Wireless Technology

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FCC Proposes Reform of Radiofrequency Equipment Authorization Rules

Faced with the rapid growth of increasingly complex wireless products, the FCC proposes to upgrade its equipment authorization program to prevent harmful interference without stifling innovation and product development....more

Why Federal and State Agencies are Considering Converting from a “Gallons Consumed” to a “Road Usage” Tax – And What are the Risks...

This Change, It’s a Coming (Maybe) - Many states and the federal government are seriously considering converting from a “gallons consumed” tax levy to a “miles driven” program for determining gasoline tax. There are...more

FCC Public Notice Provides Details for Incentive Auction

As noted in our recent advisory on this subject, the FCC adopted procedures for next year’s scheduled incentive auction at its open meeting on Aug. 6. The FCC has now released the details in a 156-page Public Notice,...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

Markman Ruling Construes “Network” Rejecting Parties' Proposals

Plaintiff Microwave Vision, SA (“Microwave Vision”), owner of U.S. Patent No. 7,443,170 (the “‘170 Patent”), brought an action for patent infringement along with MVG Industries, SAS, and MVG, Inc. (collectively “Plaintiffs”)...more

FCC Proposing to Further Streamline Equipment Authorizations

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on several proposals to update and modify the rules governing the procedures Radiofrequency...more

US Federal Communications Commission’s Recent Order Expands Potential Liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for...

“This Order will make abuse of the TCPA much, much easier. And the primary beneficiaries will be trial lawyers, not the American public.” That’s what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had to say in his dissent from the FCC’s recent...more

This Is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile: Car Hacking and the SPY Car Act

Not coincidentally, on July 21, 2015, Wired Magazine published an article with groundbreaking evidence of hacking a car wirelessly, and Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation...more

An Oft-Forgotten Detail in Infrastructure Deals – Telecom Licenses

Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from energy to transportation, depends upon telecommunications for safe and efficient operation. The facilities that provide such communications services generally are proprietary...more

TCPA News: Businesses May be Liable to New Owners of Previously-Opted-In Mobile Numbers

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission issued a 138-page Declaratory Ruling and Order approving nearly two dozen proposals to the rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

FCC becomes another active regulator over data security through $3.5M settlement with two telecom companies

The FCC has announced that it will receive a settlement payment of $3.5 million from two telecommunications companies—TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America for allegations around the companies’ failure to safeguard customers’...more

TracFone Settles Handset Unlocking Proceeding

On July 1, 2015, TracFone Wireless, Inc. reached a settlement with the FCC concerning an investigation into TracFone’s handset locking and unlocking practices. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau had been investigating whether...more

Has the Supreme Court signaled the end of invalidity opinion letters?

On May 26, 2015, in the case of Commil USA, LLC v. CISCO Systems, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question of whether a good-faith belief that a patent is invalid shields a party from committing induced...more

Court Denies Motion To Compel Arbitration, Finding Terms Of Agreement To Arbitrate Inadequately Disclosed

A New York district court denied defendant Gogo LLC and Gogo Inc. (collectively “Gogo”) motions to transfer venue, compel arbitration, and dismiss for lack of standing in a lawsuit relating to internet...more

Green vs. Blue Bubbles: A Thought on Thorough e-Discovery

If you own an iPhone, take a look at your most recent text messaging threads. Are the words contained in a blue or a green speech balloon? A blue speech balloon indicates that the communication was sent via Apple’s...more

Claim Term Relating To Cellular Transceivers Is Construed

The disputed technology relates to a cellular transceiver configured to communicate with a cellular wireless network. With trial scheduled to begin April 27, 2015, at the pre-trial conference the court invited the parties at...more

PROPEL: Helping to build a smarter, interconnected, resource-efficient world

Fraunhofer USA and Greentown Labs are teaming up with Shell GameChanger to bring Boston a startup acceleration program for Wireless Sensor-Actuator Network (WSAN) prototype development. Titled PROPEL, up to five selected...more

FCC Updates Network Outage Reporting Requirements

On March 30, 2015, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration (“Order”). The Order updates the FCC’s “Part 4” network outage reporting rules to reflect technological...more

Intellirod Spine Signs Licensing and Distribution Agreements With X-Spine Systems Inc.

Intellirod Spine LLC is, according to its website, a medical device company developing wireless sensing technologies for use in spinal care.  According to Orthopedic Design and Technology, Loadpro is the company’s forthcoming...more

Shift Labs Continues Trend Toward Consumer Wireless Healthcare Devices

The medical device market is expanding into more private healthcare products in hopes of bringing healthcare directly to the user.  For example, the increase in popularity of wearable diagnostic devices, such as FitBit,...more

Claim Construction Opinion Issues Regarding Wireless Technology

A 6-day trial resulted in a jury finding that 3 patents-in-suit were valid and infringed by defendant. A mistrial was declared as to the 4th patent-in-suit. ...more

Update: Hotel Industry Members Withdrawal FCC Wi-Fi Petition

This is an update to an article we posted on January 28, Can Hotels Legally Block Wi-Fi Hot Spots? The FCC Says No, and Fines a Hotel $600,000 For Doing It. On August 25, 2014, the American Hotel & Lodging Association,...more

Wireless Does Not Mean “Without Wires”; “Streaming Video” Does Not Mean Emailing a Video File - In re Kevin R. Imes

Reviewing a final written decision of U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), finding application claims unpatentable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Board erred in concluding that...more

High Court Reaffirms Local Government's Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers

Decision Clarifies that Local Government’s Decision Need Not State Reasons if they are Contemporaneously Published Elsewhere - A local government need not state the reasons for its denial of a new cell-tower...more

Local Government, Industry Reps Mull Challenges to Section 6409(a)

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer quoted by Telecommunications Reports Daily in coverage of webinar on wireless towers and the new FCC rules. Local government officials and those in the wireless industry are closely...more

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