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Technology

  • December 11, 2018

    Huawei Exec Granted Bail By Canadian Judge

    A Canadian judge granted bail on Tuesday to a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive facing extradition to the United States, the telecommunications giant announced.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fiat Presses Supreme Court To Undo Car-Hacking Cert. Order

    Fiat Chrysler urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to resolve a circuit split and allow it to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court's certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, saying the lower court's "manifest errors" cannot go unchecked.

  • December 11, 2018

    ZeniMax, Oculus End Appeals Of $304M IP Judgment

    ZeniMax Media Inc. and Oculus VR LLC announced Monday they settled their cross-appeals in the Fifth Circuit stemming from disputes that led to a final judgment of $304 million in favor of ZeniMax after a jury found that Facebook-owned Oculus infringed its virtual reality intellectual property.

  • December 11, 2018

    Tencent Music's IPO Raises Nearly $1.1B Led By Davis Polk

    Chinese streaming streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group on Tuesday priced an initial public offering that raised nearly $1.1 billion, completing one of the year’s largest IPOs with the guidance of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • December 11, 2018

    Xura Breach Claims Advance In $643M Chancery Merger Suit

    An aggrieved investor of telecommunications technology company Xura Inc. cleared some early hurdles Tuesday in a Chancery Court suit challenging the company’s $643 million go-private sale to Siris Capital Group LLC, beating motions to dismiss claims that Xura’s former CEO had regular undisclosed contacts with the buyer.

  • December 11, 2018

    FCC's Rosenworcel Calls Agency's Broadband Data 'A Mess'

    The Federal Communications Commission has a mess on its hands and needs to devote serious resources to gathering better data on the broadband gap, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a speech to the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    FanDuel, DraftKings Get Gaming Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    Daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. scored a win with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board after a panel ruled Monday that all of the challenged claims of an Interactive Games LLC patent for a gaming system were invalid as obvious.

  • December 11, 2018

    Ex-OptimisCorp Figures Fight Axing From Chancery Suit

    An attorney for three former directors of health care software firm OptimisCorp argued Tuesday that the company shot down part of its own argument that competitive conflicts disqualify them from serving as stockholder plaintiffs in a suit against the company.

  • December 11, 2018

    Judge Knocks Cambridge Analytica Exec's Ch. 7 Escape Bid

    The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing Cambridge Analytica LLC's Chapter 7 case Tuesday said he will likely continue to hold the company director who signed the bankruptcy papers responsible for Cambridge’s part in the case.

  • December 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Cisco Systems, Plaid, Nvidia Corp.

    Cisco Systems Inc. is discussing a deal to buy Luxtera, Plaid was valued at $2.65 billion in a Mary Meeker-led funding round, and SoftBank wants to shed its stake in California-based Nvidia Corp.

  • December 11, 2018

    Oracle Sues DOD Over $10B JEDI Cloud Deal

    Oracle Corp. has sued the U.S. Department of Defense over its $10 billion JEDI cloud procurement, arguing in its complaint that the DOD failed to follow legal requirements to competitively solicit the contract.

  • December 11, 2018

    2nd Circ. Won’t Rehear Monster.com CEO's $41M Tax Row

    The Second Circuit won’t rethink its reversal of a U.S. Tax Court decision that had allowed the estate of the deceased founder of Monster.com to escape a $41 million tax deficiency over his contracts with two investment banks.

  • December 11, 2018

    RPX, Ericsson Get Bandwidth Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has doled out wins to Ericsson Inc. and RPX Corp. in a dispute over two network bandwidth patents held by Texas-based software company Iridescent Networks Inc., ruling that all the challenged claims in both patents are invalid.

  • December 11, 2018

    Testing Reveals No Chinese Microchip Spying, Co. Says

    An investigation found no proof that Super Micro Computer Inc.’s motherboards were infected by malicious hardware, the California-based company said Tuesday, continuing its fight to dispute a fall media report detailing alleged Chinese interference with its products.

  • December 11, 2018

    AGs Ask SSA To Set Up ID Theft Prevention Database, Fast

    A coalition of 43 state attorneys general urged the Social Security Administration to make a priority of establishing a nationwide database for electronically matching names and dates of birth to Social Security numbers, in order to fight “synthetic identity theft” where legitimate numbers get tied to fake identities.

  • December 11, 2018

    Microsoft Singles Out Davis Wright For Diversity Efforts

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday recognized Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as the top-performing law firm participating in its diversity program, as the technology company celebrates the 10th anniversary of its effort to address diversity issues in the legal industry.

  • December 11, 2018

    Proskauer Steers JMI On $1.2B Software-Focused Fund

    JMI Equity on Tuesday said it has picked up $1.2 billion to pour into software businesses following the close of its latest private equity fund, with Proskauer Rose LLP steering the private equity firm on its fundraising.

  • December 11, 2018

    Google CEO Defends Practices Amid Tracking, Bias Concerns

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s closely watched testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was heavy on affirmations that the company strives for optimal user experience but light on specifics about how the company deals with allegations of improper user tracking, information suppression and ill-gotten competitive advantages.

  • December 11, 2018

    Commerce Adds Time To Weigh High-Tech Export Curbs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has given companies and trade groups an additional three weeks to offer comments that will help the Trump administration write new rules to potentially restrict exports of emerging technology to China and other strategically sensitive countries, the agency said Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    FTC Can't Block Qualcomm Evidence Ahead Of Antitrust Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission's bid to block Qualcomm from presenting several pieces of evidence at the agency's upcoming trial accusing the chipmaker of anti-competitive licensing practices was shot down by a California federal judge for being overly broad.

Expert Analysis

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2018

    Ama Adams

    In 2018, the U.S. government strengthened sanctions targeting Iran, Russia and Venezuela, sanctioned an agency of the Chinese government and completed the second largest sanctions-related enforcement action on record. And the evidence suggests 2019 will be equally tumultuous, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Sanctions Screening Lessons From OFAC Cobham Settlement

    Roberto Gonzalez

    Last month, the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced a settlement with Cobham Holdings over shipments of goods to a Russian entity. The violations, apparently caused by deficient screening software, may signal heightened compliance expectations, say Roberto Gonzalez and Rachel Fiorill of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Proposed FDA Drug Software Rules Strict On Pharma Cos.

    Albert Cacozza

    If implemented, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed framework for regulating prescription drug-use-related software would likely mean that pharmaceutical companies will need to exert more control over certain software applications and be more involved in software update processes, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Speech May Leave SEP Implementers In Dire Straits

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    I suspect the true audience for the U.S. Department of Justice’s disavowal last week of a 2013 policy statement on standard-essential patents is not the courts but rather the U.S. International Trade Commission, whose discretion to pressure standard implementers to accept onerous licensing terms will be tested in the coming years, says University of Minnesota Law School professor Thomas Cotter.

  • Post-Teva Expert Disclosure Trends In 2 Patent-Rich Districts

    Ken Fung

    Local patent rules in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California don’t squarely address the issue of what must be disclosed during claim-construction discovery in order to rely on expert declarations. But thanks to the corpus of post-Teva decisions a clearer picture has emerged, says Ken Fung of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Applying Blockchain To Commercial Real Estate Transactions

    Jeffrey Lenobel

    Commercial real estate may be one of the greatest beneficiaries of blockchain. There are three areas that can be streamlined through this technology — municipal document recordings, verification of borrower data, and loan and ancillary document trigger events, say Jeffrey Lenobel and Aaron Retter of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • The Issues Framing NIST's Privacy Framework

    Charlie Wood

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology has stressed that the onus is on commenters to dictate the direction of its Privacy Framework. While this approach may encourage participation, it risks overlooking critical questions, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Opinion

    Alice Must Be Revisited In View Of Emerging Technologies

    James Fussell

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice decision created uncertainty in patent-eligibility law — uncertainty that hits at the heart of the next innovative frontier focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Alice’s two-step test needs to be revised or replaced, say James Fussell of Mayer Brown LLP, and Nikko Quevada and Vincent Violago of Parola Analytics Inc.