Technology

  • May 11, 2017

    Taiwan Co. Escapes US Court In FTC Data Security Case

    The Federal Trade Commission has agreed to drop D-Link Corp. from a suit accusing the company of failing to adequately secure its connected devices, ending a dispute over whether a California federal court has jurisdiction over the Taiwanese manufacturer and leaving the commission to pursue claims against D-Link’s U.S. subsidiary.

  • May 11, 2017

    Del. Jury Clears Microsoft In Webpage Patent Suit

    Microsoft was cleared of infringement claims in Delaware federal court on Thursday when a jury ruled that patent holder Parallel Networks didn't show enough evidence that the computer giant had infringed a pair of patents involving webpage loading with Bing and MSN website systems.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-BigLaw Attys' Co. Called A 'New Breed Of Patent Troll'

    Cloudflare Inc. launched a counterattack Thursday against a patent litigation company founded by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners that recently filed a patent infringement suit against the internet security company, calling it a “dangerous new breed of patent troll” in a blistering blog post.

  • May 11, 2017

    Top 3 Things To Watch On Net Neutrality

    The Federal Communications Commission is slated Thursday to tee up a plan that would undo the 2015 Open Internet Order, and experts say the chairman seems likely to get his wish amid public outcry and questions about how Congress and the courts may respond.

  • May 11, 2017

    Google Beats Click-Fraud Class Action, For Now

    A California federal judge Thursday tossed an advertiser’s putative class action alleging Google understates the number of fraudulent clicks its ads receive, saying the advertiser can’t base his claims on a gibberish ad he created as a test case, and would need to amend the complaint with information on actual ads.

  • May 11, 2017

    Investors' Challenge To $400M Cyan Merger Thrown Out

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday dismissed a suit over the $400 million acquisition of network technology company Cyan Inc. by Ciena Corp., saying that Cyan shareholders hadn’t accuse board members of anything that couldn’t fall under the category of fair business judgment.

  • May 11, 2017

    Cloud Co. Hid Impact Of Lost Vodafone Contract, Suit Says

    A Rackspace Hosting Inc. shareholder accused the cloud computing company in New York federal court Wednesday of concealing the financial impact of losing a contract with Vodafone Group PLC, which the investor says led to a two-day stock drop that cost the company $1.3 billion in market capitalization.

  • May 11, 2017

    Trump Inks Executive Order To Fortify Nation's Cybersecurity

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a long-anticipated executive order that is designed to boost the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure by pressing agencies to use a popular framework embraced by the private sector to assess their risks and by giving more support to entities that operate vital systems.

  • May 11, 2017

    Patent Owner's Comments At IPR Seal Apple Infringement Win

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a judge’s decision that Apple Inc. did not infringe a streaming media patent, holding for the first time that statements made by a patent owner during an inter partes review can be used to narrow the scope of a patent in court.

  • May 11, 2017

    Facebook To Face Data Center Secrets Trial In April 2018

    A California federal judge at a hearing Thursday set an April 2018 trial date for a jury to hear allegations that Facebook stole BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secrets by copying the company’s data center designs for Facebook’s own facilities.

  • May 11, 2017

    Split Fed. Circ. Won't Eye Constitutionality Of AIA Reviews

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday declined to consider en banc whether America Invents Act reviews are unconstitutional because they allow an executive branch agency, rather than the courts, to invalidate patents, though some judges said the full court should have addressed the issue.

  • May 11, 2017

    Fitbit Can't Run Away Before Discovery Over, Investors Say

    The investors behind a class action accusing Fitbit Inc. of artificially inflating its stock price by hiding problems with its fitness tracking technology told a California federal court on Wednesday that it would be jumping the gun to let Fitbit escape from the suit before they had a chance to conduct discovery.

  • May 11, 2017

    Tikehau Capital Injects $103M Into Managed Services Provider

    French asset management and investment group Tikehau Capital said Thursday that it has invested £80 million ($103.1 million) in Claranet, a European managed information technology services provider, with guidance from Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • May 11, 2017

    Judge Tosses Some Priceline Claims In IBM IP Row

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday partly granted International Business Machines Corp.’s bid to toss counterclaims asserted by Priceline Group Inc. and other travel websites in IBM's suit accusing the sites of infringing four patents, based on his adoption of a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation.

  • May 11, 2017

    Tech-Focused Delta-V Capital Clinches $232M For PE Fund

    Delta-v Capital, a technology-focused private investment firm with offices in Dallas and Boulder, Colorado, has collected $232 million from investors for its latest fund, placement agent Sixpoint Partners LLC said Thursday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Ex-Autonomy CFO Can’t Yet Get HP’s Morgan Lewis Report

    Attorneys defending Autonomy Corp.’s former CFO against criminal charges that he misrepresented the company’s worth when Hewlett-Packard Co. acquired it for $11 billion lost a bid in California federal court Wednesday to force prosecutors to hand over any exculpatory evidence from a Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP investigation commissioned by HP.

  • May 10, 2017

    Insurance Software Co. Can't Exit Intel TM Suit

    A Florida federal judge refused to dismiss Intel's trademark infringement suit against a firm that makes software for insurance companies on Wednesday, saying its complaint is solidly pled and that there is no justification at this time for dismissing it.

  • May 10, 2017

    Facebook, Health Sites Shake Suit Over User Data Sharing

    A California federal judge on Tuesday nixed a putative class action seeking to block several health websites from sharing individual Facebook users' browsing data with the social media giant, ruling that the plaintiffs had consented to Facebook's tracking activities and that the websites didn’t have enough of a connection to the state.

  • May 10, 2017

    Quinn Emanuel Must Tweak Suit Seeking Fees From Billionaire

    A California judge on Wednesday granted Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP leave to amend its suit alleging billionaire Darwin Deason owes it $1 million for representing him in a shareholder suit against Xerox, saying the law firm has to add detail to or refine multiple claims.

  • May 10, 2017

    Feds Need To Dial Up Cyberattack Responses, Senate Told

    A White & Case LLP partner and other experts on Wednesday pushed the U.S. Senate to support efforts to ramp up the government's ability to prosecute and make counterstrikes against hackers that infiltrate public- and-private sector information systems, saying the moves would be more effective than mandating corporate security protocols.

Expert Analysis

  • Understanding The Challenges Of Strong Encryption: Part 2

    David Kalat

    Considering the inherently weak keyspace and bit strength of phone PINs, the FBI estimated that they could have cracked the infamous San Bernardino iPhone within 30 minutes. However, distinct security protocols largely unique to mobile devices can turn brute force attempts to unlock a phone into a forensic game of Russian roulette, says David Kalat of Berkeley Research Group LLC in the second half of this two-part article.

  • How Blockchain Can Be Applied To Real Estate Law

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    S. H. Spencer Compton

    It is likely that in the future, aspects of blockchain technology will be integrated into current real estate recording systems in order to make transfers faster, cheaper and more secure. Notwithstanding reservations about blockchain, the smart money is to bet on its implementation, say S.H. Spencer Compton of First American Title Insurance Co., and Diane Schottenstein.

  • Understanding The Challenges Of Strong Encryption: Part 1

    David Kalat

    When the FBI asked Apple to provide assistance in unlocking an iPhone used in connection with the 2015 San Bernardino attack, Apple very publicly declined. David Kalat of Berkeley Research Group LLC explains how it's possible that the good guys can't come up with effective passwords, but the bad guys can keep their secrets with four-digit pins.

  • Thoughts On EU's Draft E-Privacy Regulation

    Rohan Massey

    The EU's draft e-privacy regulation sets out to align the requirements of e-privacy and data protection in Europe for the benefits of the Digital Single Market initiative, with an aggressive timetable for implementation to coincide with that of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. This combination of factors may not work in the draft’s favor, says Rohan Massey, leader of Ropes & Gray LLP's privacy practice in Europe.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Employers Can Anticipate Aggressive H-1B Inquiries

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it will launch multiple additional measures to combat H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The agency’s emphasis on potential wage disparities, misrepresented job duties or locations, and experience shortfalls signify a notable departure from the more straightforward audits USCIS has conducted in the past, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • IPO Boom Offers Opportunities For Small Companies

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    The recent surge in initial public offering activity may be more of an anomaly for the large “unicorns” than a trend to watch for the future, but there appears to be a window for smaller companies looking to go public, say Richard Friedman and Daniel Teplin of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.