Monthly Archives: September 2013

Discussion Draft Bill Aimed at Patent Trolling is Applauded by California Tech Companies

It seems we cannot go one week without hearing about patent troll litigation and this week is no exception.  Last week, we discussed a report issued by the Government Accountability Office on August 22, which raised questions about whether patent trolling is really a big problem for businesses and whether patent trolls are truly the

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Are Patents Trolls Really a Problem for Businesses?

In July, we raised the issue of patent trolling.  See How Patent Trolls Are Stirring Up California’s Tech Industry, July 19, 2013; What The Government is Doing to Regulate and Restrict Patent Trolling, July 24, 2013.  As a reminder, patent trolls are shell companies that exist solely for the purpose of asserting that they should

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Avoiding Securities Fraud Class-Action Lawsuits

Velti is a company with offices all over the world, including in the Silicon Valley area.  Founded in 2001, the company is a provider of mobile marketing and advertising technology for brands, advertising agencies, mobile operators, and media groups.  Velti’s main clients are telecommunications providers around the world such as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.  Last

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California Businesses Take Note: Unpaid Internships in the News Again

Vallentino Smith, a 25-year-old from Queens, New York, is suing Donna Karan International over his unpaid internship in 2009.  Smith, who was an undergraduate intern hoping to gain marketing experience, claims that he worked 16 hours per week without pay at the company’s Manhattan headquarters.  The company allegedly told Smith the internship would be a

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