech company NantKwest didn’t tell investors the company had incurred over $114 million in executive compensation expenses for its chief executive officer prior to its $225 million initial public offering in 2015.

  • August 13, 2018

    LED Co. Wins $66M In Trade Secrets Row With Chinese Rival

    A California jury awarded LED lighting company Lumileds LLC $66 million on Friday, finding that the chairman of China’s Elec-Tech International Co. Ltd. had paid a former Lumileds employee to steal trade secrets so that he could implement them in his company’s products.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo.

  • August 13, 2018

    Apple Seeks To Stop Class Action Bid Over Cracked Watches

    Apple urged a California federal judge Friday to toss a proposed class action accusing the company of selling millions of watches with defective screens that can crack or shatter, saying the watch that prompted the suit broke after the warranty expired.

  • August 13, 2018

    Pai Pens Letter Defending Net Neutrality Rollback

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai defended a decision to cut back regulations on internet providers in a policy change that ended so-called net neutrality, saying in a letter made public Friday that the move has freed up competition among broadband providers.

  • August 13, 2018

    Qualcomm's $1.8M Fee Award Upheld In Shipping IP Row

    Freight shipping company R+L Carriers Inc. must fork over $1.8 million to pay Qualcomm Inc.’s attorneys’ fees in a dispute over a shipping logistics patent, the Federal Circuit found Monday, affirming a lower court's ruling that the carrier’s infringement claims against the telecom giant were flawed.

  • August 13, 2018

    FedEx Knocks Out Part Of Intellectual Ventures Tracking IP

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated portions of a patent held by Intellectual Ventures that covers shipping and tracking technology, agreeing with FedEx that prior art makes several of the patent claims obvious.

  • August 13, 2018

    SEC Gets Judgment Against Convicted Fitbit Stock Fraudster

    A New York federal judge on Friday signed off on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s consent judgment with Robert W. Murray, a Virginia man serving a two-year sentence for orchestrating a $100 million market manipulation scheme that quickly drove up the price of Fitbit Inc. stock, enjoining him from future securities violations.

  • August 13, 2018

    Facebook Wants Calif. Cambridge Analytica Suit Tossed

    Facebook Inc. on Friday urged a California federal court to dismiss five derivative suits filed by shareholders against the social network's board of directors after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, saying the investors have not shown that company brass were aware of the research firm's data siphoning.

Expert Analysis

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 9th Circ. Exposes Foreign Issuers To New Liability

    Jared Gerber

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Stoyas v. Toshiba has important consequences for determining the extraterritorial scope of the federal securities laws, particularly with respect to unsponsored American depositary receipts and other transactions in which the named foreign entity may not have been involved, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • For Self-Driving Car Makers, Industry Standards Matter

    Allen Patatanyan

    When a self-driving Uber car ran over an Arizona pedestrian earlier this year, the company inadvertently shone a spotlight on the importance of industry standards. Failing to meet these benchmarks could be interpreted as a violation of the standard of care owed to a plaintiff by a corporate defendant, says Allen Patatanyan of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • 1st Circ.'s Uber Ruling Imposes Burdens On App Design

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Courts have generally recognized that online contracts can be enforced like any other agreements, but a June decision from the First Circuit invalidates an arbitration clause in an electronic contract simply because the link provided was in the wrong font and color. This decision fundamentally misunderstands the nature of internet commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • SAP Ruling's Curious Approach To Subject Matter Eligibility

    Jeffrey Mann

    While the Federal Circuit's conclusion in SAP v. InvestPic meshes nicely with years of Section 101 jurisprudence, the decision awkwardly invoked an antiquated rationale, say Jeffrey Mann and J. Colby Van Horn of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Protecting Client Reputations In An Online World

    Jim Wagstaffe

    There’s no doubt we live in a world in which the internet has the potential to amplify defamatory communications. As a result, lawyers are increasingly playing a counseling and litigation role in protecting clients from the posting of negative information and reviews, says Jim Wagstaffe of The Wagstaffe Group.

  • New Risks For US Cos. Inadvertently Supporting North Korea

    Ellen Murphy

    Following a U.S. State Department advisory this week, companies conducting business abroad — particularly in the technology, medical and life sciences industries — should watch out for several areas of heightened risk that may have a nexus to North Korea, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.