Telecommunications

  • December 11, 2017

    Telecoms Tell 9th Circ. FCC's Network Transition Too Fast

    Several telecommunications organizations asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to review the Federal Communication Commission’s recent move to speed the transition from copper to fiber optic networks, arguing that the decision is “arbitrary” and may violate federal laws.

  • December 11, 2017

    Corning Taps Shearman, Skadden For $900M Deal With 3M

    Materials science giant Corning Inc., with assistance from legal advisers Shearman & Sterling LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, has inked a roughly $900 million cash deal to buy most of the communication markets business of 3M Co., the companies said on Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Motorola Dodges Enhanced Damages On $9M Patent Verdict

    A Texas federal judge has ruled that Motorola Mobility LLC owes ongoing royalties to a communications company after the jury found it violated five patents related to voice quality, but declined to add enhanced damages to the existing $9 million award, saying Motorola’s conduct didn’t constitute bad faith.

  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

    En Banc Denial Shows Fed. Circ. Split On Claim Construction

    The full Federal Circuit on Friday declined to rehear a decision tossing a $2 million patent infringement verdict for NobelBiz Inc., although three judges filed a strong dissent saying the court should address “growing confusion” about when judges must construe patent claims.

  • December 8, 2017

    FCC Says It Won't Release Net Neutrality Comment Logs

    The Federal Communications Commission's general counsel said Thursday the FCC must "respectfully decline" New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request for information related to comments posted online in the net neutrality rollback proceeding, emphasizing that the commission doesn't solely rely on the comments to make its decisions.

  • December 8, 2017

    Ericsson Wins $75M From IP Suit Over Patent Upheld By Alice

    A Texas federal jury found on Thursday that Ericsson had proven that TCL Communication Technology Holdings had infringed on claims in a patent covering a system for controlling software in mobile devices and awarded Ericsson $75 million in damages.

  • December 8, 2017

    Biotech Denali Therapeutics Tops 3 IPOs Totaling $506M

    Shares of Denali Therapeutics Inc. soared Friday after the company raised $250 million in an upsized initial public offering that amounted to the largest biotechnology IPO of 2017, leading one of three newly public companies that raised $506 million combined.

  • December 8, 2017

    What Is 'Informational Injury'? The FTC Wants To Find Out

    The Federal Trade Commission is set to consider when a breach of consumers’ data becomes an “injury,” at a workshop companies and privacy hawks are watching for clues on what kinds of data breach lawsuits the agency will bring going forward.

  • December 8, 2017

    DOJ, AT&T Get March Trial Date For $85B Merger Fight

    U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon on Thursday set a March 19 bench trial in the government’s challenge of AT&T’s $85.4 billion deal to purchase Time Warner Inc., rejecting AT&T's request for an earlier trial date.

  • December 8, 2017

    Mayors Urge FCC To Keep Net Neutrality Rules

    Nearly 60 elected municipal officials from coast to coast, including the mayors of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, asked the Federal Communications Commission in a Thursday letter to preserve its Obama-era net neutrality rules.

  • December 8, 2017

    EU Sues Ireland Over Inaction On Apple's $15.5B Tax Bill

    The European Commission said Friday it has sued Ireland for not collecting nearly €13 billion ($15.5 billion) in taxes the regulator found Apple Inc. should have paid, shortly after the tech giant escrowed the money while its challenge to the EC’s determination proceeds.

  • December 8, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Shearman, Sullivan, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, CVS bought Aetna for $69 billion, UnitedHealth Group Inc. subsidiary Optum acquired Davita for $4.9 billion, Prysmian snapped up General Cable for $3 billion, and Hartford sold its life insurance business for $2.05 billion.

  • December 7, 2017

    Some State, Local Cellphone Taxes Could Top 40%: Report

    The taxes, fees and surcharges that are tacked onto monthly cellphone bills will hit record levels next year, the Tax Foundation said Thursday, as impending increases could push the tax bite on a typical family plan to as high as 40 percent of the total bill in some locations.

  • December 7, 2017

    IRS Agent Says Offshore Cos. Ferried Soccer Bribes

    A key IRS agent whose 2011 tax investigation led to the government's corruption probe of dozens of FIFA officials and soccer marketing executives testified at trial Thursday that the executives used offshore intermediary companies with U.S. bank accounts to funnel illicit payments to soccer federations and officials.

  • December 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Asked To Erase AT&T’s Win In Wi-Fi Patent Fight

    A Wi-Fi hot spot company urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a Texas federal court’s ruling that invalidated the asserted claims of a patent covering the technology that it alleges AT&T infringes, arguing that a key term was construed incorrectly.

  • December 7, 2017

    Jones Day Picks Up Dykema Cybersecurity Partner

    Jones Day has picked up a Dykema Gossett PLC partner for its cybersecurity and privacy practice in Chicago, citing his “deep experience in incidence response and European data privacy compliance.”

  • December 7, 2017

    Sinclair-Tribune Merger Could Boost Minority Biz, FCC Hears

    Conservative political commentator Armstrong Williams told the Federal Communications Commissions in an ex parte filing that Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co. would allow minority-owned businesses to gain licensed stations and market share.

  • December 7, 2017

    Cartoon Network Ducks $50M 'Black Jesus' Copyright Suit

    Time Warner Inc. and the Cartoon Network on Wednesday escaped copyright infringement allegations that the channel’s “Black Jesus” show stole its premise from a short story called “Thank You, Jesus,” as a New York federal judge ruled the two Jesuses weren’t very similar and tossed the $50 million suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • Ex Ante Rate Disclosure In Tech Standards, A Decade Later

    Anne Layne-Farrar

    In 2007, the VITA Standards Organization made history — and stirred up a lot of controversy — by adopting a patent policy that mandates “ex ante” royalty rate disclosures. I recently spoke to Ray Alderman, who conceived of and pushed the new policy through implementation, about the factors that have made the policy a success over the last 10 years, says Anne Layne-Farrar of Charles River Associates.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • ITC Not Treating PTAB Decisions Like Other Agency Rulings

    James Barney

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision of unpatentability should have its full legal effect once promulgated, regardless of any appeal taken by the patent owner. Yet that is not how the U.S. International Trade Commission interpreted the inter partes review statute in its Arista order, says James Barney of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Reasonable-Royalty Lessons From Prism V. Sprint

    Karen Romrell

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to take up Sprint’s appeal, upholding Prism’s patent damages award. Here, Karen Romrell of Hampton IP & Economic Consultants LLC discusses various aspects of prior licenses and settlement agreements as set forth in Prism v. Sprint, along with other court decisions, to assist damage experts in determining a reasonable royalty.

  • Inventorship Considerations In Omnibus Patent Applications

    Peter Sleman

    Ericsson recently announced that it had filed a “landmark” patent application that covers a “complete architecture for the 5G network standard” and includes 130 inventors. Patent prosecutors across the country likely trembled at the mention of 130 inventors in a single application — and for good reason, says Peter Sleman of Wei & Sleman LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.