Technology

  • January 17, 2017

    FTC Sues Qualcomm Over Standard-Essential Patent Licenses

    The Federal Trade Commission accused Qualcomm on Tuesday of using its dominance over the sale of semiconductors for mobile devices to wrangle higher royalties and anti-competitive licensing terms from cellphone makers for its standard-essential patents.

  • January 17, 2017

    Olshan Frome, Jameson Babbitt Steer $270M Amazon Deal

    Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP represented a joint venture of TriStar Capital's David Edelstein and RFR Holding in its purchase of an Amazon.com Inc. mixed-use building in Seattle from Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC-counseled Schnitzer West LLC for roughly $270 million, according to an announcement from Olshan Frome on Tuesday.

  • January 17, 2017

    Zuckerberg Blasts Claims Oculus Based On Stolen Tech

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday told a Texas federal jury the company had investigated a video game developer's $2 billion claim that its popular Oculus virtual reality platform was built on stolen technology and concluded those claims were false.

  • January 17, 2017

    Facebook Says CDA Shields It From Palestinian Terror Liability

    Facebook Inc. has urged a New York federal court to throw out lawsuits filed on behalf of 20,000 Israeli and American families seeking to hold the social media giant liable for giving a platform to Palestinian terrorists, arguing the 1996 Communications Decency Act bars tort claims against internet services involving third-party content.

  • January 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive IP Suit Against Pinterest, Others

    The Federal Circuit ruled on Friday that a Fo2Go LLC photo processing patent was invalid as indefinite, upholding a lower court ruling that ended infringement lawsuits brought against companies including Pinterest Inc. and Yahoo Inc. 

  • January 13, 2017

    Power Integrations Denied Extra Damages In $140M IP Win

    Power Integrations Inc. is not entitled to enhanced damages for its $140 million jury win against rival chip maker Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, a California federal judge ruled Friday, saying PI had not made a showing of “egregious misconduct.”

  • January 13, 2017

    Belize Urges 11th Circ. To Toss $22M Telecom Contract Suit

    The government of Belize urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to dismiss a claim it owes a company more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment, saying a lower court failed to properly consider Belizean law and wrongly found that it waived sovereign immunity.

  • January 13, 2017

    ATopTech Hits Ch. 11 10 Months After $30M IP Verdict

    Software company ATopTech Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Friday, about 10 months after a California federal jury hit it with a $30 million verdict on accusations of infringing Synopsys Inc.'s copyrights, but says it has a potential buyer lined up to anchor a bankruptcy auction.

  • January 13, 2017

    Ramirez Leaves An FTC Ready To Lead Privacy Enforcement

    With her resignation Friday, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez leaves an agency that has become a capable and powerful privacy and data security regulator, having pushed the commission to not only undertake more cutting-edge enforcement actions but also build up its technological capabilities to better address these issues.

  • January 13, 2017

    Trump Picks Giuliani As Cybersecurity Adviser

    President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has tapped former New York City mayor and Greenberg Traurig LLP cybersecurity practice leader Rudy Giuliani as an adviser, saying Giuliani will provide advice on cybersecurity matters and serve as a liaison with industry.

  • January 13, 2017

    Agilent Rival Can't Trim Trade Secret Suit Over DNA Tech

    A California state judge on Friday denied startup Twist Bioscience Corp.’s bid to trim Agilent Technologies Inc.’s suit accusing Twist’s founder of stealing its proprietary DNA synthesis technology, finding that trade secret claims don't preempt breach of loyalty claims under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

  • January 13, 2017

    Google Workers’ Attys Pressed On Fees In $4.75M Wage Deal

    A California judge Friday pressed attorneys representing about 5,100 current and former hourly Google workers on their fee request in a $4.75 million class action deal resolving wage-and-hour claims stretching back to 2011, ordering the attorneys to file briefs explaining why their work merits a third of that total.

  • January 13, 2017

    Techie 'Cult Leader' Woos Fed. Circ. In Microsoft Patent Row

    Counsel for a New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged self-help "cult leader" fought on Friday to revive the man’s patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. over teleconferencing technology, assuring a Federal Circuit panel that he owns the rights to the patents.

  • January 13, 2017

    WorldLink Gets Arbitration Coverage Fight Booted From Mich.

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday tossed an insurer’s suit against staffing agency ADI WorldLink LLC seeking to escape coverage obligations related to WordLink’s arbitrations with employees, saying the suit belongs in Texas.

  • January 13, 2017

    Wheeler Asks ‘Where’s The Fire?’ On Nixing Net Neutrality

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler lodged a final defense of his FCC’s Open Internet Order that set net neutrality rules in his last speech Friday, calling for new leaders not to rush to overturn an order that also provides the basis for privacy rules for internet service providers.

  • January 13, 2017

    DHS Issues Final Rule To Help Int'l Entrepreneurs Stay In US

    The Department of Homeland Security has released a final rule that enables entrepreneurs to seek temporary permission to be in the country, known as parole, if they can prove their proposed business would promote the public interest.

  • January 13, 2017

    Health Hires: 7 New Life Sciences, Health Additions

    The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.

  • January 13, 2017

    Russia Bombshells Leave Sanctions Bar Guessing

    With President Barack Obama taking one final strike at Russia for its purported tampering in the U.S. election and President-elect Donald Trump facing a slew of explosive allegations of Moscow-related impropriety, sanctions attorneys have been left grasping at straws regarding what comes next in the two countries' fractious relationship.

  • January 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AltaGas, Arris International, Intrawest

    Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas could pay up to $6 billion for Washington, D.C.-based natural gas utility WGL Holdings, telecommunications equipment manufacturer Arris International is in talks to buy Brocade Communications’ networking equipment business and private equity-owned ski resort operator Intrawest Resorts is on the chopping block.

  • January 13, 2017

    EA Gets Part Of Video Game Patent Axed At PTAB

    Electronic Acts Inc. scored a victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday, when the board invalidated much of a sports video game patent that EA’s college football and golf video games are accused of infringing.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • 2016 Highlights From Indirect Purchaser Class Actions

    Christopher T. Micheletti

    While there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impacted indirect purchaser cases in 2016, and only a few circuit court decisions, some notable rulings shed light on strategies related to class certification, Article III and antitrust standing, settlement objectors, and other indirect purchaser-related issues, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Drone Dashing Through The Snow — But Not In US

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    This week, YouTube personality Casey Neistat released a video of himself being towed on a snowboard by a massive unmanned aircraft system. The video — which appears to have been shot entirely in Finland — would be virtually impossible to make in the U.S. In the spirit of the holidays, we bring you the 12 ways this would have violated Federal Aviation Administration rules, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Patenting Inventions In Machine Learning: Part 2

    Michael D. Stein

    In the second article in this two-part series, BakerHostetler partner Michael Stein reviews machine learning and some of the algorithms and data structures employed in this field, which can be utilized to defeat validity attacks under Sections 101 and 112.

  • Lessons On Director Independence From Sandys V. Pincus

    Edward P. Welch

    The Delaware Supreme Court’s opinion in Sandys v. Pincus is a rare example of a nonunanimous ruling on a matter of fundamental importance to corporation law — namely, the determination of when a director is interested or lacks independence in connection with a particular transaction, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To NIST's New Special Publication

    Mark C. Mao

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology's recent Special Publication 800-160 has been touted as a "flagship" work advocating building security measures into internet-of-things devices. Attorneys from Troutman Sanders LLP break down the publication and explain how specific chapters will be relevant to technology lawyers.

  • Long Line Of High Court Precedents For Combination Patents

    Francis C. Lynch

    In its October ruling in Apple v. Samsung, an en banc majority of the Federal Circuit failed to discuss a long line of constitutionally based principles established by the U.S. Supreme Court for combination patents, says Francis Lynch, a retired senior partner in Goodwin Procter LLP’s IP group.

  • Patenting Inventions In Machine Learning: Part 1

    Michael D. Stein

    In the first installment of this two-part series, Michael Stein of BakerHostetler explains how various types of structural limitations can be employed to strengthen patents for machine learning inventions.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.