Technology

  • February 09, 2024

    New Report Recommends IP Commercialization Task Force

    The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship has told the Biden administration that it should direct the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to create a task force to commercialize federal technology intellectual property and provide more IP incentives for federally funded research.

  • February 09, 2024

    Calif. Court Restores Privacy Agency's Power To Enforce Regs

    The California Privacy Protection Agency has won the reversal of a ruling that delayed its ability to enforce a dozen privacy regulations it has finalized under the state's landmark consumer data privacy law, paving the way for the agency to immediately begin taking action against companies under the rules. 

  • February 09, 2024

    AI Companies Say Artists' Copyright Suit Still Falls Short

    Four artificial intelligence companies behind image-generating platforms asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed copyright class action from artists, arguing the plaintiffs' amended complaint still does not support allegations that their works were ripped off to train various AI programs.

  • February 09, 2024

    X Says Ex-Worker's Feelings Can't Sustain Age, Sex Bias Suit

    X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, said it shouldn't have to face a proposed class action alleging it pushed out women and older workers after Elon Musk took over, telling a California federal court that an ex-employee's subjective perception of the billionaire's policies couldn't support the case.

  • February 09, 2024

    Salesman Used AI To Transcribe Calls, Steal Secrets, Cos. Say

    Two Nebraska-based technology companies say a former Connecticut salesman used the "unauthorized" artificial intelligence program Otter to record meetings, forwarded more than 200 confidential messages to his personal email address and made off with trade secrets for accounts worth $12 million after he was fired for cause on Feb. 1.

  • February 09, 2024

    LG Accused Of Infringing Texas Co.'s Screen Display Patents

    Bishop Display Tech LLC accused LG Electronics in Texas federal court of infringing several patents relating to liquid crystal screen displays, saying that the appliance heavyweight continued to sell products that use those technologies despite knowing of the infringement.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC To Collect $81M In Fines In Latest Texting Probe Cases

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has secured agreements to pay more than $81 million in fines from 16 firms over their employees' use of personal messaging apps to do business, though the agency added that one set of firms ended up paying much less for having self-reported the violations.

  • February 09, 2024

    Vidal Told PTAB Rightly Denied Ford, Honda Cases

    A wireless communication patent owner has said U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal should back the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's rejection of challenges from Ford and Honda.

  • February 09, 2024

    Audacy Floats Two Ch. 11 Sales That Could Net Debtor $21.6M

    Bankrupt radio station operator Audacy Inc. wants to sell two pieces of real estate near Boston for as much as $21.6 million to raise funds for its estate in Chapter 11, asking a Texas judge to approve the deals so that it can close on them by early March.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 09, 2024

    NY AG Seeks $2B More From Genesis Parent Co. In Fraud Suit

    New York's attorney general filed an expanded complaint Friday accusing Digital Currency Group and other cryptocurrency companies of defrauding customers out of more than $3 billion, shortly after reaching a settlement with its subsidiary Genesis Global Capital in its bankruptcy case.

  • February 09, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan & Cromwell, Kirkland

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, California Resources Corp. acquires Aera Energy, ZeroFox Holdings goes private, and Acerinox purchases Haynes International.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Jury Clears Cloudflare, Axes Router Patent Claim

    San Francisco software company Cloudflare did not infringe a router patent owned by Sable Networks, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, while also finding that Sable's asserted claim is invalid.

  • February 08, 2024

    VC Firms Accused Of Investing In 'Problematic' Chinese Cos.

    Qualcomm Ventures, Sequoia Capital China and three other American venture capital firms have collectively funneled more than $3 billion into "problematic" Chinese companies linked to human rights violations, the Chinese military and the "surveillance state," according to a report announced Thursday by U.S. lawmakers.

  • February 08, 2024

    Calif. AG Not To Be Counted Out In Privacy Enforcement Arena

    The California attorney general's recent moves to crack down on streaming providers' data privacy practices and push for heightened digital safeguards for children show that the agency has no intention of backing down in this arena, even as the state's unique stand-alone data protection regulator ramps up its activity.

  • February 08, 2024

    Nexstar Must Pay $720K For Retrans Dispute, FCC Says

    The Federal Communications Commission ordered broadcaster Nexstar Media Inc. to pay a $720,000 fine for refusing to renegotiate retransmission rights in good faith with a Hawaiian cable company.

  • February 08, 2024

    First Citizens Says HSBC Execs OK'd SVB Poaching Plan

    First Citizens Bank has beefed up allegations that HSBC Holdings stole confidential information and poached employees from the failed Silicon Valley Bank, filing an amended complaint Wednesday in California federal court, claiming HSBC's top executives and chief legal officer knew of the alleged poaching conspiracy.

  • February 08, 2024

    TikTok Targeted Female Exec In 'Kill List,' Bias Suit Says

    TikTok put a former marketing executive on a company "kill list" because she was a woman nearing 50 and ultimately fired her from her role after she complained about the prejudice she faced, according to a lawsuit filed against the social media company in New York federal court Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Yamaha Worker Must Arbitrate PAGA Claim, Panel Rules

    A California state appellate court on Thursday reversed in part a trial court's order in a proposed class action accusing Yamaha Motor Corp. of withholding wages, saying recent rulings in the Golden State's high court require the former employee to arbitrate her individual Private Attorneys General Act claim.

  • February 08, 2024

    IP Forecast: 2nd Circ. To Hear TM Fight Over Whiskey Bottles

    The Second Circuit will consider whether a jury in the Southern District of New York was wrong to decide that the shape of bottles used by the Bulleit bourbon brand is distinctive enough to be protected by trademark law. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • February 08, 2024

    AgileThought Gets Initial OK For Rolling Ch. 11 Dismissals

    Technology firm AgileThought Inc. can dismiss 19 of 32 consolidated Chapter 11 cases, a Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday, adding that she wanted to make sure all administrative creditors had some form of notice before she signed off on a process for future dismissals.

  • February 08, 2024

    Patent Owner Calls $8M Bond Unconstitutional In IP Row

    Patent owner Longhorn IP has urged the Federal Circuit to overturn an $8 million bond imposed by an Idaho federal court under the state's law, claiming that the bond order was unconstitutional and an attempt to intimidate the company and deter it from bringing a semiconductor patent suit against Idaho-based Micron Technology.

  • February 08, 2024

    Senate Committee Advances FAA Reauthorization Bill

    A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday advanced multiyear legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration's safety and airport improvement programs, while also dedicating resources to hiring more air traffic controllers and inspectors, enhancing passenger protections, and integrating more drones and so-called air taxis.

  • February 08, 2024

    Gemini's $800M Claim On Genesis Isn't Secured, Judge Says

    A New York bankruptcy judge rejected cryptocurrency exchange Gemini's argument that it has a secured claim on more than $800 million in Genesis Global Capital assets, ruling that because Genesis never transferred the assets, they cannot count as collateral pledged by the debtor.

Expert Analysis

  • Fed. Circ. Patent Decisions In 2023: An Empirical Review

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    The Federal Circuit decided 306 patent cases last year, which is still well down from the pre-pandemic norm of around 440, and on the whole the court's decisions were markedly less patentee-friendly in 2023 than in 2022, says Dan Bagatell at Perkins Coie.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Compliance Risk After SEC Warning Against 'AI Washing'

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun looking into the way public companies disclose how they use artificial intelligence to investors and it is likely to become an enforcement priority, meaning companies and their compliance programs should take steps now to avoid regulatory sanctions and shareholder lawsuits, say attorneys at Bracewell.

  • Shopify Ruling May Support Personal-Jurisdiction Defenses

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    Litigators, cybersecurity practitioners and web-based entities should all take note of the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Briskin v. Shopify, as it could lend significant support to personal-jurisdiction defenses, but such entities should still consider how their operations might tie them to certain states, say John Gray and Patrick McCormick at Lewis Roca.

  • Trouble Indemnity: IP Lawsuits In The Generative AI Boom

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    Attorneys at Ropes & Gray explore the contours of the intellectual property indemnification protections offered by providers of generative AI models — including their scope, coverage, conditions, exclusions and caps — to assess where businesses may still face liability exposure.

  • 6 AI Cases And What They Mean For Copyright Law

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    Artificial intelligence cases filed last year, some decided and others pending, demonstrate how the appellate courts that set binding precedent look at the intersection between copyright and AI, so legal frameworks must adapt and provide clarity in order to foster innovation, protect creators, and ensure fair and equitable outcomes, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Why Fed. Circ. Affirmed Attorney Fee Award In PersonalWeb

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    A recent Federal Circuit decision to leave a $5.2 million fee award in place in the PersonalWeb patent case underscores district courts' discretion to sanction unreasonable arguments and litigation tactics under the U.S. Code's attorney fee provision, say attorneys at Shearman. 

  • How AI Is Changing The Game Of Professional Sports

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    As more professional sports teams and organizations employ the use of artificial intelligence, counsel should keep a critical eye on several legal issues, including both state and federal regulatory developments, data privacy concerns, and how AI tools could potentially affect applicable intellectual property rights, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Trending At The PTAB: 6 Areas To Watch In 2024

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    Expect further changes in a half-dozen areas in 2024 following a busy 2023 at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including more adjustments to the director review process and the first case to hit the Appeals Review Panel, say attorneys at Finnegan.

  • The Space Law And Policy Outlook For 2024

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    Expect significant movement in space law, regulation and policy in 2024, as Congress, the administration and independent federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission address the increasingly congested, contested and competitive nature of space and the space industry, say Paul Stimers and Leighton Brown at Holland & Knight.

  • Charting The Course For Digital Assets In 2024

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    Although 2023 was a tough year for the digital asset industry, upcoming court decisions, legislation and regulatory action will bring clarity, allowing the industry to expand and evolve, and the government will decide what innovation it will allow without challenge, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Legal Practice In The AI Era: The Top Guest Articles Of 2023

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    Guest columnists explored the possibilities and challenges for the legal profession amid the rise of generative artificial intelligence, including privilege complications, demands for new types of legal skills, and the ethics of a ChatGPT-authored motion.

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