Technology

  • June 19, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Clears Amazon Of Infringing Bar Code Reader IP

    The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Amazon.com shopping apps did not infringe a patent owned by a unit of Honeywell International Inc., upholding a 2016 decision from a federal judge in Delaware.

  • June 19, 2017

    Sheppard Mullin Gains Media & Tech Expert In NYC Office

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has nabbed a new partner in its entertainment and digital media practice from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where the veteran transaction attorney advised media giants like Viacom on everything from asset exchanges to monetizing disruptive technologies.

  • June 19, 2017

    9th Circ. Revives DirecTV's $20M Flood Coverage Bid

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday reversed a decision that Factory Mutual Insurance Co. need not cover DirecTV for a $20 million claim over flood damage at a Thai hard-drive factory, remanding the issue for trial and saying DirecTV’s definition of “direct supplier” is reasonable.

  • June 19, 2017

    GoPro Shareholders Wave White Flag In Stock Drop Suit

    A would-be class of investors in action camera maker GoPro Inc. who accused the company of puffing up its stock price by lying about new product sales agreed to drop their suit against the company on Friday, a few weeks after a California federal judge found that their claims lacked teeth.

  • June 19, 2017

    GAO Axes Raytheon's Protest Over Army Software Deal

    The Government Accountability Office has rejected Raytheon's protest over the General Services Administration’s award of a U.S. Army software infrastructure contract to a rival contractor, finding the GSA had reasonably determined the company’s products did not meet the requirements for the contract.

  • June 19, 2017

    Growth-Hungry Delivery Hero Launches $1B IPO

    German online food ordering service Delivery Hero AG set terms Monday on a potential €927 million ($1 billion) initial public offering, about half of which is intended to fuel the Rocket Internet AG-backed startup’s expansion in a fiercely competitive international landscape

  • June 19, 2017

    Judge Koh Ends Apple Worker's Bias Suit After Walkout

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple Inc. a win on Friday in an employee's discrimination suit alleging the tech giant forced him to transfer stores for reporting his co-workers’ racist remarks, days after walking out of a hearing on the motion when the self-represented worker argued longer than his allotted five minutes.

  • June 19, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Veto Of Intellectual Ventures IP

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that the asserted claims of an Intellectual Ventures wireless communications patent are invalid because a set of prior art would make them obvious.

  • June 19, 2017

    Visitor Management Co. Takes Country-Of-Origin Ruling To CIT

    The maker of a system for managing visitors to schools filed suit Friday in the U.S. Court of International Trade over a Customs and Border Protection country-of-origin ruling that American software and integration did not “substantially transform” the China-imported printer and scanner used in the system.

  • June 19, 2017

    Justices Decline To Hear 5 Intellectual Property Cases

    As the U.S. Supreme Court nears the end of its term, it performed some legal housecleaning Monday by declining to hear five intellectual property cases involving copyrights, trade secrets and patents for companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors.

  • June 19, 2017

    Ybrant's Ch. 11 Plan May Short $37M Lien, Creditor Says

    Korean technology company Daum Global Holdings Corp., which holds a lien of about $37 million against Ybrant Digital, lodged a renewed objection to Ybrant's Chapter 11 plan on Sunday, telling a New York bankruptcy court the debtor has not shown it will be able to pay the arbitration award that led to the lien.

  • June 19, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB's Nix Of Gambling Machine Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that a Cole Kepro International LLC patent related to casino gambling machine cabinets was invalid, finding that it would have been obvious at the time of the invention.

  • June 19, 2017

    Comcast, Dish, Echostar Nix Channel Guide Patent

    An Illinois federal judge handed Comcast, Dish and Echostar wins in identical suits alleging the telecommunications companies infringed a patent for a system of selecting television channels, ruling Monday that it is akin to a paper channel guide and that the patent is invalid.

  • June 19, 2017

    Lyft Fights Uber Subpoena In Waymo Trade Secrets Case

    Lyft Inc. on Friday blasted Uber Technologies Inc. for bringing it into Waymo LLC’s trade secrets suit against Uber in California federal court, saying Uber's subpoena is a thinly veiled attempt to get access to a competitor's confidential information, not a legitimate litigation tactic.

  • June 19, 2017

    CareerBuilder Majority Stake Handed Off For $490M

    An investor group has agreed to buy a controlling interest in job-hunting website CareerBuilder LLC for roughly $490 million from Tegna Inc., Tribune Media Co. and McClatchy Co., the sellers' counsel said Monday.

  • June 19, 2017

    GAO Backs Protest Over $1.6B DHS Computing Services Deal

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not equally evaluate all bidders on a $1.6 billion multi-award computing services contract, meaning Red River Computer Co. Inc. may have unfairly lost out on a slot on the deal, the Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Friday.

  • June 19, 2017

    PTAB Wrongly Nixed Imaging Patent Claims, Imperium Says

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board wrongly invalidated claims in two patents covering digital camera imaging technology when it introduced its own reasoning as to why the claims challenged by Samsung were obvious and anticipated, Imperium IP Holdings told the Federal Circuit on Thursday.

  • June 16, 2017

    AIG Unit Doesn't Owe $5M For Investor Deal, 9th Circ. Told

    An AIG affiliate told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that a lower court wrongly ordered it to cover $5 million of a settlement over a software company’s alleged stock inflation amid a patent infringement suit, saying it wasn’t on the hook as a secondary insurer because the primary insurer knew of the litigation risks before it signed on.

  • June 16, 2017

    Sharp Drops NY Suit Over Chinese TV Maker's Quality Claims

    Sharp Corp. on Thursday voluntarily dismissed its New York federal court suit against a Chinese state-owned electronics manufacturer over the manufacturer's alleged fraudulent misrepresentation of the quality of certain Sharp-branded televisions, a dispute that is currently also the basis of pending arbitration in Singapore and litigation in California.

  • June 16, 2017

    AT&T Slams FCC’s FirstNet Public Comment Plan

    The Federal Communications Commission should not undertake a public comment process on certain policies for the planned national wireless broadband network for public safety departments because it would be “legally pointless,” AT&T said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Energy Efficiency Resources Must Stay In The Mix

    Richard Drom

    A proposal by PJM Interconnection threatens to exclude energy efficiency resources — the electricity savings achieved through the use of more energy-efficient products — from competing in its capacity market. This precedent could lead to additional barriers for other advanced energy technologies in wholesale electricity markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • High Court PTAB Case Could Undermine Chevron Deference

    Bruce Stoner

    What were the chances a few simple provisions of the America Invents Act would end up in a separation-of-powers argument over what a law means and who can fill in the gaps? With the U.S. Supreme Court deciding to hear the appeal by SAS Institute, our insular patent world may soon get caught up in something far bigger, says Bruce Stoner, of counsel at Greenblum & Bernstein PLC and former chief administrative patent judge at the U.S.... (continued)

  • A Review Of Recent Cases Against Execs: Part 1

    Lauren Briggerman

    Several recent developments in significant government investigations highlight the aggressive tactics prosecutors are deploying and the risks faced by corporate executives. However, there have been relatively few charges brought against corporate executives in major government investigations this spring, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Clearing Up School Accreditation For H-1B Master's Cap

    Rabindra Singh

    Up until United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ recent policy memorandum, prospective H-1B employers used to closely focus petitions under the master’s cap on whether the degree conferring institution qualifies as a "U.S. institution of higher education." Now, they will have to engage in additional fact-finding to ensure it qualified at the time it awarded the degree, says Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP.

  • 4 Steps To Avoid 'Bet-The-Company' Trade Secret Litigation

    Michael Elkon

    Waymo v. Uber Technologies is fascinating on a number of levels and presents a host of object lessons for employers. From these lessons, there are four steps that all employers and workplace attorneys should consider adopting to avoid being embroiled in a similar high-stakes courtroom battle, says Michael Elkon of Fisher Phillips.

  • Cybersecurity And IP Are Key In Autonomous Vehicles

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    Automated driving isn't coming — it’s here. The automotive industry is implementing strategies, tools and technologies to not only allow the car to drive, but to operate using "internet of things" devices. In this video, Eversheds Sutherland LLP partners Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Griff Griffin discuss how the internet of things in driverless cars will impact big data, cybersecurity, data protection, intellectual property and patents.

  • Taylor V. Huerta: What Drone Operators Need To Know

    Brian Berliner

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in Taylor v. Huerta struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring owners of recreational drones to register with the FAA, raising questions about what that will mean for other FAA rules regulating drones, say Brian Berliner and Joe O’Connor of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • New Cases Test The Patent Venue Waters After TC Heartland

    Stephen Stout

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision has been widely hailed as ending the Eastern District of Texas’ run as the go-to patent venue for many plaintiffs, six new cases filed by Uniloc suggest that some businesses may continue to see cases filed against them there, says Stephen Stout of Vinson & Elkins LLP.