Technology

  • June 13, 2017

    Internet Consulting Co. Appeals PTAB Rulings In Fed. Circ.

    Consulting company Applications in Internet Time has urged the Federal Circuit to reverse three Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings invalidating two of its regulatory monitoring patents, saying the board erred in allowing a patent aggregator to petition for review as a proxy for a different company accused of infringing the patents.  

  • June 13, 2017

    Calif. IT Co. Says Pakistani Partner Can’t Avoid Arbitration

    A California-based information technology company asked a federal court Monday to compel a Pakistani company to arbitrate a trade secrets dispute stemming from the parties’ customer service contract, arguing the company is trying to dodge the contract’s terms by launching a related $64 million suit in its home country.

  • June 13, 2017

    Microsoft Ruling Backs Cymbalta Suit, Lilly Tells 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker that plaintiffs can’t voluntarily dismiss their suit just to appeal a denial of class certification supports Eli Lilly & Co. in similar litigation over whether the drugmaker hid the magnitude of withdrawal risks for its antidepressant Cymbalta, Lilly told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    Illinois DOT Questions FCC Infrastructure Push

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has cautioned the Federal Communications Commission in its goal of removing regulatory barriers to wireless infrastructure at the state and local level, saying that industry and state should both shoulder the burden of ensuring timely permitting.

  • June 13, 2017

    House Rep. Floats Bill To Incentivize Broadband Investment

    Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., has floated a bill to encourage broadband deployment that would create state-designated “gigabit opportunity zones” where private investment would be incentivized, following a plan floated by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

  • June 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Hexagon, Brookdale, Eldorado Brasil

    Information technology firm Hexagon could be sold to a U.S. or European rival in a deal valuing it at about $20 billion, Zhonghong is in talks to buy senior living community operator Brookdale, and multiple companies are vying to buy Brazilian pulp company Eldorado.

  • June 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Reverses ITC Ruling That Led To Garmin Import Ban

    The Federal Circuit found Tuesday that parts of two Navico Inc. patents related to downscan sonar technology were invalid, upending a U.S. International Trade Commission order that barred the import and sale of certain Garmin International Inc. sonar products.

  • June 13, 2017

    Uber CEO Taking Leave Of Absence After Covington Report

    Travis Kalanick will take an indefinite leave of absence from Uber following the death of his mother and a workplace culture report from Covington & Burling LLP released Tuesday that recommended the board of directors evaluate the CEO's responsibilities and role with the company.

  • June 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Backs Jaguar's $2M Atty Fee Award In Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Delaware federal judge’s awarding of $2 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to Jaguar following the “exceptional” conduct of a technology company in a case where it asserted that the automaker had infringed its patent covering vehicle computing systems.

  • June 13, 2017

    Cities Should Review Wireless Deployment, Mayor Says

    The mayor of a California city has urged the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider limits on local government's regulatory powers within the agency’s proposed rule for expediting 5G wireless infrastructure deployment, arguing that they undermine elected officials’ right to review critical public policy.

  • June 13, 2017

    3 Firms Steer $1.675B ViaWest Sale To PE-Backed Peak 10

    Private equity-backed Peak 10 Inc. has agreed to buy U.S. data center company ViaWest from Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications Inc. for $1.675 billion, the companies said on Tuesday, in a deal guided by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Paul Hastings LLP and Dentons Canada LLP.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Diversity And Persuading Her Colleagues

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what it means to have three women on the court, the aftermath of hostile Senate confirmation fights, and why justices sometimes do the unexpected, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the feminist icon.

  • June 12, 2017

    HannStar Wants High Court's Take On $4M Sony Antitrust Deal

    HannStar has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision in a suit by Sony to enforce a $4.1 million settlement over alleged price fixing of liquid crystal displays, saying the appeals court got wrong a question of privilege that every law student should know.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justices Level Class Action Playing Field In Xbox Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that a consumer alleging Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles are defective can't appeal a class certification order by using a tactic only available to plaintiffs levels the playing field between plaintiffs and defendants for class actions, attorneys say.

  • June 12, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toshiba, Bayer, Lotte

    A group featuring Western Digital will offer at least $18 billion for Toshiba's memory chip business, multiple companies are vying for Bayer assets that are being sold as it tries to get its $66 billion Monsanto takeover approved, and Lotte's Malaysian petrochemical unit could be worth $1.39 billion in an IPO.

  • June 12, 2017

    'Mini-IPO' Could Spur More Listings Through Reg A+ Route

    Medical robotics company Myomo Inc. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange's MKT venue on Monday, marking the first company to list on a major exchange after going public under so-called Reg A+ rules, and attorneys expect more small companies to follow in its footsteps.

  • June 12, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms 'Incomprehensible' Jury Win For EMC

    A Federal Circuit panel affirmed a Delaware judge’s determination that he could not convene a retrial past court deadlines after a jury reached a mistaken verdict that a company founded by two former EMC Corp. employees infringed its data protection patents, according to a one-line order issued Monday without an opinion.

  • June 12, 2017

    Exar Investors Drop Challenge To $662M MaxLinear Merger

    A proposed class of Exar Corp. shareholders has voluntarily dismissed its suit challenging the chipmaker's $661.6 million merger with MaxLinear Inc. after more information about the deal was revealed, according to a document filed in California federal court Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    VMware Beats Phoenix’s $110M Software IP Suit At Trial

    A California federal jury on Monday cleared VMware Inc. of all claims it infringed Phoenix Technologies Ltd.’s software copyright and breached their licensing agreement, taking just four hours to end Phoenix’s $110 million suit following a nearly two-week trial.

  • June 12, 2017

    Uber Senior VP Out After Covington Workplace Culture Probe

    Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice president of business, has left the company, Law360 confirmed on Monday, following multiple reports that said an investigation into workplace culture by Covington & Burling LLP recommended he leave.

Expert Analysis

  • Uber May Have Met Its Waterloo In Europe

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    Recent developments in Europe suggest that Uber’s business model — built on its claims that it is a digital platform between consumer and driver, not a transportation company, and that its workers are merely independent contractors, not employees governed by local labor laws — may be approaching collapse on the continent sooner than anticipated, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • Privacy, Security And The Internet Of Medical Things

    Diane Romza-Kutz

    Internet-connected medical devices can provide many benefits, but they also raise cybersecurity risks, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just begun to confront. Market participants should seek to get out in front of these challenges, say Diane Romza-Kutz and Matt Hafter of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Trump Cybersecurity Order: Ambitious Goals, Tight Timelines

    Heather Sussman

    The Trump administration’s first executive action on cybersecurity aims to jump-start cybersecurity risk management activities within the federal government. But with such short reporting deadlines, agencies may not be able to undertake meaningful risk assessments and planning activities, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Consider Ransomware Now So You Don’t WannaCry Later

    Roberta Anderson

    Last Friday, the largest ransomware infestation ever affected tens of thousands of organizations across the globe and a wide range of industry sectors. A well-negotiated insurance program will position an organization to be resilient in the face of the escalating threat of cyberextortion, says Roberta Anderson of Cohen & Grigsby PC.

  • The Meaning Of Spokeo, 365 Days And 430 Decisions Later

    Ezra Church

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision, nearly 60 percent of courts analyzing constitutional standing have determined that the plaintiff had Article III standing. Notably, the outcomes vary markedly by statute and forum, and have intensified in some ways over the last six months, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • The Concerns Surrounding Snap’s No-Vote Shares

    Brian Shea

    Beyond the magnitude of the offering and its implications for the broader deal pipeline, Snap’s initial public offering has raised interesting governance issues around its nonvoting shares, says Brian Shea of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • The Case For A Lawyer As Chief Operating Officer

    Nate Bennett

    It is wise to consider looking for a potential chief operating officer in what some might consider an unconventional place — the ranks of the legal profession. A risk-conscious attorney may serve as a good counterweight to a more enterprising CEO, say Dr. Nathan Bennett of Georgia State University and Matt Bedwell of The Miles Group LLC.