Articles in Technology and Media

UK Unicorns – Technological Fantasy becomes Economic Reality

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A recent study carried out by the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council has revealed that the UK has grown to be third in the global rankings for technology companies worth $1bn or more, known as Unicorns. The growth of these Unicorns has been spurred on by intense investment into the sector. In the past six months alone almost $5 billion Read More

FCC Proposes to Prohibit Restrictions on Deployment of Some 5G Fixed Wireless Antennas

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In April 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend its over-the-air-reception devices (“OTARD”) rule in order to facilitate the deployment of 5G fixed wireless networks. The FCC’s existing OTARD rule prohibits laws, regulations or restrictions imposed by state or local governments or private entities that impair the ability of antenna users to install, maintain Read More

Landowners’ position may be strengthened following recent decision regarding Telecoms Code

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Following a significant change in the rules governing telecoms operators at the end of 2017, there have been several decisions issued by the tribunals on how the new (UK-wide) rules should be interpreted. A recent case report provides some helpful guidance on points that may affect landowners’ negotiations and contracts with telecoms operators, most notably on the way rents for Read More

SOFTWARE IS PATENT-ELIGIBLE, BUT IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CLAIMS

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Apps, computer- or smartphone-enabled processes, smart devices, and IoT solutions, often center on the same core element: software. Is your software, app, or process patentable?  Well, to provide the stereotypical lawyer answer, it depends. But, at least in the near term, it seems easier now than it was before January 2019. The definition of patent-eligible subject matter is codified in Read More

DEVELOPING AN INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN FOR A CYBER ATTACK

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Every attorney’s ethical duty of competence requires a lawyer to provide competent representation to a client, applying the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation. This in turn requires that a lawyer keep abreast of technology, including associated risks and benefits, including continuing study and education. As a matter of best practice and preparation, lawyers should Read More

New York State Public Service Commission Adopts Wireless Pole Attachment Reforms

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In an order adopted on March 14, 2019, the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC” or “Commission”) established a new process for telecommunications companies to attach wireless equipment to existing utility poles (the “Order”), identifying clear time frames and rates for the first time in New York. The Order was adopted as a long-anticipated response to a 2016 petition Read More

The EU puts an end to geoblocking and the discrimination in online sales

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In recent years, a large number of companies that act, including in the framework of the European Union, have conducted a use of discrimination in their online sales; for example, establishing different purchase prices for users depending on their country of residence. That is why, as a result of this reality, a growing amount of geoblocking has been taking place. Read More

NSW Government Bulletin – summer edition

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Welcome to the summer edition of NSW Government Bulletin - your essential holiday season reading! In this special edition of our fortnightly publication, we take a magnifying glass to the issues and reforms that emerged over 2018 in key areas affecting government. We also cast forward to examine the expected major trends and developments for 2019. Our authors will also Read More

New York State Court of Appeals Holds That Cellular Data Transmission Equipment Is Taxable as Real Property

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In a unanimous decision issued on December 13, 2018, the New York State Court of Appeals held that most cellular data transmission equipment is taxable as real property in New York State. In re T-Mobile Northeast, LLC v. DeBellis, No. 140, 2018 WL 6533281 (Dec. 13, 2018). Prior to this decision, intermediate appellate courts in different parts of the state had Read More

Changes to Australian law to block offshore pirate websites take effect

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Our recent article here examined the provisions of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill). That Bill, which was first introduced to the Australian Parliament on 18 October 2018, was passed unamended by both Houses of Parliament on 28 November 2018 and is now in full force and effect. The speed with which the Act was passed reflects that there was bipartisan Read More