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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs-In on Google vs. Oracle

A prolonged legal battle between software behemoths Google and Oracle has, at long last, reached a conclusion. The US Supreme Court ruled in early April that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s copyright for the Java API when developing the Android operating system. The case put an end to a legal dispute…

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Remember Those Old Linksys Routers? They’re a Case Study for the Importance of Technical Due Diligence

Fundamental to complex technology transactions is the need for technical due diligence. Technical evaluations and intellectual property concerns are vital pieces of any assessment of opportunity and risk associated with these transactions. For proof, look no further than the ubiquitous Linksys WRT54G router – and how an oversight in the merger and…

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New Thinking at the Federal Trade Commission Could Spell Trouble for Tech

In March, President Biden announced he would nominate Lina Khan for Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If confirmed, she would become the third Democrat on the five-person commission tasked with protecting consumers and preventing anticompetitive business practices. The nomination is the latest chapter of a meteoric rise for Khan, whose…

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Sam Malek, Quandary Peak Expert Witness, Helps Win $172M Verdict

A patent litigation case between Wapp Tech and Micro Focus has concluded with a $172.5 million award, in favor of the plaintiff. The judgment, which featured Quandary Peak’s Sam Malek as the primary expert witness for Wapp Tech, marked the resolution of one of multiple lawsuits filed in July 2018. In the…

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Understanding the SIM-Swapping Threat

Between the growth and accessibility of the internet, the proliferation of smart devices, and the increased portability and power of those devices, connecting people anywhere on the globe is easier than ever. But new technologies also represent new opportunities for bad actors: from the Nigerian prince email, to phishing, identify theft, hacking…

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As Jeff Bezos Steps Down, What Will Change at Amazon?

The undisputed king of e-commerce and plenty of other verticals – Amazon – will soon have a new CEO. Jeff Bezos sent ripples through financial media in early February, when he announced his transition to an executive chairman role. Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Service’s cloud team, will take over…

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Concerns for Tech Companies in 2021

The new year represents a symbolic fresh start for many, but several concerns linger for technology companies around the globe. Some of the biggest names in tech are experiencing increased scrutiny, restrictions (or the threat of restrictions), and more apprehension about security than ever before. As a new presidential administration takes office…

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An Overview of the Three Google Antitrust Lawsuits

Technology behemoth Google may be wildly popular (and profitable), but no amount of ubiquity has allowed the company to escape a recent trend: bipartisan scrutiny by lawmakers in Washington, and rapidly-growing calls for regulatory/antitrust action. At the dawn of 2021, the Silicon Valley giant finds itself the subject of not one, not…

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2020’s Biggest Tech Stories, and What to Watch Next Year

2020 was truly a year unlike any other. The global coronavirus pandemic and US presidential election dominated headlines, which were dramatized further by social upheaval and other flashpoints. Technology also shared in the spotlight, as consumers and businesses relied heavily on ‘digital everything’ to work, shop, and connect through the pandemic. In…

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FTC and State Attorneys Bring Antitrust Suit Against Facebook

Facebook is the latest technology giant to stare down an antitrust suit. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam sued the social media and advertising behemoth in early December, alleging anticompetitive behavior. The result of a year-plus long investigation, the lawsuit could force Facebook to…

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