Technology

  • October 19, 2017

    Sharp Can't Remand TV Quality Row With Chinese Licensee

    Sharp Corp. can't get its suit against entities associated with Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense sent back to state court, with a California federal court finding Wednesday it has jurisdiction because one of the entities that licensed the Sharp trademark and is accused of misrepresenting the quality of its televisions is owned by the Chinese government.

  • October 18, 2017

    Capacitor Maker Nippon Chemi-Con Indicted For Price-Fixing

    A federal grand jury indicted Nippon Chemi-Con Corp. for participating in a long-running conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    VidAngel Files For Ch. 11 After 9th Circ. Copyright Loss

    Movie filtering service VidAngel Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Utah Wednesday saying that it owes its current and former subscribers $4.7 million in credit after a preliminary injunction was issued in a infringement suit brought by Walt Disney and other Hollywood studios.

  • October 18, 2017

    Feds Rip Google's $10K-A-Day Offer For Contempt Sanctions

    Federal prosecutors asked a California federal judge Wednesday to hold an evidentiary hearing on how much Google Inc. should pay in sanctions while it appeals a court-ordered search warrant, arguing the internet giant’s offer to pay $10,000 per day if the appeal fails doesn’t have “significant teeth.”

  • October 18, 2017

    PTAB Makes Opinion Limiting Multiple Petitions 'Precedential'

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday made precedential a crucial opinion from back in September that laid out the parameters for how multiple challenges to the same patent will be evaluated, making it binding on all future cases.

  • October 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Original Import Ban Against Arista In Cisco War

    The Federal Circuit upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on network switches imported by Arista Networks found to have infringed Cisco Systems patents in a ruling posted Wednesday, though it leaves undisturbed an ITC preliminary finding allowing Arista entry of a redesigned version.

  • October 18, 2017

    Corel Says Microsoft Expert Overestimated Patent Damages

    Corel Corp. asked a California federal judge Wednesday to nix some damages estimates proposed by Microsoft Corp. in its suit over infringement of nine software patents, saying one estimate overstates how much it would have cost Corel to design its home office software in a noninfringing way.

  • October 18, 2017

    Ex-Tesla Workers Say Racial Slurs, Discrimination Rampant

    Three African-American former Tesla workers say they were consistently the target of racial slurs and faced discrimination at a California factory, according to a suit recently filed in state court.

  • October 18, 2017

    TSA's Practices For Tech Overhaul Fall Short, GAO Says

    The Transportation Security Administration must improve its agile software development practices in order to meet the objectives of a $1.7 billion technology infrastructure modernization program aimed at enhancing the sophistication of its security threat assessments, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Network Co. Avoids Arbitration In $11M Patent Licensing Row

    A California federal judge Tuesday refused to ship to arbitration a network device maker’s suit over a hotel entertainment company’s alleged $11 million in unpaid royalties from a patent licensing deal, finding it wasn’t “absurd” to interpret the companies’ arrangement as bypassing an earlier arbitration clause.

  • October 18, 2017

    Duo Security Turns Into 'Unicorn' With $70M Financing Round

    Software-as-a-service company Duo Security Inc. said Wednesday it has raised $70 million in a new round of funding that pushes the venture-backed cybersecurity firm into so-called “unicorn” territory at a valuation of $1.17 billion.

  • October 18, 2017

    Mintz Levin Snags Ex-Foley IP Partner In San Diego

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has hired a former Foley & Lardner LLP intellectual property partner who has represented a range of pharmaceutical, technology and medical device companies, bolstering its national IP practice, the firm said recently.

  • October 18, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says Investors' Atty Hid Info, Buries $30M Award

    The Third Circuit determined Wednesday that a New Jersey bankruptcy court was right to throw out a $30 million judgment against a Wall Street stockbroker accused of fraud, saying in its precedential ruling that the investors’ attorney had deliberately withheld key information about a separate settlement.

  • October 18, 2017

    US Companies' Tax Havens Costing Gov't $100B, Report Says

    U.S. multinational companies are holding a total of roughly $2.6 trillion in profits offshore largely in tax havens, costing the government $100 billion in corporate income tax revenue each year, according to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Retail Software Co. Closes $166M Series D Funding Round

    Canadian retail software company Lightspeed POS said Wednesday it had closed a $166 million Series D investment, led by Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, bringing the total amount the company has raised to $292 million.

  • October 18, 2017

    MarkitServ Settles Swap Trading Monopoly Suit

    Interest rate swap trading company MarkitServ Ltd. has settled allegations it has a monopoly on the processing service industry brought by financial technology company TrueEx LLC, according to a filing in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Tech-Focused Growth Equity Shop Clinches $1.25B Fund

    Spectrum Equity, a tech-focused growth equity shop with offices in Boston and San Francisco, has closed its latest fund after raising $1.25 billion from investors, with plans to invest in information services, software and internet companies, the firm said Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Sullivan, Simpson Steer $100M Data Center REIT Investment

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP represented data center REIT CyrusOne Inc. in connection with its $100 million equity investment, announced Wednesday, in Chinese data center operator GDS Holdings Ltd., which had counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • October 18, 2017

    Latham Snags Ex-Fish & Richardson Patent Atty In DC

    Latham & Watkins LLP has hired a Fish & Richardson PC patent litigator to join the firm’s Washington, D.C., office after he successfully represented top technology and chemical companies as lead counsel in high-profile patent infringement disputes, Latham & Watkins said Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    White & Case Lands Ex-Hyundai GC For Int’l Arbitration Group

    White & Case LLP has nabbed shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd.’s former international general counsel for its Seoul, South Korea, office, bolstering its global international arbitration practice with the counsel's background in handling arbitrations around the world in a number of industries, including infrastructure, technology and shipping.

Expert Analysis

  • How Financial Services Companies Should Face E-Discovery

    Alison Grounds

    Financial service companies face unique e-discovery challenges caused by the complex systems used to run their businesses, the privacy concerns surrounding their data and the asymmetrical litigation in which they are frequently a party. Proactive planning, leveraging of applicable procedural rules and appropriate technology, and cooperation can help to reduce the costs and burdens incurred in the discovery process, says Alison Grou... (continued)

  • Self-Driving Trucks Get Closer To Hitting The Road

    Lawrence Hamilton

    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed bipartisan legislation in support of autonomous vehicles, but specifically excluded commercial motor vehicles. Labor unions and other stakeholders fear that deployment of autonomous trucks could lead to widespread job losses. However, safety considerations may ultimately bring self-driving commercial vehicles into service, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • TC Heartland And Its Aftermath: A Litigant’s View

    James Dabney

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in TC Heartland is rightly treated as having changed patent venue law, as illustrated by the Federal Circuit's recent Cray decision, says James Dabney, co-head of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s intellectual property practice group and counsel for TC Heartland.

  • Between Counsel And Class Members, Silence Is Golden

    Thomas Dickerson

    Prohibiting all unapproved communications from both plaintiffs and defense counsel to members of a class of plaintiffs ensures that the court can safeguard the interests of the class members. A recent decision in a California federal court reveals the wisdom of this principle, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • The Unclear Scope Of 'All Patent Rights' In Patent Exhaustion

    Brian Coggio

    In Impression Products v. Lexmark, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the sale of a product "terminates all patent rights" to the product. But does the term “all patent rights” include patents covering combinations of the product sold, formulations of the product, and/or methods of using it? The answer appears to be "no," says Brian Coggio of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • Inside CFIUS’ Annual Report: 7 Highlights

    Mario Mancuso

    Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States released its unclassified annual report for the 2015 calendar year. While dated, the information in the report is nevertheless useful — the data clearly point to the CFIUS future we are now living through, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Manufacturers Must Focus On Securing The Internet Of Things

    Aristedes Mahairas

    We know internet-of-things devices are unsecure. Some say they are likely to remain unsecure. But given the increasing risk and seriousness of IoT-based attacks, manufacturers should take proactive measures to bring to market IoT devices that contain standard security protocols, says Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division.

  • The Dell Appeal In Light Of Recent DFC Opinion

    Stephen Lamb

    On Wednesday, the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Dell appraisal case — an appeal that is significant because the Delaware Chancery Court’s decision in the case was premised in large part on grounds that the Supreme Court recently found unsupported in DFC Global, say former Delaware Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb and Matthew Stachel of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.