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Technology

  • September 12, 2018

    Beef Up Cybersecurity, Bipartisan Senators Urge State Dept.

    A bipartisan group of senators from states including Massachusetts and Kentucky chastised the State Department for failing to implement basic cybersecurity measures required under federal standards, asserting that the agency must act to protect sensitive information with steps that include requiring multi-factor authentication in all the department’ information systems.

  • September 12, 2018

    Feds Grappling With Web's Impact On Media Landscape

    The internet has had a dramatic impact across a host of industries, but its influence on the way media is delivered and consumed has pushed government officials to acknowledge the market changes and reassess current policies for overseeing traditional media and caused pushback from consumer groups.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Detroit IT Official Gets 20 Months For Taking Bribes

    A former Detroit official was hit with a 20-month prison sentence Tuesday in Michigan federal court after pleading guilty to accepting more than $29,500 in bribes from information technology companies seeking preferential treatment for city contracts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 12, 2018

    Skadden, Latham Lead Chinese Electric Carmaker's $1B IPO

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guided Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio Inc. in raising $1 billion on Wednesday, after the Tesla competitor priced an initial public offering near the bottom of its range, while Latham & Watkins LLP advised the company's underwriters.

  • September 12, 2018

    Sprint-T-Mobile Deal Is Essential For 5G Rollout, CEO Says

    The most productive thing federal regulators can do to speed the advent of the next generation of mobile services is to approve Sprint's proposed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure told a packed audience on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress Americas event in Los Angeles.

  • September 12, 2018

    Russian Cybercriminal Pleads Guilty To Operating Botnet

    A Russian computer programmer, a “prolific cybercriminal,” pled guilty Wednesday in Connecticut federal court to charges related to his operation of the so-called Kelihos botnet, a global network of computers harvesting login credentials and spewing malicious software, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 12, 2018

    Samsung Can't Nix Shattering Phone Camera Class Action

    A California federal judge said Wednesday she won’t toss a putative class action claiming Samsung sold defective smartphones with camera lenses covered with glass that spontaneously shatters, but said she wants to know “sooner than later” if millions of potential class members are bound by arbitration.

  • September 12, 2018

    Microsoft Calls For Limits On Gov’t Access To Consumer Data

    Microsoft has called for international agreements to protect consumer privacy and standardize law enforcement’s access to evidence, in an announcement that attorneys say, although constructive, raises more questions about how service providers will deal with international data grabs.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ericsson Says Suit Over SEP Royalties Must Be Arbitrated

    Ericsson Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that claims by HTC America Inc. alleging overpayment for aging standard-essential patents are not legitimately antitrust and should be decided in arbitration rather than in court.

  • September 12, 2018

    Tech Firms Face 1 Hour EU Limit To Scrub Terrorist Content

    Tech companies could face massive fines in Europe for not removing terrorist content from their platforms within an hour of being notified, if legislation proposed Wednesday by the European Commission is approved.

  • September 12, 2018

    Peloton Wants Flywheel's 'Copycat' Bike Shelved

    Peloton, which makes exercise bikes that run remote spin classes via built-in video, accused Flywheel Sports on Wednesday of infringing two patents behind its at-home workout “experience” by using information deceptively obtained from an investor to develop its own version. 

  • September 12, 2018

    Social Media-Reliant ICOs, Crypto: SEC Has Its Eye On You

    A recent announcement by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission signaling that the agency is ratcheting up its social media monitoring efforts puts digital currency issuers and other market entities doing heavy promotion on these communication channels on notice: Your posts are being policed.

  • September 12, 2018

    McDermott Snags Ex-HHS OIG Pro As Partner For DC Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has announced a former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General senior counselor has joined as a partner to build upon the firm’s health industry advisory practice.

  • September 12, 2018

    MyMail Computer Toolbar Patent Survives PTAB Challenge

    MyMail Ltd. beat a challenge to a patent related to computer toolbars at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday, a win that comes as MyMail seeks to overturn a court ruling that the patent is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • September 12, 2018

    UpCounsel Faked Attorney Ratings, Updated Suit Claims

    An intellectual property firm has beefed up its claims against an online marketplace for attorney services, saying that the site’s referral fees are an illegal fee sharing arrangement, but also that the site misleads consumers with thousands of fake five-star reviews and other gimmicks designed to funnel business to attorneys using the site.

  • September 12, 2018

    Baring Unit To Invest Up To $539M In Japanese Pioneer Corp.

    A Baring Private Equity Asia unit will invest up to 60 billion yen ($539 million) in Pioneer Corp. and will loan the Tokyo-based electronics company 25 billion yen as part of plans to stabilize its finances, Pioneer said Wednesday.

  • September 12, 2018

    TVEyes Takes Fox News Copyright Fight To Supreme Court

    A company called TVEyes asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a ruling that the media-monitoring service violated the law by offering a search engine of television clips, warning that it would allow networks like Fox News to “wield copyright law as a shield” against criticism.

  • September 12, 2018

    Web.com Hit With Investor Suit Over $2B Siris Merger

    An investor filed a proposed class action against Web.com Group Inc. in Delaware federal court claiming the company failed to provide enough information for shareholders to vote on a roughly $2 billion merger deal proposed with private equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC.

  • September 12, 2018

    EU Greenlights Controversial Copyright Law Changes

    The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial set of changes to the European Union's copyright laws that would alter how technology companies like Google police digital content.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside The Latest Congressional Hearing On Crypto

    Todd Friedman

    Following a July hearing by the House Committee on Agriculture on the regulation of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, Todd Friedman of Silver Miller recaps the views of various stakeholders — from the former head of JPMorgan's blockchain program to a former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • ReadyTech And The Future Of The Privacy Shield

    Jason Sarfati

    Despite the Federal Trade Commission’s commitment to continue regulating and enforcing the Privacy Shield program — as evidenced by a settlement last month with ReadyTech — the program itself has recently been placed in jeopardy, says Jason Sarfati of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Crypto Economy Presents Novel Challenges For Insurers

    Thomas Caswell

    In cryptocurrency insurance, volatility disproportionately affects every stage of an insurance policy's life cycle from underwriting to adjustment of losses. This creates real challenges — especially when it comes to valuing losses, say Thomas Caswell and Dennis Anderson of Zelle LLP.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Licensing Technology

    Toni Hickey

    Statistics show that licensing activity is at an all-time high. Still, companies should carefully consider whether and how to license technology, as licensing arrangements can present a conundrum for both intellectual property owners and licensees, say Toni Hickey of Cummins Inc. and William Barrow and Charles Harris of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • 3D Gun Legality After Defense Distributed Settlement, Ruling

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    A month after the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement allowing Defense Distributed to legally publish and share its 3D printable gun files on the internet, a Washington federal court granted a preliminary injunction. The reach of permissible file sharing for do-it-yourself plastic guns in the age of 3D printing just took an unexpected turn, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Responding To Fed. Circ.'s Latest Patent Damages Test

    Eric Phillips

    Although the Federal Circuit's decision last month in Power Integrations v. Fairchild appears to raise the bar on using an entire product as the royalty base, other recent decisions appear to relax requirements for certain plaintiffs or even provide an alternate path to the same damages figure, say Eric Phillips of VLF Consulting Inc. and Amol Parikh of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Opinion

    A Decade Of US Patent Reform Must Not Be Undone

    John Thorne

    Recent reforms in America's patent system have nurtured a remarkable burst of American innovation. Despite this, legislation has been filed in Congress that would effectively repeal the America Invents Act and overturn a number of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, says John Thorne of the High Tech Inventors Alliance.