Technology

  • July 25, 2017

    Video Game Co. Can't Move IP Suit Post-TC Heartland

    A California federal judge Tuesday denied Valve Corp.’s bid to dismiss or transfer a suit alleging it infringed lip-sync animation technology, rebuffing the video game company's claim that it didn’t have an improper venue argument until the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision.

  • July 25, 2017

    Italian In Click Scheme A 'Hacker And Thief,' Jury Told

    An Italian citizen who created a global network of hijacked computers to run an auto-click scheme defrauded online advertisers by exploiting a vulnerability in the storage servers of one of the world’s leading data storage manufacturers to launch the scheme, federal prosecutors told a jury Tuesday.

  • July 25, 2017

    Apple Users Denied Cert. In 'Secure By Design' False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a class alleging Apple Inc. falsely advertised certain devices as “secure by design” when it knew third-party applications could siphon off private data, finding the consumers hadn’t shown they relied on statements about specific security features.

  • July 25, 2017

    States Oppose Bill Codifying Ban On Remote Sales Tax

    The National Conference of State Legislatures and coalitions of retailers urged lawmakers Tuesday to ditch a bill codifying the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992 decision barring interstate sales taxes, saying that the bill erodes state autonomy and negates significant consumer protections.

  • July 25, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Won't Undo Sprint's $30M Patent Loss Mandate

    A Federal Circuit panel Monday declined Tuesday to recall a decision affirming a $30 million infringement verdict against Sprint Spectrum in a suit from Prism Technologies LLC over two network security patents, ruling that it would not impact Sprint’s motion at the district court level.

  • July 25, 2017

    Gilead Backs Cray In Appeal Over Gilstrap's New Venue Rules

    Gilead Sciences Inc. is backing Cray Inc. at the Federal Circuit in its bid to throw out a decision from U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap setting new venue rules for patent cases, telling the court it believes the opinion misinterpreted the patent venue statute and could allow too-loose connections to determine venues moving forward. 

  • July 25, 2017

    SEC Says ‘Coin Offerings’ Are Subject To Securities Laws

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday that “initial coin offerings” that issue digital tokens in exchange for money or digital currency may run afoul of federal securities laws, warning that its approach to enforcement would be guided by “economic realities” instead of the labels businesses use.

  • July 25, 2017

    8th Circ. Backs Dismissal Of 3-D Printer Co. Investor Suit

    An Eighth Circuit panel has declined to revive a securities fraud suit against Stratasys Ltd. and its top executives over allegedly misleading statements made in connection with a newly released line of its MakerBot subsidiary's 3-D printers, ruling Tuesday that the shareholders behind the suit haven't shown the statements add up to securities fraud.

  • July 25, 2017

    IRS Should Use Shared Gov't Authority To Hire Experts: TIGTA

    The IRS should begin using a congressionally granted power shared with other federal agencies to hire specialized experts in areas such as cybersecurity instead of waiting for its own now-expired streamlined authority, with fewer restrictions and greater funding, to be renewed, according to a report and recommendations released Monday.

  • July 25, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Decision To Nix Part Of Phone Patent

    While the Federal Circuit said Tuesday that a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating part of a Spherix Inc. patent for a cordless telephone could have been “more detailed,” the appeals court said it wasn’t wrong to find the disputed claims were unpatentable.

  • July 25, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Undoes PTAB Nix Of Patent Claims In Samsung Row

    The Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision on Tuesday that invalidated claims in a Home Semiconductor patent challenged by Samsung, saying the board erred in its claim construction and its decision lacked sufficient evidence.

  • July 25, 2017

    Ark. Man Pleads Guilty To Creating, Selling Malware

    An Arkansas man on Tuesday pled guilty to charges of aiding and abetting computer intrusions, admitting to developing and selling malware that allowed hackers to take control of a victim’s computer and licensing software that helped cybercriminals distribute their own malicious software.

  • July 25, 2017

    Apple Hit With $506M Judgment In U. Wis. Infringement Spat

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday entered a $506 million judgment against Apple Inc. for infringing a computer processor patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, more than double what a jury awarded the organization in damages in October 2015.

  • July 25, 2017

    AOL Settles Translation Patent Row, Loses Review Bid

    AOL on Tuesday settled an infringement case with a unit of major patent licensing firm WiLAN, a day after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied AOL's bid that it review a computer translation patent at issue.

  • July 25, 2017

    Genetics Prof Settles SEC's Intel Insider Trading Case

    A genetics professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has agreed to pay nearly $854,000 to resolve the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit alleging he engaged in insider trading before Intel Corp. announced its planned acquisition of automotive software maker Mobileye NV for $15.3 billion.

  • July 25, 2017

    Google Fights Canadian Search Results Ruling In Calif.

    Google has turned to a California federal court after Canada’s top court ordered it to remove links associated with a company that allegedly sold stolen network technology from its search results worldwide, arguing Monday that the decision is a dramatic overreach and enforcing it in America would flout the tech giant’s First Amendment rights.

  • July 25, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: SoftBank, Toshiba, HNA Group

    SoftBank is looking to make a multibillion-dollar investment in Uber, Toshiba's board will meet to discuss the sale of Toshiba's memory business, and HNA Group has tapped an investment bank for the U.S. IPO of a Beijing-based IT outsourcing firm it owns.

  • July 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Strikes Back At Apple’s Expanded Royalty Suit

    Qualcomm has asked a California federal court to dismiss claims surrounding nine patents that it says aren’t in dispute in Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties for the use of its chips in iPhones and similar devices.

  • July 25, 2017

    Barnes & Noble Urged By Activist Sandell To Mull Sale

    Activist investor Sandell Asset Management Corp. revealed a stake Tuesday in Barnes & Noble Inc., calling for the “unconscionably” undervalued book retailer to consider going private as it would likely make a prime target for internet or media companies or private equity sponsors.

  • July 25, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Chatbots And Face Recognition Tech

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Canadian High Court's Troubling Google Decision

    Armen Nercessian

    The Canadian Supreme Court's recent decision in Google v. Equustek is the first time a national high court has mandated deindexing worldwide. It provides the courts of other nations a road map for how to justify binding online service providers to orders requiring worldwide censorship of materials on the internet, say Armen Nercessian and Guinevere Jobson of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Shift In CPSC Leadership Means More Changes To Come

    Erin Bosman

    At the midpoint of 2017, a look back at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s activity under the Trump administration shows changes in recalls and penalties relative to previous years, new focal points for safety initiatives and enforcement, and a key development from the White House that could affect the CPSC’s regulatory approach in the future, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • How To Avoid Portfolio Co. Valuation Risks

    Joshua Newville

    For private fund advisers that are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, valuation will always be a key component of any exam. Over the past year, the SEC has requested information from mutual fund companies about how they value private technology companies, looking for discrepancies, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • Improving Medicare With Expanded Telehealth Services

    Anthea Daniels

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently approved a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services. Anthea Daniels of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC reviews the proposed changes and how they would loosen the current telehealth limitations.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.