Technology

  • November 27, 2017

    Marlin Equity Inks $521M Deal To Take Bazaarvoice Private

    Global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners has agreed to take Texas-based product ratings platform provider Bazaarvoice Inc. private in a deal worth roughly $521 million, the companies said Monday.

  • November 27, 2017

    Net Neutrality Hype Overblown, Title I Advocates Say

    Proponents of the Federal Communications Commission’s planned vote to reclassify the internet as a Title I information service continued reacting to last week’s draft order, with a former FCC commissioner saying Monday that the negative hype surrounding reversal of the Obama-era net neutrality protections is overstating harms to consumers.

  • November 27, 2017

    UK To Expand IP Royalty Taxes To Other Countries

    The U.K. government has announced that it will tax intracompany royalty payments for intellectual property related to sales to British customers even if the subsidiary using the IP is in another country, a measure it says is aimed at digital multinational businesses shifting profits into low-tax jurisdictions.

  • November 27, 2017

    Justices Decline Openet's Alice Appeal Over Revived Patents

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review a Federal Circuit decision reviving four Amdocs patents that a lower court invalidated under the high court’s Alice ruling.

  • November 27, 2017

    Lenovo Infringing Computer Memory Patent, Inventor Says

    An inventor filed suit against Lenovo Inc. in California federal court on Sunday, alleging that the Chinese computer manufacturing giant infringed his patent for computer memory in a low power mode.

  • November 27, 2017

    UK's Balderton Raises $375M In Latest Tech-Focused Fund

    Technology-focused venture capital firm Balderton Capital (UK) LLP on Monday said it reaped $375 million from its latest fund, bringing the London-based firm’s total fundraising to $2.6 billion.

  • November 22, 2017

    Bumpy Ride Ahead For Uber After Data Breach

    Heavy legal traffic lies ahead for Uber as the ride-sharing giant reckons with fallout from a massive hack that exposed personal data of 57 million users worldwide. The $70 billion company is at risk for enforcement actions in the U.S and around the globe for waiting over a year to disclose an October 2016 breach that the company paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet.

  • November 22, 2017

    Google, YouTube Seek Quick Win In Video Takedown Suit

    A recent California appeals court ruling means YouTube doesn’t defame users when it tells viewers a video has been removed for violating its terms of service, the company told a California federal court Tuesday, seeking a quick win in a rancorous suit over a music video.

  • November 22, 2017

    PTAB Says 2 Ad Patents Not Eligible For CBM Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has refused Yahoo's request that it review two of AlmondNet's advertising patents, finding Wednesday the patents weren't eligible for the covered business method review program because they don't claim a method related to a financial activity.

  • November 22, 2017

    State AGs Grill Uber Over Theft Of Data On 57M Riders

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday on Twitter that she is investigating Uber Technologies Inc. for last year’s cyberattack, while New Mexico Attorney General Hector H. Balderas demanded answers to a list of questions he sent to the company about the breach, in which Uber said hackers stole personal data on 57 million riders.

  • November 22, 2017

    Justices Urged To Hear If Courts Can Nix Patents Over Alice

    Several patent holding companies banded together to urge the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear a case that challenges whether lower courts can invalidate patents because they cover an abstract idea or other subject matter that is ineligible for a patent.

  • November 22, 2017

    Intel, Lawmakers, Others Urge 9th Circ. To Block Travel Ban

    Technology companies such as Microsoft and Intel, several law groups and dozens of members of Congress were among the entities that filed briefs with the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday supporting challengers to the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S.

  • November 22, 2017

    Breaking Down Waymo's Trade Secrets Trial With Uber

    Google's driverless car spinoff Waymo will face off in one week against Uber over its claims that the ride-hailing behemoth stole billion-dollar Waymo technology that could tilt the future of the nascent self-driving car industry when it acquired a former Waymo engineer's startup. Here, Law360 takes a look at the case in advance of the trial.

  • November 22, 2017

    SPACs Grabbing Bigger Share Of IPO Market

    Initial public offerings by special purpose acquisition companies are growing at their most robust clip since before the financial crisis, giving more visibility to a once remote corner of the IPO market.

  • November 22, 2017

    Lyft Gets Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In California

    Lyft Inc. recently became the latest company, and 45th overall, to receive a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, according to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • November 22, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Clears Apple In Computer Bootup Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that Apple iPhones and iPods do not infringe a patent on techniques for initializing a computer system, ruling that the tech giant’s products operate in a different way from the patent.

  • November 22, 2017

    Gov't Watchdog Criticizes OMB's Oversight Of IT Investments

    A government watchdog agency took exception Tuesday to the way the Office of Management and Budget conducts oversight on critical information-technology investments from the government, saying the office was too slow in releasing required reports, among other critiques.

  • November 22, 2017

    What To Watch As Supreme Court Tackles Location Privacy

    The U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to hear arguments on Nov. 29 in a privacy case that has the potential to set a definitive standard for how both the government and private companies can use individuals' location data, and attorneys say there are several important questions to be on the lookout for to help determine how the justices may rule.

  • November 22, 2017

    FCC Not Cooperating In 'Fake' Comments Probe, NY AG Says

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted the Federal Communications Commission in a letter Tuesday, saying the agency has refused to cooperate in an investigation into allegedly false comments on its upcoming net neutrality order.

  • November 22, 2017

    Evolving Tech Drives New Risks For Transpo Cos.

    Technological advancements and changing consumer demands are forcing transportation companies to streamline their operations to stay competitive, and experts warn that adapting to the changing landscape means tackling new legal risks. Here, Law360 examines some emerging technology in the transportation sector.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions GCs Should Ask On Securing Internet Of Things

    Rebecca Eisner

    Connected devices are creating new markets and new efficiencies for global businesses. But the internet of things also raises a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for general counsel and their legal teams, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Understanding FDA Guidance On Connected Medical Devices

    Erin Bosman

    Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance concerning the safety of interoperable medical devices. Complying with the guidance will help satisfy the FDA that a manufacturer has accounted for appropriate risk and safety factors, and may help defend against product liability claims, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • The Future Of Standard-Essential Patents At The ITC

    Bryan J. Vogel

    For the second time in four years, the U.S. International Trade Commission has been asked to exclude products from import into the United States based on standard-essential patents. The Fujifilm case is a potential opportunity for the ITC to clarify what the proper test is for essentiality in the absence of a contractually agreed-upon definition, say Bryan Vogel and Derrick Carman ​​​of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • SEC Stakes Claim As Digital Currency Regulator

    Robert Khuzami

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent enforcement action against Maksim Zaslavskiy and his two companies firmly establishes the commission’s assertion of authority over digital currencies. But it is important to note that the SEC’s recent foray into digital currencies is not the first assertion of regulatory authority in this arena, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.

  • How Hotel Owners Can Respond To Evolving Technology

    Samantha Ahuja

    As the role of guest-facing technology proliferates and brands update their standards, hotels and hotel managers must negotiate their management and franchise agreements in order to protect themselves, say attorneys with Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Defensive Patenting Strategies For Blockchain Innovators

    Leslie Spencer

    In response to blockchain patenting activity, blockchain companies and other stakeholders have begun collaborating to develop a patent pledge or patent pool for patents related to blockchain technology, say Leslie Spencer and Marta Belcher of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 4 Takeaways From FTC V. D-Link Systems

    Janis Kestenbaum

    A California federal court's recent ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. D-Link Systems suggests that, without evidence of misuse of data, the FTC will be hard-pressed to demonstrate that a heightened risk of exposure of personal data constitutes the requisite “substantial injury” for an unfairness claim, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.