Technology

  • February 8, 2018

    India Slaps Google With $21M Abuse Of Dominance Fine

    India’s competition enforcer said Thursday that it has fined search giant Google 1.36 billion rupees ($21.1 million) for abusing its dominant position in the markets for general online search and search advertising services in the country.

  • February 8, 2018

    Babcock & Wilcox Must Face Investor Suit, NC Judge Rules

    Energy technology and engineering firm Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. and its top executives must face a proposed class action alleging a slew of problems in the North Carolina-based firm’s renewable energy business were kept hidden from investors, a Charlotte federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • February 8, 2018

    Apple Sanctions Nixed In Qualcomm Antitrust Battle

    A California federal judge on Wednesday lifted a $300,000 sanctions order against Apple Inc. for missing a document production deadline in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against Qualcomm Inc., ruling that a magistrate judge cited unclear authority in issuing the order.

  • February 8, 2018

    DOD Awards $950M Cloud Computing Contract To REAN

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday awarded a five-year contract of up to $950 million to cloud systems integrator REAN Cloud that will allow defense agencies to procure cloud computing services directly from the company.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Judge Jumped Gun In Giving Alice Win To HP

    The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that a lower court wrongly found part of a digital file archiving patent HP is accused of infringing to be invalid as abstract, holding that the case involved factual issues that the judge should not have resolved on summary judgment.

  • February 8, 2018

    Kirkland-Aided $200M Grubhub Deal Aims To Boost KFC Sales

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP said Thursday it advised online food-ordering company Grubhub Inc. on its $200 million sale of common stock to restaurant company Yum Brands Inc. as they enter a partnership to boost KFC and Taco Bell sales with online ordering for pickup and delivery.

  • February 8, 2018

    5 Cos. Price IPOs Totaling $959M Despite Market Turbulence

    Four operating businesses and a blank check company priced initial public offerings that began trading Thursday after raising $959 million at various points in their price ranges, completing deals despite renewed market volatility.

  • February 8, 2018

    $7M DOD Cloud Contract Support Deal Hit With Protest

    An enterprise technology group has challenged the U.S. Department of Defense’s $7 million sole-source deal recently awarded to an Alaska Native-owned small business to support the DOD’s high-profile cloud computing acquisition process, filing a bid protest with the U.S Government Accountability Office.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fed. Circuit Urged To Make Army Consider Palantir Software

    Palantir Technologies Inc. urged the Federal Circuit on Thursday to uphold a lower court’s finding that the company was wrongly shut out of the running for a $206 million U.S. Army intelligence software contract, saying the service branch unnecessarily set out to develop a custom system and failed to conduct legally required research into available commercial options.

  • February 8, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The beginning of 2018 saw only a light flurry of lobbying filings at the FCC but no shortage of interest in hot topics, including a revamp of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system and ways to crack down on contraband cellphones in prisons.

  • February 8, 2018

    Cloud-Based Contract Co. Closes $50M Funding Round

    Seattle-based Icertis, a provider of enterprise contract management in the cloud, has raised $50 million in a series D funding round to enhance its platform, the company said Thursday.

  • February 7, 2018

    Google Co-Founder Mentor Then Rival, Ex-Uber CEO Testifies

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told a California federal jury on Wednesday that he’d considered Alphabet Inc. CEO Larry Page a mentor before he heard Google was planning to jump into the ride-hailing business, recounting a professional rivalry in Alphabet unit Waymo’s trade secrets case against the company he co-founded.

  • February 7, 2018

    Microsoft Gave Corel Notice Of IP Theft In '09, Jury Told

    A former Microsoft Corp. executive told a California federal jury Wednesday that she informed Corel Corp. representatives that its home office software infringed Microsoft’s patents back in 2009, notice that the tech company contends entitles it to eight years of its rival’s profits.

  • February 7, 2018

    Tillerson To Form New State Dept. Cybersecurity Bureau

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is aiming to revamp the State Department's cybersecurity operations, telling a top House lawmaker Tuesday that he is planning to merge two existing offices into a new bureau that will broadly tackle cyberspace and digital economy issues. 

  • February 7, 2018

    Twitter Investors Can See CEO Docs, But Not Direct Messages

    A California federal magistrate judge ruled on Wednesday that investors who sued Twitter for allegedly inflating key user statistics can get access to emails and documents from its CEO Jack Dorsey but said the company couldn't be forced to turn over his or most other defendants’ Twitter direct messages.

  • February 7, 2018

    Senators Urge DOD To Study Phone Tracking Risks

    Two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday urged U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to study the potential security risks of American service members using Google Android phones overseas, citing concerns that the tech firm’s location-tracking tools could be hijacked by enemy combatants.

  • February 7, 2018

    PTAB Finds Widely Asserted Fitness Tracker Patent Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday held that a SportBrain Holdings LLC patent for fitness tracker technology was obvious, invalidating a patent that dozens of companies, including Apple Inc., Nike Inc. and Fossil Inc., have been accused of infringing.

  • February 7, 2018

    Bill Aims To Open Path For Feds' Overseas Data Demands

    A bipartisan group in Congress on Tuesday took a crack at clearing up the debate at the heart of a U.S. Supreme Court case involving Microsoft over the federal government's ability to access user data stored abroad, rolling out proposed legislation designed to spur bilateral agreements with foreign governments to ease existing legal conflicts.

  • February 7, 2018

    HP Workers Can Fight Arbitration Together In Age Bias Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected HP Inc.’s bid to make a group of laid-off workers alleging age discrimination fight arbitration clauses in their severance agreements individually rather than together, saying a class waiver provision in their deals doesn’t apply because they don’t comprise a class.

  • February 7, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Shoots Down Adobe's Bid To Reverse Fee Denial

    A Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a decision declining to award Adobe Systems Inc. attorneys’ fees in a patent infringement suit brought against it by a nonpracticing entity, just two days after hearing oral arguments.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • Dell Strongly Reinforces Importance Of Merger Price

    Edward Micheletti

    The Delaware Supreme Court’s recent appraisal decision in Dell v. Magnetar Global provides the strongest support yet for the concept of deferring to the merger price as the best evidence of appraisal value, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • PTAB Deals A Crippling Blow To Sovereign Immunity

    Desmond O'Sullivan

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently confirmed that while Eleventh Amendment immunity does apply to sovereign actors, those actors waive immunity when filing patent infringement lawsuits. Given that 80 percent of inter partes reviews involve patents in parallel litigation, this order markedly blunts sovereign immunity strategies, says Desmond O'Sullivan of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How Gov't Cyber Efforts Will Affect Companies This Year

    Megan Brown

    2018 will be a busy year for federal cybersecurity activity. There are eight expected developments that will raise the stakes for the private sector, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Munchee Case Clarifies SEC's Stance On Digital Tokens

    Joel Telpner

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent order against Munchee provides us with some guidance that goes beyond the SEC's July report that addressed initial coin offerings. Specifically, issuers must be extremely attentive to how their tokens are being marketed, says Joel Telpner of Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • The Hottest Patent Law Issues Of 2017

    Lawrence E. Ashery

    As we start the new year, Lawrence E. Ashery of Caesar Rivise PC looks back at the 12 most important patent law opinions of 2017.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.