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Technology

  • October 11, 2018

    Clinton-Era NTIA Head Says FCC's 5G Order Is Wrong

    The Federal Communications Commission erred in adopting a recent order that imposes standard rates and terms on 5G “small cells,” and its actions are likely to widen the so-called digital divide, said the National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief under the Clinton administration on Thursday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Laser Co. Zapped With Stock-Drop Suit Over Alleged Defects

    A fiber optics and laser company purposely misled shareholders and concealed flaws in its devices, which led to a significant drop in stock prices when the information became public knowledge, an investor alleged in a proposed class action filed in Texas federal court.

  • October 11, 2018

    Smart Contacts, Cyberattacks Are New Norm, Experts Say

    DocuSign’s chief legal officer and Visa Inc.'s vice president of global risk told attorneys at DLA Piper’s technology conference in Silicon Valley on Wednesday that so-called smart contracts capable of electronically processing contractual steps will soon be commonplace, while security experts warned that cyberattacks are a new norm.

  • October 11, 2018

    Educators Fight Telecoms' Push For FCC Spectrum Revamp

    Educators are pushing back against a move by telecoms to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to free up spectrum set aside for instructional content, saying the 2.5 GHz band is widely used and does not cry out for wholesale changes.

  • October 11, 2018

    Comcast's 'Diametrically Opposed' Stances Sink PTAB Case

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday rejected Comcast’s challenge to a patent covering TV voice recognition technology, with the board finding the cable giant’s changed construction of a claim term “diametrically opposed” to its construction in previous challenges of the same patent.

  • October 11, 2018

    Data Warehouse Snowflake Nabs $450M In Growth Funding

    San Mateo, California-based Snowflake Computing on Thursday said it nabbed $450 million in Sequoia Capital-led growth funding, bringing the data warehouse's valuation to $3.9 billion.

  • October 11, 2018

    Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law the Music Modernization Act, copyright legislation that will make major changes to how streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora pay royalties.

  • October 11, 2018

    Payment Processor Says Ex-CEO Stole Company Secrets

    A payment processing company has accused its former CEO and several former employees in California federal court of stealing trade secrets to form a competing payment processing business.

  • October 11, 2018

    Mass. Mayor Duped App Backers To Fund ‘Lavish’ Life: Feds

    The young mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, duped investors in his mobile app out of more than $231,000 in order to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself, including the purchase of a Mercedes, expensive travel, luxury clothing and jewelry, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.

  • October 10, 2018

    9th Circ. Raises Conflict Concerns In Atty’s Sanction Appeal

    Ninth Circuit judges expressed reluctance Wednesday to hear oral argument from an attorney who lost a contentious trade secrets dispute on a terminating sanction, worrying the lawyer was conflicted because if the panel reversed a lower court's decision not to grant attorneys' fees in the case, she could be pitted against her client, Loop AI Labs Inc.

  • October 10, 2018

    Federal Privacy Law Shouldn't Lower The Bar, Senators Told

    Consumer advocates hit back at calls from tech giants such as Google and Apple asking for federal lawmakers to enact a uniform national privacy law that wipes out more stringent state rules, telling a seemingly receptive Senate committee on Wednesday that recent legislative efforts in the European Union and California should be viewed as models and not disregarded.

  • October 10, 2018

    3 Takeaways From DOT's New Automated Vehicles Policy

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s newly updated policy on self-driving or autonomous cars eases the rules for development while also paving the way for upgrading infrastructure and integrating the new technology with other modes of transportation, experts say. Here, Law360 examines a few takeaways from the Automated Vehicles 3.0 guidance.

  • October 10, 2018

    US Arrests Chinese Spy For Bid To Steal GE Aviation Tech

    A member of China's intelligence agency has been extradited to the U.S. to face charges of attempting to gather trade secrets from jet engine manufacturer GE Aviation, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Trump Crackdown May Cool Tech Deals, Sophos GC Says

    Security software company Sophos Group PLC’s general counsel on Wednesday warned attorneys at DLA Piper’s technology conference in Silicon Valley of the impacts of new Trump-era rules governing international tech transactions, saying completing those deals may take longer, be more costly and might not happen.

  • October 10, 2018

    Duane Morris Adds Trade Secrets Buff From Knobbe Martens

    Duane Morris LLP added a Knobbe Martens intellectual property veteran with a wide range of experience and expertise in trade secret matters as a partner to its San Diego office, the firm announced.

  • October 10, 2018

    Alcatel Again Escapes NJ Suit Over $1.2B Pension Transfer

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit against Alcatel-Lucent from two unions and four onetime company employees over its combined transfer of roughly $1.2 billion and thousands of members between pension plans, finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing and did not state viable claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • October 10, 2018

    Justices Urged To Mull Repeat Patent Challenges Under AIA

    A patent owner asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to examine the “multiple proceedings rule” for challenges to a patent’s validity, arguing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been inconsistent in how it applies the rule in America Invents Act reviews.

  • October 10, 2018

    NHTSA Says Rating Doesn't Back Tesla's 'Safest Car' Claim

    Following claims by Tesla Inc. that its Model 3 has the lowest risk of crash injuries of any car tested by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency has said that its safety rating system does not work that way.

  • October 10, 2018

    EU Council Opinion Proposes New Legal Basis For Digital Tax

    The European Commission’s proposed digital services tax likely doesn’t qualify as an indirect tax, and therefore it should be put forward under the generic legal basis of Article 115 of the European Union treaty rather than Article 113 as proposed, according to an opinion from the Council of the European Union’s legal service.

  • October 10, 2018

    FCC'S O'Rielly Pushes 'Kid Vid' Revamp To Help Broadcasters

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has proposed new children's programming requirements in response to a changing media landscape and marketplace, as more kids are going to platforms other than television for their programming, he said at the 2018 Kentucky Broadcasters Association Conference.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 1

    Barry Reingold

    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of public hearings on competition and consumer protection issues. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from the three panel discussions.

  • Fed. Circ. Case Steers Agencies Toward Commercial Vendors

    Nathaniel Castellano

    The Federal Circuit's decision last week in Palantir v. U.S. breathed new life into the government’s obligations to prioritize the acquisition of commercial and nondevelopmental solutions. It may prove to be one of the most significant procurement precedents of the decade, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Tallying Repetitive Inter Partes Review Challenges

    Steven Carlson

    We analyzed the petitioning practice of the top five filers of inter partes review — Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and LG — and it is clear that serial, overlapping petitions are commonplace at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, even by a single entity, say Steven Carlson and Ryan Schultz of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    Dockless Scooter Cos. Rewarded For Bad Behavior

    Tamara Kurtzman

    The proliferation of dockless scooters throughout the U.S. has given life to the slogan “move fast and break things” in a way that even the slogan’s progenitor, Facebook, never imagined. And it will be an uphill battle for riders to recover from either the rental companies or cities in the event of injury, says Tamara Kurtzman of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Public Hearings Will Be Valuable

    David Balto

    On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. These events are an important first step in guiding enforcement priorities, says David Balto, a former policy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.