Technology

  • March 16, 2017

    TV Patent Suit Not Ready For Prime Time, Magistrate Says

    CNN’s parent company and other media firms should not have to face an infringement suit over three patents that let viewers switch TV channels, an Eastern District of Texas magistrate judge has recommended, saying one patent was expired when issued and the other two don't extend to online videos as the plaintiff had argued.

  • March 16, 2017

    EU Lawmakers Tighten Oversight Of Conflict Mineral Imports

    The European Parliament on Thursday approved a new regulation that will impose strict due diligence rules on companies importing valuable minerals used in cars, smartphones and jewelry to ensure the sales have not been used to bankroll armed conflicts.

  • March 16, 2017

    Atty’s Ex Can't Dodge Claim He Hacked Firm Accounts

    A California federal judge said Thursday she won't toss a Monterey-based law firm's suit alleging its managing partner's ex-husband hacked into the firm’s bank accounts to interfere with their divorce proceedings, saying the ex-husband’s anti-SLAPP bid should fail because significant portions of the “shocking” allegations don't involve protected speech.

  • March 16, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Man Can't Sue Ethiopia For Spying On Him

    The D.C. Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Ethiopia is immune from a suit alleging an American citizen was tricked into downloading a computer program that allowed his home country to spy on him, saying an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not apply.

  • March 16, 2017

    Indian Court Hears Bank Bid To Kill $1.2B Tata-DoCoMo Deal

    An Indian Court reserved judgment Wednesday on the Reserve Bank of India’s effort to quash Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd.’s $1.17 billion stock buyback from Japanese cellphone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. ordered by an arbitration tribunal.

  • March 16, 2017

    PE-Backed Data Provider Talend Upsizes $94M Follow-On Deal

    Talend SA, a private-equity backed data technology company that issued a $95 million initial public offering in July, priced an upsized $94.1 million secondary offering late Wednesday that will see some of its shareholders shed their stakes.

  • March 16, 2017

    Johnson Controls Sends Safety Biz To 3M In $2B Deal

    Johnson Controls will sell its safety equipment unit to industrial giant 3M for $2 billion, the technology and industrial company said on Thursday, as part of its bid to focus on its core building and energy units.

  • March 16, 2017

    NY Judge Stays $1.2B Tata, DoCoMo Arbitration Row

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday granted a stay in a review of a nearly $1.2 billion arbitration award so Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Lt. and Japanese cellphone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. can settle the matter in Indian court. 

  • March 15, 2017

    Yahoo Hack Charges Boost Feds' Profile For Future Victims

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday showcased their skills and appetite for tackling nation-state cyberthreats with an unprecedented indictment of Russian intelligence officials on charges of stealing data from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts, a case that may make businesses more willing to cooperate with government investigations, attorneys say.

  • March 15, 2017

    DC Circ.'s Delay On Net Neutrality Points To Wider Holdup

    The long wait for a D.C. Circuit ruling on whether to reconsider its earlier decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules is likely part of a broader holding pattern across the government as power shifts to Republicans, with the GOP in this case likely to revisit or scrap the rules, experts say.

  • March 15, 2017

    Versata Patent Targeted By Ford Ineligible For CBM Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board declined Wednesday to institute an America Invents Act covered business method review of a Versata Development Group Inc. software patent that was challenged by Ford Motor Co., finding the patent was not eligible for the review program.

  • March 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Credit Report Patent Invalid Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's ruling that a FormFree Holdings Corp. patent on technology for providing credit reports is invalid for claiming only abstract ideas, going so far as to call the patent "the height of abstraction."

  • March 15, 2017

    Internet Group Urges FCC To Align Privacy Rules With FTC

    The Internet Association on Tuesday told the Federal Communications Commission that it should work to bring its privacy rules for internet service providers in line with the Federal Trade Commission’s framework in a way that avoids disrupting the services offered by edge providers such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

  • March 15, 2017

    White House Picks Top NSA Hacker For Cybersecurity Chief

    The White House has picked National Security Agency official Rob Joyce as its new “cyber czar,” a role that will give him oversight of the executive branch’s cybersecurity efforts, an administration official confirmed Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    Millennials Losing Interest In Sports & TV, Study Shows

    Millennials are moving from cable television and losing interest in traditional sports in favor of “e-sports” and other alternatives, LEK Consulting said on Wednesday, based on a recent study, trends that could cause a fundamental shake-up in the sports industry as media rights have become a driving source of revenue.

  • March 15, 2017

    MasterCard Drops $5M Nike Cyber Talent-Poaching Suit

    A New York federal judge has signed off on MasterCard International Inc.’s voluntary dismissal of a $5 million talent-poaching suit against Nike Inc. that accused the sportswear company of luring top cybersecurity talent away from MasterCard in violation of noncompetition agreements.

  • March 15, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. Urged To Look At AIA Review Constitutionality

    The owner of an LCD technology patent invalidated by Sony and Epson at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board doubled down Wednesday on its efforts to get the full Federal Circuit to review whether America Invents Act reviews are constitutional, saying confusion surrounding prior rulings must be remedied.

  • March 15, 2017

    Sonos Audio Patents Pass Alice Test, Judge Says

    Audio equipment manufacturer D&M Holdings Inc. has lost a challenge to four Sonos Inc. patents that it has been accused of infringing, after a Delaware federal judge ruled that the patents are not invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • March 15, 2017

    Equipment Lender Moves For Win In Fraudulent Lease Suit

    An equipment lender suing a company that supplies Wi-Fi to sports stadiums, along with two of its executives, for defaulting on a lease agreement asked a Massachusetts federal judge for default judgment against the company and for summary judgment against the two executives on Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Virtu Financial, Alinta Energy, BRF SA

    Virtu Financial has offered to pay up to $1.33 billion for rival electronic trader KCG, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises has agreed to buy Australia's Alinta Energy for about $3 billion, and BRF may choose to forego an initial public offering of shares in its Halal unit and instead sell private stakes.

Expert Analysis

  • Data Dexterity: The New Moat Of The Information Economy

    Brian H. Lam

    Over the past year, companies have used data-based competitive advantage, or “moats,” to drive astronomic acquisition prices. In this article, Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC introduces the concept of “data dexterity” as the actual creator of data-based moats and analyzes the data interactions of LinkedIn, Dollar Shave Club and AppDynamics to illustrate how data dexterity exists in practice.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Grid Security

    William Demarest, Jr.

    The most recent installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review includes a number of recommendations for physical and cybersecurity protection of the nation's power infrastructure. Although the report recommends developing and implementing "necessary" security measures, it provides limited details in some areas, and does not identify revenue sources for some initiatives, say attorneys from Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • How The GDPR Will Impact Life Sciences And Health Care

    Rohan Massey

    The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation will considerably increase the sanctions and penalties that can be imposed on organizations that breach its requirements. The implications for organizations operating in the life sciences and health care sectors are likely to be particularly far-reaching, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • US Patent Practice Drifting Toward Approach Prevalent Abroad

    Gurneet Singh

    Post-Alice cases on technical problems and technical solutions show that a problem-solution standard similar to the one adopted in Europe, Australia, China and Japan is seeing express endorsement by U.S. courts adjudicating Section 101 challenges, say Gurneet Singh and Harold Laidlaw of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Debating Anti-Rebate And Inducement Laws In Washington

    Shawn Hanson

    Last month, the Washington state Senate introduced a bill that would amend its anti-rebate and inducement laws to allow insurers to offer free goods and services. Supporters argue that Washington is the only state in the country to force consumers to pay for technology that is free everywhere else, while opponents have expressed concern for fair competition, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Google Warrant Case Vs. Microsoft Warrant Case

    Philip J. Bezanson

    The Pennsylvania federal court's recent Google decision may give companies emboldened by the Second Circuit's Microsoft decision pause in deciding whether to resist compliance with what they view as overly broad requests for customer data. However, the different results in the cases may serve as useful guidance for securing data abroad, say Philip Bezanson and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.

  • Personal Jurisdiction Takeaways From Fed. Circ. In Xilinx

    Phillip Articola

    The Federal Circuit's decision Wednesday in Xilinx v. Papst serves as a lesson to patent owners that if they do not want to be hauled into potentially unfavorable jurisdictions to defend declaratory judgment actions, they should be careful as to what actions they perform in those jurisdictions, says Phillip Articola of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.