Technology

  • November 14, 2017

    SEC Gets Preliminary Injunction In Coin Offering Fraud Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday entered a preliminary injunction freezing the assets of a Brooklyn businessman whom the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused of swindling investors through so-called initial coin offerings purportedly backed by real estate and diamonds.

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple Says IPhone Buyers' Class Cert. Bid Ignores Reality

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal court Monday to reject a class certification bid by a group of consumers who accused the iPhone maker of locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, saying the phone buyers were being “deliberately indifferent” to earlier rulings trimming their case.

  • November 14, 2017

    Waymo, Uber Missed 'Lobotomy' Jury Instruction, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Tuesday that Uber and Waymo attorneys have “blown an opportunity” in their driverless car trade secret trial by failing to craft jury instructions on a vital issue in Silicon Valley: whether engineers need “a frontal lobotomy before going to their next job” or can apply what they’ve learned during prior employment.

  • November 14, 2017

    What Telecom Attys Need To Know About Connected Cars

    As the possibility of connected vehicles moves from a futuristic development to an impending reality, the automotive sector has been busy trying to establish technical standards to guide the innovation. But the realm also includes sophisticated communications technology that is taking the telecommunications industry on a wild ride.

  • November 14, 2017

    Fraud At KIT 'The Elephant In The Room,' Ex-CFO Tells Jury

    Former KIT Digital Inc. finance executive Robin Smyth told a New York federal jury Tuesday that he helped create bogus revenue streams for Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, the former head of the fallen tech concern, who is accused of fraud, and that they used terms like “the elephant” and “the back end” to discuss the fakery.

  • November 14, 2017

    VC Group Pushes For Win In Foreign Entrepreneur Rule Row

    A venture capital group and others asked a D.C. federal court Monday to vacate a Trump administration rule that delayed an Obama-era regulation for international entrepreneurs, arguing it’s not lawful because the government did not give time for public notice or comment.

  • November 14, 2017

    Canon's $4.4M Win In Toner Patent Case Left Untouched

    A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday let stand a $4.4 million verdict against a toner company and plastic manufacturer accused by Canon Inc. of violating its ink toner bottle patent, saying the jury’s infringement findings and damage award were reasonably supported by the evidence.

  • November 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Questions Google Privacy-Payout Challenger

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday pressed a class action fairness advocate challenging the distribution of a Google Inc. privacy case settlement to prove why class members, and not internet watchdog groups, should have been the direct beneficiaries of the proceeds if the case wasn’t about a financial loss.

  • November 14, 2017

    Tata, DoCoMo Sew Up Deal Over $1.2B Arbitration Award

    Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. and Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo Inc. appear to have completed their settlement over a $1.2 billion arbitration award in a share purchase dispute, after the two sides agreed to drop DoCoMo’s New York federal suit to confirm the award.

  • November 13, 2017

    Hisense Slips Sharp’s First Amendment Suit Over Gag Order

    China’s state-owned Hisense Co. Ltd. on Monday won the toss of a First Amendment suit Sharp Corp. filed against it over a gag order issued by a Singapore arbitrator, as a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled that the Japanese electronics maker did not show government involvement in the arbitration.

  • November 13, 2017

    Sipco Defends Wireless Network Patent To PTAB

    Wireless network company Sipco LLC defended its wireless network gateway patent before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday, but faced skepticism during the oral hearing as a competitor maintained that it simply combined decades-old technology in an obvious way.

  • November 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Seals MasterCard Transaction Patent Win At PTAB

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling from 2016 that invalidated a handful of claims in a secure-transaction patent that were asserted against MasterCard International Inc. after the credit card company had showed them to be unpatentable.

  • November 13, 2017

    Finjan's $1.5M IP Damages Request Inflated, Jury Told

    An expert paid by Symantec unit Blue Coat Systems took the stand Monday in a California federal jury trial over claims Blue Coat is infringing Finjan’s online security patents, testifying that Finjan’s $1.5 million damages estimate is inflated, based on “entirely inappropriate metrics,” and should be closer to $663,000.

  • November 13, 2017

    Spy Court Says ACLU Can Seek Data Collection Rulings

    The United States’ secret surveillance court has — in the first ever public decision issued by all 11 of its member judges — reopened the door to suing the court to access its classified rulings.

  • November 13, 2017

    3 Cos. Price IPOs Raising $410M Led By Chinese Lender

    Three companies, led by a Chinese peer-to-peer lender, a French biotechnology firm and a U.S. telephone-over-internet provider, debuted in public markets Friday after pricing initial public offerings that raised a combined $410 million, adding to the flurry of recent listings.

  • November 13, 2017

    Qualcomm Can't Escape Pared-Down Consumer Antitrust Suit

    A California federal judge has ruled that consumers cannot seek damages from Qualcomm over its patent licensing practices under federal antitrust law, but she rejected the chipmaker's bid to dismiss state law claims in the proposed class action.

  • November 13, 2017

    Senate Approves Lyft GM For Senior DOT Role

    The Senate confirmed Lyft Inc.'s general manager for the number three spot at the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, sending President Donald Trump's pick Derek Kan to head the department's policy arm.

  • November 13, 2017

    Watchdog Orgs. Urge Transparency In Online Election Ads

    Technology and privacy advocacy groups told the Federal Election Commission Friday that it should require disclosures in online political ads after covert Russia-sponsored propaganda was found to have influenced the 2016 presidential election, with at least one group suggesting that broadcast advertising guidelines should apply to web content.

  • November 13, 2017

    Prism Seeks High Court Review Of Nixed IP In T-Mobile Suit

    Prism Technologies has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh whether the Federal Circuit, after nixing its $100 million infringement lawsuit against T-Mobile, applied the wrong standard of review in deciding to invalidate the company’s network authentication patents under Alice as well, calling it a question of significant nationwide importance.

  • November 13, 2017

    DC Court Reins In Facebook Warrants Linked To Riots

    The D.C. Superior Court has restricted the scope of search warrants issued for three Facebook accounts linked to the 2017 presidential inauguration riots, ordering Facebook to redact all third-party identifying information and forbidding the government from sharing or keeping any irrelevant material it finds.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Strategies For Winning The IPR Race

    Sean Murray

    Given the current state of the law, defendants are sprinting to invalidate a patent in inter partes review before plaintiffs can obtain final judgment in parallel district court proceedings. There are many ways for patent owners and accused infringers to maximize their chances of being first across the finish line, says Sean Murray of Knobbe Martens.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • Arbitration Can Help Solve Tech Litigation Problems

    Gary Benton

    Cost, time to resolution and inexperienced decision-makers top the list of challenges with litigation involving technology companies. Arbitration offers many advantages over litigation, but often companies use a poorly considered arbitration clause, engage the wrong outside counsel or select an unskilled arbitrator, says Gary Bendon of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

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    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.