Technology

  • June 14, 2017

    Silicon Valley Female IP Attys Call For Gender Pay Equity

    Leading female intellectual property lawyers speaking at a Silicon Valley conference on Wednesday called on female attorneys to push harder to close a BigLaw gender pay gap that sees male partners earning 44 percent more on average, urging colleagues to seek leadership positions and demand higher pay.

  • June 14, 2017

    Implant Sciences Gets Tentative OK On Ch. 11 Disclosures

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed Wednesday to OK the disclosure statement for the former Implant Sciences’ Chapter 11 plan, but left the door open for additional rulings, including on competing add-ons to the document from the bomb detector maker and its shareholders that turned into a dispute that morning.

  • June 14, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Samsung Win On Semiconductor Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ruled a Home Semiconductor Corp. patent related to computer memory was invalid, upholding a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in favor of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

  • June 14, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Opal, Jeff Shapack, Broadway Tech

    Opal Holdings is reportedly buying a bankrupt Manhattan site where the firm plans to build retail and condos, developer Jeff Shapack is said to be putting a Chicago property that includes a Shake Shack on the market for $14.25 million, and Broadway Technology has reportedly leased 25,000 square feet in New York from Chinese conglomerate Fosun.

  • June 14, 2017

    Nintendo's Alice Win Endangers Many Patents, Fed. Circ. Told

    A coalition of about 20 inventors groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Circuit to conduct a rehearing before the full court of a decision invalidating an image processing patent that RecogniCorp asserted against Nintendo, arguing that the ruling threatens to invalidate swaths of patents for technologies ranging from MP3 players to TV displays.

  • June 14, 2017

    TPG Co-Founder Leaves Uber Board After Sexist Remark

    TPG Capital co-founder David Bonderman resigned from Uber’s board of directors Wednesday, a day after making a disrespectful comment about women during an all-hands meeting involving discussion of a report on how the company can make its internal culture more inclusive.

  • June 14, 2017

    Open Internet Key To Free Speech, Commerce, FCC Dem Says

    Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn told a crowd at the Voices for Internet Freedom Public Forum in Atlanta on Tuesday that the open internet is the key to free speech and commerce, and urged attendees to make their voices heard at the FCC and to their respective Congress members.

  • June 14, 2017

    Bracewell Snags Andrews Kurth Partner For Houston IP Group

    Bracewell LLP announced Wednesday that it has bolstered its intellectual property practice group with the addition of a former Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP partner who has joined its Houston office.

  • June 14, 2017

    Reps. Rip DOD For Lack Of Transparency On IT Spending

    Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform slammed the Department of Defense on Tuesday for its failure to implement Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act measures, after the latest FITARA report showed the agency had become less transparent with regard to its IT spending since the last report in December.

  • June 14, 2017

    Intel Owes $100M For Faulty Chips, Smartphone Maker Says

    Intel Corp. intentionally sold Qbex Computadores SA faulty microprocessors that compromised the electronics company's reputation and cost it $100 million when its smartphones began to overheat and explode, according to a complaint filed in California federal court on Tuesday.

  • June 14, 2017

    Kirkland Leads Luminate Capital In Debut $265M PE Fund

    California-based Luminate Capital Partners, guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, scored $265 million for its debut private equity fund, beating its initial target as the firm looks to invest in enterprise software companies, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • June 14, 2017

    Automakers Ask For Reg Clarity On Self-Driving Cars

    Automakers and technology companies asked lawmakers Wednesday to help clear the regulatory roadblocks currently preventing more autonomous vehicles from being tested on U.S. roads, saying self-driving car technology is advancing far quicker than regulators can draft guidance and rules for the cars' operation.

  • June 14, 2017

    11th Circ. Urged To Revive Bid For $11M Cyberattack Coverage

    A processor of prepaid debit cards asked the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to revive its bid for insurance coverage of $11.4 million in losses stemming from a fraudulent redemption scheme that exploited a glitch in its computer system, contending that a Georgia federal court misinterpreted the computer fraud provision in its policy.

  • June 14, 2017

    9th Circ. Urged To Revive OnStar Unauthorized Charge Suit

    A California woman has urged the Ninth Circuit to revive her proposed class action against GM unit OnStar LLC after a lower court ordered arbitration, claiming she never agreed to arbitrate her claims over alleged unauthorized subscription charges by the company.

  • June 13, 2017

    PTAB Nixes Parts Of 2 VirnetX Patents Involved In Apple Row

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel invalidated claims in two VirnetX Inc. patents for internet messaging challenged by Black Swamp IP LLC and asserted against Apple Inc.’s iMessage and FaceTime applications in a related long-running dispute, determining Monday that they were obvious under Alice. 

  • June 13, 2017

    Microsoft Cleared Of Infringement In Software IP Dispute

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday cleared Microsoft Corp. of infringing a ViaTech Technologies Inc. patent related to anti-piracy features for software, a ruling that came just a week before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

  • June 13, 2017

    Wi-LAN, Ericsson Settle Wireless IP Suit Days Before Trial

    Wi-LAN Inc. and Ericsson Inc. told a Florida federal court Monday they reached a final settlement just days before they were scheduled to go to trial in a long-running dispute over whether Ericsson infringed three of Wi-LAN’s patents covering wireless network technologies.

  • June 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Nixes FCC Cap On Intrastate Inmate Call Rates

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday refused a Federal Communications Commission move during the Obama administration to place a limit on certain inmate calling costs, agreeing with the FCC’s new Republican chairman that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to cap in-state rates.

  • June 13, 2017

    Apple Argues Against Sanctions In Fired Contractor’s Suit

    Apple Inc. urged a California judge Tuesday not to adopt his tentative ruling sanctioning the tech giant $4,245 in a suit alleging it got a contractor fired for documenting its anti-competitive alloy practices, arguing confidential settlement documents between the contractor and his former employer are relevant to its case.

  • June 13, 2017

    Apple Seeks 2nd Green Bond To Stem Climate Change

    Apple Inc. filed plans for its second green bond in more than a year on Tuesday, upping its stated effort to fund clean energy less than two weeks after President Donald Trump said he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Expert Analysis

  • Covering New Fraud Risks With Traditional Policies: Part 1

    Mary Borja

    Targets of fraudulent wire instruction scams have found that whether insurance coverage is available is highly dependent on the precise language of their specific policies, but the cases that have been litigated to date show that more often than not, traditional policies do not cover these exposures, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • The Risk Of Liability After A Preferred Stock Redemption

    Gail Weinstein

    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent decision in Frederic Hsu Living Trust v. ODN highlights the potential liability that private equity sponsors and directors face when preferred stock held by the sponsor is redeemed. If future decisions intensify this risk, sponsors could consider alternative investment structures, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Forum Selection

    Alan Rothman

    In the latest installment of his column on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP takes a closer look at how the panel decides to exclude a potentially related action from a new MDL proceeding, and at how the panel deals with forum selection clauses in contracts between parties in multidistrict claims.

  • Product Liability Plaintiffs May Aim For Tech Developers

    Robb Patryk

    Adam Alter's new book on technology-based behavioral addiction issues may unintentionally spur plaintiffs attorneys to launch product liability lawsuits against technology companies, holding them accountable for addictive products, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • AIA Trial Institution Rates Are Good News For Patent Owners

    Kerry Taylor

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released America Invents Act trial statistics through the first half of fiscal year 2017, and one trend is clear: The overall trial institution rates for inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews and post-grant reviews are down, say Kerry Taylor and Nathanael Luman of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP.

  • Back To The Fourco: High Court's New, Old Patent Venue Test

    Brian Ferguson

    For nearly 30 years, courts have liberally construed the patent venue statute. But no more — on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated its 1957 Fourco interpretation of the statute. This decision in TC Heartland will have a profound and immediate impact on patent litigation, say Brian Ferguson and Rahul Arora of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • What To Look For In Strong Ransomware Insurance

    Evan Bundschuh

    Organizations should take care to avoid developing a false sense of security over the simple placement of ransomware coverage. Terms can vary greatly, so insureds must take a close look at the definitions, terms and conditions to ensure adequate protection, says Evan Bundschuh of Gabriel Bundschuh & Associates Inc.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Opinions Of Counsel Post-Halo: Lessons From 16 Cases

    Brian Mudge

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo decision 11 months ago, the case results show that investigating the patent and forming a good faith belief of invalidity or noninfringement is a key factor — perhaps the key factor — courts rely on in deciding whether to award enhanced damages, say Brian Mudge and Shawn O’Dowd of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.