U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee is expected to remain head of the agency under the Trump administration, despite speculation that she would step down or be replaced. Lee previously worked at Google Inc. and has pushed for patent reform in her government role.
The Labor Department sued the U.S. division of Oracle Corp. for allegedly paying white men more than other workers and for illegally favoring Asian job applicants.
The Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm Inc. — the world’s largest maker of semiconductors for mobile phones — over unfair licensing practices allegedly designed to maintain a monopoly. Qualcomm said it will fight the FTC’s suit, which the company said is based on flawed legal theory and misconceptions about the cellphone industry.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has reportedly agreed to a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission’s incoming Republican majority that would move current FCC functions like consumer protection and competition to agencies like the Federal Trade Commission.
President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time that he believes Russia was behind the hacks into Democratic Party databases. He also denied the legitimacy of an unverified opposition research memo alleging ties between his presidential campaign and the Russian government.
Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to create more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months, making it the latest company to announce increased hiring and investments ahead of Trump’s inauguration. Most of the new jobs will be in Amazon warehouses.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering ways to revamp the H-1B visa program that brings foreign workers to the U.S. for high-skilled jobs. Chief executives of tech companies discussed possibilities for reform with the president-elect and his team at Trump Tower last month.
Intelligence officials presented classified documents to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump showing that Russian operatives say they have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. The unverified allegations were presented last week with the intelligence report on Russian cyber operations aimed at disrupting the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, ridiculed a proposal from congressional Democrats that would establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Russian hacking and disinformation campaign aimed at interfering in the U.S. election. Conway also said Trump might reconsider some of the punitive actions against Russia ordered by President Barack Obama.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson designated election systems to be part of U.S. critical infrastructure in an effort to better protect the voting process from potential hacking efforts.