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Know Before You Go: Federal Standards and Pre-Application Research [Audio]

Tune in to Episode 1 of this (free!) podcast series – a must-listen for wireless siting professionals who want to establish best practices for getting their wireless sites approved. Join attorneys Leslie Moylan and Dan Reing...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

Alert: FCC Opens Millimeter Wave Spectrum for 5G

At a meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") opened up an enormous new swath of wireless spectrum available for use by the next generation of cutting-edge wireless technologies. The FCC's action makes the...more

Joint Commission Okays Texting of Patient Orders

The Joint Commission recently announced a change in its policies whereby it will now allow providers to communicate patient orders via text message. The policy applies to all Joint Commission accreditation programs. While the...more

Stricter distracted driving laws: Will they make Chicago’s streets safer?

Back in 2014, changes made to legislation in Illinois made it illegal to drive while using any type of hand-held cell phone. Whether for texting or making phone calls, cell phones have since been banned in the hands of...more

Operators of WiFi Access Points not Liable for Rights Infringements by Users

In a decision dated 12 May 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) narrowed the scope of liability of WiFi access operators for rights infringements of users of WiFi access points. The court ruled...more

Fourth Circuit joins other circuits holding no warrant is required for cell tower data

The Fourth Circuit held that the Government is not required to obtain a warrnt for cell tower data in United States v. Graham, 4th Cir., No. 12-4659, en banc (5/31/16). The Court found that cell tower data was voluntarily...more

German Federal Supreme Court confirms its previous positions on liability for copyright infringements within file sharing networks...

On 12 May 2016, the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC”; Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) made several judgments, confirming and developing its settled case law on the liability of a subscriber of an internet connection...more

Results mixed for Illinois texting while driving ban

Laws passed in 2014 to curb distracted driving, especially texting while driving, may have helped some, but fatalities and accidents in the Chicago area are still going up, studies show. A University of Illinois safety study...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ April 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: -...more

Federal Court Issues $1 Million Contempt Award for Repeated Cell Phone Unlocking Misconduct

On March 18, United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an order against a Hong Kong-based company that was improperly distributing prohibited...more

Proposed EAS Rules Mark a Greater Role for New Media Platforms and Increased Importance for Social Media in Delivering EAS Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Proposed EAS Rules”) in January, proposing improvements to the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts...more

Blog: Does Your Electronic Device Meet FCC Requirements?

If you’re designing, manufacturing, or marketing a device for the US market that communicates wirelessly – using Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular or any other RF technology – or that contains a processor, that device is subject to...more

Two Daubert Motions Are Granted.

M2M Solutions LLC v. Motorola Solutions, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 12-33 - RGA, February 25, 2016 - Andrews, J. Defendant’s motion to exclude damages experts’ testimony is granted. Plaintiff’s motion to exclude opinions of...more

Multiplying Claim Requirements After Trial Makes Things Impermissibly Complex (Wi-LAN, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.)

After a jury found non-infringement and invalidity of two asserted patent claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of the patent owner’s judgment as a matter of law (JMOL)...more

India Rejects Facebook’s Zero-Rating “Free Basics” Program on Net Neutrality Grounds

In 2015, Facebook announced with some fanfare the rollout of its “Free Basics” service in India. Partnering with the wireless telecom Reliance, customers that downloaded the Free Basics app onto their smartphones could use...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

Summary Judgment Is Granted With Respect To Certain Damages Claims

Andrews, J. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment regarding damages is granted; their motions regarding invalidity and non-infringement are denied. Oral argument took place on October 15, 2015....more

Stimwave’s Wireless Pain Relief SCS System Receives FDA Clearance

Fort Lauderdale-based company Stimwave Technologies announced today that its eight-electrode wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device for relief of chronic back and leg pain received FDA 510(k) clearance. The Company...more

Commission Examines Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With Emerging Cross-Device Tracking Technology

On Monday, November 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop that examined the key privacy and security issues raised by emerging technologies that track users across their various devices, such as smartphones,...more

FCC Form 740 Importation Filings for Radio Frequency Devices Will Be Temporarily Suspended Late Next Year

Imported Radio Frequency (RF) devices must be compliant with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) equipment authorization rules, but importers can look forward to some relief in their paperwork next...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

San Francisco Launches First “Internet of Things” Wireless Network in United States

With the onslaught of smart watches, smart thermostats, and even smart refrigerators that allow you to Tweet hungry messages to your followers, it’s only natural that a “smart city” would follow. This week, San...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Mobile Location Analytics: Changing the Game for Brick and Mortar Retail

For brick-and-mortar retailers, smart phones have taken on an entirely new role in customers’ shopping experiences. A technology known as "mobile location analytics" ("MLA") or sometimes, "indoor analytics," gives brick and...more

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