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Dec. 1, 2000, 8:00 AM ET, Alert No. 74.
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USCA: opinion in Festo re doctrine of equivalents, 11/29 (HTML, IPO).
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Moore: speech re regionalism and e-commerce, 11/28 (HTML, WTO).
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"If globalization underscores nothing else, it is the logic of global rules for global firms operating in a global marketplace. From telecommunications, to financial services, to data-processing, to electronic commerce -- more and more the New Economy creates a single economic space which is indifferent to distance, time and geography. In this digital world -- where Buenos Aires is as close to Singapore as Montevideo -- the idea of regional preference and integration loses much of its rationale. What does it mean to have a regional agreement in e-commerce? Or preferential access to the Internet? Faced with a maze of differing standards, rules of origin and dispute settlement procedures, business may simply opt to ignore the trading system -- preferring no rules to the tangled web we are weaving."

Mike Moore, Director General of the WTO, from Nov. 28 speech in Buenos Aires.
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11/30. The FCC adopted a Order to permit non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) providers to operate in various segments of the Ku-band, and adopted rules and policies to govern these operations. NGSO FSS can provide high speed Internet access. [ET Docket No. 98-206.] See, FCC release.
11/30. The U.S Court of Appeals (DCCir) issued its order [PDF] granting the motion of the Dept. of Justice to file one 150 joint brief with the state plaintiffs in the Microsoft antitrust appeal.
11/30. The USPTO again extended its deadline for filing Requests for Agreements regarding the USPTO's Electronic Filing Partnership. The new deadline is March 1, 2001. See, notice of extension.
11/29. The U.S. Court of Appeals (FedCir) issued its lengthy en banc opinion in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co. Ltd., a patent infringement case which addresses the doctrine of equivalents. The Court answered several questions that remained in the wake of the Supreme Courtís decision in Warner - Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chemical Co.
11/29. Stonington Partners Inc., which previously owned 96% of Dictaphone, filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court, seeking to have Lernout & Hauspie's acquisition of Dictaphone rescinded. LH filed for Chapter 11 protection on Nov. 29 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
11/28. WTO Director General Mike Moore gave a speech in Buenos Aires regarding globalism, regionalism, and electronic commerce. "Is there a risk that regionalism is becoming a stumbling-block, more than a building block, for the new WTO? Draining energy from multilateral negotiations? Fragmenting international trade? And creating a new international disorder characterized by growing rivalries and marginalization and the possibility of hostile blocks?," said Moore. "In this digital world ... the idea of regional preference and integration loses much of its rationale."
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.


9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The NTIA will hold its second government industry meeting on Third Generation wireless. 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 released on November 15. Location: Herbert Hoover Building, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Room 4830, Washington DC, 20230. See, NTIA's notice and agenda and 3G web page.

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