Tech Law Journal Daily E-Mail Alert
November 26, 2001, 9:00 AM ET, Alert No. 314.
TLJ Home Page | Calendar | Back Issues
SBC Names Daley President
11/19. SBC named William Daley its new President. Daley will report directly to SBC's Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre.
SBC is the incumbent local exchange carrier in California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Indiana. SBC also holds a majority equity interest in Cingular Wireless.
Daley was former President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce from January 1997 to June 2000. He resigned in June 2000 to become Chairman of former Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign. Whitacre stated in a release that "His appointment as president of SBC signals the importance of governmental matters to our company's ability to grow revenues ..."
More People and Appointments
11/20. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) named Dale Hatfield to lead the inquiry of technical and operational issues affecting deployment of wireless enhanced 911 (E911) services. Hatfield is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was previously Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology. See, FCC release [PDF].
11/21. Randall Lee was named Regional Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Pacific Regional Office. He was previously Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) in the Central District of California. Before joining the USAO, he was an associate in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson. He replaces Valerie Caproni, who is now Of Counsel in the New York City office of the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. See, SEC release.
11/21. President Bush announced his intent to nominate Michael Toner to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Toner is currently Chief Counsel to the Republican National Committee. He was previously General Counsel to the Bush Cheney Transition and Bush Cheney 2000. From 1997 to 1999, he was Deputy Counsel to the Republican National Committee. In 1996, he was Counsel to the Dole Kemp campaign. He was an associate in the Washington DC office of the law firm of Wiley Rein and Fielding from 1992 to 1996. See, White House release.
11/19. Frank Hunger joined the Washington DC office of the law firm of Covington & Burling as of counsel. He was Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton administration. He is also former Vice President Al Gore's brother in law. He will focus on litigation, including product liability and class actions. See, CB release [PDF].
11/20. The law firm of Howrey & Simon announced the promotion of several associates to partner in technology related fields. Juliana Cofrancesco focuses on international trade and intellectual property matters involving semiconductors, computers, electronics, telecommunications, and other industries. Chris Cooper focuses on antitrust, including mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions, including Hart Scott Rodino compliance and filing and foreign competition filings. Buckmaster DeWolf focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, and trademark. Thomas Mavrakis focuses on intellectual property matters, especially electrical engineering topics, such as semiconductor manufacturing, integrated circuit design, computer architecture and database software. Andrew Piatnacia specializes in patent litigation, primarily in the electronics area, including microprocessors, memory chips, circuits, phase locked loops, disk drive technology and software. Jennifer Sklenar focuses on patent litigation involving biotechnology, including electronic device patents. Hillary Snyder focuses on counseling and representing clients before the Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission in merger, civil, and criminal investigations. Stephen Weissman specializes in antitrust and trade regulation matters. Matthew Wolf focuses on patent, copyright, and trade secret issues, including patent matters concerning voice recognition software. See, release.
Monday, Nov 26
The Senate and House will be in recess.
Tuesday, Nov 27
The Senate will reconvene from its Thanksgiving recess at 10:30 AM. The House will reconvene at 2:00 PM. There will be no votes before 6:30 PM.
TIME? There will be a hearing before the U.S. District Court (DMD) in In re Microsoft Corp. Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1332. This is a hearing on Settlement Agreement, which proposes a settlement of the private antitrust class action lawsuits against Microsoft alleging that it overpriced its products.
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. The North American Numbering Council will meet. Location: FCC, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room), 445 12th Street, SW,  Washington DC.
1:30 PM. The U.S. International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will hold a meeting. See, notice in Federal Register. Location: State Department.
6:00 - 8:15 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) will host as CLE seminar titled "The Economics of FCC Decisionmaking." From 6:00 to 7:00 PM David Sappington (FCC Chief Economist) will speak on "Economic Principles of Telecommunications Regulation." From 7:15 to 8:15 PM there will be a panel discussion titled "Economists Roundtable: Of Caps, Limits, and the Free Market." The speakers will be Robert Pepper (Chief of the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy), Jim Bird (head of the FCC's antitrust merger review office), Walt Strack (Chief Economist in the FCC's Wireless Bureau), and Jonathan Levy (Deputy Chief of the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy). RSVP to Location: Dow Lohnes & Albertson, 1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington DC.
Wednesday, Nov 28
8:30 AM - 12:00 NOON. The North American Numbering Council will meet. Location: FCC, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room), 445 12th Street, SW,  Washington DC.
10:00 AM. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Ashcroft v. ACLU, No. 00-1293. This case involves the constitutionality of the 1998 Child Online Protection Act which makes it illegal to provide to minors over the web material that is harmful to minors.
Neukom to Retire from Microsoft
11/21. Microsoft announced that Executive Vice President and General Counsel William Neukom will retire at the end of this fiscal year. He joined Microsoft in 1985. However, he began his legal work for Microsoft in 1979 while at the law firm of Preston Gates.
Microsoft also named Brad Smith SVP and General Counsel. He was previously Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel. From 1993 to 1996, Smith directed Microsoft's European law and corporate affairs efforts in Paris. Microsoft still faces antitrust scrutiny by EU regulators.
Smith was previously a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling, where he handled antitrust, intellectual property, and governmental issues. See, MSFT release.
More News
11/21. NASA published a notice of prospective patent license in the Federal Register. It states that Digital Interface Systems has applied for an exclusive license to practice the invention described and claimed in U.S. Patent No. 5,905,568, titled "Stereo Imaging Velocimetry". See, Federal Register, November 23, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 226, at Pages 58761.
Starting on January 1, 2002, the Tech Law Journal Daily E-Mail Alert will be a subscription based service. All persons who have already subscribed, or who subscribe before December 31, 2001, will be kept on the subscription list until December 31, 2001. The basic rate for a subscription is $250 per year. However, there are discounts for entities with multiple subscribers. Free one month trial subscriptions are available. Also, free subscriptions are available for law students, journalists, elected officials, and employees of the Congress, courts, executive branch. The TLJ web site will remain a free access web site. No hyperlinks will be broken. However, copies of the TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert and news items will not be published in the web site until one month after writing. See, subscription information page.
Thursday, Nov 29
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Day one of a two day meeting of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure. See, notice in Federal Register. Location: Room 1150, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.
10:00 AM. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold an executive business meeting. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.
12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM. Jane Mago, General Counsel of the FCC, will speak at a brown bag lunch hosted by the District of Columbia Bar Association (DC Bar) and the FCBA. To register, contact the DC Bar at 202 626-3463.
12:15 PM. The Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) International Committee will host a brown bag lunch. Jeanette Chan and Michael Reede of the Hong Kong office of Paul Weiss will speak on recent regulatory developments in Hong Kong, China and India. Location: Paul Weiss, 1615 L Street, 13th floor, Washington DC.
2:00 PM? The U.S. International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will hold a meeting regarding preparations for the 2002 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC). See, notice in Federal Register. Location: State Department, Room 1408.
Extended to January 15, 2001. Deadline to submit comments and Notices of Intention to Participate with the Copyright Office (CO) regarding royalty payments for retransmission of over the air broadcast signals. The CO notice "directs all claimants to royalty fees collected under the section 119 statutory license in 2000 to submit comments as to whether a Phase I or Phase II controversy exists as to the distribution of those fees, and a Notice of Intention to Participate in a royalty distribution proceeding." See, 17 U.S.C. 119.
Friday, Nov 30
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Day two of a two day meeting of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure. See, notice in Federal Register. Location: Room 1150, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.
10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will host a panel discussion titled "The PCS C Block Mess: The FCC as Auctioneer and Banker". The panelists will be Robert Hahn (AEI Brookings), Rudy Baca (Precursor Group), Harold Furchtgott- Roth (AEI), George Reed- Dellinger (Washington Analysis), John Thorne (Verizon), and Thomas Hazlett (AEI). See, online registration page. Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, 1150 17th Street, NW, Washington DC.
Deadline to submit comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding extending its Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. It proposes to extend the time period during which web site operators may use an e-mail message from the parent, coupled with additional steps, to obtain verifiable parent consent for the collection of personal information from children for internal use by the web site operator. The current rule expires on April 21, 2002. The FTC proposes to extend this until April 21, 2004. See, FTC release, and notice to be published in the Federal Register.
Deadline to submit comments to the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) regarding its annual review of the foreign policy based export controls in the Export Administration Regulations to determine whether they should be modified, rescinded, or extended. See, for example, Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Section 742.12, pertaining to high performance computers. See, BXA notice.
About Tech Law Journal
Tech Law Journal is a free access web site and e-mail alert that provides news, records, and analysis of legislation, litigation, and regulation affecting the computer and Internet industry. This e-mail service is offered free of charge to anyone who requests it. Just provide TLJ an e-mail address.

Number of subscribers: 2,244.
Contact: 202-364-8882; E-mail.
P.O. Box 4851, Washington DC, 20008.
Privacy Policy
Notices & Disclaimers
Copyright 1998 - 2001 David Carney, dba Tech Law Journal. All rights reserved.