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Technology

  • October 19, 2018

    IDT Can't Use High Court Ruling To Duck TCPA Claims

    A Georgia federal judge has rejected IDT Telecom's bid to ax a putative class action accusing it of blasting consumers with unsolicited telemarketing calls, finding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision didn't prevent the court from entertaining claims brought on behalf of individuals living outside the plaintiff's home state.

  • October 19, 2018

    GreenTech Auto Fetches $50M Ch. 11 Stalking Horse Bid

    An electric car company co-founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked a Virginia bankruptcy court for permission to name a Chinese investment firm as the $50 million stalking horse bidder for its assets.

  • October 19, 2018

    Goodwin Scores 2 Gunderson Emerging Tech Co. Partners

    Goodwin Procter LLP has added two former Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP attorneys as partners to its technology companies practice in San Francisco, the firm has announced.

  • October 19, 2018

    Three Firms Guide Launch Of $508M In IPOs

    A software company, a genome editing company and an electric scooter manufacturer priced initial public offerings late Thursday that raised a combined $508 million, with help from DLA Piper, Ropes & Gray LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • October 19, 2018

    8 Firms To Guide IPOs Surpassing $1.6B In Seesaw Market

    Eight law firms are set to steer five initial public offerings estimated to raise more than $1.6 billion during the week of Oct. 22, potentially helping five companies spanning the fintech to biotechnology industries go public, assuming the recently choppy stock market cooperates.

  • October 19, 2018

    Texas Justices To Hear IBM's $17.5M Software Contract Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted review to IBM Corp. in its bid to overturn a $17.5 million jury award in favor of Lufkin Industries LLC stemming from a software contract.

  • October 19, 2018

    HP Unit Owes Startup $2.3M For Software Work

    A California federal jury found Friday that a Hewlett Packard unit must pay a software startup more than $2.3 million for work on a Malaysian banking project, while clearing HP on many of the allegations in a contract suit that sought tens of millions in damages.

  • October 19, 2018

    Levi & Korsinsky Chosen To Lead Cryptocurrency Suit

    A man who invested nearly $140,000 worth of bitcoin into a Dublin-based cryptocurrency startup stepped forward to claim he had the largest financial interest in a proposed class action against the company, and a Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday certified him as the new lead plaintiff and Levi & Korsinsky LLP as lead counsel in the suit.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ubiquiti Says Files In IP Row Weren't Intentionally Destroyed

    Ubiquiti Networks Inc. has fired back at Synopsys Inc.'s bid to sanction it for allegedly destroying tens of thousands of files relevant to Synopsys' lawsuit that accuses the networking company of illegally using its design software, telling a California federal judge the destruction was unintentional and does not warrant sanctions.

  • October 19, 2018

    GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

    Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

    A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site.

  • October 19, 2018

    AT&T Wi-Fi Ruling Needs Redo, Tech Firm Tells Fed Circ.

    A Wi-Fi tech firm has asked the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a panel decision letting AT&T Inc. escape a patent infringement suit, arguing that the ruling mistakenly defined “ethernet” when deciding the reach of a patent on wireless hotspot technology.

  • October 19, 2018

    NAB Challenges FCC On Nominet As TV White Space Manager

    The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revoke its approval of Nominet as an administrator of technology that directs unlicensed devices to unused gaps on the TV-band airwaves, at least until the company can weed out faulty information from its system.

  • October 19, 2018

    SEC Launches 'FinHub' Office To Guide Startups On Fintech

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it launched a new office intended to improve communication with entrepreneurs and their advisers about regulations relating to the booming field of financial technology, including blockchain and initial coin offerings.

  • October 19, 2018

    Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Racks Up More Small-Biz Support

    Sprint and T-Mobile's proposed combination has continued drawing support from small and rural stakeholders who say the deal will bring benefits of modern technology to neglected communities, most recently expressed in filings from the Vermont Business Roundtable and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • October 19, 2018

    EU Approves Microsoft's $7.5B Deal For GitHub

    Europe's competition enforcer said Friday that it had approved Microsoft Corp.'s planned $7.5 billion purchase of code-hosting platform GitHub Inc. without conditions after finding that the software giant won’t be able to stop GitHub from providing users access to third-party tools.

  • October 19, 2018

    Iancu Calls Patent Troll Concerns ‘Orwellian Doublespeak’

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu said in a speech to the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Thursday that complaining about patent trolls is harmful to innovation and an effort to weaken the patent system that amounts to “Orwellian doublespeak.”

  • October 19, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Is Dragging Its Feet In SEP Royalties Row

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to nudge Ericsson Inc. into turning over evidence related to its alleged overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, saying the Swedish telecom is dragging its feet while it awaits a ruling on whether certain antitrust claims can be arbitrated.

  • October 19, 2018

    What Construction Attys Need To Know About AI

    Focused on hands-on, real-world work, the construction industry has lagged behind others on the use of artificial intelligence, but given the time- and cost-saving benefits of embracing AI, construction lawyers and their clients should be constantly thinking of ways to make it work for them.

  • October 19, 2018

    'Innovation Band' License Shift Lends Edge To Bigger Players

    The Federal Communications Commission is days away from voting on a reworked framework for the so-called innovation band that occupies the repurposed 3.5 GHz frequency, but it's battling sentiments that an opportunity to create small, affordable spectrum tracts has been lost.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Restricting Foreign Access To US Technology

    Hdeel Abdelhady

    The tech industry is now at the center of policies designed to protect U.S. technology from foreign access and influence — including not only restrictions on foreign investment, but also supply chain exclusions, limits on academic research, curbs on third-country technology transfers and measures against foreign control of key raw materials, says Hdeel Abdelhady of MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • Inventor's Case Highlights Appeal Option For Rejected Patent

    Pauline Pelletier

    ​When a rejected patent​ application ​is appealed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board​ unsuccessfully, ​the standard next step is Federal Circuit appeal. ​But an alternative route is to sue the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in district court. The recent decision in Gilbert Hyatt v. Iancu offers insight into this Section 145 process, say attorneys with Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.​

  • ​Are You Ready For Your Congressional Investigation?

    Brian Smith

    ​The Democratic Party is ​expected to take control of the House of Representatives next year,​ ​which​ will dramatically increase the congressional investigations risks for ​the ​private sector.​ Prime targets include pharmaceutical, financial services and technology ​companies, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Pros And Cons Of California’s New Corporate Blockchain Law

    Sara O’Connell

    A new California law will allow privately held companies to use blockchain technology for stock issuance and other corporate records. However, corporations should be cautious about moving into this relatively uncharted territory, say Sara O’Connell and Riaz Karamali of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • A New Framework For 'Blocking Patents' And Obviousness?

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    Secondary considerations can be a useful tool for patent owners attempting to overcome an obviousness challenge. However, the Federal Circuit's decision last month in Acorda v. Roxane leaves the treatment of secondary considerations in question when a so-called “blocking patent” may exist, say Daniel Winston and Bryana McGillycuddy of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Top 10 Trump Trends

    Charles Skuba

    The inner workings of the Trump economics and trade team remain foggy, but the administration's trade strategy can be discerned from the public statements of the president and his advisers. Unpredictability, mercantilism, bilateralism and a willingness to accept collateral damage are among the most important patterns, says Charles Skuba of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

  • How New Calif. Law Will Impact Device Cybersecurity

    Laura Stefani

    A new California law requires specific types of cybersecurity protections for internet-connected devices. But the proliferation of state-based internet of things requirements could hinder efforts to develop and implement uniform national standards, says Laura Stefani of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Crypto As Commodity, And The Bankruptcy Implications

    Joanne Lee Molinaro

    With the recent ruling in My Big Coin Pay that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “commodities,” bankruptcy courts will likely have greater discretion regarding how to treat the valuation of cryptocurrencies in a variety of contexts, say Joanne Lee Molinaro and Susan Poll Klaessy of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Tariffs Threaten To Outweigh Tax Reform Gains

    Erica York

    In the next installment of this series examining the dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, Erica York of the Tax Foundation discusses how the economic harm caused by tariffs could slow or offset the economic and employment benefits of tax reform.