Technology

  • May 26, 2017

    BlackBerry Gets $950M Award In Qualcomm Licensing Row

    Canada-based BlackBerry Ltd. announced on Friday that chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to pay it $940 million to resolve all payments tied to an arbitration panel’s decision in a licensing dispute, which placed the interim award in favor of BlackBerry at nearly $815 million.

  • May 26, 2017

    Spirax-Sarco Pays $415M For PE-Backed Thermal Tech Co

    U.K.-based Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC has agreed to pay $415 million to buy private equity-backed Chromalox Inc., a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-headquartered thermal technology company that provides temperature management and process heating solutions to a range of industrial markets, the companies said Friday.

  • May 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Socked With Investor Suit After Shares Dip 35%

    Investors in Qualcomm Inc. hit the semiconductor giant with a shareholder lawsuit in Delaware federal court Thursday, alleging its leadership dropped the ball by pushing hard-line policies that led to record-breaking antitrust fines and rushing a defective mobile chip to market that led to a major drop in sales.

  • May 25, 2017

    Sephora Settles Chinese Customer Account Deletion Row

    A California federal judge said Thursday he would grant final approval to a $950,000 settlement ending class action claims that retailer Sephora breached contracts and racially discriminated against customers when it deactivated thousands of accounts created with Chinese domain name email addresses because it thought they were created by bots.

  • May 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Can’t Delay Discovery In Chip Price-Fix Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused Qualcomm’s request to delay discovery in a putative antitrust class action alleging the chipmaker hurt indirect buyers by fixing the price of microchips used in cellphones, urging both sides to “get this party started now.”

  • May 25, 2017

    SRI Gets $32M Added To $24M Patent Trial Win Against Cisco

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday shut down Cisco’s efforts to nix a $24 million verdict won by SRI International in the companies’ dispute over network surveillance patents, and instead doubled the damages award and awarded SRI $8 million in attorneys' fees on top.

  • May 25, 2017

    TC Heartland Adds To Fed. Circ. Losing Streak At High Court

    In its blockbuster ruling this week restricting where patent infringement suits can be filed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another blow to the Federal Circuit in an ongoing battle over whether the court is reading too much into statutes and creating too many elaborate rules for patent law.

  • May 25, 2017

    Watchdogs Ask FTC To Investigate TRUSTe Over Child Privacy

    A pair of privacy and consumer protection watchdogs on Thursday called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether TRUSTe Inc. violated a past settlement agreement with the agency by not properly assessing some website operators’ tracking technology under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. 

  • May 25, 2017

    Waymo Says Uber Can’t Hide Exec’s Alleged IP Crimes

    Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo asked a California federal judge Thursday to make Uber hand over a due-diligence report prepared in anticipation of acquiring a self-driving car company started by Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Waymo employee accused of stealing trade secrets, arguing Uber was trying to invoke a work-product privilege to shroud Levandowski's alleged crimes.

  • May 25, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Staples, Web.com, Stada

    Staples has rejected a takeover offer that valued the company at more than $5.8 billion, Web.com is in discussions with private equity firms about a potential buyout, and Advent, Permira and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals have decided not to offer to buy German pharmaceutical company Stada.

  • May 25, 2017

    Riverwood Capital Leads $50M Investment In Billtrust

    Billtrust, a New Jersey-based provider of payment cycle management services to businesses, has secured $50 million in funding from a group of investors led by technology-focused private equity firm Riverwood Capital Management, the companies said Thursday.

  • May 25, 2017

    Limelight Tells Del. High Court Akamai Deal Misconstrued

    Limelight Networks Inc. is defending its right to walk away from a $40 million IOU to longtime patent rival Akamai, telling the Delaware Supreme Court in a Thursday filing that a judge read requirements into a settlement that were not there.

  • May 25, 2017

    Delhi High Court Targets Property After Upholding ICC Award

    Investors in a canceled Indian IT economic zone have announced that the Delhi High Court issued a warrant for property owned by promoters of the nixed project, who recently lost their latest challenge to a £13.8 million ($17.9 million) International Chamber of Commerce award in favor of the investors.

  • May 25, 2017

    EEOC Sues Education Tech Biz Over Trans Worker's Firing

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued an educational technology company in California federal court Wednesday for allegedly firing a transgender worker for accusing the company of discriminatory practices.

  • May 25, 2017

    NYC Says FCC Must Improve Alerts, Citing Chelsea Bombing

    New York City agencies urged the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the Wireless Emergency Alerts program to embed links and other media in notifications, citing the September bomb explosion in the city's Chelsea neighborhood and opposing delays to reform proposed by a wireless trade association.

  • May 25, 2017

    Promoter Slams Yahoo March Madness Fee Win At 5th Circ.

    A promoter and prize insurer Wednesday asked the Fifth Circuit to reverse a more than $913,000 attorneys' fees award to Yahoo after it successfully defended against a suit over a scrapped $1 billion NCAA March Madness contest, saying the lower court misapplied state-court precedent.

  • May 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Wants Apple Manufacturers To Pay Up

    Qualcomm Inc. asked a California federal court on Wednesday to force four Apple Inc. product manufacturers to pay royalties on intellectual property licensing agreements while beefing up its counterclaims against the iPhone maker in a separate case, once again alleging Apple has ordered the factories to withhold payments. 

  • May 25, 2017

    PE-Backed Cable Giant, Tech Cos Price IPOs Totaling $438.3M

    Three firms steered initial public offerings this week for private equity-owned cable provider WideOpenWest Inc., software developer Appian Corp. and Brazilian memory chip manufacturer Smart Global Holdings Inc. totaling roughly $438.3 million.

  • May 25, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Should Let $36M Verdict Rest, Tech Co. Says

    Mentor Graphics Corp. has hit back against a Federal Circuit rehearing bid in a patent case over computer emulator technology, telling the appeals court that it already correctly calculated lost profits damages in affirming rival Synopsys Inc. must pay $36 million.

  • May 25, 2017

    Apple Says Fed. Circ.'s Ruling Killing $533M Verdict A-OK

    Apple Inc. on Wednesday urged the Federal Circuit to keep its decision freeing the California-based technology giant from a $533 million infringement verdict by invalidating Smartflash LLC’s data storage patents, saying the patent holder hadn’t raised anything new in its rehearing bid.

Expert Analysis

  • Covering New Fraud Risks With Traditional Policies: Part 2

    Mary Borja

    Because traditional policies that afford coverage for business email compromise losses tend to be rare, a number of carriers now offer policies tailored to these losses. Insureds seeking coverage for this risk should request a policy that specifically covers fraudulent instruction and social engineering losses, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP in the final part of this article.

  • Would Ellen Pao Still Lose Under New Calif. Fair Pay Act?

    Jacqueline Beaumont

    Ellen Pao’s 2015 gender discrimination and retaliation case against her then-employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was a solid loss for Pao under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. But would it end the same way if she was able to file her claim under California’s newly amended Fair Pay Act provisions? The answer is not so clear, says Jacqueline Beaumont of Call & Jensen.

  • Sharing Private Information Through 3rd-Party Suppliers

    Stewart Baker

    As businesses expand their sharing of cybersecurity information, they are increasingly relying on companies that make information sharing more efficient and practical. Turning information over to third parties usually brings company lawyers to the table, but careful planning can greatly reduce the related risks, says Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Countdown To GDPR Compliance: 1 Year To Go

    Heather Sussman

    The EU's sweeping General Data Protection Regulation will take effect on May 25, 2018. With so much on the line, data controllers and processors will want to take immediate action to prepare for enforcement. The first step is determining whether the GDPR applies to your organization, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.

  • The Next Steps For Biometrics Legislation Across The US

    Justin Kay

    This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on the Illinois law, as well as a new impetus in other states to pass similar laws, say Justin Kay and Brendan McHugh of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • A New Era For Software Patents In China

    Elizabeth Chien-Hale

    At a time when the U.S. is pulling back on the patentability of software inventions, China is moving in the opposite direction. Recent changes to Chinese guidelines expanded patentability of business method patents and enhanced claiming options for patents covering software inventions, says Elizabeth Chien-Hale of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • Covering New Fraud Risks With Traditional Policies: Part 1

    Mary Borja

    Targets of fraudulent wire instruction scams have found that whether insurance coverage is available is highly dependent on the precise language of their specific policies, but the cases that have been litigated to date show that more often than not, traditional policies do not cover these exposures, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.