- Tech visionary Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011. His name was listed on 317 Apple patents, including the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad.
- Sprint is urging the FCC to quickly hold hearings to rule on whether the transfer of spectrum licenses from T-Mobile to AT&T serves the public interest. AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile is currently under review by the FCC after the US Justice Department sued to block the proposal.
- Senators Blumenthal (CT) and Franken (MN) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit wireless companies from having contract clauses that require consumers to use binding arbitration rather than suing in the case of a contract dispute.
- On Wednesday, members of the House reviewed the FTC’s recommendations to the Children’s Online Private Protection. The proposed changes would require greater permission from parents of children under the age of 13 before information could be collected from them on the Web.
- Also on Wednesday, Senator Coons (DE) and Kohl (WI) proposed amendments to the pending Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011. The amendments would allow private federal civil actions for trade secret infringement and would allow Customs & Border Patrol to share information on suspected counterfeiters with US rights holders.
- Samsung wants courts in France and Italy to prohibit Apple’s iPhone 4S, claiming that the iPhone infringed two of its patents. Samsung and Apple are currently in around 20 patent infringement legal disputes.
- AstraZeneca returned to court this week to defend its US patent on Crestor, a multibillion-dollar cholesterol drug, against generic drug makers who are appealing a decision from the US District Court in Delaware. In June 2010, the court ruled that generic firms failed to prove the patent was invalid because it was obvious.