to file joint appeal brief with states in Microsoft case, 11/22
rule amending the rules of practice in patent interferences,
11/24 (TXT, FedReg).
alleging securities fraud against PRI Automation, 11/20 (PDF,
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11/24. The USPTO
published a final
rule in the Federal Register that amends its rules of
practice in patent interferences to simplify certain
requirements relating to the declaration of interferences and the
presentation of evidence. The change is effective Dec. 26. See, Fed.
Reg., Vol. 65, No. 227, pages 70489 - 70490.
11/22. The NTIA
created an open electronic mail discussion forum (listserv) on
issues pertaining to the identification of radio spectrum for third
generation (3G) wireless systems. To subscribe to the mailing
list, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
leave the subject line blank, and put the following command in the
body of the message: "join 3g" (without quotation marks).
See also, NTIA
release. The NTIA will hold its second government industry
meeting on 3G wireless on Dec. 1. This event is intended to provide
technical experts an opportunity to review and discuss the Interim
Report of the NTIA and the Interim Report of
the FCC [68 pages in PDF] released on November 15. See, NTIA's notice
and agenda and 3G web
11/22. Bill Clinton appointed Zoe Baird,
and Thomas Kalil as the U.S. representatives to the Digital
Opportunity Taskforce, which was created by Clinton and other G8
leaders at the Okinawa Summit. Its mission pertains to a
"global digital divide between developed and developing
countries". See, Clinton
statement. Baird is President of the Markle Foundation.
Fiorina is CEO of HP. Kalil works
11/22. The FCC’s Enforcement
Bureau announced three promotions. Lisa Griffin was named
Assistant Chief, and Lia Royle and William Davenport
were named Special Counsel, of the Market Disputes Resolution
Division (MDRD). All three were previously Staff Attorneys in MDRD.
Prior to joining the FCC, Griffin was a partner in the law firm of
Ross, Dixon & Bell in Washington DC, Royle was a partner in the
New York and Washington DC offices of Anderson Kill & Olick, and
Davenport was an associate in the Washington DC office of Preston
Gates & Ellis. See, release.
11/22. The DOJ and state plaintiffs in the Microsoft
antitrust case filed a motion with
Court of Appeals (DCCir) to file a joint brief of 150 pages. The
Court's Oct. 11 Order [PDF]
provides for a DOJ brief of 125 pages, and a states' brief of 25
pages, to be filed on Jan. 12. Microsoft's brief is due on Nov. 27.
11/20. An individual named Kai Chan filed a complaint [PDF]
in U.S. District Court (DMass) against PRI Automation and three of its
directors, alleging violation of federal securities laws. PRI makes
factory automation systems and software for the semiconductor
industry. The plaintiff, who seeks class action status, is
represented by Moulton & Gans and Milberg Weiss. Count one alleges
violation of §10b
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b5 thereunder,
for making allegedly false statements about the financial status of
WorldCom. Count two of the complaint alleges violation of §20a
of the Act by the director defendants. Milberg Weiss is a law firm
that specializes in bringing class action securities suits against
technology companies with volatile stock prices.
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
Microsoft files its 150 page appeal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir)
in the antitrust case. Today is also the deadline for amicus
curiae briefs in support of Microsoft. See, Order
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