Technology

  • 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.

  • January 13, 2017

    Technology Group Of The Year: Fenwick & West

    From shepherding multibillion-dollar mergers to litigating precedent-setting cases for high-profile companies, a sharp focus on all things tech has helped earn Fenwick & West LLP Practice Group of the Year honors in the sector four years running.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Lithium Batteries In Flight: Risks And Regulations

    Jonathan Todd

    Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire and even exploding. Jonathan Todd and David Krueger of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP examine the current regulatory regime relating to air transport of lithium batteries, the forces shaping its future, and relevant emerging trends in hazardous materials compliance.

  • Addressing IoT Security: Collaboration Is Key

    Sonja S. Carlson

    Security threats simply used to be considered technical matters for the information technology department or, more recently, the chief information officer. This approach does not work in today’s threat environment. Cybersecurity generally, and internet-of-things security specifically, is an enterprise-wide concern, say Sonja Carlson of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Alan Brill of Kroll.

  • OPINION: Patent Quality Is Here To Stay

    Michelle Lee

    When I stepped into this role a couple of years ago, one of the things I frequently told audiences of stakeholders around the country was that I looked forward to working together to further strengthen our patent system. And that effort had to include a harder look at the issue of patent quality, says Michelle Lee, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • 4 Trends That Point To Increased Use Of TAR In 2017

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    Judges have remained adamant that they will not force unwilling parties to use technology-assisted review, but TAR has gained broad acceptance from regulators and internationally since judicial approval of its use in 2012, says Gabriela Baron of Xerox Legal Business Services.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • 10 Tips For Presenting Complex Cases In Arbitration

    Bill Wagner

    What should companies expect when involved in the arbitration of aerospace, aviation, defense, cyber, security and technology-related disputes? Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partners Bill Wagner and Michael Diamant share 10 tips for presenting complex cases in arbitration.

  • Recent InsurTech Obstacles And Their Potential Solutions

    Shawn Hanson

    Washington's insurance commissioner recently ordered Zenefits to cease providing free access to software, raising questions concerning whether insurance producers can provide noninsurance services for free. Companies facing similar issues can consider charging fees for their services or exploring less conventional options, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • CFIUS Takeaways From Blocked Aixtron Deal

    Michael T. Gershberg

    President Barack Obama’s executive order that ultimately killed the planned acquisition of Germany-based Aixtron by a Chinese investor marks only the third time that a U.S. president has ordered a transaction unwound due to national security concerns. The decision shows that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States takes a wide view of its jurisdiction and is likely to continue to do so, say Michael Gershberg and Ju... (continued)