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Nov. 27, 2000, 8:00 AM ET, Alert No. 70.
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DOJ: motion to file joint appeal brief with states in Microsoft case, 11/22 (HTML, DOJ).
USPTO: final rule amending the rules of practice in patent interferences, 11/24 (TXT, FedReg).
Milberg: complaint alleging securities fraud against PRI Automation, 11/20 (PDF, Milberg).
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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, 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 page.
11/22. Bill Clinton appointed Zoe Baird, Carly Fiorina, 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 for Clinton.
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 the U.S. 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 Law Journal.


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 [PDF].

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