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Discusses Secondary Markets for Wireless Spectrum. The FCC
discussed and adopted, but did not release copies of, a Policy
Statement and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, pertaining to taking
steps towards allowing secondary markets in wireless spectrum
rights. FCC staff and Commissioners said that they seek to avoid
shortages in spectrum for wireless telecommunications and mobile
Internet access devices.
Internet Access Devices and the FCC. The technology to
provide widely available and inexpensive broadband Internet access
devices is being developed and deployed. One possible set back for
this new technology could be the availability and efficient use of
radio spectrum for these devices -- spectrum that is tightly managed
by the FCC.
re secondary markets for wireless spectrum, 11/9 (HTML, TLJ).
in Li v. Toshiba re patent unenforceability due to inequitable
conduct before the USPTO, 11/8 (EXE/MS Word, USCA).
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"We must make clear the license transfer rules. They must be
simple, transparent, and nondiscriminatory. Until we do these
things, until we make the bundle of rights that exist with spectrum,
clear and predictable, less a pig in a poke, and more a bundle of
rights that can be traded in markets throughout America, we will not
have solved the problem of secondary markets for spectrum."
Harold Furchtgott-Roth, FCC Commissioner.
11/9. The FTC released a statement
regarding its review of the AOL Time Warner merger. "The
Federal Trade Commission met today to consider an enforcement action
against the proposed merger of AOL and Time Warner. The parties have
committed in the last 24 hours to offer new proposals to address
competitive issues in connection with the proposed merger. The
Commission has elected to delay action for a period of not more than
three weeks." See, FTC release.
11/9. The FCC discussed and
adopted, but did not release copies of, a Policy Statement and a
NPRM, pertaining to secondary markets for wireless spectrum.
release. See also, TLJ story
on the FCC meeting, and TLJ news
11/9. AT&T announced the
settlement of a patent lawsuit brought by Ronald Katz.
Katz is the inventor in a large body of patents dealing with
telephonic interactive voice applications. On July 6, 1997, MCI
and Katz filed a complaint
in U.S. District Court (EDPa)
against AT&T and others alleging that a number of AT&T
services infringe patents owned by Katz, but licensed to MCI for
enforcement against AT&T. As part of that settlement, AT&T
paid an undisclosed sum for a worldwide, nonexclusive license under
a comprehensive portfolio of patents. See, AT&T
11/9. The TIA released a Telecommunications
Systems Bulletin (TSB) titled "Administration of
Parameter Value Assignments for Cdma2000 Spread Spectrum
Standards" and numbered TSB58-C. See, TIA release.
11/8. The U.S.
Court of Appeals (FedCir) issued its opinion
[EXE/MS Word] in Li
Second Family L.P. v. Toshiba affirming the U.S. District
judgment for Toshiba.
The plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that Toshiba makes
semiconductor devices using a process that infringes several claims
of one of plaintiff's patents.
Toshiba alleged that this patent is unenforceable because Li and his
attorney engaged in inequitable conduct before the USPTO. The District
Court issued its opinion on May 19, 1999 finding that Plaintiff's
patent is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct -- failure to
disclose information, and misrepresentation, to the patent examiner.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to
Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates
indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech
ICANN Annual Meeting
November 13-16. ICANN
will hold its annual meeting in Marina Del Rey, California.
Nov. 12, 1:00 - 6:30 PM PT. The CDT and Berkman
Center will host a series of moderated panel discussions
on issues facing ICANN
at its annual meeting. The event is titled "Pressing
Issues II: Understanding and Critiquing ICANN's Policy
Agenda." The event will be held at the Marina Beach Marriott
in Marina del Rey, California, and will be web
cast, with remote participation. See, Berkman
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