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Technology

  • August 9, 2018

    Ga. Judge Probing 'Realities' Of Axing Electronic Ballots

    A Georgia federal judge tasked with deciding whether to replace the state's allegedly insecure and unreliable electronic voting system with paper ballots has asked both sides to weigh in during the coming weeks on the "practical realities" of the request, expressing concern with the potential difficulties of implementing the change before the November general elections. 

  • August 9, 2018

    Electric Car Startup Says Rival's No-Poach Terms Are Unlawful

    Electric vehicle startup EVelozcity sued Faraday & Future on Thursday in California state court, calling a contract term its competitor imposes to prevent departing employees from encouraging colleagues to also leave for another company “illegally restrictive.”

  • August 9, 2018

    Brazil Fines Toshiba, Mitsubishi $1.3M For Cartel

    Brazil's competition enforcer said Thursday that it has fined Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. a total of 4.9 million reals ($1.3 million) for their parts in a cartel that fixed prices and divvied up markets for a component used in electrical substations, imposing the penalty after a decadelong investigation.

  • August 9, 2018

    Cognizant Gets Investors’ India Bribery Suit Trimmed

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday trimmed investors’ proposed class action accusing Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and three executives of bribing officials in India for special licenses to operate in areas granted certain perks, such as tax exemptions and looser regulations.

  • August 9, 2018

    DOD Makes Tech Industry Outreach Program Permanent

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s technology industry outreach unit is set to be stripped of its “experimental” status, with an incoming name change intended to reflect the program’s importance and permanence within the DOD, according to a memo made public Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Justices Asked To Mull AIA Reviews As Takings

    An audio device maker has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether patent claims canceled in America Invents Act reviews are regulatory takings by the government, such that patent owners are owed compensation on constitutional grounds, particularly those whose patents were filed or issued before 2011.

  • August 9, 2018

    StubHub Beats App Developer's Trade Secrets Theft Claims

    A California federal judge has awarded StubHub a win over allegations it flouted the Defend Trade Secrets Act when it hired three employees from a startup company who allegedly used proprietary data from their former company in apps they developed for the online ticket vendor.

  • August 9, 2018

    Del. Judge Not Inclined To Reverse $82M IBM Patent Wins

    A federal judge in Delaware said he is inclined to stand pat on most of the jury verdicts and rulings that produced an $82.5 million award in late July against Groupon Inc. for infringing four early, e-commerce-related IBM Corp. patents.

  • August 9, 2018

    OptimisCorp Board To Pay $54K In Sanctions In Chancery Suit

    Directors and executives of health care industry software firm OptimisCorp must immediately pay $54,000 in sanctions previously imposed by a Delaware chancery court judge after she denied the defendants' motion to stay the sanction award on Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    'Smart Cities' Can Be Easily Hacked, Researchers Warn

    Hackers could remotely mount "supervillain-level" attacks on so-called smart cities — which use digital systems to coordinate city resources — by exploiting a series of basic security flaws, researchers warned at a cybersecurity conference on Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Wireless Co. Ubiquiti Says Rival Sells Hacking Firmware

    Wireless networking company Ubiquiti Networks Inc. hit rival Cambium Networks Inc. with copyright infringement, fraud and antitrust claims in Illinois federal court over allegations Cambium is selling firmware that hacks Ubiquiti's devices and uses them as a launching point for its wireless service.

  • August 9, 2018

    Dell Unit Whistleblower Can't Get New Award With Bias Claim

    A California judge has refused a whistleblower’s request to scrap an allegedly inadequate $1.57 million award he received in his case against a Dell Technologies subsidiary, despite claims that the arbitrator unfairly excluded evidence and was biased because one of his JAMS colleagues once represented the company while at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • August 9, 2018

    Airline Can't Probe Immigration Status In IP Row, Court Told

    The vice president of an airline marketing company urged an Illinois federal court to quash a subpoena into his immigration records that was issued by a Canadian budget airline in a contract and intellectual property dispute between the two companies.

  • August 9, 2018

    Comcast Gets PTAB Nix Of TiVo's Programming Guide Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated as obvious an on-screen TV programming guide patent held by a TiVo Corp. subsidiary, handing a victory to Comcast Corp. in a wide-ranging intellectual property war between the two entertainment companies.

  • August 9, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Slams UN Telecom Regulator For Overreach

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly torched a United Nations telecom agency that he says has strayed too far afield from its primary mission and suffers from structural and leadership problems.

  • August 8, 2018

    Google, Microsoft Reveal Rare Collab Over Massive Chip Flaw

    Security researchers from Google and Microsoft on Wednesday revealed that they had an unusual ally — each other  —  as they raced to devise patches to fight the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" security bugs that exposed nearly every computer chip in the world to hackers.

  • August 8, 2018

    Jones Day Lands An IP Pro From Paul Hastings

    Jones Day has grabbed a “first chair litigator” in Silicon Valley from Paul Hastings LLP with nearly 20 years of experience in patent and technology work, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Verizon, Vehicle IP Spar Over Navigation Patent At Fed. Circ.

    Mobile navigation app patent holder Vehicle IP LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday to revive its infringement claims against a Verizon Wireless affiliate, saying a lower court, for a second time, improperly inserted restrictive language into its claim construction when it axed the suit.

  • August 8, 2018

    Arctic Cat, Bombardier Can’t Redo Snowmobile Patent Trial

    Bombardier and Arctic Cat each lost bids for a new trial in a snowmobile patent dispute when a Minnesota federal judge ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence supporting a jury’s finding that Arctic Cat infringed one of Bombardier’s patents, and that the contested claims in two patents were invalid.

  • August 8, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Co. Slams FCC National Security 'Blacklist'

    Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has slammed the Telecommunications Industry Association for supporting a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would ban the use of an $8.5 billion fund to buy products or services from companies that pose a threat to U.S. security.

Expert Analysis

  • An Update On Anti-Poach Enforcement And Class Actions

    Robin van der Meulen

    In recent years, no-poach agreements have become subject to close scrutiny both by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and private class action plaintiffs. These cases show that violations of federal antitrust laws can have an immediate and real impact on ordinary people and their livelihoods, say Robin van der Meulen and Brian Morrison of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • The 1st Judicial Finding That Digital Tokens Are Securities

    Deborah Meshulam

    A Florida magistrate judge's finding last month that tokens issued and sold by technology startup Centra Tech are investment contracts could serve as a road map for the evaluation of token sales in other cases, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Another Decision In Goldman Code Theft Case

    Jonathan Waisnor

    The Aleynikov case demonstrates that employees who attempt to use the proprietary source code of their former employers without authorization may face not only the risk of civil liability, but also prosecution under local criminal statutes. And they could also face liability under the recently expanded federal Economic Espionage Act, says Jonathan Waisnor of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Managing The Risks Of Emerging Construction Technologies

    Gary Brown

    As buildings incorporate increasingly advanced features, the risks associated with technology failures — and resulting defect claims against those involved in the buildings' design and construction — become greater. Owners and contractors presenting these technologies to end users should explore nontraditional approaches in contracts and insurance to better mitigate these risks, says Gary Brown of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • The Robot’s Invention: Patent Considerations In AI

    Eric Sophir

    Identifying inventorship for artificial intelligence-enabled technology is especially challenging because there may be different parties generating the initial model, training the model and providing the known data to train the model. Indeed, these parties may even have competing interests, say Eric Sophir and Kamyar Maserrat of Dentons and Tanguy de Carbonnieres of Fannie Mae.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.