Technology

  • September 23, 2019

    Apple Says Tariff Relief Cleared Way For US-Made Mac Pro

    Apple Inc. said Monday that it will keep making its "most powerful computer ever," the Mac Pro, in the United States, a move the tech giant attributes to the Trump administration's decision to give it relief from tariffs on several component parts made in China.

  • September 23, 2019

    Seattle Tech Co. Chef To Stop Working With ICE, CBP

    Software company Chef announced Monday it will not renew its contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, citing opposition to the Trump administration's hard-line immigration policies and employee backlash over the deals.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Revives Cerner Unit's Bid To Enforce $63M Award

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a Cerner Corp. unit's bid to enforce a $63 million arbitral award it won in a contract dispute with a United Arab Emirates businessman and found that a related suit should be remanded to state court.

  • September 23, 2019

    USPTO Looks To Hire First-Ever Senior AI Expert

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking for its first-ever senior-level artificial intelligence technical expert, who will provide expertise in developing solutions for “real-world, large-scale problems” using AI at the USPTO, according to an agency representative.

  • September 23, 2019

    Polsinelli Uses Stories To Lead Jack Henry To Alice Trial Win

    By crafting a concise theme and focusing jurors' attention on a simplified set of issues, Polsinelli PC helped Jack Henry & Associates defeat a $14 million patent suit over electronic check deposit technology, highlighted by a finding the patent is invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice test because it covers only an abstract idea.

  • September 23, 2019

    Twitter, Airbnb, Other Tech Cos. Back Bill To End Travel Ban

    Thirteen tech companies told Congress they support an immigration bill that would repeal President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, saying the order is harming the U.S. economy.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC Urged To Release Broadband Funds Cautiously

    The Federal Communications Commission must proceed cautiously as it seeks to distribute funds dedicated to expanding rural broadband, first making sure that its broadband maps, which underpin such funding decisions, are accurate, several industry stakeholders told the commission.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-Skadden Atty Tries To Block TransPerfect Bill Request

    A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP attorney accused of overbilling document management company TransPerfect Global Inc. told a Nevada state court on Monday that the company's discovery request for billing records violated a fee petition process imposed by a Delaware court.

  • September 23, 2019

    Northrop Unit Snags $1.1B Missile Defense Agency Contract

    A Northrop Grumman Corp. unit was awarded a $1.1 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Defense for missile defense targets, beating out a competitor, according to a Friday announcement.

  • September 23, 2019

    IT Co. Boss Gets 7 Years For H-1B Visa Fraud Scheme

    The former CEO of two Seattle-area information technology companies was sentenced to over seven years in prison for fraud and tax charges, brought over what prosecutors claim was a yearslong visa fraud scheme involving hundreds of workers.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC's Spectrum Giveaway Will Be A Boon For Tribes, Pai Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has recently taken important steps toward making internet available on Native American lands, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday, touting an upcoming spectrum giveaway intended to help tribes get connected.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ad Watchdog Says Cox Attacks Against AT&T Are Misleading

    The National Advertising Division recommended that Cox Communications retool a pair of video ads the watchdog found misleadingly portray AT&T's rival broadband services as too slow to stream or download movies.

  • September 23, 2019

    PTAB Won't Reconsider Decision To Review Streaming Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board shot down MV3 Partners' request to reconsider its decision to review a patent covering a mobile set top box, saying it could find no clear error in its reasoning to institute inter partes review.

  • September 23, 2019

    Perkins Coie Welcomes Back IP Partner From Kirkland

    Perkins Coie LLP announced Monday that an intellectual property specialist has joined its San Francisco office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, marking a return to the firm where she started her career as an attorney.

  • September 23, 2019

    Kirkland, Lowenstein Steer Greenbriar's $81M Arotech Buy

    Private equity firm Greenbriar said Monday it will buy Michigan-based defense and security company Arotech in an $80.8 million deal steered by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • September 23, 2019

    Vaping Co. Seeks To Block Duracell's Optimum Batteries

    A New Jersey vaping company has asked a federal judge to order Duracell to stop using the Optimum name for its batteries, arguing it has held trademarks on the name for more than a decade. 

  • September 23, 2019

    Zocdoc Strikes $1.4M Deal In Sales Workers' OT Suit

    Zocdoc Inc. has agreed to pay $1.39 million to wrap up a proposed collective action lawsuit claiming the medical appointment booking service violated federal and New York state law by misclassifying sales workers as independent contractors to deny them overtime wages.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mexican Telecom Maxcom Wins Ch. 11 Plan Approval

    A New York bankruptcy judge signed off Monday on Mexican telecommunications provider Maxcom's $130 million restructuring plan after the company reached a settlement with bondholders who had objected to the plan vote.

  • September 23, 2019

    PE-Backed Data Center Co. Gets Up To $500M For Growth

    Abu Dhabi-based investment shop Mubadala Investment Co. has agreed to inject up to $500 million into private equity-backed data center operator and cloud services provider Cologix, the companies said Monday.

  • September 20, 2019

    Challenge To Musk's $55B Pay Package Beats Dismissal Bid

    Delaware's Chancery Court on Friday allowed a proposed class of Tesla Inc. stockholders to go forward with most of their challenge to the approval of a 10-year compensation plan for CEO Elon Musk that's worth up to $55 billion.

  • September 20, 2019

    9th Circ. OK Of LinkedIn Data Scraping May Curb CFAA

    The Ninth Circuit has found that scraping information in bulk from public LinkedIn profiles likely does not breach the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in a closely watched ruling that could rein in the reach of the oft-challenged anti-hacking law.

  • September 20, 2019

    2 Charged With Using Fake Pop-Up Viruses To Swindle $10M

    New York federal prosecutors have announced that two people were indicted on charges that they cheated elderly people out of more than $10 million by selling them computer virus repair services after making them think their computers were infected.

  • September 20, 2019

    Internet Society Urges IoT Regulation Prioritizing User Control

    Policymakers must ensure that the so-called internet of things is governed by regulations that protect consumers’ privacy and give them more control over their devices, services and the management of their data, the nonprofit group Internet Society said in a recent policy brief.

  • September 20, 2019

    Vimeo's Facial Scans Violate Ill. Biometric Law, User Says

    Vimeo Inc. is creating and storing “face templates” from videos and photos uploaded by users of an image-editing application without obtaining their consent, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois state court Friday.

  • September 20, 2019

    Shareholders Slap Slack With Suit Over Outage Credits

    Messaging platform Slack Technologies Inc. and some of its current and former officers were hit with an investor lawsuit Thursday in California federal court just months after the direct listing that brought the company public.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • Change In TCPA Compliance Is On The Horizon

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    With the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act making its way through Congress and Federal Communications Commission autodialer guidance pending, businesses should expect some much-needed clarity regarding compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, say David Carpenter and Kelley Barnaby of Alston & Bird.

  • Stats Show Cannabis Patents Are Underutilized

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    Recent case law developments and analysis of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data reveal that the legal status of cannabis in the U.S. may have depressed inventing vis-a-vis Canada and that design patents are a missed opportunity for cannabis companies, says Joshua Glucoft of Irell & Manella. 

  • CFIUS Risk Review Rules May Draw Attention To US Biotech

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    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' critical technologies pilot program has had relatively minor impact on the U.S. biotech industry in the last year, but proposed rules unleashed by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act will soon reshape the relationship between the government and the biotech industry, says Richard Matheny of Goodwin.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • 8 Takeaways From CFIUS' Proposed Risk Review Rules

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    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ draft regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act seem to focus on specific national security concerns, as opposed to taking a broader approach, which means they are significantly more complex than the pre-FIRRMA regime, say Christian Davis and Thor Petersen of Akin Gump.

  • Drone Deliveries Face Technological, Legal Hurdles

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    After years of anticipation, a handful of companies are getting closer to delivering packages in the United States by drone — but navigational and safety technologies are still maturing, and security, privacy and jurisdictional questions remain, says Caroline Gentry of Porter Wright.

  • Must Inventors Be Humans? An Active Debate Over AI Patents

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    With the first international patents naming artificially intelligent algorithms as inventors filed this summer, and with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s query into whether inventorship laws and regulations need revising, the debate over AI is testing the boundaries of patent laws in the U.S. and elsewhere, says Christian Mammen of Womble Bond.

  • Proposed Cloud Tax Regs Foggy On Sourcing

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    The U.S. Treasury Department's recently proposed regulations regarding the classification of cloud and digital content transactions for international tax purposes are sorely overdue. However, some of the proposed sourcing rules have proven to be quite controversial, say Edward Tanenbaum and Stefanie Kavanagh of Alston & Bird.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • SEPs In The Wake Of Qualcomm: 4 Enforcement Issues

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    As demonstrated by recent court decisions such as Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm, standard-essential patent infringement suits are hardly straightforward. But these cases as well as statements from government agencies reveal key factors that SEP holders should keep in mind when seeking to enforce their patents, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

  • FTC Settlement Over COPPA Will Change YouTube's Biz Model

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    While the $170 million fine received most of the headlines, the recent settlement of the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general with Google and YouTube includes provisions that ultimately could expose content creators and channel owners to liability under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, says Allison Fitzpatrick of Davis & Gilbert.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Calif. Guidelines Advance Telehealth For Medicaid Patients

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    Although the California Department of Health Care Services' updated guidelines expanding telemedicine reimbursement have some shortcomings, they open new channels of care for many Medicaid beneficiaries and raise intriguing prospects for similar programs across the country, say Harsh Parikh and Jill Gordon of Nixon Peabody.