Wragge & Co’s intellectual property team has secured a High Court judgement against British Telecommunications.
Queensland recently brought an interlocutory application seeking a declaration that its laws were valid until a court finally determined otherwise.
Taylor Wessing has published its Radar: Technology & Communications Update for December 2013. This section focuses on communications.
The most frequently complained-about breach of etiquette in this age of constant cyber communication is the failure to reply to an email.
Taylor Wessing’s new fixed-fee service is specifically designed to ensure technology SMEs are fully compliant with the law.
Pillsbury has selected 10 lawyers for promotion to partner, effective 1 January 2014. The new partners span the firm’s offices and practice areas.
The considerable duration of EPO proceedings will continue to point in favour of refusing a stay of English proceedings in most cases.
Caroline Atkins discusses how Australian government agencies can gain the commercial solutions they need in ICT procurement while avoiding the pitfalls of open source licence risks.
The place of supply rules determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit VAT due on their supplies and in which member state.
Annual DTV ancillary/supplementary services report due for commercial and noncommercial digital television stations download
All commercial and noncommercial educational digital television broadcast station licensees and permittees must file FCC Form 317 by 2 December 2013.
Licensees must file using FCC Form 323-E and must also place the form as filed in their stations’ public inspection files.
The EU General Court has upheld an OHIM Board of Appeal decision, allowing Boomerang TV’s opposition to Cartoon Network’s CTM application for BOOMERANG.
Personal data processing — are the operators of public communication networks in compliance with the law? download
A procedure of supervision of operators of public communication networks and services has been initiated.
KPMG Capital is an investment fund created to accelerate innovation in data and analytics that will help clients of member firms unlock tangible value of their big data.
Hogan Lovells has hired partner Eduardo Ustaran to join its global privacy and information management practice.
DLA Piper has advised Vocalocity, a provider in the SMB-hosted VoIP market, on the sale of Vonage Holdings.
TMT industry group leader
Head of tax division
James Walsh, partner and telecoms expert at Eversheds, has responded to Ofcom’s announcement regarding increased annual licence fees.
On 29 September 2013, China officially launched the pilot free trade zone in Shanghai.
Our IT and telecoms practice is handled by lawyers who have an intimate understanding of the technicalities involved and who are therefore best positioned to provide advice on related legal matters.
The rise and rise of patent assertion entities (PAEs) in the US has become so serious that the problem is now being tackled at the highest political levels.
The consultation sets out Ofcom’s proposals for calculating TV white space availability in the UK in a way that will enable the devices to coexist with licensed spectrum users.
A panel review resulting in a network of advisers rather than a formal roster, plus a client-serving ABS to nurture, shows BT group GC Dan Fitz is ready to push boundaries
The Eversheds infrastructure group comprises in excess of 150 lawyers across our international offices.
New FCC regulations to take effect regarding telemarketing robocalls: all businesses marketing by telephone or text must prepare download
On 16 October 2013, revised rules adding further restrictions on telemarketing ‘robocalls’ (telemarketing calls or texts that are auto-dialled or pre-recorded) take effect.
Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Justine Campbell is leaving the company to take up the re-created GC role at British Gas.
We are at the cutting edge in terms of our understanding of the shifting technology environment and can help you with the resulting legal issues.
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Brandon C Gruner and Le V Lam have been named counsel to the firm effective 1 October 2013.
The FCC issued a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture in the amount of $20,000 to an Alaskan telecommunications company for tower lighting violations.
Dacheng has acted as the exclusive legal adviser on the launch of a CSRC hotline.
Eversheds has successfully represented PTK Centertel in a case involving a fine imposed by the Polish telecoms regulator for the company’s Zetafon offer.
Ofcom has published a consultation on its proposals for authorising land-based, aircraft-mounted and ship-mounted Earth stations on mobile platforms.
After confirming the exit of Hogan Lovells partner Christoph Wagner last week The Lawyer can reveal that he was asked to resign for criticising a major IP client.
New legislation is intended to enable a single market for telecoms services in the EU in order to accelerate economic growth and restore Europe’s leading role in mobile technology.
Telecoms giant BT has launched a review of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) provision, The Lawyer can reveal.
KWM recognised by Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey 2013
King & Wood Mallesons has been named Firm of the Year 2013 in China across six practice areas.
Taylor Wessing has been crowned Best Marketing and Communications Team 2013 at The Lawyer Management Awards.
The European Commission has published a first draft of its controversial Connected Continent proposals intended to consolidate the European telecoms market.
There is no general requirement to report data breaches under German law. Whether a notification has to be made will depend on the type of personal data affected and the nature of the data controller.
Debevoise & Plimpton is advising Verizon Communications Inc in its agreement with Vodafone Group Plc to acquire Vodafone’s US group
On 1 August 2013, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to an individual in New Jersey for repeated use of a GPS jamming device.
Macfarlanes, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Slaughter and May and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz are all taking lead roles in the much-anticipated deal between Vodafone and Verizon Communications.
The FCC has announced that full payment of all applicable regulatory fees for the 2013 fiscal year must be received no later than 20 September 2013.
Despite the apparent sidelining of the draft Personal Data Protection Law, China has been very busy stepping up the battle against the abuse of personal data.
The European Commission has published amendments to the state aid Enabling Regulation (Council Regulation 994/98) and the state aid Procedural Regulation (Council Regulation 659/99).
Last year in a case called Carolyn Anderson v Domino’s Pizza Inc, a district court dismissed a claim filed under a state version of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
BlackBerry has turned to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Canadian firm Torys for advice on a review that could result in the sale of the business.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill going through Parliament will merge the OFT with the Competition Commission, creating the Competition and Markets Authority.
Ooredoo, one of the two winning bidders for Myanmar’s hotly contested foreign telecommunications licences, has appointed Norton Rose Fulbright and Australian boutique firm…
The law surrounding defamation has always had a unique standing among civil proceedings in England and Wales.
The Court of Appeal has today handed down an important decision that concerns a patent for a synthetic copolymer known as copolymer-1.
From now on, any transfer of personal data from Germany to the US should be regarded unlawful under German data protection law. This was stated by the German data protection authorities in a press release issued on 24 July 2013.
The July 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News (UK) publication is available now.
The Paris offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gibson Dunn have picked up the lead roles on Etisalat’s proposed €4.2bn acquisition of Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom.
DLA Piper has advised an infrastructure investment fund managed by BTG Pactual on the central ‘take or pay’ contract that is part of the acquisition of the Globenet submarine cable network.
Mexico’s minister of communications and transportation has announced a new investment programme for transportation and telecommunication for 2013–18.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised Norwegian telecom company Telenor in winning one of the first two licences for foreign companies to provide telecommunications services in Myanmar.
DLA Piper in Ukraine has been highly ranked in a number of sectors by legal magazine Gvardia.
US: A hitchhiker’s guide to technology, media and cultural innovation in the new frontier states of the American West download
More than Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, social media as a concept covers a diverse range of applications, techniques and issues.
Hong Kong — use of social media networks by listed companies or those dealing in securities download
The rapid explosion of social networking has changed the way many companies in Hong Kong promote their brands and distribute their products and services.
In our age of telecommunications convergence, it is unremarkable that satellite communications would face the same risks of cyber attack as are facing the telecoms industry generally.
A High Court patents judge has handed down his decision in the cases of HTC Corporation v Gemalto SA and HTC Corporation v Gemalto NV.
DLA Piper has advised on the £264m Step Change agreement, which is intended to deliver improvements in broadband services for Scotland.
The Supreme Court has changed the interplay between the national court and the EPO when considering a defendant’s liability to pay damages.
Shearman & Sterling and Slaughter and May have won roles on Nokia’s €1.7bn (£1.5bn) acquisition of Siemens’ 50 per cent stake in Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).
Cloud security remains a key concern for SMEs and is still often cited as a chief impediment to moving to the cloud.
The regulatory structure of Bermuda’s telecommunications industry has undergone major reform.
Mourant Ozannes has advised O3b on the launch of a satellite network that will bring fibre-quality broadband communications to three billion ‘disconnected’ people.
Taylor Wessing has advised Electra Partners on the acquisition of mixing console manufacturer Allen & Heath from D&M Holdings.
Linklaters and German firm Hengeler Mueller have advised on Vodafone’s €7.7bn (£6.6bn) takeover of Kabel Deutschland.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ratcheted up its City partner recruitment by hiring three lawyers from a trio of firms covering corporate, finance and tax.
The Law Commission has published a report recommending a new electronic communications code.
Antonio Bavasso, a partner in Allen & Overy’s global antitrust team, will co-chair the 2013 GCR Live Telecoms, Media and Technology event on 2 July.
A short interview with Chris Appleby, regional head of TMT at Al Tamimi & Company.
Hogan Lovells has been recommended by the Legal 500 US 2013 edition in 35 practice areas, including seven rankings in the Tier-1 category.
The opening up of China’s telecommunications industry has failed to match the expectations of foreign investors going into WTO.
This month, Taylor Wessing’s Download site focuses on a converging media landscape and the challenges of regulating that landscape.
Re-allocation of the C-band: satellite operators face uncertainty about the future of their spectrum download
Satellite service providers want the C-band maintained for their use and are reluctant to share the band.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
Telefonica UK’s general counsel Edward Smith has shaken up the company’s in-house legal team, taking advantage of two departures to promote internally and change the structure of the group.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the English court has cross-border non-infringement jurisdiction.
Taylor Wessing has advised on a deal that will secure the long-term future of the former Olympic press and broadcast centre.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on ‘bring your own device’.
DLA Piper has acted for the Los Angeles Lakers in a putative class action brought by a ticket holder accusing the basketball franchise of sending unsolicited text messages.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has appointed Tetra Pak general counsel Maria Varsellona as its new legal chief following the exit of Joyce Norcini from the Finnish telecoms group.
Judgment of the UK Court of Appeal in the patent case HTC v Apple (Case nos. A3/2012/2043 and 2044) has been delivered.
The May 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence briefing is available now.
The April 2013 edition of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News (UK) briefing is available now.
Chris Appleby has been appointed as the new regional head of technology, media and telecommunications at Al Tamimi & Company.
Audio evidence: the power of sound download
The technologies available to deal with audio evidence are evolving rapidly.
This month’s issue focuses on the new Defamation Act 2013 and the Supreme Court’s view on browsing the internet without permission from the relevant copyright holder.
Krogerus is advising Finnish telecommunications company DNA on its acquisition of Digi TV Plus (known by the name PlusTV) from Sweden-based Teracom Group.
Appleby has won Technology, Media and Telecoms Deal of the Year at the Asian Legal Business China Law Awards.
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Osborne Clarke (OC) have advised on Best Buy’s £471m exit from Europe
The EU digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has indicated that the EU plans to accelerate its proposals for a single market for European telecoms.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 19 April 2013 edition of its Data & Information E-Alerts.
Olswang has acted for Scripps Networks Interactive in its acquisition of the Asian Food Channel.
The Financial Services Authority (now replaced by the FCA) took action against Digital Satellite Warranty Cover Ltd to wind it up ‘in the public interest’.
The federal government released Australia’s Satellite Utilisation Policy on 9 April 2013.
The Coalition’s long-awaited alternative plan for the NBN has substantial implications for the Australian telecommunications industry.
Taylor Wessing has announced that it has appointed Mark Owen to its international technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group.
Young, dynamic industries such as the technology sector have perhaps felt rather smug that they are not embroiled in the complexities that surround pension provision.
Olswang has been recognised by Legal 500 in its 2013 EMEA edition.
Eversheds and Osborne Clarke (OC) have taken the lead UK roles on networking giant Cisco’s $310m (£205m) acquisition of Swindon-based technology group Ubiquisys.
This issue of Radar looks at privacy issues with apps on smart devices in the context of a recent Article 29 Working Party Opinion.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Leighton Holdings on the sale of its telecommunications assets to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Hogan Lovells has gained an ECJ referral on behalf of client ZTE in its patent dispute with Huawei.
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
BT has finalised a new ‘network’ of law firms to advise it around the world, with Carter-Ruck, Olswang, Sheridans and Wiggin winning spots.
Olswang has announced a series of partner promotions.
Truphone GC Greg Mappledoram has his work cut out to help the legal function keep pace with the business - it has just had a £70m investment from Roman Abramovich
Simmons & Simmons has advised Equinix on its acquisition of a data centre facility in Dubai and alliance with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company.
Olswang has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as one of only four band-one international TMT practices in Singapore in the guide’s 2013 Asia-Pacific edition.
Mr Justice Floyd has given two judgments in the case of Samsung Electronics v Apple Retail UK and others, concerning three patents owned by Samsung that were alleged to be infringed by Apple’s 3G devices.
Two partners at Olswang have been recognised by the International Law Office in its Client Choice Awards 2013.
Chadbourne promotes four attorneys to counsel in New York and Washington DC.
Pamboridis acts as head counsel for Hellas Sat purchase negotiations.
Akin Gump and Skadden scoop lead advisory roles as a eurobond issued by mobile phone operator Vimpelcom raises $2bn to refinance company’s debt.
Olswang’s arbitration team has been chosen to write the ‘Arbitration in the TMT Sectors’ practice note for LexisNexis’s new legal knowledge site, LexisPSL.
Krogerus has a leading technology, media and telecommunications practice in Finland. We regularly advise clients on challenging, complex and high-profile assignments.
Al Tamimi & Company has announced a series of partner promotions across the Middle East.
Curtis counsels some of the telecommunications sector’s most prominent public companies, underwriters and governments.
Appleby has acted British Virgin Islands counsel to Garsdale Services Investment and USM Advisors in connection with the recent acquisition by MegaFon of its indirect 50 per cent stake in Euroset, Russia’s largest mobile phone retailer.
Simmons & Simmons has advised UK mobile telecoms company Truphone as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich pays £70m for a 23.3 per cent stake.
FTC announces important settlement with social networking app and releases new mobile app report download
The FTC announced a potentially groundbreaking settlement with the social networking app Path and released an important new staff report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures late last week.
Recent development in digital technology has rendered the borders between telecommunication, media and technology obsolete.
The decision to commission the construction and launch of a satellite system is a multi-year strategic decision for any entity, whether commercial or governmental.
Things are never dull in the fast-paced telecoms sector but 2012 was a particularly busy time for Telefónica UK as general counsel Edward Smith explains.
After a year chock-full of judicial review proceedings, what stood out most for Baker & McKenzie partner Tom Cassels (scroll down for video interview) was his ongoing role as adviser to the BBC Trust.
A City litigator has won back nearly £600 in data roaming charges incurred on holiday in Australia after successfully fighting T-Mobile over her new mobile phone contract.
Mayer Brown JSM and Slaughter and May have taken advisory roles on Cable & Wireless Communications’ (CWC) agreement to sell its controlling stake in a Macau telecom company to CITIC Telecom International for $750m (£466m) in cash.
RPC has won a three-way pitch to advise Ofcom on the bidding process for the auction of 4G mobile broadband bandwidth.
Latham & Watkins and Ropes & Gray have fielded London teams to advise on a deal that sees a consortium led by Goldman Sachs invest $1.1bn (£680m) to restructure the debt of Israeli telecoms group HOT-Telecommunications Systems as the company’s owner takes the business private.
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have all clinched roles as Kazakh mobile operator Kcell looks to list in London and Kazakhstan.
DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are set to share an estimated £775,000 in legal fees after winning advisory roles on British Telecommunications’ (BT) acquisition of IT services company Tikit.
BT Group company secretary Andrew Parker has stepped down from the role, with his responsibilities passing to group general counsel Daniel Fitz.
US firms Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom took the lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese telecoms group SoftBank enter the US market by acquiring a 70 per cent stake in American mobile carrier Sprint Nextel.
The mobile technology sector is moving so fast that Telefonica UK counsel Edward Smith is always on call
TMT and sports firm Halebury has made a series of major hires in an ongoing recruitment drive ahead of a planned conversion to an ABS model.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell have joined Chinese firm Jingtian & Gongcheng advising Hong Kong-listed China Telecom Corporation on its $13.4bn (£8.5bn) acquisition of 3G network infrastructure from its parent company.
Virgin Media general counsel Scott Dresser has resigned “for personal reasons” a little more than 18 months after taking on the role.
Paul Hastings, Slaughter and May and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have secured roles for longstanding clients on Samsung Electronics’ $310m (£198m) acquisition of UK chipmaker CSR’s mobile technology development business.
Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Olswang and Wragge & Co have all landed roles on a joint venture between O2 and Vodafone that will see the phone companies unite to create a single national grid in the UK.
BT has given Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer an extra year on its commercial panel before it carries out a review originally due for next month.
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has added Ted Mercer to the firm’s London TMT sector group.
The head of BT’s real estate legal team Geoffrey Beedham, who took up his role just last year, is moving to a new role in the telecoms giant.
Beachcroft has picked up a partner from Eversheds following a successful pitch for work for telecoms giant O2.
The head of internet giant Yahoo! Sarl’s legal operations Grainne Brankin is leaving the company to join CBS Outdoor International (CBSOI).
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised the Azerbaijan government on the launch of its first communications satellite.
Wragge & Co has been appointed to the first-ever legal panel for Airwave, a company that helps the police and security services communicate without fear of eavesdroppers.
Mourant Ozannes has completed work on the fundraising for a $1.2bn (£770m) space satellite programme aimed at providing internet connections to global developing markets.
Siemens IT Solutions and Services, the IT and outsourcing outfit spun off from global electronics company Siemens, has appointed a new UK general counsel.
US duo Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have landed the prize mandates on a deal to create a $21.5bn (£13.58bn) mobile phone group.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has signed its second five-year deal with a major client to manage its legal needs.
Deutsche Telekom has taken its new head of legal from Ashurst’s Frankfurt office.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has hired Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Europe legal chief as its general counsel.
Telefónica O2 UK has restructured its senior in-house legal team, promoting Ed Smith to head of the group.
Taylor Wessing has named Alcatel-Lucent corporate counsel Patrick Clark as its new head of telecoms, replacing Ted Mercer who joined Edwin Coe earlier this year.
BT group general counsel Anne Fletcher has stepped down, with former Misys general counsel Daniel Fitz poised to take over her role.
Vodafone Group has appointed a new general counsel to replace Stephen Scott, who is to retire after 30 years with the phone company.
Clifford Chance and Norton Rose are advising on the potential merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a deal that would create the largest mobile phone operator in the UK.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed by South African company MTN Group to advise on its merger with mobile operator Bharti Airtel.
CARPHONE Warehouse is preparing to split in two, with the high street retail arm separating from the TalkTalk telecoms business.
Avanti Communications Group has appointed Patrick Willcocks to the newly-created role of general counsel.