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Telecommunications

  • January 9, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Asks Sprint Why It Shouldn't Pay $32M In Damages

    Two members of a Federal Circuit panel repeatedly questioned counsel from Sprint on Wednesday about why it should not have to pay damages after Prism Technologies LLC sought to keep the telecommunications company on the hook for a $32.2 million judgment for patent infringement, even though it had its patents invalidated in a separate case. 

  • January 9, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of IP In $19M Samsung Verdict

    One of two digital-imaging patents whose infringement was set to cost Samsung $19.2 million is invalid, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, giving the top device maker high hopes for a multimillion-dollar haircut to that judgment as the parties await the outcome of a related appeal.

  • January 9, 2019

    LBI Noteholder Trustees Object To Del. Ch. 11 Disclosure

    Trustees representing holders of $297 million in notes issued by bankrupt LBI Media Inc. objected Wednesday to the company’s Delaware Chapter 11 disclosure statement, citing concerns ranging from inadequate review time and undisclosed details about company sale plans to provisions for top officer compensation.

  • January 9, 2019

    PTAB To Review Unified Challenge To Cell Signal Tech Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review a patent on cellphone signal-boosting technology challenged by defensive patent group Unified Patents Inc., according to a decision made public Tuesday, rejecting arguments that accused infringers Samsung and Verizon were interested parties not named in Unified's petition.

  • January 9, 2019

    Sen. Says Carriers Broke Promises To End Location Tracking

    Major mobile carriers have broken their promises to quickly and definitively end the practice of selling their customers' cellphone locations to third parties, Sen. Ron Wyden told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Apple Seeks PTAB Rehearing After Patent Owner Sanctioned

    Apple Inc. urged the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday to reconsider decisions upholding two patents for Voice over Internet Protocol technology, a request the board allowed Apple to make as a sanction against the owner of the patents for a series of improper behind-the-scenes communications.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fla. Nightclub Facing TCPA Suit Over Text Messages

    A Fort Lauderdale nightclub was hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Tuesday accusing the venue of sending unwanted advertising texts via an automated dialer in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 9, 2019

    Free Market Think Tank Wants FCC To Strike Old Regs

    The Federal Communications Commission should flex its congressionally delegated muscles to clear out obsolete regulations, the conservative think tank Free State Foundation said in a white paper published Tuesday, adding that the idea has already garnered support within the agency.

  • January 9, 2019

    US Emphasizes Close Oversight In China Trade Talks

    Trump administration officials wrapped up a meeting with their Chinese counterparts with little fanfare Wednesday as the two sides continue to work on a deal that will solve a bitter trade dispute, with the U.S. stressing that any final agreement will be closely monitored to ensure Beijing’s compliance.

  • January 8, 2019

    Intel Exec Slams Qualcomm's 'Very Unfair' Biz Model At Trial

    Intel Corp.'s chief strategy officer ripped into Qualcomm's "very unfair" business model Tuesday on day three of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations, testifying that the chipmaker demands patent royalties from all device makers, even if they use competitors' chips, which undercuts competition.

  • January 8, 2019

    Late Filing Sinks NJ Comcast Worker's Age Bias Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that courts don't have jurisdiction over reconsideration motions filed more than 20 days after the parties are served with the order being challenged, issuing a published decision Tuesday sending a former Comcast Corp. employee's age bias suit back to arbitration.

  • January 8, 2019

    Apple, VirnetX Spar In Fed. Circ. Over Patent Appeal Remand

    Counsel from both Apple Inc. and VirnetX Inc. on Tuesday received tough questions from a Federal Circuit panel regarding whether the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has the authority to re-examine two pre-America Invents Act VirnetX patents that were ruled invalid after Apple challenged them.

  • January 8, 2019

    Cooley Nabs Ex-FCC Privacy, Telecom Pro From Boies Schiller

    Cooley LLP has picked up a Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner with significant cybersecurity, privacy and telecom litigation and policy experience garnered through his work spearheading enforcement activities at the Federal Communications Commission and the California attorney general's office.

  • January 8, 2019

    Dems Renew Call For Crackdown On Mobile Location Tracking

    Sen. Ron Wyden and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have again called for government action to restrict mobile phone tracking in response to a report released Tuesday that described how an individual could still gain access to the locations of private cellphones through a shadowy network of location aggregators and resellers.

  • January 8, 2019

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the final month of 2018, lobbyists representing big telecom companies asked the Federal Communications Commission for regulatory changes to expand rural broadband and reduce call connection charges and for permission to keep building tools to block spam texts.

  • January 8, 2019

    Roku Can't Escape Streaming Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by Roku Inc. to scrap a patent infringement lawsuit brought against it in October over its media players and streaming sticks, holding it was too soon in the process.

  • January 8, 2019

    Ericsson Can License IP On Its Terms, Not HTC's, Judge Says

    Ericsson isn't automatically required to license its standard-essential patents at the much cheaper component level, a Texas federal judge ruled Monday in a major blow to HTC, which has accused the company of trying to overcharge on royalties to license cellular and wireless network SEPs.

  • January 8, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive $506M WARF IP Award Against Apple

    The full Federal Circuit will not review a decision that released Apple Inc. from a $506 million damages award in an infringement case brought by the licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison over a computer processor patent.

  • January 8, 2019

    FTC Soundboard Ban Already Crushing Industry, Justices Told

    A letter issued by the Federal Trade Commission finding certain telemarketing technology is subject to robocall regulations has already killed two companies, and will only cause more industry loss if it remains unchallenged, a trade association told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • January 7, 2019

    Pols Can't Block Critics On Social Media, 4th Circ. Says

    Politicians can’t ban unfavorable constituents from social media pages and accounts used for official purposes, a Fourth Circuit panel ruled Monday, in a case that centers on issues similar to those at play in a dispute at the Second Circuit over President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Qualcomm, Apple And The China IPhone Ban

    Elizabeth Chien-Hale 

    In addition to assembling iPhones, China has grown to be an important market for the product. A sales ban of iPhones in China, if carried out by the Fuzhou Intermediate Court, could deal a major economic blow to Apple, says Elizabeth Chien-Hale, an attorney with CKR Law LLP and former senior counsel at Apple Inc.

  • How FIRRMA Changed National Security Reviews In 2018

    Farhad Jalinous

    The passage of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in August expanded the range of transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is able to review for national security concerns — especially transactions related to China, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.