Telecommunications

  • January 25, 2018

    New Bills Signal A Consensus On Broadband Buildout

    A slew of broadband infrastructure bills have been making the rounds on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, pointing to an increased interest in the nonpartisan issue of expanding rural connectivity in the wake of the heated debate over the Federal Communications Commission's move on net neutrality.

  • January 25, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Display Patents LG Infringed Survive Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s findings that Core Wireless’ display patents were infringed by LG and are not invalid under Alice, saying the patents do not claim abstract ideas as LG had argued.

  • January 25, 2018

    Charter School CEO Indicted In FCC E-Rate Program Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the indictment of a Texas charter school's CEO as well as a construction contracting executive who is accused of bribing his way into a contract providing the school with internet services funded by the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

  • January 25, 2018

    Grindr Not Responsible For Offensive Profiles, Court Says

    A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed the bulk of a lawsuit accusing the online dating app Grindr LLC of lacking safety features that would have prevented a “malicious” impersonation scheme by an ex-boyfriend, saying Grindr isn’t responsible for users’ behavior.

  • January 25, 2018

    Calif. Mayor Quits Broadband Panel, Decries Industry Tilt

    San Jose’s mayor resigned from a Federal Communications Commission advisory board Thursday, saying the body was too tilted toward industry, at the expense of local influence, to encourage broadband access.

  • January 25, 2018

    False Missile Alert Was Outside FCC Control, Senate Told

    The Federal Communications Commission distanced itself on Thursday from an emergency alert that falsely claimed a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, with a top staffer telling a Senate panel the agency is only in charge of managing the alert framework, not authenticating the messages sent over it.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To $4B Army Radio Contract Terms

    The U.S. Army adequately explained the safety and security reasons behind its requirements for a $3.9 billion communications radio contract, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, denying a protest arguing the Army wrongly overlooked a technically superior solution.

  • January 24, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Weinstein Co., Luye, Microsemi

    The Weinstein Co. is reportedly in exclusive talks to be sold to investors led by Obama-era official Maria Contreras-Sweet, Luye Life Sciences Group Ltd. is eyeing an IPO for its health care services unit, and U.S. semiconductor giant Microsemi Corp. might be up for sale.

  • January 24, 2018

    FCC Chief Plugs Achievements Amid Net Neutrality Flak

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai touted his accomplishments in a report Wednesday just after his first year at the agency's helm, despite controversy over his moves to end net neutrality and allegations that he played favorites with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. by relaxing media regulations.

  • January 24, 2018

    3 Takeaways From The EU's $1.2B Qualcomm Fine

    The European Commission issued its first abuse of dominance penalty this week since receiving an unfavorable court ruling in its case against Intel, fining embattled chipmaker Qualcomm €997 million ($1.22 billion) over its sales of semiconductor chips used in cellular devices. Here, Law360 takes a look at the implications of the fine for enforcement in Europe, Qualcomm’s ongoing litigations in the U.S. and Broadcom’s hostile takeover efforts.

  • January 24, 2018

    AT&T Ad Pushes ‘Internet Bill Of Rights’

    AT&T Inc. Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson penned a full-page ad in national media publications Wednesday, calling for new federal legislation he dubbed an “Internet Bill of Rights” that would require all online companies — not just internet service providers like AT&T — to stick to so-called open internet principles.

  • January 24, 2018

    Cellular Communications LTE Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated a number of claims in a Cellular Communications Equipment LLC patent covering Long Term Evolution networking technology, finding the claims to be obvious in light of prior art.

  • January 24, 2018

    Senators Push For Big Changes To Music Licensing

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation that would make major changes to the way digital streaming music services pay royalties, mirroring a House effort launched last month.

  • January 24, 2018

    $26 For A Whopper? Burger King Takes On Net Neutrality

    A quirky Burger King ad released Wednesday turned a fast-food joint into a net neutrality case study, depicting outraged customers who are told they must pay $26 to be in the “priority” Whopper lane.

  • January 24, 2018

    Dems Want More Agencies In FCC Fake Comment Probe

    Democratic House leaders asked Wednesday that a previously requested investigation into the submission of fake net neutrality comments to the Federal Communications Commission be expanded to include other regulators’ rulemakings, a move that comes after the Government Accountability Office agreed this month to look into the extent of the problem.

  • January 24, 2018

    EU Fines Qualcomm €997M For Abusing Chipset Dominance

    The European Commission on Wednesday fined Qualcomm Inc. €997 million ($1.22 billion) for abusing its dominance for semiconductor chips used in cellular devices by paying Apple Inc. billions of dollars not to buy from rival chipmakers.

  • January 23, 2018

    WARF Urges Fed. Circ. To Uphold $506M Apple Patent Win

    The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has told the Federal Circuit that a $506 million patent infringement verdict it won against Apple Inc. is well-founded and that the court should reject the tech giant’s argument that the decision was “fraught with error” and must be overturned.

  • January 23, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, ComScore

    Facebook has reportedly snapped up a Boston-based ID authentication company, Deutsche Telekom held unsuccessful deal talks with French rival Orange SA last year, and media analytics company ComScore Inc. is eyeing options for the business that could include a sale.

  • January 23, 2018

    Broadcom Aims To Control Qualcomm In $130B Proxy Battle

    Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Ltd. continue to trade barbs as they vie for shareholder support in a proxy battle that could sway the balance of power on the San Diego-based chipmaker’s board of directors and decide the fate of a $130 billion takeover bid by Broadcom.

  • January 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms AT&T, Verizon Win In Local Carrier Row

    AT&T and Verizon are not responsible for paying access fees for “do not call requests” delivered from their networks to telemarketers by a specialized local carrier in Washington state, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Monday, affirming a lower court's ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Leave The Never-Was-Neutral Net Alone

    Doug Hass

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Wrestling With Location Data Privacy At The High Court

    Vanessa Arslanian

    Last week during arguments in Carpenter v. United States, both conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to limit warrantless government access to historical cell-site location data, but they voiced different ways to do so, says Vanessa Arslanian at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • 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.