Google Glass Faces Driving Bans as States Move to Bar Use
Gary Howell has a vision, and it’s a grim one, involving a cat. A motorist is driving down the road, wearing his Google Glass. He decides to watch a feline video and breaks into laughter.
“When you’re rolling down the road in a ton-and-a-half of metal at 65 miles per hour, you can do some serious damage,” said Howell.
Apple, InterDigital, Samsung: Intellectual Property
Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), which have sued each other around the globe over patents, joined together to tell the European Union to cut down on the ability of companies that license patents to win court rulings limiting product sales.
Ballard Spahr Adds Antitrust Litigators: Business of Law
Jay N. Fastow and Denise L. Plunkett joined Ballard Spahr LLP’s New York office as partners in the litigation department and antitrust and consumer financial services practice groups.
Weil Advises RF Micro on $1.59 Billion Deal: Business of Law
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP are acting as counsel for RF Micro Devices Inc., which agreed to buy TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. for $1.59 billion, creating a chipmaker with more than $2 billion in revenue. Perkins Coie LLP is counsel for TriQuint.
SAP, USPTO, Hilfiger, Slabbed: Intellectual Property
A U.S. appeals court revived part of a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by Elcommerce.com Inc. against Walldorf, Germany-based SAP AG. (SAP)
While the Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed non-infringement of certain claims within patent 6,947,903, the court said the trial judge used the wrong legal standard in ruling other aspects of the patent invalid.
Whistle-Blower Awards Are Ordinary Income, Tax Court Says
A whistle-blower’s $6.8 million in awards must be taxed as ordinary income, a U.S. Tax Court judge ruled, rejecting arguments that the money should be recognized as capital gains and subject to a lower rate.
Firm Entry-Level Hiring Little Changed: Business of Law
Entry-level hiring at U.S. law firms was little changed in 2013, according to the annual survey of the National Association for Law Placement.
The organization said that on-campus recruiting efforts were consistent with the fall of 2012, although those law students who got callback interviews had a higher rate of success than in 2012. Third-year law students had a harder time, however, because recruiting volume fell for those in the final year of law school after rising for the past three years.
Appeals, NCAA, Nintendo, MediaTek: Intellectual Property
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision to give no deference to trial judges when reviewing their interpretation of patents.
The Washington-based appeals court, in 6-4 decision, affirmed its policy of reviewing claim interpretation from scratch.
Weil Advises Facebook as WhatsApp Uses Fenwick: Business of Law
When Facebook Inc. (FB) sought to acquire messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. for as much as $19 billion in cash and stock, the social networking site turned to Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for the deal. WhatsApp relied on Fenwick & West LLP, the firm that acted as Facebook’s outside counsel in its 2012 initial public offering.
Google, Two Sigma, Saints, PepsiCo: Intellectual Property
Google Inc. (GOOG) was sued by a German architectural firm over a patent for technology that allows users to provide space-based images of the earth.
Art+Com, based in Berlin, claims Google infringed the architectural firm’s patent when the search-engine giant unveiled its Google Earth application in 2005, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Delaware.
NCAA Argues Free Speech Shields It From Ex-Athletes’ Suit
The National Collegiate Athletic Association must go to trial over claims by football and basketball players who are seeking a share of $800 million a year in licensing fees for televised games, a judge said.
The case is part of a movement by current and former college athletes to secure compensation, and greater medical benefits, control over their images and labor protections in a system that considers them amateurs. The athletes aren’t paid despite generating sponsorship, ticket and merchandise revenue in addition to that from TV contracts.
Cadwalader’s Partial Win on Malpractice: Business of Law
An appellate court in New York last week rejected one theory underlying a malpractice claim against Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP over a commercial mortgage-backed securitization, or CMBS, while letting another stand.
CrossFit, Strand Life, Mediaset: Intellectual Property
CrossFit Inc., the strength and fitness training company, sued a former affiliate for trademark misappropriation.
Andres del Cueto Davalos, a Mexico City resident and licensed CrossFit affiliate, exceeded terms of his license to set up Internet domain names that infringe the company’s trademarks, according to the complaint filed Feb. 14 in federal court in San Jose, California.
SEC Gains Power to Take Profit Made From Insider Trading
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won an appeals court ruling that may allow it to collect illegal proceeds from money managers who engage in insider trading even when their firms got all the profit.
Baker & McKenzie Opens ‘New Frontier’ Office in Myanmar
Baker & McKenzie LLP, the world’s second-largest law firm by revenue, opened an office in Myanmar to serve foreign investors entering an economy emerging from five decades of isolation.
“First movers” across the telecommunications, energy, mining and infrastructure industries are already active in one of Asia’s poorest countries, Chris Hughes, head of the office in Yangon’s Sakura Tower said in an interview.
Sheppard Mullin Adds White-Collar Trio: Business of Law
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP added three partners to the firm’s white collar and investigations and business trials team in San Francisco.
Raymond C. Marshall, Krystal N. Bowen and David S. Cannon joined from Bingham McCutchen LLP. Marshall, a past president of the State Bar of California, sat on Bingham’s executive committee. Bowen was co-chairman of Bingham’s white collar investigations and enforcement group.
James Dean, Google, John Wiley: Intellectual Property
James Dean’s estate sued Twitter Inc. (TWTR), alleging that the account “@JamesDean” violates the estate’s right of publicity for the late actor as well as its trademarks.
James Dean Inc. hired CMG Worldwide Inc., which represents the estates of John Belushi, Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart, among others, to manage its intellectual property rights, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Indianapolis.
Comcast Deal: If Netflix Is Fine, Regulators Might Be Too
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) goes before U.S. regulators who may be more interested in ensuring Internet users can see Netflix Inc.’s videos than parsing the combined company’s market share.
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, may use his agency’s power to review the $45.2 billion deal announced yesterday to get faster Web access to more residences and schools, and limit what online video providers like Netflix can be charged to stream content.
Davis Polk, Willkie Advise Comcast: Business of Law
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advised Comcast Corp. on its agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion, combining the two largest U.S. cable companies in an all-stock transaction.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP advised Time Warner.
Hyperlinks, Pfizer, Harper Lee: Intellectual Property
Websites can link to freely available online content without seeking permission from the copyright owner, the European Union’s highest court said.
Website owners “may, without the authorization of the copyright holders, redirect Internet users via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site,” the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg said yesterday. “The position would be different,” for links that circumvent a paywall, the court held.