Technology

  • March 20, 2017

    Alsup Suggests Uber, Waymo Let Young Attys Give Tutorials

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup told counsel on both sides of Waymo and Uber's intellectual property dispute Monday that they should allow young lawyers to present an upcoming technological tutorial, the latest request in a sweep of orders looking to create opportunities for such attorneys.

  • March 20, 2017

    Electronics Giants To Pay $49M To Settle Battery Antitrust Suit

    Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi Maxell and NEC have agreed to pay $50 million to settle litigation by direct purchasers of lithium-ion batteries alleging the companies colluded with other electronics manufacturers to fix battery prices for more than a decade, according to documents filed in a California federal court Friday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Verizon's $11B Bond Sale To Buy Back Debt, Fund Yahoo Deal

    Telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. has sold $11 billion in bonds to refinance debt and help the company fund its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, according to a regulatory filing Thursday, the latest in a wave of large deals by investment-grade companies.

  • March 20, 2017

    PTAB Won't Review Hoverboard Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has decided not to review a hoverboard patent that is at the center of district court litigation and a complaint filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission, rejecting a challenge from a Chinese manufacturer that argued the patent is invalid.

  • March 20, 2017

    Gaming Giant Netmarble Seeks Largest Korean IPO Since 2010

    South Korean mobile gaming giant Netmarble Games Corp. told regulators Monday it plans to raise up to 2.7 trillion won ($2.4 billion) in an initial public offering, a deal that could mark the country's largest IPO since 2010.

  • March 20, 2017

    Why More Law Firms Are Moving To The Cloud

    The proportion of lawyers who report using the cloud has spiked in recent years, a trend experts say is driven by a recent uptick in confidence that the cloud can provide adequate privacy and security controls to law firms while making lawyers’ lives easier.

  • March 20, 2017

    AT&T Asks FCC To Make Jewish Center Call Traces Permanent

    AT&T pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to make permanent a temporary waiver that allows Jewish community centers to get increased access to blocked phone numbers when facing bomb threats.

  • March 20, 2017

    FactSet Inks $205M Deal For Data And Risk Management Firm

    Connecticut-based financial information and data analytics service provider FactSet Research Systems Inc. bought an asset management data and risk management software firm from its private equity owner Aquiline Capital Partners on Monday in a deal valued at $205.2 million.

  • March 20, 2017

    Motorola Can't Cut IV Patent From IP Row, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit affirmed on Monday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to keep alive some claims in Intellectual Ventures I LLC’s data transmission patent, rejecting Motorola Mobility LLC’s bid to invalidate them for being disclosed in a previous invention.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ultratech Shareholders Sue To Block $815M Veeco Merger

    Ultratech Inc. investors have hit the company, which makes equipment for businesses that manufacture semiconductors, with a proposed class action in California federal court over the company’s $815 million acquisition by Veeco Instruments Inc., saying shareholders were not given enough information on the deal.

  • March 20, 2017

    Facebook Users Fight 9th Circ. Take On Birthday Text Row

    The consumers behind a proposed class action alleging Facebook’s text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act urged a California judge not to certify for appeal his previous rejection of the social media giant’s dismissal request, calling it nothing but a stall tactic.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ala. Can't Get Redo On AT&T Users' Tax Refund Bid

    An Alabama appeals court on Friday declined to revisit its earlier decision denying the state’s attempt to avoid paying refunds to AT&T customers as part of a settlement in a class action accusing the telecom giant of collecting illegal taxes on internet service, keeping the government on the hook.

  • March 20, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Google's Appeal Over Data Patent

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Google’s bid for it to review how the Federal Circuit purportedly imposes “rigid” rules that wrongly keep “common sense” from being used to find patents invalid as obvious in a dispute over the invalidation of a computer data patent.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump's Budget Unlikely To Cover Gaps In Cybersecurity

    The Trump administration’s budget blueprint released Thursday acknowledges the importance of protecting networks from mounting cyberattacks, requesting $1.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to fund various cybersecurity efforts. But the failure to allot similar funding to other agencies and initiatives is likely to leave significant vulnerabilities, experts say.

  • March 17, 2017

    Jury Hands TEK $2.8M Win In Tire Repair Kit Patent Trial

    A California federal jury awarded TEK Global SRL $2.8 million on Friday in a case alleging that rival Sealant Systems International Inc. copied its patented design for tire repair kits that pump sealant into flat tires in order to steal its customers, according to an attorney for the prevailing party.

  • March 17, 2017

    AMD’s Bid To Shut Down False Ad Suit A Stretch, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Friday he’s not inclined to throw out a putative class action alleging Advanced Micro Devices deceptively marketed the processing power of its multicore central processing units, saying AMD was asking him to go “way out on a limb” by dismissing before the summary judgment phase.

  • March 17, 2017

    Fed. Claims Nixes Contractor's Suit Over $750M Navy Bid

    The Court of Federal Claims on Friday tossed a government contractor's suit over a $750 million U.S. Navy contract for off-the-shelf command and control equipment, ruling that the agency acted within its discretion when it rejected the company's bid over an underlying "unacceptable" rating.

  • March 17, 2017

    Industry Mounts Final Assault On FCC’s ISP Privacy Rules

    A slew of industry organizations on Thursday lodged a last rebuttal to challengers in their effort to overturn privacy rules for internet service providers adopted by the Federal Communications Commission late in the Obama administration, complaining of “meritless” opposition on rules that are inconsistent with the Federal Trade Commission's tried and true approach.

  • March 17, 2017

    State Dept. Urged Not To Tweak Laser Export Rule

    Several major defense, technology and automotive companies urged the U.S. Department of State not to further tweak an amended rule for determining whether laser, thermal imaging and guidance equipment should be considered a defense item under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, saying new parameters suggested by the agency are too limiting.

  • March 17, 2017

    FCC Gives Honda More Time On Accessibility Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday granted Honda a 20-month waiver of accessibility rules for rear entertainment systems in several vehicles after the company said it hadn’t been aware the requirements applied, ruling the period will give the company time to comply.

Expert Analysis

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

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    10 Years Of MedImmune: How License Agreements Changed

    Jonathan Lourie

    In the decade following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in MedImmune, patent holders have taken into account the increased risk of a subsequent patent challenge by including provisions in license agreements that are a disincentive to the licensee challenging the validity of the licensed patent, say Jonathan Lourie and Vicki Norton of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Tips For Addressing The IP Challenges Of 3-D Printing: Part 2

    Michael Shaw

    In the age of 3-D printing, a trademark protection strategy needs to take into account realistic market ambitions, the relative commercial importance of actual and potential geographic markets, and all alternative possible manners of use of the mark, say Michael Shaw and Michael Moore of Marks & Clerk.

  • California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

    David Stein

    California has the nation’s most powerful consumer protection statutes, but in recent years, the state’s federal courts have imposed a major constraint on omission claims brought under those statutes. The good news for consumers is that recent developments suggest this constrictive view of California consumer protection law is ending, say David Stein and Amanda Karl of Girard Gibbs LLP.

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    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Adapting Supply Relationships To Embrace Disruptive Tech

    Marjorie H. Loeb

    Building connected and autonomous vehicles requires the automotive industry, both manufacturers and traditional component suppliers, to embrace disruptive technology and work hand-in-hand with information technology providers. Bringing together these two spheres, however, will not be without its challenges, say Marjorie Loeb and Linda Rhodes of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • A Regulatory Play-By-Play Of The Super Bowl Drone Show

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    Super Bowl viewers may have wondered what type of legal approvals were needed to enable the massive display of 300 choreographed drones that kicked off Lady Gaga’s halftime show. In fact, a tape delay and a special waiver of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 regulations were required to make the performance work, say Anna Gomez, Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Net Neutrality And Broadband Privacy Under The New FCC

    Marc S. Martin

    The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman, Ajit Pai, has indicated that he plans to roll back former Chairman Tom Wheeler's actions regarding net neutrality and broadband privacy. Chairman Pai's endorsement of a former Republican FCC chairman, Michael Powell, further suggests that he plans to deregulate broadband internet access services, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.

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    10 Years Of MedImmune: How Patent Owners Fared

    Andrew W. Williams

    A little over 10 years ago, Justice Antonin Scalia authored the 8-1 opinion in MedImmune v. Genentech — one of the first in a decade-long string of cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has essentially diminished the rights of patentees, says Andrew Williams of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.