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Technology

  • January 11, 2019

    AMD Hits MediaTek With Graphics Patent Suit After ITC Probe

    American semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices ramped up its patent fight with rival MediaTek on Friday, asking a Delaware federal judge to find that Taiwan-based MediaTek is selling and importing televisions and graphics components that infringe two AMD patents.

  • January 11, 2019

    Health Hires: Lewis Brisbois, Pierce Bainbridge, Bradley Arant

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Dentons and King & Spalding LLP are the latest firms to add new health and life sciences talent to their ranks.

  • January 11, 2019

    FBI Must Answer Court On BuzzFeed Docs Despite Shutdown

    A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that the ongoing government shutdown will not give the FBI more time to file a position statement on unsealing documents used in a case against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier claiming links between President Donald Trump and Russia.

  • January 11, 2019

    IT Contractor Can't Regain $122M Navy Award At GAO

    The Government Accountability Office found no issue with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.’s win of a $122 million U.S. Navy information technology contract in a decision made public Friday, rejecting the incumbent contractor’s argument that it lost out because of minor terminology quibbles and unfair past performance ratings.

  • January 11, 2019

    Samsung Ducks Out Of Mobile Traffic, Battery Life IP Suit

    Samsung Electronics America Inc.’s involvement in a consolidated patent infringement suit over technology relating to mobile traffic and battery life conservation, among other things, ended Thursday when a Texas federal judge ordered the case closed after previously granting Samsung and Seven Networks LLC’s joint motion to dismiss.

  • January 11, 2019

    Broad US Tech Rules Will Curb Innovation, Commerce Told

    An internet trade association that includes Facebook, Google and Amazon has urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to tread carefully when imposing export controls on new technologies, arguing that overbroad regulations could drive startups and innovators overseas.

  • January 10, 2019

    Apple GC Earned $5M In 2018, Over $20M Stock On Horizon

    Apple Inc.'s general counsel Kate Adams took home about $5 million in pay last year, in addition to earning stock in the Cupertino, California-based computer giant that could be worth as much as $23 million, according to the company's latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • January 10, 2019

    EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Shouldn't Be Global, Adviser Says

    An adviser to the European Union's highest court recommended Thursday that the "right to be forgotten" — which requires search engines such as Google to delete content that users find irrelevant or embarrassing — should be limited to the EU and not be applied globally, as France's data protection authority had argued. 

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors Sue Google Parent Execs Over Privacy, Harassment

    A proposed class of shareholders accused Google parent Alphabet's board of directors in California state court Wednesday of concealing data privacy issues and issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, ultimately propping up the stock price until the truth about these issues emerged.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Backs PTAB Nix Of Data Patent Challenged By HP

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday backed a finding that a data compression patent owned by Realtime Data LLC is too obvious to be valid, delivering a blow to the company's claims that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.'s data compression products rip off its intellectual property.

  • January 10, 2019

    China Hacking Revelations Show Limits Of Political Pacts

    A new indictment alleging a sweeping campaign by two Chinese government-backed hackers to loot sensitive business data from dozens of American companies is yet more evidence that political agreements between the two countries not to hack each other for economic gain have not gone far enough, attorneys say.

  • January 10, 2019

    Patent Ineligibility Revamp Shouldn't Up Rejections: USPTO

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's new guidance is meant to provide examiners a straightforward way to determine when applications contain patent-ineligible material, not to expand upon what is considered ineligible, the agency said Thursday.

  • January 10, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Apple, TD Bank, Diageo

    Apple is reportedly close to taking roughly 150,000 square feet in the Los Angeles area, TD Bank is said to have loaned $56.5 million for a Florida multifamily project and hard liquor company Diageo has reportedly leased roughly 85,000 square feet in Manhattan.

  • January 10, 2019

    OTC Markets Looks To Grow Through London Expansion

    OTC Markets Group Inc.’s expansion into London is part of a larger goal to improve European issuers’ access to U.S. capital markets, an executive told Law360 on Thursday, one of two strategic moves the trading venue announced this week aimed at growing its business.

  • January 10, 2019

    FCC-Funded Broadband Carriers Face Scrutiny Under New Bill

    A Georgia congressman is championing heightened oversight for carriers receiving funding within the Federal Communications Commission's broadband build-out program, rolling out a bill Thursday aimed at ensuring those carriers' regular progress reports are accurate.

  • January 10, 2019

    FCC Shutdown Could Delay Super Bowl Tech Launches

    The ongoing government shutdown's ripple effects could stymie new product launches and even foil coveted Super Bowl advertising slots if tech companies planned to start marketing devices that have not yet received final approval through the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 10, 2019

    Seyfarth Snags Startup Co. GC For Chicago Corporate Group

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has hired away the general counsel of a computing platform technology company to join its Chicago office's corporate practice group as a partner.

  • January 10, 2019

    Hotel Tech Holding Co.'s Ch. 11 Denied As Ploy To Evade Sale

    A Delaware judge dismissed hotel technology holding company interTouch Holdings LLC’s Chapter 11 on Thursday, ruling there was no valid bankruptcy purpose to be served as the filing was simply an attempt to avoid a sale of the company’s assets ordered by a New York court.

  • January 10, 2019

    Access Management Co. Nabs $100M Growth Round

    Digital access management firm OneLogin on Thursday said investors poured $100 million into the San Francisco-based company as it looks to ramp up its multifactor authentication platform and continue improving existing unified sign-in services across North America and Europe.

Expert Analysis

  • The Issues Framing NIST's Privacy Framework

    Charlie Wood

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology has stressed that the onus is on commenters to dictate the direction of its Privacy Framework. While this approach may encourage participation, it risks overlooking critical questions, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Opinion

    Alice Must Be Revisited In View Of Emerging Technologies

    James Fussell

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice decision created uncertainty in patent-eligibility law — uncertainty that hits at the heart of the next innovative frontier focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Alice’s two-step test needs to be revised or replaced, say James Fussell of Mayer Brown LLP, and Nikko Quevada and Vincent Violago of Parola Analytics Inc.

  • Crypto Addresses As OFAC Identifiers

    Maxwell T.S. Thompson

    Last week, the Office of Foreign Assets Control took the significant step of adding two digital currency addresses to its list of identifiers for certain individuals related to an Iranian hacking enterprise. This should immediately alert entities that transact in digital assets, says Maxwell T.S. Thompson of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Alice Rejections Now Flow From Different Part Of USPTO

    Kate Gaudry

    Patent-eligibility rejections at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office skyrocketed quickly after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice decision. These effects were largely contained within the “business method” art units but recently have become more common in Technology Center 2100, say Kate Gaudry and Samuel Hayim of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Money Transmitters Face Ambiguity In State, Federal Law

    Madison Thompson

    Over the past five years, Venmo has been the subject of enforcement actions by both federal and state actors. Madison Thompson of Troutman Sanders LLP provides an overview of the current oversight regime and insight for other money transmitters navigating the regulatory space.

  • Perspectives

    Blockchain Can Empower Stateless Refugees

    Amy Schmitz

    Innovative blockchain-based projects providing stateless refugees with forms of identification, digital assets and educational opportunities could change the rules for this vulnerable population, say Amy Schmitz of the University of Missouri School of Law and Jeff Aresty of Internetbar.org.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Société Générale: Sanctions Enforcement Is Alive And Well

    Ama Adams

    The recent settlement between Société Générale and U.S. regulators illustrates that U.S. sanctions enforcement authorities may be shifting their attention back to large financial institutions after several years of relatively quiet enforcement across the financial services industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.