Technology

  • April 17, 2017

    7 Cos. Launch IPOs Totaling $967M As Momentum Builds

    Seven companies — spanning the industries of technology, energy, life sciences, e-commerce and finance — launched initial public offerings approaching $1 billion on Monday, represented by eight law firms, kicking the IPO market into high gear.

  • April 17, 2017

    Google Settles Android Dominance Abuse Claims With Russia

    Google Inc. has agreed to no longer restrict the preinstallation of applications on smartphones running its Android operating system sold in Russia to settle allegations that it abused its dominance in the marketplace, the country’s antitrust regulator said Monday.

  • April 17, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Ruling Could Cut Rembrandt's $16M IP Verdict

    Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP may have improperly sidestepped a law that limits damages for infringement of unmarked products, the Federal Circuit said Monday as it sent that question back to a lower court to be retried, meaning Samsung could be on the hook for much less than the $15.7 million verdict originally entered against it for infringing two Bluetooth patents.

  • April 17, 2017

    Carriers Push FCC To Pave Way For New Infrastructure

    Mobile trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association has encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with removing barriers to placing new infrastructure, saying that streamlining the process will make way for next-generation networks.

  • April 17, 2017

    PTAB Rejects Some Follow-Up Attacks To Software Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has rejected a handful of recent attacks brought by Xactware Solutions Inc. against a rival’s patents covering aerial rooftop measurement software, saying the New Jersey company was morphing its challenges based on earlier board decisions.

  • April 17, 2017

    Garmin Seeks Attys' Fees In Dropped Patent Suit

    Garmin International Inc. has asked a judge in the Eastern District of Texas to award it attorneys' fees after the owner of two patents on a system of customizing products dropped an infringement suit, saying the case bears “indicia of extortion.”

  • April 17, 2017

    Class Hits Google With Suit Over 'Defective' Nexus Phones

    Google Inc. and Huawei Technologies USA Inc. were hit with a putative class action in Texas federal court Friday over an allegedly defective smartphone, the Nexus 6P, which the user claims suffers from premature battery drainage.

  • April 17, 2017

    Yahoo Accused Of Charging For Faulty Web Hosting

    Yahoo Inc. and its Aabaco Small Business LLC were hit with a putative class action in California federal court on Friday, alleging customers of the web hosting platform saw their service discontinued without notice and were still charged monthly fees.

  • April 17, 2017

    Apple Settles Unwired Planet’s IP Suit On Eve Of Trial

    Unwired Planet LLC on Monday announced that it settled its patent infringement suit with Apple Inc., just as a California federal trial was set to begin, ending more than four years of litigation that Apple said was frivolous and Unwired said was worth an estimated $33 million.

  • April 17, 2017

    Ohio, Retailers Reach Deal To End Biz Privilege Tax Fight

    A Virginia-based online retailer will not appeal a split Ohio Supreme Court decision finding it must pay a business-privilege tax for electronic products it sells in Ohio after it and others reached a settlement with the Ohio tax commissioner, the retailers’ counsel told Law360 on Monday.

  • April 17, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Snowplow Patent Case To Clarify Alice

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not review the invalidation of five snowplow technology patents to clarify how the patent eligibility precedent it set in 1981 in Diamond v. Diehr holds in light of its landmark 2014 Alice ruling, according to an order list issued on Monday.

  • April 17, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: BJ's, Charter NEX Films, Anbang Insurance

    Amazon could buy BJ’s Wholesale Club for $4 billion or more, Leonard Green & Partners will acquire Charter NEX Films in a deal worth $1.5 billion, including debt, and Anbang Insurance has failed to receive all the necessary approvals for its $1.56 billion Fidelity & Guaranty Life acquisition.

  • April 17, 2017

    Website Operator, Journalist Want Out Of Marketing Co.'s Suit

    A journalist and the operator of a security and risk management news website told a Washington federal court Friday that it lacks jurisdiction over claims stemming from a story they published about a marketing firm that’s alleged to have run a spam operation but says it was actually the victim of an elaborate setup.

  • April 17, 2017

    Trustwave Report Reveals In-House Cybersecurity Pressures

    A new report released by the cybersecurity firm Trustwave on Friday shows that when it comes to protecting their organizations against cyberthreats, in-house security professionals are feeling the heat, both from company boards and owners, as well as from themselves.

  • April 14, 2017

    Timberlake And Spears Seek $756K In Concert Screen IP Row

    Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears on Friday told a California federal judge their request for about $756,000 in attorneys’ fees was reasonable after beating an infringement suit over display screens at concerts, saying their Pryor Cashman LLP team was asking a fair price for its work on the complex suit.

  • April 14, 2017

    Senate Bill Would Give FTC Power To Regulate ISP Privacy

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Friday floated a bill that would pave the way for the Federal Trade Commission to create and enforce privacy and data security rules for internet service providers, in response to Congress' recent move to repeal similar safeguards issued by the Federal Communications Commission last year.

  • April 14, 2017

    TCPA 'Pick Off' Strategy On Thin Ice After High Court Ruling

    While the Second Circuit has rebuffed recent attempts to hand over offers of full relief to named plaintiffs as a way of shutting down costly Telephone Consumer Protection Act class claims, businesses can still hope to take advantage of the legal leeway they were given by a loophole in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue, attorneys say.

  • April 14, 2017

    Vizio Wants Smart-TV Owners' Data Collection Spat Trimmed

    Vizio asked a California federal judge Thursday to cut several claims from a proposed class action brought by smart-TV owners who accuse the company of collecting and sharing data about their viewing habits without consent, saying some of their revamped allegations still miss the mark.

  • April 14, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Backs Apple’s Texas Jury Win On Ex-Nokia Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday let stand an Eastern District of Texas jury verdict that cleared Apple of infringing a cellular communications patent originally issued to Nokia and now owned by a patent licensing company led by an ex-Apple executive.

  • April 14, 2017

    SWIFT Debuts Message Monitoring Tool To Combat Fraud

    The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication has rolled out a new fraud prevention tool intended to help banks more easily detect suspicious activity, in the wake of a series of cyberattacks that targeted users of the global financial messaging network.

Expert Analysis

  • Applying 'Footprint' Methodology To Prism V. Sprint

    Aaron R. Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Prism v. Sprint this month illustrates an example of the "footprint" approach to patent damages, interesting because of its focus on costs — and not revenues — as a reasonable royalty measure, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Why Calif. May Be The New Frontier For Autonomous Vehicles

    Linda Pfatteicher

    This month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. California's announced commitment to advancing innovation is especially important now that states like Michigan and Florida are challenging its forerunner role in testing autonomous vehicles, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • How EU Data Privacy Reform Will Impact US Telecom Cos.

    Linda V. Priebe

    It's no secret that a new European Union and European Economic Area data protection regulation will go into effect next year. What is not clearly understood is that U.S. communications companies without any EU/EEA customers of their own, may find themselves subject to the new general data protection regulation simply because their U.S. customers have customers in the EU/EEA, says Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Generation Development

    Linda Walsh

    The latest installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review recommends several ways to enhance power generation development, including focusing on renewable energy for underserved communities, advancing innovation in generation technologies, and incentivizing new hydropower and nuclear development. These recommendations present both opportunities and risks for generation developers and investors, say attorne... (continued)

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. May Be Setting Stage For Big Obviousness Changes

    Thomas King

    A number of Federal Circuit decisions have focused on some of the disputed issues highlighted in Apple v. Samsung. The court seems to be grappling with five questions, the resolutions of which have the potential to significantly impact the application of the nonobviousness principle in patent law, say Thomas King and Pranay Pattani of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Gorsuch's Originalism In The Age Of Bytes And Blockchains

    April Doss

    With U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch kicking off this week, it’s worth considering how his originalist philosophy might affect cases addressing individual privacy, government surveillance and private sector use of rapidly changing technologies. When people need practical solutions to legal questions at the intersection of modern technology, privacy and the law, originalism frequently fails, says April Doss... (continued)

  • Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

    Daniel Karon

    Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.