Technology

  • February 14, 2017

    US Trustee Blasts $1M ATopTech Breakup Fee

    The U.S. trustee overseeing software developer ATopTech Inc. in its bankruptcy on Monday called a proposed $1 million in breakup and expenses fees for the stalking horse bidder excessive.

  • February 14, 2017

    Squire Patton Boggs Snags Crowell & Moring Privacy Lawyers

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has made further inroads into one of the legal industry’s fastest-growing practice areas with the addition of two Crowell & Moring LLP attorneys to its data privacy and cybersecurity practice, the law firm said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty In FCA Arrest Adds High-Profile Counsel

    The former litigation partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who was arrested late last month for allegedly trying to sell a sealed False Claims Act complaint to the cybersecurity firm it was filed against has retained a prominent white collar defense attorney, court records show.

  • February 13, 2017

    Lenovo Users Fire Back At Bid To Pare Adware Suit

    A class of consumers on Friday shot back at computer manufacturer Lenovo's bid to whittle down a lawsuit in California federal court alleging the company installed hidden adware on their laptops, arguing they had been misled and injured, and that Lenovo is "seeking to rewrite" the facts of the case.

  • February 13, 2017

    Morrison & Foerster Nabs Former Obama Climate Official

    Morrison & Foerster LLP announced on Monday it had hired a former Obama White House official who helped a range of federal agencies carry out the administration’s energy, technology and conservation policies, as a senior adviser based in Washington, D.C., where he will advise the firm on climate change-related matters.

  • February 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Ruling Upholding Website Patent

    OpinionLab Inc. won a round in its fight with rival Qualtrics LLC over website analytics patents Monday, when the Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found claims in one of OpinionLab’s patents were not invalid.

  • February 13, 2017

    MaxPoint Beats Investors’ Suit Over Post-IPO Stock Drop

    A New York federal judge dismissed a suit against advertising tech company MaxPoint Interactive Inc. on Monday, saying the shareholders who sued didn’t identify any significant information the company failed to disclose in the lead-up to its initial public offering.

  • February 13, 2017

    Broadcasters Endorse Early Full-Text Release Of FCC Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission’s early release of a draft proposal to authorize the use of a next-generation broadcasting standard is allowing broadcasters to give helpful feedback and help “frame the debate,” the National Association of Broadcasters said Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    EU Antitrust Watchdog Will Do 'Utmost' To End Google Probe

    The European Commission will do its "utmost" to wrap up its long-running antitrust investigation into claims that Google Inc. has privileged its own products over rivals' offerings, while still giving the search giant a fair chance to defend itself, the agency's competition chief vowed on Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    $75M Mitsubishi CRT Price-Fix Settlement Given Initial OK

    A California federal judge on Monday gave his preliminary approval to a $75 million agreement reached between Mitsubishi Electric and direct buyers of cathode ray tubes to settle claims of a scheme to fix prices for the electronic components that lasted more than a decade.

  • February 13, 2017

    Cerner's $63M Award Spat Goes Back To State Court

    A dispute between electronic medical records giant Cerner Corp. and a Middle Eastern contractor over Cerner’s efforts to enforce a $63 million arbitral award will be sent back to state court after an Oregon federal judge on Friday rejected the contractor’s objections to a magistrate judge’s remand recommendation.

  • February 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Nix Of Horse Race Betting Patents

    A Federal Circuit panel affirmed a Kentucky federal court ruling Monday in a patent dispute brought by gambling machine maker RaceTech against horse racing venue Kentucky Downs and rival gambling technology company Exacta, agreeing that three historical-racing patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • February 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Ax Of MPHJ Scanner Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidation of all the claims of an MPHJ Technology Investments LLC scanner patent, dealing a blow to a company that became notorious for asserting its patents against thousands of small businesses.

  • February 13, 2017

    Level 3 Urges FCC To Keep Biz Customer Privacy Change

    Level 3 Communications has pushed the Federal Communications Commission to avoid undoing a regulatory rollback on certain rules for business customers and carriers that came in the agency's broader setting of privacy requirements for internet service providers, as the new FCC weighs delaying or reversing the rollback.

  • February 13, 2017

    Tech Group Asks Feds To Review Proposed 'Driver Mode' Rule

    The Consumer Technology Association on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to review proposed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration guidelines aimed at fighting distracted driving, saying the rules may be both misdirected and outside the NHTSA’s authority.

  • February 13, 2017

    BlackBerry Seeks To Lift Avaya's Ch. 11 Stay On Patent Suit

    BlackBerry Corp. on Friday asked a New York bankruptcy court to lift the stay on its patent suit against Avaya Inc., claiming that the company is continuing to sell the allegedly infringing products.

  • February 13, 2017

    Amazon Seeks Arbitration In Broadcom Tablet, Tech IP Suit

    Amazon Inc. asked a California federal judge on Friday to order arbitration over four patent infringement claims from Avago Technologies and Broadcom Corp., saying the latter party signed a customer agreement that includes an arbitration clause while the plaintiffs say they're free to bring the claims.

  • February 13, 2017

    GAO Says Army Bid Assessments Were Fair On $158M IT Deal

    The U.S. Army’s model for determining labor rates on a best-value $158 million software and engineering services deal was reasonable and hadn’t resulted in Sotera Defense Solutions Inc. unfairly losing the task order, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Samsung Settles Fight Over Media Delivery Patents

    Texas-based Personalized Media Communications LLC said Monday it reached a licensing agreement with Samsung Corp. that will resolve district court litigation and related Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings over several of its media delivery patents.

  • February 13, 2017

    Senators Aiming To Ease Regs For Self-Driving Cars

    U.S. Sens. John Thune and Gary Peters said Monday they’re exploring bipartisan legislation that would clear regulatory hurdles and encourage companies to continue advancing self-driving vehicle technology, indicating there’s growing political momentum to get autonomous or driverless cars into the mainstream.

Expert Analysis

  • Some Early Trends In Post-Grant Review

    Kerry Flynn

    Although the post-grant review numbers are still quite small, it appears that arguments relating to PGR eligibility may be new tools for patent owners to use in trying to obtain a petition denial, say Kerry Flynn, chief IP counsel for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Tom Irving, Amanda Murphy and Stacy Lewis of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Understanding Arcane Policy Decisions About Spectrum

    Michael Senkowski

    By 2020, the internet of things is expected to increase network traffic six-fold with the introduction of 50 billion wireless devices. The industry is growing faster than ever before, but regulation of the radio spectrum remains a cumbersome and lengthy process that sometimes requires decades before final actions are approved, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Bitcoin Users Should Expect More IRS And DOJ Scrutiny

    Mark Milton

    As the value of a bitcoin hovers near $1000, holders of the digital currency may be celebrating. But bitcoin users face new scrutiny from federal authorities. The IRS' quest for information on users of the Coinbase bitcoin exchange service is part of a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue tax evaders, says Mark Milton of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • An Update On Merger Filings In China

    Wei Huang

    In 2016, the law enforcement activities of China's Anti-Monopoly Bureau remained highly active — a record 378 transactions were filed, 360 transactions were placed on file, and 395 cases were closed. The agency's merger review has grown more efficient, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation On The Horizon: Part 1

    Christopher Burris

    Energy is one of the industries most targeted by cyberattacks. Now, maritime operations are emerging as the next frontier for cybersecurity regulation affecting the energy sector. Congress, federal agencies and international organizations are pushing cybersecurity measures for ships, ports, terminals and offshore facilities. The energy industry must prepare for regulations in this area, say attorneys from King & Spalding LLP.

  • What Every Co. Should Learn From Yahoo's Mega-Breach

    Brandon N. McCarthy

    The ramifications of recent large-scale data breaches reported by Yahoo go far beyond inciting the distrust of over 1 billion Yahoo users. Particularly, speculation about the impact of these breaches on Verizon's planned acquisition of Yahoo should serve as a glaring reminder to all companies that data protection and privacy is a board-level issue, say Brandon McCarthy and Rachel Riley of Bracewell LLP.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • FERC Energy Storage Policy Faces Uncertainty Under Trump

    Stephen Spina

    At its meeting on Jan. 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a policy statement affirming its efforts to encourage development of electric storage resources. The statement offers important guidance for entities in the electric power sector. But FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, who dissented from the statement, has now been named acting FERC chairwoman, complicating the picture, say attorneys from Morgan Lewis & Brockius LLP.

  • Patents Under The Trump Administration

    Russell W. Binns Jr.

    President Donald Trump had no stated patent policy during the campaign, and intellectual property will probably be a low priority. But based on what we know about the administration, we should expect a patent system where it is harder to invalidate patents and easier to enforce patents, consequently leading to more litigation, says Russell Binns of Allied Security Trust.