Technology

  • April 21, 2017

    With H-1B Application Drop, Signs Point To IT Retreat

    After steadily increasing over the last few years, the number of H-1B visa petitions filed this spring dropped by over 30,000, and both immigration attorneys and government data suggest that the decline could be due to large information technology companies filing fewer requests for the skilled worker visas.

  • April 21, 2017

    FTC Wants Input On TRUSTe's Tweaks To COPPA Safe Harbor

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking the public's input on changes that TRUSTe wants to make to its safe harbor program under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, including an amendment that would require participants to conduct an annual internal assessment of third parties’ data collection practices.

  • April 21, 2017

    Russian Legislator's Son Gets 27 Years In Credit Card Scam

    The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced in Seattle to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay back the $169 million he stole by hacking into retailers’ systems and stealing credit card data, according to an order on Friday.

  • April 21, 2017

    Chubb, IT Co. Spar Over Coverage For $14M Hawaii DOT Suit

    Bankrupt IT consultancy Ciber Inc. and two Chubb units traded barbs in Colorado federal court Thursday after the insurers refused to defend Ciber in a suit alleging it charged the Hawaii DOT $14 million for a worthless software system, with Chubb calling the suit’s allegations strictly digital and therefore not “property damage."

  • April 21, 2017

    FCC’s Infrastructure Votes Pave Way For Bold 5G Push

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to tee up proposals to streamline the deployment of wireline and wireless infrastructure, and experts say the agency appears ready to act quickly and aggressively to use its authority to remove roadblocks.

  • April 21, 2017

    Tech Giants Urge Trump Not To Drop Qualcomm SEP Suit

    Samsung, Intel and other companies urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to crack down on owners of standard-essential patents who don’t license them on fair terms, and to allow a Federal Trade Commission suit accusing Qualcomm of doing that to proceed in court.

  • April 21, 2017

    Hacking Is Still Top Security Threat: BakerHostetler Report

    For the second year running, a BakerHostetler analysis ranked hacking among the leading causes of clients’ data security incidents, highlighting the importance of taking companywide steps to address intrusions before they occur and making sure everyone from executives to frontline employees knows the risks, according to a recent report.

  • April 21, 2017

    Westinghouse Ch. 11 Threatens Fate Of US Nuclear Projects

    The recent bankruptcy filing of Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, Toshiba’s global nuclear energy arm, could put the fate of its unfinished nuclear reactor projects in the U.S. at risk, the Congressional Research Service said, noting concern over the federal government’s $8.3 billion in guaranteed liabilities.

  • April 21, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Says Estoppel Ends Fight Over Fairchild Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday ordered the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to vacate part of a decision that invalidated claims in a Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp. patent, finding that a rival’s challenge to certain claims couldn’t be maintained due to the inter partes re-examination estoppel provision.

  • April 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Block Berkeley's Cellphone Warning Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday declined to halt enforcement of a Berkeley, California, ordinance that requires cellphone retailers to warn consumers about radiation risks, saying the law withstands First Amendment scrutiny since it’s related to a substantial government interest of protecting consumers’ health and safety.

  • April 21, 2017

    Wal-Mart Ordered To Pay $12M For Lifting Trade Secrets

    An Arkansas jury on Friday awarded digital agency Cuker Interactive LLC more than $12 million in trade secret damages from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after it lodged counterclaims against the big-box retailer in a dispute arising from a contract for website development.

  • April 21, 2017

    Timberlake, Spears Didn’t Prove Pryor Cashman’s Fees

    A company that makes display screens for concerts told a California federal judge on Friday that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears aren’t charging fair attorneys’ fees after the stars trounced the company's patent licensing suit, arguing the singers haven’t proven their Pryor Cashman LLP team’s rates are reasonable.

  • April 21, 2017

    JPMorgan Pushed To Reveal Cybersecurity Code In IP Suit

    Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures on Thursday sought to force JPMorgan Chase & Co. to turn over source code for its cybersecurity software in New York federal court, reasoning that an expert’s testimony needed to be verified against the code itself to determine whether the technology infringes the company’s intellectual property.

  • April 21, 2017

    Apple Slips Suit Alleging Mac Pro Defects, For Now

    A California judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action alleging that Apple Inc.’s 2013 line of Mac Pro computers contain defective components that cause them to freeze and crash, but gave the plaintiff leave to amend to clarify whether his problems occurred during the warranty period.

  • April 21, 2017

    Lifelock Investors Take FTC Compliance Suit To 9th Circ.

    Lifelock Inc. investors urged a Ninth Circuit panel Friday to revive their putative securities class action alleging the identity theft protection company lied about its compliance with a Federal Trade Commission false advertising order, arguing a lower court judge wrongly inferred facts when she found its statements weren’t misleading.

  • April 21, 2017

    Polsinelli Hires IP Pro As Shareholder In SF Office

    Polsinelli PC announced Thursday the hiring of accomplished intellectual property attorney Kory Christensen, who will be joining the firm’s San Francisco office as a shareholder from Stoel Rives LLP.

  • April 21, 2017

    PTAB Invalidates Computer Security Patent In Sony Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday invalidated a patent related to internet communications that was challenged by Sony Mobile, handing the telecommunications company another victory in its global patent dispute with a Finnish cybersecurity firm.

  • April 21, 2017

    China's Wecash Scores $80M Private Capital Infusion

    Wecash, a Chinese company using artificial intelligence to aid credit assessments, has collected $80 million from a group of private investors led by China Merchants Venture Capital, Forebright Capital and SIG Ventures, the companies said Friday.

  • April 21, 2017

    Cert. Sought In Fight Over GoDaddy's Microsoft Office Sales

    A business legal services provider asked an Arizona federal judge Thursday for class certification in litigation accusing domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy.com of selling Microsoft Office products lacking certain features, saying every class member has exactly the same grievance.

  • April 21, 2017

    The Firms Filing The Most Patent Cases

    Puerto Rico’s Ferraiuoli LLC has filed more patent lawsuits than any other law firm in the first part of 2017, headlining a top 10 list dominated by firms that have brought numerous cases on behalf of clients owning patents related to computer technologies.

Expert Analysis

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • USCIS Targets 'Computer-Related' H-1B Positions

    Melissa Winkler

    A recent memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that rescinds its 2000 "Guidance memo on H-1B computer-related positions" indicates that USCIS is attempting to eliminate usage of the Level 1 designation and raise wages and skill levels of foreign nationals entering the U.S., says Melissa Winkler of Fakhoury Law Group.

  • The SAVe Act: A Roadblock To Automated Vehicle Innovation

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    Autonomous vehicle technology, now being developed and tested by companies outside and inside the traditional auto manufacturing sector, promises to bring advances in safety and convenience to U.S. roadways. But legislation recently introduced in several states will impair automated vehicle development, and is designed mainly to protect traditional auto manufacturers and dealers from competition, say attorneys from WilmerHale.

  • A Big Haircut For Indenture Trustee Counsel Fees

    Karol K. Denniston

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge's recent decision in Nortel Network’s Chapter 11 case has several important takeaways for indenture trustees and their legal counsel that go well beyond the fee reductions an indenture trustee’s two law firms received, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • When Does Data Breach Liability Extend To The Boardroom?

    Joseph B. Crace Jr.

    Director liability lawsuits following data breaches have been uniformly unsuccessful, but recently filed suits show the determination of shareholder plaintiffs to continue to pursue such litigation and experiment in the hope of landing the right legal theory or set of facts, say Joseph Crace Jr. and Virginia Yetter of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Exploring 2 Different Approaches To Anti-Rebate Laws

    Shawn Hanson

    The Louisiana Department of Insurance recently issued a revised advisory letter stating that services offered to the general public do not violate the state's anti-rebating laws. This company-friendly position is in contrast with states like Washington, which are more inclined to regulate free or low-cost services, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Cybersecurity Steps Every Lawyer Should Consider

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    In a state by state chart updated this month, the American Bar Association reports that 34 states have adopted all or most of the ABA's model rules technology amendments and that nine more states are studying the amendments. Even for lawyers in other states, legal ethics require the technological and legal competence to protect clients' confidentiality, says J.S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP..

  • A Sign Of Targeted Patent Reform In Congress?

    Lionel M. Lavenue

    Three months into the 115th congressional term, no patent bill has been proposed yet. However, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, passed by the House in early March and not specifically targeted at patents, hints at what might come next, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Yahoo’s Warning To GCs: Your Job Description Just Expanded

    David R. Fontaine

    The recent 10-K disclosures filed by Yahoo with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have garnered a great deal of attention for laying substantial blame at the feet of Yahoo’s own internal legal department. Never before have the consequences of a cybersecurity failure been so directly left on the general counsel's doorstep, say David Fontaine, CEO of Kroll Inc., and John Reed Stark, former internet enforcement chief at the SEC.