Monthly Archives: January 2013

FCC Proposes to Fine Telecommunications Licensee for Unauthorized Transfers of Control

Last week, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) to StanaCard, LLC, a licensed provider of, among other things, prepaid international telecommunications services.  StanaCard today markets its services under the brand name “Keku.”  The NAL proposed to fine StanaCard $21,000 for (1) failing to notify the FCC of a pro forma change in … Continue Reading

Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012 Signed Into Law

In an effort to stem the tide of intellectual property theft from U.S. companies, on January 14, 2013, President Obama signed H.R. 6029, the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012. The Act increases the penalties for trade secret theft under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 for crimes that the perpetrator knows … Continue Reading

China and U.S. Make Technology-Related Commitments at 23rd JCCT

Last month, senior officials from the U.S. and China conducted the 23rd U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Washington, D.C.  The JCCT was founded in 1983 as a forum for high-level dialogue on bilateral trade issues.  This year’s JCCT resulted in several technology-related commitments from both China and the U.S. China’s technology-related … Continue Reading

FCC Reminds Wireless Service Providers of Jan. 15, 2013, Hearing Aid Compatibility Report Deadline

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued an enforcement advisory reminding wireless service providers and resellers that they must report on their compliance with the hearing aid compatibility rules by January 15, 2013.  Under FCC rules, most wireless service providers must offer consumers a minimum number of hearing-aid compatible phones or other handsets.  The purpose … Continue Reading

U.S. “Cracks” Software Piracy Scheme: Chinese Seller and U.S. Customers Plead Guilty

Earlier this week, Xiang Li pleaded guilty in Delaware federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  Li, a Chinese national, was charged with selling “cracked” software (i.e., software for which access controls had been circumvented) to customers around the world through … Continue Reading

European Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Samsung

By Hee-Eun Kim, Jennifer Boudet, and John Wileur After launching a formal investigation almost a year ago, the European Commission sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to Samsung on 21 December 2012.  The Commission is taking a preliminary view that Samsung’s actions seeking injunctive relief against Apple in various EU countries based on its telecom … Continue Reading