Telecommunications INDUSTRIES

Telecom and wireless technology has fundamentally changed our business and personal lives in a very short time. Email, PDAs and mobile communications devices—unfamiliar to most of us 15 years ago—are now ubiquitous. New technologies bring enormous market opportunities, but market opportunities alone do not ensure long-term success. Long-term success requires a solid corporate structure, financial health, protection of critical technologies and the agility to navigate changing regulatory requirements.

WilmerHale has played a leading role in shaping the rules that govern telecommunications and online services in both the United States and Europe. When important issues of first impression arise in these fiercely competitive industries, companies turn to us for focused insight and effective problem solving. We understand our clients' businesses, and we bring experience and technical knowledge to the issues of greatest importance to them.

We have counseled hundreds of telecom and wireless clients, ranging from leading service providers to emerging start-up companies.

Telecom and wireless technology has fundamentally changed our business and personal lives in a very short time. Email, PDAs and mobile communications devices—unfamiliar to most of us 15 years ago—are now ubiquitous. New technologies bring enormous market opportunities, but market opportunities alone do not ensure long-term success. Long-term success requires a solid corporate structure, financial health, protection of critical technologies and the agility to navigate changing regulatory requirements.

WilmerHale has played a leading role in shaping the rules that govern telecommunications and online services in both the United States and Europe. When important issues of first impression arise in these fiercely competitive industries, companies turn to us for focused insight and effective problem solving. We understand our clients' businesses, and we bring experience and technical knowledge to the issues of greatest importance to them.

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Experience

We represent telecom and wireless innovators and market leaders. Our clients include:

Acopia Networks
Airvana
Airwide Solutions
Amdocs
America Online
Analog Devices
Arbor Networks
Axsun Technologies
Bell South
Bookham
Comverse
Deutsche Telekom
Metro PCS
Mobistar
Nortel Networks
OPNET Technologies
Orange
Polychromix
Propagate Networks
Qwest
Raysat
RSA Security
SBC
Starent Networks
Tazz Networks
Verizon Communications
Verizon Wireless

Publications & News

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September 15, 2014

Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Upholds Forum Selection Bylaw Requiring Intra-Corporate Litigation to Be Brought in a Forum Chosen by the Board of Directors

Once announced, merger and acquisition transactions typically result in the filing of numerous lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions. The Delaware Chancery Court has once again approved forum selection bylaw as a way to reduce the expense and distraction of multi-forum litigation.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

December 6, 2013

House Passes Patent Litigation Bill

On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) (the “Act”) by a vote of 325-91. The Act proposes several changes to the patent litigation system such as enhanced pleading requirements, fee shifting, discovery limits, patent ownership disclosures, and stays of customer suits.

August 30, 2013

NIST Issues Discussion Draft of Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") has posted a discussion draft of the preliminary version of the voluntary federal cybersecurity standards NIST was directed to develop under the executive order on critical infrastructure cybersecurity issued by President Obama in February.

August 19, 2013

USPTO Holds First Inter Partes Review Hearing

April 17, 2013

Selected 2013 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise‑critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

March 4, 2013

Planning for March 16, 2013: Important Considerations as US Moves to a First-Inventor-to-File System

The America Invents Act (AIA) has already brought extensive reforms to US patent law since it was signed into law on September 16, 2011. On March 16, 2013, perhaps the most publicized change will take place when the US officially moves from a “first-to-invent” to “first-inventor-to-file” system.

December 27, 2012

New FTC Rules Tighten Regulation Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

June 6, 2012

Selected 2012 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise‑critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

May 31, 2012

The WilmerHale Obviousness Report: One-Hundred Decisions of the Federal Circuit Post-KSR