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Technology

  • January 15, 2019

    Google's 'Lucky' Search Feature Didn't Infringe Patent: PTAB

    Google LLC scored a win in its fight with Israeli company Spring Ventures Ltd. over the technology behind the search giant’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday said Spring Ventures’ patent for web searches without exact site addresses is invalid due to obviousness.

  • January 15, 2019

    Prof Calls Qualcomm Royalties 'Naked Tax,' Invokes Microsoft

    A University of California, Berkeley economics professor testified for the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday that Qualcomm's standard-essential patent royalties serve as a competition-killing "naked tax" on its modem chips, comparing the practice to software bundling that got Microsoft in trouble with the feds 20 years ago.

  • January 15, 2019

    Google, Amazon Urged To Keep Face ID Tech From Feds

    Dozens of advocacy groups joined together Tuesday to push Microsoft, Google and Amazon to refrain from selling face surveillance technology to the federal government, arguing that such a move would undermine public trust in their businesses and hand the government sweeping new power to target immigrants and minorities.

  • January 15, 2019

    Drivers At Fault For Their Own Stalled Arbitrations, Uber Says

    Uber told a California federal judge on Monday that drivers requesting an order to force the ride-hailing company to cover the costs of their individual arbitrations over a classification dispute are impeding their own progress by seeking the order in federal court and refusing to pay their filing fees.

  • January 15, 2019

    DLA Piper Scores Tech IP Buff From Boies Schiller Flexner

    DLA Piper added a partner with patent litigation experience from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to its intellectual property and technology practice in Los Angeles, the firm announced.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB To Review IBM Patent Despite $57M Groupon Case

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review an IBM Corp. e-commerce patent challenged by a group of travel websites, rejecting Tuesday the argument that it should deny the petition in light of a recent jury verdict against Groupon Inc. in a $57 million infringement dispute.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB Hears First Case Under New Relaxed Patent Guidelines

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel questioned two companies Tuesday about four patents covering methods of electronically storing financial documents, just days after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released new guidelines on patent applications that include previously ineligible material.

  • January 15, 2019

    Telecom Dispute Claim Too Vague To Review, Says 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit on Monday reversed and remanded an internet provider's claim that federal law preempts part of Santa Fe, New Mexico's telecommunications-franchise ordinance, saying it was too vague for the appellate court to review it.

  • January 15, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Ax Of Monitoring Software Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision invalidating four Power Analytics Corp. patents covering software for monitoring electrical systems under the U.S. Supreme Court Alice decision.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ericsson Fights HTC's Bid To Delay Trial Over Patent Royalties

    Ericsson has urged a Texas federal court not to delay a trial scheduled for next month on HTC Corp.'s accusation that Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, arguing there's no need to wait until after an arbitrator decides if some issues should be arbitrated.

  • January 15, 2019

    Wabtec Raps 'Desperate' Siemens In $8.3M Railroad IP Suit

    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. on Tuesday called a battery of Siemens Mobility Inc. patent infringement claims "desperate" gambits by a latecomer to the U.S. rail safety market, during opening statements in Delaware for a nine-day $8.3 million federal jury trial.

  • January 15, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Apple’s $440M Loss In VirnetX Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a $440 million Eastern District of Texas judgment that Apple Inc. infringed four VirnetX Inc. network security patents, although it put off ruling on whether to affirm Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating the patents.

  • January 15, 2019

    FCC Member Urges Incentive Auction For Education Spectrum

    A Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission made a case Tuesday for consolidating and auctioning off dormant spectrum licenses held by educational institutions, saying the revenue generated by a sale could fund projects to increase broadband access in students’ schools and homes.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB To Review Patent At Center Of Qualcomm, Apple Fight

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Tuesday to review a Qualcomm Inc. patent related to cellular technology that some Apple Inc. iPhones were previously found to infringe, saying parts of the patent are likely invalid.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ex-Facebook Employee Fights Bid To Nix Overtime Pay Suit

    A former Facebook sales employee has urged an Illinois federal court to reject the social media giant's bid for a quick win in her suit claiming the company uniformly misclassified its workers and illegally deprived them of overtime pay to save on labor costs.

  • January 15, 2019

    Cloud Data Co. Rubrik Nabs $261M In Series E Funding Round

    Cloud data management company Rubrik on Tuesday said it pocketed $261 million in a Series E funding round that boosted the Palo Alto, California-based company’s value to $3.3 billion.

  • January 15, 2019

    3 Firms Shepherd $275M Deal For PE-Backed AppRiver

    Security technology company Zix Corp. has agreed to buy cloud-based cybersecurity services provider AppRiver from private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for $275 million in cash, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal steered by Baker Botts LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • January 15, 2019

    UberBlack Drivers Ask 3rd Circ. To Revive Wage Suit

    A proposed class of Philadelphia-area UberBlack limo drivers asked the Third Circuit to revive their suit accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of violating state and federal labor laws, saying a district court prematurely determined they were independent contractors and not employees entitled to minimum and overtime wages.

  • January 15, 2019

    Legal Tech Download: PE Investments, Acquisitions, AI

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • January 14, 2019

    Oracle, Rimini Spar At High Court Over Copyright Costs

    Attorneys for Oracle and a technical support service called Rimini Street Inc. faced off Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court over how much a winning copyright litigant can recoup in legal bills, offering the justices sharply divergent views on what lawmakers meant by “full costs.”

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Murky Parts Of The New USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidance

    Lawrence Ashery

    While the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's 2019 revised patent subject matter eligibility guidance is a well-written document that relies on considerable case law to support its position, it has certain limitations, says Lawrence Ashery of Caesar Rivise PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • The Privacy Questions Raised By Blockchain

    Steve Snyder

    It is important to establish a framework for understanding the privacy and security challenges of blockchain so that the industry can address them, says Steve Snyder of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Automotive Tech In 2018: Legal Trends And Developments

    David Cavanaugh

    The legal landscape for the automotive sector continued its evolution in 2018 with the development of new technology becoming a focal point for litigation, patenting and regulation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Why Apple Customers Lost A Suit Over Storage Capacity

    Jeffrey Edelstein

    A California federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Apple customers over the advertised storage capacity of iPhones and iPads. The case illustrates the importance of accurate advertising about the technical specifications of products, but also the need for plaintiffs to draft their complaints with care, says Jeffrey Edelstein of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • Did High Court Overrule Fed. Circ. On Foreign Lost Profits?

    Andrew Michaels

    The Federal Circuit recently agreed to consider whether its decision in Power Integrations v. Fairchild was "implicitly overruled" by the U.S. Supreme Court's WesternGeco ruling. Andrew Michaels of the University of Houston Law Center examines how one may know when a circuit court precedent has been overruled by the Supreme Court.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Cybersecurity's Developing Role In FCPA Compliance

    Ryan Rohlfsen

    While much attention has been paid to recent revisions to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy, other developments suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice may also be adapting FCPA enforcement principles to the area of cybersecurity, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.