After six years of attacks, Qualcomm finally sees stability return to patent licensing
SAN DIEGO — Alex Rogers says he likes stress. As head of Qualcomm’s maligned patent licensing division, he has seen plenty of it over the past few years.Starting in 2014, government regulators from China to South Korea to the U.S. attacked the San Diego mobile technology firm’s lucrative business model for licensing its intellectual property, claiming it coerced smartphone makers into paying sky-high patent fees that harmed consumers.Apple joined the fray in 2017 with a lawsuit aimed at dismantling Qualcomm’s blueprint for licensing patents. A year later, chip rival Broadcom made licensing tro...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
H-1B: Trump administration pushes ahead on long-promised changes to controversial visa
A long-promised but thrice-delayed change to the H-1B visa program by the administration of President Donald Trump has been pushed ahead, but immigration lawyers are already predicting a legal fight.The administration has been saying since 2017 that it would change the definition of what qualifies as a “specialty occupation” for the H-1B, a visa intended for skilled foreign workers that is often used as a pathway to a green card.Now, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has taken a concrete step forward, sending its proposed new rule to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Th...
The Mercury News
Texas assistant attorney general loses his job after tweets targeting Muslims, social justice protests
AUSTIN, Texas — An assistant attorney general for Texas has lost his job after a national media report detailed social media posts that encouraged violence against Black Lives Matters protesters, likened Islam to a virus and dismissed the fight for LGBTQ rights as “normalizing perversion.”The report by Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog, also highlighted Nick Moutos’ support for the conspiracy theories behind QAnon, which sees President Donald Trump as a leading hero in the fight against satanic pedophiles who secretly run the government.Moutos was an assistant attorney genera...
6 states and DC officially sue Postal Service over mail delays
PHILADELPHIA — A coalition of six states and Washington, D.C., sued the United States Postal Service and its top two political appointees Friday, saying they have delayed and disrupted mail delivery in an effort to interfere with mail voting in the November election.The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Philadelphia after Pennsylvania Attorney Josh Shapiro first announced plans to bring suit Tuesday, says new Postal Service policies were implemented without going through the Postal Regulatory Commission as required by federal law; those policies violate the law setting Postal Servic...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Qualcomm wins reversal of antitrust verdict in long-running battle with the FTC
Qualcomm has won its appeal to overturn last year’s antitrust verdict in a case brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, potentially ending a bitter saga that threatened the San Diego company’s lucrative patent licensing business.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling last year that Qualcomm violated anti-monopoly laws in the way it licenses patents.The panel also threw out Koh’s worldwide permanent injunction prohibiting Qualcomm from certain business practices, which could have reduced the company’s incentives to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kansas City payday loan tycoon to argue his billion-dollar fine to U.S. Supreme Court
KANSAS CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal by Kansas City payday loan tycoon Scott Tucker that challenges the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to demand restitution, as the agency did in his case when it obtained a $1.3 billion order against him.Lower courts have issued mixed opinions about whether the FTC, a federal watchdog agency, can order people and businesses to return money they obtained from consumers through ripoff schemes.The Supreme Court consolidated Tucker’s appeal with another case that poses similar questions, which justices will hear during or...
The Kansas City Star
The new challenges facing college athletes on campus — including legal and ethical questions about COVID-19 guidelines
CHICAGO — When Illinois athletes prepared to return to campus for voluntary workouts earlier this month, they were asked to sign a form if they wanted to rejoin teammates.The document asked athletes to responsibly follow guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus — such as completing a virtual screening, reporting to sports medicine staff any known exposure to COVID-19 or any symptoms, wearing a mask in public places and sanitizing hands frequently — and to agree to testing.Several other Big Ten schools — but not all — asked their athletes to sign similar documents, as have many progra...