• March 14, 2018

    PTAB Allows Data Co. To Amend Patent In Apple Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated several claims in a Realtime Data LLC hardware patent related to storage devices following a challenge from Apple, but said that Realtime could amend many of the claims.

  • March 14, 2018

    Calif. Considers Reviving Net Neutrality With Tougher Policy

    California state senators proposed a net neutrality bill Wednesday that would not only counteract the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of Obama-era policies but would surpass those repealed policies through measures like the prohibition of zero-rated data products.

  • March 14, 2018

    Microsoft Drops Protest Of Transcom Cloud Contract Award

    Microsoft withdrew its protest over a contract awarded to Amazon Web Services by U.S. Transportation Command, the U.S. Department of Defense agency responsible for moving troops and supplies around the world, paving the way for the agency to migrate its classified data to Amazon’s Secret Region cloud service.

  • March 14, 2018

    Rights Groups Say CLOUD Act Tramples Civil Liberties

    The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union and others are calling on Congress to block legislation meant to facilitate cross-border data requests by law enforcement, saying the measure would torpedo U.S. residents’ Fourth Amendment rights.

  • March 14, 2018

    DOJ Lawyers Grilled On Legal Basis For Ending DACA

    A D.C. federal judge repeatedly pressed U.S. Department of Justice lawyers on Wednesday to explain the legal analysis undergirding the revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • March 14, 2018

    Square Inc.’s Bankruptcy Atty Ban Is Illegal, 9th Circ. Told

    Square Inc. illegally discriminates against bankruptcy attorneys by blocking them from its online payment platform, a member of the bankruptcy bar told the Ninth Circuit at a hearing Wednesday, saying a trial court erred in finding he couldn’t sue because he never signed up for the service.

  • March 14, 2018

    Smaller 3.5 GHz Licenses Helps Industrial Tech, FCC Told

    Maintaining smaller geographic licenses for the 3.5 GHz band will facilitate the development of modern industrial technology like smart electric grids, a group of critical infrastructure companies has told the Federal Communications Commission amid efforts to enlarge the license tracts by national wireless companies like T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

  • March 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Ardian

    Siemens is expected to price the shares of its Healthineers unit at $34.64 a piece, investors have expressed interest in all of DWS’ offered shares, and French private equity firm Ardian is planning to sell off German pharmaceutical company Riemser Pharma GmbH.

  • March 14, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Told Patent Co-Owner Rights Rule Should Stay

    HTC and others urged the full Federal Circuit Tuesday not to undo precedent that allows one co-owner of a patent to bar another co-owner’s infringement suit by opting out of the case, saying that doing so would "open up a Pandora's box" of disputes among sparring patentees.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ex-Philly Parking Head Immune In Uber Regulations Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday ended a suit from Philadelphia cab operators alleging the city’s parking authority unfairly refused to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, finding the agency's former executive director who was forced out amid a scandal in 2016 was immune from liability.

  • March 14, 2018

    Senators Rip Wireless Coverage Map For Subsidy Program

    A quartet of senators blasted the Federal Communications Commission's initial map outlining eligibility for a cell coverage infrastructure subsidy program for wireless and broadband development, each arguing during a Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday that carrier-supplied maps the agency will rely on vastly overstate coverage in their states.

  • March 14, 2018

    Theranos CEO Holmes Settles Over $700M Fraud, SEC Says

    The founder and CEO of once high-flying Silicon Valley blood testing company Theranos has settled allegations she lied about nearly every aspect of the company’s business model and finances in a massive, yearslong fraud that raised more than $700 million from duped investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ex-Samsung Exec Can't Shake Prison Over Atty Error Claims

    A former Samsung America Inc. executive lost his bid to escape a six-year-plus prison term for embezzling about $1.6 million from the company after a New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday rejected claims that his former attorney was ineffective for not consulting with him about a possible appeal.

  • March 14, 2018

    Broadcom Ends Pursuit Of Qualcomm Following Trump Block

    Broadcom Ltd. on Wednesday said it will no longer pursue its $117 billion takeover of Qualcomm Inc., ending a four-month struggle between the two sides just days after President Donald Trump blocked the deal on national security grounds.

  • March 13, 2018

    Blockchain Will Improve Int'l Dispute Resolution, Group Says

    A first-of-its-kind blockchain application being developed specifically for the international dispute resolution community, which is set to be unveiled Wednesday at a conference in Brazil, could help make international arbitration quicker and less expensive, according to the startup behind the project.

  • March 13, 2018

    7th Circ. Revives TCPA Suit Against Text Message Marketer

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Monday revived a man’s suit accusing a company of sending him unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that he should have had a chance to conduct discovery before the lower court ruled against him.

  • March 13, 2018

    UK Privacy Regulator Eyes Small Biz In GDPR Ad Campaign

    The United Kingdom's information and data privacy regulator announced a new ad campaign Monday to inform very small businesses otherwise unaware of the rollout of Europe-wide rules that require companies to be more transparent on how their data is used, shared and stored. 

  • March 13, 2018

    Video Patent Claims Against NFL Mostly Allowed To Stand

    The NFL has lost most of its bid to sidestep infringement claims brought by software and systems developers over their patented online video services, though a California federal judge did agree to invalidate one claim that was directed toward an abstract idea under Alice.

  • March 13, 2018

    Tech 'Unicorn' ZScaler Raises IPO Target To $180M

    California-based cybersecurity startup ZScaler on Tuesday raised the proposed size of its upcoming initial public offering, saying it planned to raise $180 million by making 12 million shares available at $13 to $15, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • March 13, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Ericsson Patent At Center Of TCL Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions upholding the validity of an Ericsson patent covering a system for controlling software in mobile devices, which TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. was recently found to have infringed in a related district court case.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • GDPR And APAC: 8 Letters Spell Out Major Changes

    Samantha Green

    Multinational corporations operating in Asian and Pacific countries may soon be saddled with not only the cumbersome laws enacted by China, Japan and Singapore, but also the General Data Protection Regulation. Complying with the GDPR will require a coordinated approach including technology, breach response policy and training, says Samantha Green of Epiq Systems Inc.

  • Bargaining Model Takeaways From Limelight Ruling

    Jeffrey Klenk

    A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Limelight v. XO confirmed an apparent trend in courts’ acceptance of bargaining theory, based either on Rubinstein or Nash, to model hypothetical negotiations in intellectual property disputes, says Jeffrey Klenk of Berkeley Research Group LLC.

  • Google Bias Suit Presents Critical Juncture In Labor Law

    Eve Wagner

    Two ex-Google employees recently accused the company of singling out conservative white men and terminating their employment after they shared their political views with colleagues. The question for the trier of fact will be whether their speech is protected under California law or constituted discrimination or other wrongful conduct in violation of Google’s policies, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • IP For AI: How Cos. Can Protect Artificial Intelligence Tech

    Andrew MacArthur

    Artificial intelligence technology can rapidly change, but a company’s intellectual property strategy should move with it to capture the growth or business goals at each iteration. Otherwise, an outsider could question the true value of the AI technology or a competitor could develop similar technology with accompanying IP, says Andrew MacArthur of Venable LLP.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 2

    Ella Foley Gannon

    The laws relating to energy that were enacted during the 2017 California state legislative session will bring a host of changes to existing state programs and policies. Interested stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the state's new policies on solar consumer protection, emerging technologies, zero-emission vehicles and retail utilities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Opinion

    Proposal For Nationalization Of 5G Network Is Dead On Arrival

    Kristin Smith

    The Trump administration is unlikely to act on its reported plan to nationalize the 5G wireless network, but if it formally proposed nationalization, the wireless industry would unleash a lobbying battle on Congress that would doom the project, says Kristin Smith of Thompson Coburn LLP.