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Nov. 10, 2000, 8:00 AM ET, Alert No. 61.
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FCC 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.
Mobile 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.
New Documents

HFR: statement re secondary markets for wireless spectrum, 11/9 (HTML, TLJ).
USCA: Opinion in Li v. Toshiba re patent unenforceability due to inequitable conduct before the USPTO, 11/8 (EXE/MS Word, USCA).
New and Updated Sections

Calendar (updated daily).
News from Around the Web (updated daily).
Quote of the Day

"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.
News Briefs

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. See, FCC release. See also, TLJ story on the FCC meeting, and TLJ news analysis.
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 release.
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 Court (EDVa) 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 Law Journal.

ICANN Annual Meeting

November 13-16. ICANN will hold its annual meeting in Marina Del Rey, California. See, schedule.

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 Center summary.
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