Technology

  • March 27, 2017

    FCC Told CenturyLink, Level 3 Must Show Merger Benefits

    Competitive networks group Incompas on Friday told the Federal Communications Commission that CenturyLink and Level 3 have not demonstrated the central key to gaining merger approval — showing an overall benefit to the public interest — saying the companies instead "gloss over" such concerns.

  • March 27, 2017

    Nonprofit Sues Over Docs On Device Searches At US Border

    A First Amendment protections nonprofit based out of New York’s Columbia University filed a lawsuit Monday asking a D.C. federal court to force the U.S. government’s border patrol agencies to turn over requested documents about how many electronic devices they search or confiscate at the country’s borders.

  • March 27, 2017

    FCC Sets Out Final Connectivity Improvement Plan

    Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Monday released the final draft of a plan to improve connectivity for disadvantaged Americans, after having received feedback from more than two dozen organizations.

  • March 27, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Backs IBM PTAB Win Against Intellectual Ventures

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating several claims of an Intellectual Ventures computer firewall patent challenged by IBM and a group of banks, finding the claims to be obvious.

  • March 27, 2017

    UK Judge Won't Pause Brazil Defense Contract Over IP Fight

    An English High Court justice Monday denied Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ request to continue restraining a former partner from working on a Brazilian Air Force contract pending an arbitration decision, finding no evidence the partner company intends to break a nondisclosure agreement by using Rafael’s proprietary technology to complete the work.

  • March 27, 2017

    IRS Ignored ID Security Warnings After Breach, Report Says

    In the wake of a 2015 security breach, the IRS not only ignored warnings that a PIN application it uses to fight identity theft may have been compromised, but failed to implement any effective strategy to mitigate fraudulent tax returns, according to a government inspection report released Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Judge Urged To Nix Antitrust Suit Over Card Shuffling Patents

    Scientific Games Corp. and Bally Technologies Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge on Friday to dismiss a card shuffling company's antitrust claims that the pair tried to defraud the patent office, saying another court already found their patent claims had a sufficient legal basis.

  • March 27, 2017

    ClearCorrect Gets PTAB To Nix Claims Of Invisalign Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided Friday that several claims of an Align Technology Inc. patent on teeth-straightening technology are invalid, handing a win to ClearCorrect Operating LLC in the rivals' high-profile patent dispute.

  • March 27, 2017

    Hasbro Gets Judge To Ax 5 Patents Under Alice In Furby Case

    A California federal judge has cleared Hasbro Inc.’s Furby toys of infringing five patents on technology for controlling toys with sounds, finding that the patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.

  • March 27, 2017

    Cox Lobbies FCC Against Special Access Regs For Cable

    The Federal Communications Commission has “no reasonable basis” to slap Cox Communications Inc. and other cable providers in the business data services market with regulation, the company has told the agency, also pushing only for narrowly targeted price regulations for legacy services, according to a filing posted publicly Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Trump Son-In-Law To Oversee Gov’t Modernization Task Force

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, publisher and business magnate Jared Kushner, is set to have a further expanded White House role as he will head a modernization task force within the West Wing, the administration announced Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Calif., Tech Cos. Join Challenge To 'Sanctuary City' Order

    The state of California, 15 technology companies and numerous others have filed amicus briefs urging a California federal court to issue a nationwide injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants.

  • March 27, 2017

    4 Cos. Launch IPOs Surpassing $1B As Activity Picks Up

    A technology “unicorn,” energy master limited partnership and online lender launched initial public offerings on Monday totaling about $504 million — adding to an estimated $550 million IPO launched Friday by a trucking company — and set to price during a busy first week of April.

  • March 27, 2017

    Longfellow Nabs $78M Loan From Citizens Bank, Capital One

    Citizens Bank NA and Capital One Financial Corp. have loaned $77.5 million to Longfellow Real Estate Partners LLC for a technology-focused office project that will include restaurant and retail components, according to a release Monday from borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

  • March 27, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: EGA, Ferromex, Fortis Healthcare

    Emirates Global Aluminum has chosen advisers to assist with a planned $3 billion IPO, Mexican railroad operator Ferromex is nearing an acquisition of Florida East Coast Railway, and India's Fortis Healthcare has interest in buying the shares in RHT Health Trust that it does not already own.

  • March 27, 2017

    Genstar Closes PE Fund With $3.95B In Available Capital

    Genstar Capital, a San Francisco-based middle market private equity shop focused on investments in the financial services, software, industrial technology and health care industries, has clinched its latest fund with about $3.95 billion in available capital, the firm said on Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Venture Capital And Higher Education

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments in legal tech.

  • March 27, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Outten & Golden's Adam Klein

    We don’t have “beauty contests” or an ability to pitch to prospective clients in the same way as management attorneys. Instead, we routinely work with and support civil rights organizations and focus on issues that confront applicants and employees that are evolving concerns within the workplace, says Adam Klein, deputy managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • March 24, 2017

    IRS Must Rethink Transfer Pricing Cases After Amazon Loss

    The Internal Revenue Service's blistering loss in a $1.5 billion transfer pricing dispute with Amazon has experts calling for a re-examination of the agency's valuation methodologies in order to prevent it from wasting its own resources and those of taxpayers.

  • March 24, 2017

    Heart Apps Revise Ad, Privacy Practices In Deal With NY AG

    A trio of mobile health app developers have agreed to pay $30,000 and revise their advertising and privacy policies to resolve the New York attorney general's claims that they falsely touted their apps' ability to measure key vital signs and were unclear about what data the apps scooped up, the regulator said Thursday. 

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Can A Patent Be Both Abstract And Not Abstract?

    Jason J. Keener

    Due to two recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions involving Trading Technologies, the Federal Circuit may soon need to weigh in on whether the PTAB or a district court can find a patent invalid for ineligible subject matter when a different court has already found the same patent contains patent-eligible subject matter, says Jason Keener, chairman of Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP's intellectual property group.

  • Challenging Personal Jurisdiction In Online Conduct Cases

    Blaine C. Kimrey

    A discussion of personal jurisdiction is conspicuously absent from an Illinois federal judge's recent opinion in Rivera v. Google. However, it seems that a company like Google could rely on past Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions to dispute personal jurisdiction when there are no contacts between the defendant and the forum state, other than those created by the plaintiffs, say Blaine Kimrey and Bryan Clark of Vedder Price PC.

  • How Past And Present Aerial Photography Can Make The Case

    David Ruiz

    Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Expectations For High Court Patent Exhaustion Decision

    Charlie Steenberg

    The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hold that the patent exhaustion doctrine bars patent owners from using patent law to enforce post-sale restrictions. While this ruling would have consequences, the concerns raised by Lexmark and amici may be somewhat overblown. The briefing and Tuesday's oral arguments were long on policy but short on concrete examples, say Charlie Steenburg and Ethan Marks of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Applying 'Footprint' Methodology To Prism V. Sprint

    Aaron R. Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Prism v. Sprint this month illustrates an example of the "footprint" approach to patent damages, interesting because of its focus on costs — and not revenues — as a reasonable royalty measure, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Why Calif. May Be The New Frontier For Autonomous Vehicles

    Linda Pfatteicher

    This month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. California's announced commitment to advancing innovation is especially important now that states like Michigan and Florida are challenging its forerunner role in testing autonomous vehicles, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.