Technology

  • February 16, 2017

    EA Wants Quick Win On Claim In Madden Publicity Duel

    Video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. asked a California federal court Wednesday for a partial judgment in a putative class action from a group of retired NFL players alleging the “Madden NFL” games use their likeness without permission, arguing that the visual depictions of former players are generic.

  • February 16, 2017

    Mo. High Court Rules Fla. Telecom Co. Liable For Sales Tax

    A Florida-based telecommunications company lost its bid for a partial refund of sales taxes in Missouri when the Supreme Court of Missouri ruled that the company had failed to prove that its retail sales in the state were exempt from sales tax.

  • February 16, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. Urged To Strip PTAB’s Power To Ax Patents

    The owner of an LCD technology patent invalidated by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board asked the full Federal Circuit Wednesday to rule that patents are private property rights that cannot be revoked by an executive body like the PTAB, in the latest constitutional attack on the America Invents Act.

  • February 16, 2017

    Ex-Exec Fired For Email Snooping Wants 11th Circ. Rehearing

    A former executive with furniture manufacturer Brown Jordan International Inc. asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to review its ruling that sided with the company and its decision to terminate him after he accessed co-workers’ emails and reported potential wrongdoing.

  • February 16, 2017

    Ex-Apax, IBM Execs' PE Firm Clinches $137M Debut Fund

    A private equity shop led by former Apax Partners and IBM employees has clinched its inaugural fund after collecting $137 million from investors, the firm said Wednesday, with plans to focus on investments in enterprise software and solutions businesses.

  • February 16, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: KKR, ConocoPhillips, Goldman Sachs

    KKR is mulling a sale of software company Mitchell International, ConocoPhillips is looking to sell up to $2 billion worth of Canadian conventional natural gas assets, and Goldman Sachs is nearing a $1.8 billion sale of South Korean industrial gas business Daesung.

  • February 16, 2017

    Euronext Says New Platform Shields From High-Speed Traders

    European stock exchange operator Euronext said Wednesday it will partner with a U.S. financial technology company and launch a block-trading platform designed to enable investors to execute large orders without tipping their hat toward high-frequency traders.

  • February 16, 2017

    Google Pops Rival’s IP Suit Over Balloon Internet Tech

    A California federal judge said Thursday she’ll dismiss with leave to amend Space Data Corp.’s trade secret and patent infringement suit accusing Google Inc. of stealing its balloon-based internet technology to create Project Loon, saying the wireless services company needs to be more specific about what trade secrets Google allegedly stole.

  • February 16, 2017

    Simpson Thacher Guides True Wind To $560M Fund Close

    A new private equity firm formed by former KKR & Co. LP executives that is focused on lower middle-market technology investments has closed its debut fund with nearly $560 million in tow, the company said Wednesday, with help from legal adviser Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • February 16, 2017

    Reps. Oppose Extra Layer Of Screening At Canada Border

    Six Northern Border Caucus members have cautioned U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly against a proposal in President Donald Trump’s immigration ban that calls for additional screening for U.S.-bound travelers, saying any new security measures along the Canadian border should be coordinated between the two countries.

  • February 16, 2017

    Social Media Giant Snap Launches Eagerly Watched $3B IPO

    Snapchat maker Snap Inc. on Thursday launched the largest initial public offering of the year and biggest tech deal since Alibaba, setting terms on an IPO that could raise $3 billion and value the social media giant at $21 billion and potentially opening doors for more flashy technology startups.

  • February 16, 2017

    Verizon Acquires Drone Operations Management Co.

    Verizon Communications Inc. announced on Thursday that it has acquired Skyward, an Oregon-based company that handles operations management for commercial drone businesses, as the telecommunications giant looks to expand its presence in the so-called internet of things market.

  • February 15, 2017

    Ericsson FRAND Trial Enters Day 2 With TCL Expert

    A California federal judge overseeing the second day of a bench trial on whether Ericsson Inc. offered Chinese mobile phone developer TCL nondiscriminatory license terms for wireless technology standard-essential patents took the reins Wednesday in questioning TCL’s economics expert, pressing the witness on how to compare terms granted to other companies.

  • February 15, 2017

    Aruba Investors Tell 9th Circ. Co. Hid Cisco Client Theft

    A putative class of Aruba Networks investors asked a Ninth Circuit panel to revive allegations the company improperly downplayed the threat posed by tech rival Cisco Systems during an earnings call, saying at a hearing Wednesday the company should have revealed that Cisco stole three of its biggest clients.

  • February 15, 2017

    Wireless Group Urges FCC To Clear Local Roadblocks For 5G

    Wireless trade group CTIA has pushed the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with a proposal to clear the way at the state and local level for 5G infrastructure, also pushing for spectrum to meet wireless demand and against a proposal to subject text messaging to more stringent regulation.

  • February 15, 2017

    Alice Ruling Doesn't Negate Verizon Patent Deal, Judge Says

    A Delaware federal judge has refused to allow a company that indemnified Verizon in a patent suit and settled with the patent owner to get out of the deal after the patent was invalidated under Alice, saying the agreement was clearly complete before the invalidity ruling.

  • February 15, 2017

    Hotels.com Sheds Web Patent Case In Texas

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday signed off on an order that ended a lawsuit against travel website Hotels.com brought by a Texas entity alleging computer program patent infringement.

  • February 15, 2017

    Tech Groups Call For Balance In Foreign Spying Renewal Push

    A coalition of tech industry groups on Wednesday pushed congressional leaders to work together to come up with a “balanced yet focused” approach to replacing a controversial foreign internet surveillance program that is expiring at the end of the year.

  • February 15, 2017

    Palantir Fights To Remand Trade Secrets Suit

    Palantir Technologies Inc., a data analytics firm specializing in U.S. intelligence and defense, urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to remand its trade secrets allegations that a former adviser tried to patent its ideas, saying its request for an injunction blocking his patent application does not make it a federal case.

  • February 15, 2017

    FTC Chair Says She'll Seek Balance In IP Antitrust Cases

    The Federal Trade Commission's new acting chairwoman vowed Wednesday to take action if companies abuse their patent rights but emphasized the need to strike the right balance on antitrust enforcement over intellectual property rights.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • What The Qualcomm Case Tells Us About FTC And FRAND

    Michael T. Renaud

    Federal Trade Commission staff will no doubt characterize its recent complaint against Qualcomm as the mere application of traditional antitrust principles to conduct that just happens to involve intellectual property licensing. If that were the case, then it should have been uncontroversial to include a discussion of these practices in the revised guidelines released four days earlier, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Gl... (continued)

  • Blaming Online Platforms For Violence Is Likely To Fail

    Seth D. Berlin

    Recently, the families of victims killed by violent criminals have filed several lawsuits against internet powerhouses like Google, Twitter and Facebook, alleging that the platforms should be held responsible. These claims will probably be rejected due to federal statutory immunity, the First Amendment and common law requirements for establishing tort liability, say Seth Berlin and Steven Zansberg of Levine Sullivan Koch & Shulz LLP.

  • Stingray Revealed: Cell-Site Trackers And The 4th Amendment

    Daniel Wenner

    The Seventh Circuit majority in U.S. v. Patrick contends it is not “a concrete case” about the Stingray. And it’s probably right. But the use — and potential abuse — of the Stingray raises concerns about what technology might be able to do. That is why Chief Judge Diane Wood took a different and perhaps more holistic tack, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • A New Meaning For FRAND In Korea's Qualcomm Sanctions

    Michael T. Renaud

    The Korean Fair Trade Commission's antitrust fines against Qualcomm last month provide insight into how Korea views a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory encumbrance, showing that Korea's perspective is rooted in policy, not contract, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC.

  • SEC HomeStreet Action Broadly Interprets Dodd-Frank

    Nicolas Morgan

    With its expanded definition of retaliation in place in 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought a cavalcade of settled enforcement actions, culminating with its recent action against HomeStreet. Each of these cases has pushed the envelope further and further away from Dodd-Frank’s simple prohibition on retaliation, say Nicolas Morgan and Thomas Zaccaro of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Mobility-Focused Tech Will Affect Auto Regs

    Michael R. Nelson

    Attendees of the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas spoke openly about the need to rethink everything, including how the insurance marketplace and risk-management practices will adapt to a mobility-focused world. The focus on mobility and the internet of things foreshadows two key challenges that the auto industry and legal practitioners will face in the near future, say Michael Nelson and Kara Ford of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • 10 Antitrust Trends And Developments To Watch This Year

    Howard Morse

    President Donald Trump’s competition policies are sure to top the headlines in 2017. We can expect renewed focus on the SMARTER Act, continued attention to the pharmaceutical industry, and hurdles for foreign investment in the U.S., say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Cybersecurity And The Economic Loss Doctrine

    Alexis Kellert

    The Eleventh Circuit's holding earlier this month in Silverpop Systems v. Leading Market Technologies helps clarify the type of evidence a party must offer to prove that a duty existed in the context of a cybersecurity breach. It also shows how the economic loss doctrine can provide a shield against tort actions brought over cyberattacks, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Solera Further Clarifies Landmark Corwin Decision

    Gail Weinstein

    Delaware Chancellor Andre Bouchard’s recent decision in Solera follows an increasingly familiar template in merger litigation based on the landmark 2015 Corwin decision and furthers a trend that leans strongly toward application of business judgment review and early dismissal of post-closing complaints, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.