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AT&T Teams Up with Biotricity to Power Wearable Medical Devices

biotricity, a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare technology company, recently announced its partnership with AT&T, in which the internet service provider will serve as the preferred network to power biotricity’s...more

Let’s talk about Networks of Things, baby. Let’s talk about you and me.

It is easy to see networks all around us. The printers at the office, your child’s videogame, the food ordering app on your phone, the fitness band or smart watch on your wrist, the electricity grid for your city, the...more

Gigabit Networks: Tomorrow's Infrastructure

A century ago, our nation had two networks of wires that pretty much went everywhere. One was for electricity, and the other was for telephone calls. Both came to be seen as necessities for modern life. Today, gigabit...more

German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) releases operators of Wi-Fi networks from liability for copyright infringements committed...

On 2 June, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed a bill (2. Gesetz zur Änderung des Telemediengesetzes – 2nd Amending Law to the Federal Telemedia Act; “New Law”). The New Law limits the scope of potential...more

Manufacturing as a Service

CONTEXT, a market research firm, projects that the worldwide 3D printer market (including printers, materials, and ancillary services) will grow to $17.8 billion over the next five years. One reason for the rapid expansion...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team.  Here are some of the...more

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as Special Access) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted - The FCC is expected to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that will rewrite the rules that protect local governments, public agencies and...more

US Ignite Announces up to $10 Million in Funding for Gigabit Applications

On March 18, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation for up to $10 million for US Ignite: Networking Research and Application Prototypes Leading to Smart and Connected Communities, which funds the...more

A Fork in the Road

As Bitcoin enters its seventh year of existence, the community that surrounds it is trying to decide how to guide and grow the currency into the future. Currently, the size of a block (which is a bitcoin data file) is...more

EU Institutions Adopt First Pan-European Legislation on Cybersecurity

On December 7, 2015, after more than two years of legislative consideration, the European Union adopted the Directive on Network and Information Security (“NIS Directive”). Under the NIS Directive, operators of essential...more

EU-wide cybersecurity rules nearing final agreement

The EU is close to finalising the Cybersecurity Directive, which will place significant security and incident reporting obligations on operators of essential services and digital service providers. On 7 December 2015,...more

Today’s Hot Topic: Guarantees or Warranties

From time to time I like to remind clients of specific network guidelines to keep in mind when developing advertising. One such guideline involves guarantees or warranties. Per the network guidelines, references to...more

How to Protect and Secure Your Connected Devices

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning companies and the public to be aware of vulnerabilities that cybercriminals could exploit in connected devices, otherwise known as Internet of Things devices....more

Be aware of Windows 10 free upgrade opt outs

Since July 15, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have been offered a free upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 includes Wi-Fi Sense, which features a default prompt that asks users to share access to WiFi networks that they have...more

FCC's IP Decision Might be Good for Providers and Bad for Business

On August 6, 2015, in a series of rulings and tentative decisions that will afford telecommunications providers more flexibility in transitioning to IP networks while at the same time may serve to impose unanticipated costs...more

Reed Smith Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation in Sprint False Claims Act Appeal

On July 21, 2015, Reed Smith LLP, on behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (“IPT”), filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in People of the State of New York, ex rel. Empire State...more

Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

Real World: An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Government Consultation on Reforming the...

The Electronic Communications Code, set out in Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984 and amended by the Communications Act 2003, has been much criticised over the last 30 years for being unclear, out of date and...more

Rules Impacting Marketing, Packaging, and Labelling of Consumer Boosters Clear OMB Hurdle

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in the Federal Register that July 7, 2015, is the effective date for new consumer booster marketing and labelling rules adopted in its September 2014...more

Cyber risk: Why cyber security is important - We live in an increasingly networked world, from personal banking to government...

Cyber risk is now firmly at the top of the international agenda as high-profile breaches raise fears that hack attacks and other security failures could endanger the global economy. The Global Risks 2015 report,...more

Board Limits Multiple IPR Challenges in Samsung Electronics v. Rembrandt Wireless Technologies

Rembrandt Wireless Technologies sued Samsung and Research in Motion for infringement of U.S. Patent 8,457,228 in June 2013. The ’228 patent relates to data communications, and in particular to a data communication system in...more

Federal Circuit Interprets Board’s Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard – Part II

In Microsoft Corp. v. ProxyConn, Inc. v. Michelle K. Lee, Intervenor (Fed. Cir. cases 2014-1542 and -1543), the Federal Circuit reversed claim constructions made by the Board in the underlying IPRs. One of the claim...more

TV Catchup and Section 73 – (Nearly) The End of the Road?

The Court of Appeal in England has recently made a second reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case brought by UK free-to-air broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 against the Internet...more

Harper Review: Implications for networks businesses

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for networks businesses....more

Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud

For many companies, the main question about cloud computing is no longer whether to move their data to the “cloud,” but how they can accomplish this transition. Cloud (or Internet-based on-demand) computing involves a shift...more

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