Telecommunications

  • June 7, 2017

    Apple Can’t Undo $234M Patent Award, But It Won't Be Tripled

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Tuesday denied Apple’s bid to undo a jury’s finding it must pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation $234 million in damages for infringing a computer processor patent, but denied WARF’s request to triple the award, saying the patent owner couldn’t prove willful infringement.

  • June 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Asked To Cut Wireless Patents That Survived PTAB

    HTC Corp. and ZTE Corp. asked a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday to invalidate three wireless patents asserted against them by a unit of licensing entity Acacia Research Corp., appealing a trio of rulings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board upholding the patents.

  • June 7, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Reopen FCC's Junk Fax Opt-Out Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday said it would not revisit its March decision that invalidated the Federal Communications Commission's rule requiring opt-out notices on solicited faxes.

  • June 7, 2017

    KKR Makes $1.65B Preliminary Bid For Australian Telecom Co.

    KKR launched a preliminary bid for Vocus Group, the Australian telecommunications company said Wednesday, offering up roughly AU$2.18 billion ($1.65 billion).

  • June 6, 2017

    High Court Phone Case Could Crimp Use Of Location Data

    The U.S. Supreme Court has stepped squarely into the debate over whether law enforcement needs a warrant to obtain cellphone location records, an issue that not only implicates crime-fighting efforts, but also the ability of tech giants like Google and Facebook to continue freely using consumers' location data, attorneys say.

  • June 6, 2017

    T-Mobile Seeks $18.4M Attys' Fees After $4.8M IP Verdict

    T-Mobile has asked a Washington federal judge to grant it about $18.4 million in attorneys’ fees and costs following a $4.8 million jury verdict against former business partner Huawei, found liable for an espionage campaign to glean secrets behind a phone-testing robot.

  • June 6, 2017

    FCC Warned Paperwork Change May Raise Pole Rates

    A Federal Communications Commission vote to nix a regulatory reporting requirement for carriers deemed unnecessary will likely lead to increased rates for pole attachments, an internet and television trade group warned Monday, undermining the agency’s policy goals for broadband.

  • June 6, 2017

    Senate Dems Seek Hearing On Sinclair-Tribune Deal

    Eight Senate Democrats on Monday asked the chairmen of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees to conduct hearings on the proposed Tribune-Sinclair merger and on a Federal Communications Commission media ownership rule change helping make way for the deal.

  • June 6, 2017

    Algeria Prevails In $4B Arbitration Over Telecom Investment

    Algeria has dodged an investor's $4 billion arbitration claim accusing the government of an unlawful campaign of harassment against an Algerian telecommunications company, with an international tribunal finding the claim inadmissible because of a previous settlement.

  • June 6, 2017

    ITC’s Take On Cisco Patent Is Flawed, Arista Tells Fed. Circ.

    California-based Arista Networks Inc. pressed a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday to throw out the International Trade Commission ruling that it infringed a patent owned by Cisco Systems Inc. relating to Ethernet switch products, arguing that the ITC distorted the scope of the patent.

  • June 6, 2017

    IT Biz Pushes Justices For Review Of State Securities Suits

    Network support products provider Cyan Inc. on Monday pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether state courts have jurisdiction to hear investor suits that only allege claims under the Securities Act of 1933, saying that the U.S. solicitor general agrees the case should be heard despite differences on the merits.

  • June 6, 2017

    Appealing PTAB Loss, IV Finds Tough Crowd At Fed. Circ.

    Intellectual Ventures faces tough odds of reviving a wireless communications patent successfully challenged by Ericsson after it struggled to convince a Federal Circuit panel during oral arguments Tuesday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board made a crucial error in claim construction.

  • June 6, 2017

    Amazon, Mozilla Plan Net Neutrality E-Protest

    A range of online companies and advocacy groups are planning a July 12 online protest to “save net neutrality” as the Federal Communications Commission weighs nixing the Obama-era Open Internet Order, with Amazon.com Inc., Mozilla Corp. and Etsy Inc. among the participants.

  • June 6, 2017

    T-Mobile Says City Let Fears Outweigh Wireless Buildout

    The city of Wilmington, Delaware, has unfairly stood in the way of an incognito wireless facility planned for the roof of a senior center, a T-Mobile unit said in federal court Monday, furthering a bid to force the city to grant its application.

  • June 5, 2017

    Dish Hit With $280M Penalty In TCPA Suit By Feds, States

    An Illinois federal judge permanently blocked Dish Network from making illegal calls in violation of do-not-call laws on Monday and simultaneously awarded $280 million to the federal government and the states of California, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.

  • June 5, 2017

    Top 10 Beach Reads For Telecom Attorneys This Summer

    The net neutrality debate may continue at full tilt over the next few months, but for telecom attorneys finding time to slip away for a summer break — with or without their work laptops — here are 10 books to consider for their beach reading list.

  • June 5, 2017

    Qualcomm Says FTC Can’t Prove Royalties Hurt Competition

    Qualcomm told a California federal judge Friday that the Federal Trade Commission still cannot support its claim that the company illegally used royalties to maintain a monopoly for semiconductor chips used in cellular handsets, saying the agency provides no evidence of reduced margins for its rivals.

  • June 5, 2017

    State AGs Warn FCC Against ‘Ringless’ Robocall Voicemails

    The attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York and Kentucky wrote together in a filing Friday that the Federal Communications Commission must refuse a request to allow robocalls to be sent directly to consumers’ voicemails without their phones ringing, saying consumers will be abused.

  • June 5, 2017

    FCC Accused Of Suppressing Speech At Meetings

    An open internet advocacy group is threatening potential legal action against the Federal Communications Commission after a series of incidents at open meetings in which the group claims security told advocates to change clothes, banned protesters “for life,” and “manhandled” a reporter.

  • June 5, 2017

    Samsung, Cisco Ask Fed. Circ. To Flip Straight Path PTAB Win

    Samsung, Cisco and other telecom giants fought to reverse a rare patent-holder win at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, telling a Federal Circuit panel Monday that Straight Path IP’s networking patents cover technology that would have been obvious to inventors at the time.

Expert Analysis

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Understanding The Challenges Of Strong Encryption: Part 2

    David Kalat

    Considering the inherently weak keyspace and bit strength of phone PINs, the FBI estimated that they could have cracked the infamous San Bernardino iPhone within 30 minutes. However, distinct security protocols largely unique to mobile devices can turn brute force attempts to unlock a phone into a forensic game of Russian roulette, says David Kalat of Berkeley Research Group LLC in the second half of this two-part article.

  • Financial Adviser Fee Disclosures After Vento V. Curry

    James E. Langston

    Prior to the Delaware Chancery Court's ruling last month in Vento v. Curry, it was not uncommon for the acquisition financing fees a buy-side financial adviser would receive to be omitted from a proxy statement. That will likely change in light of Vento, says James Langston of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Understanding The Challenges Of Strong Encryption: Part 1

    David Kalat

    When the FBI asked Apple to provide assistance in unlocking an iPhone used in connection with the 2015 San Bernardino attack, Apple very publicly declined. David Kalat of Berkeley Research Group LLC explains how it's possible that the good guys can't come up with effective passwords, but the bad guys can keep their secrets with four-digit pins.

  • Pre-1972 Songs Ruling May Lead To Good Vibrations

    Stanton “Larry” Stein

    While the Second Circuit’s holding in Capitol Records v. Vimeo and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent refusal to disturb it may be a disappointment for record labels and other rights holders, the upside is that it's a step in the direction of providing uniformity in the copyright laws as they apply to sound recordings, say Stanton Stein and Diana Sanders of Liner LLP.

  • Trump's Infrastructure Plan: Getting The Show On The Road

    Chris Roux

    Presidential candidate Donald Trump called for the investment of $1 trillion in infrastructure over 10 years. However, the Trump administration’s budget proposal shows cuts in government spending on transportation and water infrastructure. A clear, bipartisan plan to harness both public and private funds, and to streamline the permitting process, is needed for success, says G. Christian Roux of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • Why FCC Cannot Require Opt-Out Language In Solicited Faxes

    Lewis S. Wiener

    The D.C. Circuit's ruling in Bais Yaakov v. FCC takes some wind out of the sails of would-be plaintiffs seeking to capitalize on the nuances of Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Federal Communications Commission rules. The ruling shows the court's willingness to hold the FCC accountable when it takes actions outside of its authority, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.