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Details of FCC’s Repack Plans for LPTV and TV Translator Stations Emerge

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Ever since the idea of holding an incentive auction to reclaim and repurpose broadcast spectrum for new wireless uses first surfaced, a major concern has been how to balance full power stations’ need to replicate their...more

FCC Outlines Additional Steps for Incumbent Licensees in the 3.5 GHz Band to Establish Grandfathered Protection Zones

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we have explained in prior advisories, the FCC is implementing its plans to make available 150 MHz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550-3700 MHz) under a new service known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service...more

FCC Announces the Results of the $19.8 Billion Broadcast Incentive Auction

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) announced the results of its broadcast incentive auction. The FCC raised approximately $19.8 billion through the auction. While...more

3GPP Paves Way for Accelerated 5G Standards Development

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During a plenary meeting held March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) a standards-developing collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations approved an accelerated time...more

FCC Authorizes First LTE-U Devices

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Wireless carriers are a major step closer to using unlicensed spectrum to ease network congestion and boost speeds following the FCC’s authorization of the first LTE-Unlicensed (“LTE-U”) devices on February 22, 2017. LTE-U...more

The FCC Fines Straight Path $ 100 Million for Failing to Meet License Obligations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the Enforcement Bureau (“EB”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commision”) reached a $ 100 million Consent Decree with Straight Path Communications Inc (“Straight Path” or “The Company”) for...more

Rare Court Decision in CPSC-Backed Enforcement Action

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently ruled against a product manufacturer, finding it liable for failing to report timely in a rare U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)-backed lawsuit. United States v....more

Alert: What is Really Going on with the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction?

by Cooley LLP on

If you follow the broadcast or wireless industries, you know that the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") is conducting the world's first dual-sided spectrum auction. In the auction, television broadcasters participate...more

One and Done: Stage 3 Forward Auction Ends After Just One Round of Bidding

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

At the end of Stage 2 of the Spectrum Auction, I wrote about bidder fatigue and the hope that the FCC would drop its spectrum clearing target a couple of notches for Stage 3 to expedite the conclusion of a now seemingly...more

Breaking: Court Rules Positively For CPSC In Federal Civil Penalty Case Against Spectrum Brands

We do not get many court decisions in the CPSC world, but yesterday we received one. Last evening, a Wisconsin federal district court essentially held in the Government’s case against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum) that...more

Blink and You Missed It: Stage 2 of the Incentive Auction Ends

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

With great anticipation, the Stage 2 Forward Auction commenced at 10am this morning. It officially ended at 12:14pm, when the FCC announced: Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 2 without meeting the...more

Try, Try Again: Stage 2 Reverse Auction Concludes at $54.6B

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC has announced the conclusion of the Stage 2 Reverse Auction, moving the spotlight from the broadcasters willing to relinquish 114 MHz of their spectrum to the bidders in the forward auction hoping to buy it. ...more

Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell, No. 15-5166, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10095 (D.C. Cir. June 3, 2016) (Circuit Judges Griffith, Cavanaugh, and Wilkins presiding; Opinion by Griffith) (Appeal from D.D.C., Lamberth,...more

What’s the Frequency, Tom: The FCC Releases the Spectrum Frontiers Order

In a move that will support the development of 5G networks, the FCC issued an Order last week in the “Spectrum Frontiers” proceeding that should open up large amounts of high-band spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use. ...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Statute of Limitations Taking the Steam out of CPSC-Backed Enforcement Action

It is no secret that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is ramping up its efforts to enforce various aspects of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), especially the provisions about a company’s failure to...more

FCC Sets Clearing Target and Starting Date for Incentive Auction

In a long-anticipated move towards commencement of the spectrum auction, the FCC today released a Public Notice and related Appendix providing an initial clearing target of 126 Megahertz of spectrum in what is currently the...more

Ofcom Releases Statement on Spectrum for the ‘Internet of Things’

by Reed Smith on

Last year, we reported on Ofcom’s Statement on ‘Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT)’ (Statement). IoT refers to the exponentially growing network of products that are capable of communicating...more

FCC Releases Spectrum Auction User Guide and Online Tutorial for March 28-29 Initial Commitment Window

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Today, the FCC posted to the Auction 1001 website the Reverse Auction Initial Commitment User Guide and Online Tutorial. Broadcasters that submitted an FCC Form 177 to participate in the Reverse Auction should review these...more

Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., 2015-1407, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17313 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 2, 2015) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Wallach, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Lourie, J.) (Appeal from D. Nev., Navarro,...more

"Communications: 2016 Could Be Defining Year for Net Neutrality, Spectrum Auction"

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed in on two historic accomplishments. After years of laying the groundwork, the FCC issued its net neutrality regulations as well as final rules and opening bid...more

FCC Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Rules Affirmed By Fourth Circuit

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the FCC’s rules implementing Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act, including the “deemed granted” remedy for a local government’s failure...more

A Substantially Pure Isomer Is Obvious When the Completely Pure Isomer Is Known In The Art - Spectrum Pharms., Inc. v. Sandoz Inc.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Many prior cases have addressed whether a pure stereoisomer is obvious when the corresponding 50/50 mixture is known in the prior art. In upholding a finding of summary judgment, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Congress Grabs Reins on Spectrum

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Nowhere is the opportunity greater to promote broadband deployment than in the wireless sector. As our society increasingly goes mobile, devices that were once limited to voice have become major conduits for access to...more

Court Report - October 2015

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. United Therapeutics Corp. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. 3:15-cv-05723; filed July 22, 2015 in the District Court of New...more

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