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Telecommunications

  • October 18, 2018

    Huawei Using Suit Against Him To Steal IP, Ex-Worker Says

    A former Huawei employee on Wednesday accused the Chinese smartphone maker of using its case against his U.S.-based startup to steal intellectual property, calling it the “latest in a long line of underhanded tactics” to help China become a global tech leader.

  • October 18, 2018

    CWA Wants In On Calif. Review Of Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

    The Communications Workers of America District 9 said Thursday it has filed a motion to become a party to the California Public Utilities Commission's review of the proposed $59 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger, saying it could lead to fewer jobs, lower wages and higher prices for consumers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Satellite Cos. Push Congress To Renew Network Carriage Law

    A trade group for satellite TV providers has urged Congress to reauthorize a law that lets them transmit distant broadcast signals to rural customers before the statute sunsets next year, saying thousands of viewers could otherwise lose network channels.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trade Groups Sue Vt. Over State Net Neutrality Regs

    A handful of trade organizations filed suit against Vermont on Thursday over two net neutrality policies intended to make local providers follow open-internet principles, saying the state was deliberately trying to revive discontinued Federal Communications Commission policy.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Gets Input On Autodialer Definition After 9th Circ. Ruling

    The FCC has received the first round of public comments on how it should apply restrictions on automatic telephone dialing systems under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, with businesses and industry groups largely advocating a narrow interpretation of the law.

  • October 18, 2018

    Sprint Stiffed $4M Commission, Wireless Partner Claims

    A Texas wireless partner has hit Sprint Nextel Corp. and a subsidiary with a more than $4 million suit in Dallas federal court, claiming the wireless giant breached their long-standing contract and defamed it in the process.

  • October 17, 2018

    Nokia Backs Patent Successor In $7.3M Fight With Apple

    Nokia Technologies Oy has thrown its support behind Core Wireless Licensing SARL's bid asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate a $7.3 million jury verdict for patent infringement against Apple Inc., arguing in a Tuesday brief that the panel was wrong to find that one of Core Wireless' cellular patents might be unenforceable.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Eversheds Sutherland Nabs Ex-Baker Botts Trade Pro In DC

    Eversheds Sutherland has bolstered its international trade and energy practices with the addition of a former Baker Botts LLP partner, according to the firm.

  • October 17, 2018

    Broadcasters Push Next-Gen TV As FCC Eyes Transition

    Major broadcasters including Fox, NBC and Telemundo are joining a private-sector push for internet protocol TV, telling an industry group Wednesday they will collaborate with the Federal Communications Commission on developing a new standard for broadcast television.

  • October 17, 2018

    Apple, HTC, ZTE To Be Probed Over Phone Imports At ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into mobile phones and other devices sold and imported by Apple, HTC and ZTE after a patent licensing firm accused the companies of infringing on patents that cover technologies relating to the 3G and LTE wireless communications standards.

  • October 17, 2018

    10th Circ. Won't Unpause Cell Tower Dispute With Sante Fe

    A Tenth Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a New Mexico district court’s decision to stay a challenge to the city of Santa Fe’s rejection of an internet provider’s request to modify a broadcast tower, pending the resolution of parallel state-court proceedings.

  • October 17, 2018

    Apple's Window To Nix Patent Has Closed, Qualcomm Says

    Qualcomm has told a California federal judge that Apple can't argue it doesn't owe royalties for a particular patent because its window to do so has shut, and the consumer tech giant's theory that the patent has been newly injected into the companies' massive licensing dispute belies the fact Apple has known about the patent for months. 

  • October 17, 2018

    Roku Zapped With Infringement Suit Over Streaming Devices

    Roku’s media players and streaming sticks are infringing the asserted claims of a patent covering a system for streaming media content from a mobile phone to larger displays such as televisions, the patent’s owner contended Tuesday in Texas federal court.

  • October 17, 2018

    FCC Deregulation Hobbling Hurricane Recovery, Group Says

    Public Knowledge, a nonprofit public interest group, said Wednesday that the slow pace of repairs to Florida’s communications services in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael can be blamed on phone service deregulation by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • October 17, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Alice Ax Of Phone Call Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a ruling by a Delaware district judge that several claims of a company’s patent for technology that calls multiple phone lines at once are invalid under the Supreme Court’s Alice ruling because they do not solve a technological problem.

  • October 16, 2018

    Viacom Is 2nd Co. To Sue Netflix With Exec. Poaching Claims

    Viacom Inc. has sued Netflix in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the entertainment streaming giant illegally recruits key employees away from other companies — including a former Viacom TV production executive — an allegation also made by Twentieth Century Fox in separate ongoing litigation.

  • October 16, 2018

    FCC Commissioners Support Plan To Reopen 5.9 GHz Rules

    FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O’Rielly offered bipartisan support Tuesday for a trade association’s plan that would rethink the allocation of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for automotive safety features and use it to power Wi-Fi and unlicensed devices.

  • October 16, 2018

    Comcast Gets PTAB To Ax Another TiVo Patent

    Comcast notched another win against TiVo in a broad-ranging intellectual property dispute, as the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday invalidated a patent for an interactive television guide held by TiVo subsidiary Rovi.

  • October 16, 2018

    Germany Probing Sky's Soccer Broadcast Deal

    German competition regulators announced Tuesday they are investigating a deal reached by broadcaster Sky PLLC and sports streaming service operator Perform Group LLC to split the rights to show Champions League soccer games in Germany.

Expert Analysis

  • Why It’s Time To Rethink Illinois Brick

    Samuel Miller

    In Apple v. Pepper, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether iPhone owners who purchase apps from Apple’s app store should be considered “direct purchasers” under federal antitrust laws. The court should use this opportunity to reevaluate the direct purchaser analysis it established in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, says Samuel Miller of UC Hastings Law School.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Chatting With Ex-USPTO Chief About Patent News, IP Strategy

    Eli Mazour

    During a recent interview with Eli Mazour of Harrity & Harrity LLP, David Kappos discussed his time as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as head of intellectual property at IBM, reacted to patent-related developments, and provided wide-ranging advice to those in and outside of the IP field.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.