Technology

  • February 9, 2018

    Jones Day Adds Ex-Cybercrime Prosecutor In Pittsburgh

    Jones Day has brought in a former assistant U.S. attorney who helped lead the national security and cybercrimes unit in Pennsylvania’s Western District as of counsel in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

  • February 9, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel's Trade Secrets Chair Jumps To Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP announced Thursday that it’s snagged the head of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s trade secrets practice group to join the firm’s Palo Alto, California, office.

  • February 9, 2018

    Broadcom Looks To Woo Qualcomm After Latest Rejection

    Broadcom Ltd. on Friday said it would welcome talks with Qualcomm Inc. after the California chipmaker rejected its $121 billion takeover offer, but the sides are still at odds over the deal’s chances for success with antitrust regulators and over the specifics of how a deal would come together.

  • February 9, 2018

    Cryptocurrency Biz Ordered To Stop Selling Securities In NJ

    A cryptocurrency-related investment organization that claims to have a street address authorities say does not exist was ordered Friday by New Jersey officials to stop selling unregistered securities in the Garden State.

  • February 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Nix Of Ad IP Asserted Against Google

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed Google’s wins before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated the asserted claims of two patents covering technology for identifying invalid clicks for online pay-per-click advertisers, confirming that the patents were eligible for the America Invents Act covered business method review program.

  • February 9, 2018

    AmEx Unit To Buy Travel Co. After It Sells Fintech Arm To Visa

    American Express’ travel management unit said it will acquire peer company Hogg Robinson Group for up to 120 pence ($1.66) a share in a cash deal announced Friday, at the same time the UK-based Hogg Robinson has said it will sell its fintech arm to Visa for £141.75 million.

  • February 9, 2018

    ITC Receives Infringement Complaint Over Light Engines

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint from a biotechnology company seeking an investigation into the sales and imports of certain light engines used for optical instruments, according to a filing published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • February 9, 2018

    Co. Says Ruling Means It Can Scrape Data From LinkedIn

    Data company 3Taps Inc. on Thursday hit LinkedIn Corp. with a suit in California federal court, arguing that a ruling in a separate case that allowed a job search startup to scrape data off the networking site’s public profiles should allow 3Taps to do the same.

  • February 9, 2018

    Uber, Waymo Settle Trade Secret Case Amid Trial

    Waymo and Uber have reached a settlement of their self-driving car trade secret row a third of the way through trial, with Uber agreeing to give Waymo a slice of the ride-hailing company's $72 billion equity worth approximately $245 million.

  • February 8, 2018

    GrubHub Driver In Gig Economy Case Is A Contractor: Judge

    A California federal judge ruling in a bellwether case concerning the rights of workers who participate in the so-called gig economy said Thursday that a former GrubHub Inc. meal delivery driver was an independent contractor and not the company’s employee.

  • February 8, 2018

    Smoking Gun Or Red Herring: Waymo, Uber Debate 14K Files

    Waymo’s attorneys questioned a small army of computer experts in a California federal court Thursday in a bid to show that 14,000 files a former employee downloaded from Waymo’s server evidenced corporate espionage meant to speed up Uber’s race toward self-driving cars, while Uber’s attorneys countered the downloads were automatic and meaningless.

  • February 8, 2018

    State AGs Urge High Court To Review Google Privacy Deal

    Attorneys general from Arizona, Texas and more than a dozen other states on Wednesday backed a class action fairness group's bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to review a privacy case involving Google where class members stand to receive none of the $8.5 million settlement, arguing that such cy pres pacts hurt consumers.

  • February 8, 2018

    Yahoo Asks Justices To Shield Privacy Of Emails After Death

    Yahoo has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide what should happen to our email accounts when we die, arguing that a ruling by Massachusetts’ top court “effectively eliminates personal privacy in email content after death” and needs to be corrected.

  • February 8, 2018

    Qualcomm Rejects Latest Broadcom Offer, But Willing To Talk

    Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday its board of directors unanimously rejected a refreshed offer from Broadcom Ltd. for a takeover valued at around $121 billion, but offered to discuss the proposal with Broadcom to see if it is willing to raise its price.

  • February 8, 2018

    Bioceres Delays $130M IPO, Citing Market Volatility

    Argentine agricultural technology company Bioceres SA said Thursday it postponed its initial public offering because of market volatility, the second company to do so this week amid steep price drops on Wall Street.

  • February 8, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won’t Put Media Ownership Deregulation On Hold

    The Third Circuit refused to stop the Federal Communications Commission’s order lifting broadcast media ownership rules from taking effect Wednesday amid a challenge from media groups, holding that the groups had not “satisfied the exacting standard” for a stay of the agency’s action.

  • February 8, 2018

    5th Circ. Says Chinese Co. Must Pay Up In $102M Piracy Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Texas district court decision to dismiss a suit filed by Chinese company Gotech seeking relief from a $102 million judgment awarded to Sweden-based Nagravision for allegedly selling set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections, saying Gotech failed to prove that the judgment was void.

  • February 8, 2018

    GAO Rejects Protests Over $7.8B SSA IT Contract

    The Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Thursday rejected three challenges to a massive $7.8 billion Social Security Administration information technology services contract, saying the SSA had reasonably decided other companies presented better value than Enterprise Services, Accenture and CSRA’s bids.

  • February 8, 2018

    India Slaps Google With $21M Abuse Of Dominance Fine

    India’s competition enforcer said Thursday that it has fined search giant Google 1.36 billion rupees ($21.1 million) for abusing its dominant position in the markets for general online search and search advertising services in the country.

  • February 8, 2018

    Babcock & Wilcox Must Face Investor Suit, NC Judge Rules

    Energy technology and engineering firm Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. and its top executives must face a proposed class action alleging a slew of problems in the North Carolina-based firm’s renewable energy business were kept hidden from investors, a Charlotte federal judge ruled Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Challenges Of Bitcoin Financing

    Matthew Frankle

    As the price of bitcoin continues to rise, so does the demand for financing secured by bitcoin. Lenders need to ensure they are complying with existing law — law that did not develop with bitcoin in mind, including the Commodity Exchange Act, say Matthew Frankle and Nora Wong of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Will Crisis Management Insurance Cover Ransomware?

    Jeffrey Weinstein

    Kidnap, ransom and extortion insurance policies are now under increased scrutiny by insureds seeking potential coverage for ransomware attacks. Determining whether or not these attacks constitute extortion will raise new questions and issues, say Jeffrey Weinstein and Bruce Kaliner of Mound Cotton Wollan & Grreengrass LLP.

  • Tax Reform Reshuffles The Deck For Outsourcing

    Gary Wilcox

    The new tax bill changes the calculus for cross-border services outsourcing and cloud agreements. For a U.S.-parented provider deciding whether to increase its U.S. operations relative to non-U.S. operations, several provisions must be considered, including the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Ericsson Ruling Provides Guidance On FRAND Royalty Rates

    Fei Deng

    A California district court's recent decision in TCL v. Ericsson offers two practical approaches that can be used by implementers and standard-essential patent holders, as well as other courts, to assessing a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty rate, say Fei Deng and Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • Will The UK Open Its Doors To US-Type Class Actions?

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    While the U.S. has a long history of class action litigation, there are still many unknowns in the U.K. as to what the courts are looking for in order to certify a class. The recent filing of a lawsuit against Google will hopefully provide guidance on whether private group consumer redress will be successful on the other side of the Atlantic, says Lauren McGeever of Epiq Systems Inc.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 5 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jason Gordon

    Legal and technological disruptions in the advertising space last year outpaced the development of prior years. Although many topics contributed to this industry upheaval, there are five trends that shaped 2017 and will continue to develop in the coming years, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.