J. Sagar Associates (JSA) is advising Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited (SSTL) and its majority shareholder Sistema JSFC, a leading Russian conglomerate (Sistema) in connection with the demerger of SSTL’s telecom wireless business operated under MTS brand to Reliance Communications Limited (RCOM) in exchange for 10% of the issued and paid up capital of RCOM. The Parties entered into definitive agreements in this regard on November 2, 2015.This deal is the first major consolidation in the Telecom sector since 2009, and is the first announced merger deal after the Department of Telecommunications came out with its merger guidelines in February 2014.Some of the salient aspects of the deal are: RCOM will acquire around 9 million subscribers and annual revenue of around Rs. 1.5 million; RCOM will acquire spectrum owned by SSTL in the 800-850 MHz band which is efficient for launching 4G LTE services; In consideration for the transfer, RCOM will issue … [Read more...] about JSA assists Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited in demerger of SSTL’s wireless business to Reliance Communications Limited
The realm of patent ineligible “abstract ideas” arguably grows ever larger by the day, and now encompasses inventions that require movement of shipping containers. How the handling, storage and transportation of heavy metal objects that are the backbone of the shipping industry could plausibly be characterized as lacking presence within the realm of 101, is definitely a head scratcher (check out claims repeated below).In this case, Plaintiff, Wireless Media Innovations, LLC, is the owner of two patents covering certain systems and methods relating to the monitoring of shipping containers. The Patents are U.S. Patent Number 6,148,291 (“ ‘291 Patent”) and U.S. Patent 5,712,789 (“ ‘789 Patent”). Defendant Maher Terminals and Global were each accused by Plaintiff of operating at least one terminal operating system and operative methods associated therewith to monitor the locations and load statuses of containers at … [Read more...] about Wireless Media Innovations v. Maher Terminals, LLC, Global Terminal & Container Services, LLC: Fed. Cir., February 8, 2016
Rembrandt Wireless Technologies sued Samsung and Research in Motion for infringement of U.S. Patent 8,457,228 in June 2013. The ’228 patent relates to data communications, and in particular to a data communication system in which a plurality of modems use different types of modulation in a network.In June of 2014, Samsung filed six IPR petitions to challenge various claims of the ’228 patent. (IPR2014-00889 to -00893 and -00895.) Only half of Samsung’s six petitions were instituted for trial, but claim 21 was the only claim of the ’228 patent in the district court litigation that was not instituted for trial in the PTAB. (Rembrandt also asserted U.S. Patent 8,023,580, which was also the subject of six IPR petitions, and had additional claims not instituted for trial.)In the original IPR challenge of claim 21 (IPR2014-00892), Samsung unsuccessfully asserted a combination of “admitted prior … [Read more...] about Board Limits Multiple IPR Challenges in Samsung Electronics v. Rembrandt Wireless Technologies
It is no secret that consumers are increasingly focused on connected cars. In a survey of consumers by Accenture, over 50% of consumers surveyed were already using some connected car services, 57% of those surveyed would like to have the ability to surf the internet via a monitor in the car, and 81% of consumers wanted a system like eCall in their car. Currently, connected-safety features generate the most revenues for connected car services, but driver assistance is expected to surpass safety as the top connected car revenue stream in 2017.This has led to a sector of rapid expansion in the wireless industry. During the second quarter of 2016, the wireless industry’s Internet of Things (IoT) growth exceeded phones and tablets combined. Looking further ahead, a wireless industry consultant predicts that infotainment, such as music streaming, and telematics, such as navigation, fleet management, will make up 98% of all machine to machine traffic by 2021.Within … [Read more...] about As Consumers Flock Towards Connected Cars, Wireless Industry Benefits
Wireless Media Innovations, LLC (“Wireless”) asserts patent infringement of two patents against Flowers Foods, Inc. (“Flowers”) in a complaint filed in the Middle District of Georgia on November 19, 2013. The patents cover monitoring methods and systems for containers.Wireless claims United States Patent No. 6,148, 291 (the ‘291 Patent) and United States Patent No. 5,712,789 (the ‘789 Patent) have been directly infringed by Flowers by its use of “yard management systems and operative methods associated therewith to monitor the locations, movement, and load statuses of containers in at least one of [Flowers’] facilities.” Literal infringement as well as infringement under the doctrine of equivalents is alleged. Wireless asserts that the infringement has been willful (as Flowers has had knowledge of the patents of Wireless “at least as of the filing date of this … [Read more...] about Does Wireless Media Innovations Have a Lock on Tracking Shipping Containers in a Shipping Yard?