Telecommunications

  • July 21, 2020

    Apple Gets Uniloc's Communications Patent Axed At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday invalidated a Uniloc communication system patent challenged by Apple Inc., finding that the purported invention is obvious in light of an earlier patent and Bluetooth technology specifications.

  • July 21, 2020

    Lenovo Defends Antitrust Suit Over InterDigital SEPs

    Lenovo has hit back against InterDigital's government-backed bid to toss a suit alleging it violates antitrust law through licensing practices for its standard-essential patents, contending that InterDigital acquired its monopoly position for cellular technology through an unlawful scheme.

  • July 21, 2020

    Kane Kessler Can Use Client Emails In Fraud Suit Defense

    A New York federal court gave Kane Kessler PC the go-ahead Monday to produce privileged client emails as part of its defense against a nonprofit that claims it conspired to defraud the company in a previous case.

  • July 21, 2020

    DC Circ. Enjoins Trump Replacement Of Tech Advisory Board

    The D.C. Circuit has temporarily barred the Trump administration from replacing personnel at a group of federally funded international broadcasters, after a Trump appointee suddenly fired and replaced top executives and advisory board members at the nonprofit group with acting government officials.

  • July 21, 2020

    The Biggest Telecom Developments Of 2020: Midyear Report

    The first half of 2020 has been packed with legal and policy developments in the telecom industry, including major moves to keep consumers online during a pandemic, national security crackdowns on Chinese-owned telecom companies and efforts to free up more airwaves for commercial use.

  • July 21, 2020

    Crisis Warrants Both Aspects Of OECD Plan, Tax Chief Says

    The current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic calls for both parts of the corporate tax reform plan that nearly 140 jurisdictions are negotiating through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Pascal Saint-Amans, the group's tax chief, told Law360.

  • July 20, 2020

    Sinclair Investors' Suit Dead Without Lead Plaintiff

    A Maryland federal judge said Monday that she won't revisit her order trimming most claims from a shareholder suit against Sinclair Broadcasting that was filed after the company's proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media went south.

  • July 20, 2020

    FCC Shouldn't Be President's 'Speech Police,' Commish Says

    The Federal Communications Commission shouldn't cave to executive pressure to become President Donald Trump's "speech police," a commissioner said Friday, as the agency prepares to receive a petition aimed at stripping social media platforms of their liability protections.

  • July 20, 2020

    Telecoms Ask FCC To Make Pole Owners Split Upgrade Costs

    The Federal Communications Commission should make a determination that owners of utility poles in areas without internet access must share the cost of replacing the poles when they're damaged, because it is unreasonable for telecommunications companies to bear the full cost, the agency heard.

  • July 20, 2020

    ​​​​​​​PanOptis Says IP Trial With Apple Should Proceed In EDTX

    PanOptis told U.S District Judge Rodney Gilstrap Friday that despite the ongoing pandemic, the Eastern District of Texas is a safe place for its patent suit against Apple to proceed to an in-person jury trial next month, but the tech giant shot back Monday and blasted claims that it is enacting delay tactics as "smears."

  • July 20, 2020

    FCC Cites 'Star Wars' In Call For Emergency Network Refurb

    The Federal Communications Commission's priority service programs, which put emergency responders at the front of the line, could face the same fate as the Death Star if the rules that govern them aren't quickly brought into the 21st century, according to the head of the agency.

  • July 20, 2020

    DOJ Knocks Lenovo's Antitrust Case Against InterDigital

    The U.S. Department of Justice has waded into a licensing dispute over standard-essential patents between electronics maker Lenovo and InterDigital, urging a Delaware federal court to reject Lenovo and its Motorola Mobility unit's "overbroad interpretations of the antitrust laws."

  • July 20, 2020

    Mazie Slater Settles Referral Fight Over $125M Verizon Deal

    New Jersey personal injury firm Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman told a state court on Monday that it has reached a settlement with a firm that allegedly owns a stake in the fees from a $125 million personal injury award against Verizon.

  • July 20, 2020

    FCC Approves Rules To Fix Broadband Mapping Gaps

    The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules to improve broadband availability maps, identify connectivity gaps in the U.S. and locate where funding is needed to remedy the digital divide, in an effort to implement the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act that Congress enacted in March.

  • July 20, 2020

    FCC, Infrastructure Groups Reach 5G Tower Review Deal

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with infrastructure groups to streamline the process of adding new equipment to existing tower sites as the commission works to speed 5G deployment.

  • July 17, 2020

    Wireless Tech Co. Synapse's Stock Priced In Chancery Court

    A Delaware vice chancellor deemed that the value of wireless technology company Synapse Wireless Inc.'s stock in 2016 had dropped to a fraction of what it had been four years before, siding against a Synapse investor who claims he was owed $2.4 million for shares in connection to a 2016 buyout.

  • July 17, 2020

    COVID-19 IP Catch-Up: Delays, Masks & Ducks

    Even as a remote patent trial finishes up in New York, judges in Delaware are pushing dates back and Apple is asking for further delays in Texas. On the trademark end, 3M has reported back on its litigation campaign over N95 masks. Here are some recent intellectual property updates tied to the coronavirus outbreak that you may have missed.

  • July 17, 2020

    Alice-Doomed Suits Against Apple, Samsung Go To Fed. Circ.

    A California federal judge "oversimplified" a digital camera patent when twice finding that several claims aren't patent-eligible under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, the inventors told the Federal Circuit on Friday in a bid to get their infringement suits against Apple and Samsung revived.

  • July 17, 2020

    Mysterious Twitter Cyberattack Shows Risks Of Insider Access

    A cyberattack that relied on information divulged by Twitter's own employees to compromise accounts of some of the world's most high-profile users illustrates how companies' greatest security risks can sometimes be their own workers.

  • July 17, 2020

    Cox Accuses Dish Of Trying To Air Its Stations For Free

    Dish Network is trying to get away with illegally transmitting Cox Media Group's content while the pair battle out a contract dispute in Illinois federal court by wielding an unrelated restraining order in an "unprecedented fashion," according to Cox.

  • July 17, 2020

    Maine Public Channel Law Tramples Cable Act, Industry Says

    A cable industry group fighting a Maine law requiring cable providers to make public and educational stations easier to find in channel lineups and to expand cable lines in less populous areas has told the First Circuit that the mandate runs counter to federal law.

  • July 17, 2020

    Groups Urge House To Nix Ligado Prohibition In Defense Bill

    Wireless and consumer protection groups have urged House leaders to abandon provisions tucked into a major defense policy bill that would undercut the Federal Communications Commission's decision allowing satellite provider Ligado to operate a 5G network.

  • July 17, 2020

    Apple Infringing Wireless Audio Patents, One-E-Way Says

    A company whose founder claims he first conceived of wireless headphone technology in the late 1990s after noticing outdoor exercisers struggling with audio wires sued Apple for patent infringement on Thursday, saying the tech giant's Airpods, Airpods Pro, HomePod and Beats products infringe two of the company's patents.

  • July 17, 2020

    Investors' 'Click Injection' Suit Against App Developer Tossed

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed securities class action alleging app developer Cheetah Mobile Inc. hurt investors after it secretly earned revenue by gaming an app-advertising commission system in an effort to fraudulently increase advertising revenue.

  • July 17, 2020

    German Watchdog Raises Red Flags On Smart TV Privacy

    Germany's antitrust and consumer protection watchdog raised concerns Friday that the rise of smart TVs has opened the door to numerous threats to privacy and fair competition and has revealed holes in German laws meant to prevent consumer harm.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Gov't Amicus Efforts Show Antitrust Policy Via Advocacy

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    Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has filed an increasing number of amicus briefs in an effort to influence antitrust law, revealing enforcement priorities and policy positions even where they don't persuade courts, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • 5 Tips For Emergency Relief Petitions During COVID-19

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    Business disputes are not a priority for courts right now, so companies looking to protect their trade secrets or rights to contractual performance must tailor their requests for emergency relief to the unique circumstances of this time, says Shannon Armstrong at Holland & Knight.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • How USPTO Examiner Type Affects Patents: Part 1

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    Michael Sartori and Matt Welch at Baker Botts analyzed 10 years of data and found that certain types of examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allow and examine disproportionately more U.S. patents each year than other types of examiners, resulting in few allowing many, and many allowing few.

  • Md. Digital Ad Tax Likely To Share Fate With Wash. Bank Tax

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    Maryland's digital advertising tax contains some of the same constitutional infirmities as Washington's banking surtax — which was ruled unconstitutional by a Washington state court last week — and will spawn similar litigation if the Maryland Legislature passes it over the governor's veto, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Opinion

    ITC Comcast Patent Ruling Shouldn't Be Overturned

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    Following the U.S. International Trade Commission's carefully determined ruling that Comcast stole TiVo intellectual property, Comcast may be hoping for a public interest exception from the ITC or an overruling from President Donald Trump — but the company is unlikely to succeed on either front, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

  • Public Injunctive Relief Vs. Arbitration: An Ongoing Debate

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    As the U.S. Supreme Court considers two petitions arguing for the enforceability of arbitration agreements that waive public injunctive relief rights, Stefan Love and Ashley Simonsen at Covington examine a long-time conflict between the two doctrines stemming from the California Supreme Court’s 1999 Broughton ruling and 2017 McGill ruling.

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

  • How High Court IPR Time-Bar Case Affects Gov't Contractors

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent holding in Thryv v. Click-To-Call that decisions on the time limit for filing inter partes review petitions are unappealable may put IPR petitions by government contractors in jeopardy, but they can employ several strategies to prevent this, say Salvatore Tamburo and Megan Wood at Blank Rome.

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