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  • Crowdsourcing group targets NTP mobile e-mail patents

    A company using crowdsourcing methods to challenge patents has targeted three mobile e-mail patents held by NTP, a Virginia company that has filed more than a dozen infringement lawsuits in the past four years.

    Written by Grant Gross13 Dec. 10 06:57
  • Oracle seeks $212 million in interest from SAP

    Oracle wants SAP to pay it US$212 million in interest on top of the $1.3 billion awarded to it last month by a jury in the companies' TomorrowNow lawsuit, court papers show.

    Written by James Niccolai11 Dec. 10 11:33
  • Former Microsoft CTO's firm files patent lawsuits

    Intellectual Ventures, a patent portfolio developer and broker started by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has filed patent lawsuits against nine tech companies, including Symantec, McAfee and Hynix Semiconductor.

    Written by Grant Gross09 Dec. 10 08:00
  • SAP-Oracle feud could hurt business, customers say

    Prolonging the battle between SAP and Oracle, following last week's £820 million damages award, could hurt enterprise software users and change the support landscape.

    Written by Leo King01 Dec. 10 01:33
  • Groups vow to fight gov't takedowns of websites

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the operator of Torrent-finder.com have separately vowed to fight domain-name seizures by two U.S. agencies in recent days.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Dec. 10 04:14
  • Courts shut down 82 sites for alleged copyright violations

    Two U.S. government agencies have obtained seizure orders for the domain names of 82 websites accused of selling products that infringe copyright law, including music, movies and handbags.

    Written by Grant Gross30 Nov. 10 09:13
  • Swedish judge confirms Pirate Bay convictions on appeal

    Three men found guilty of being accessories to crimes against copyright law for their part in running The Pirate Bay have lost their appeal, while a fourth man still awaits trial.The three, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström, were originally each sentenced to a year in prison, but the Svea Court of Appeals reduced their sentences on Friday: Neij must now serve 10 months, Sunde eight months and Lundström four.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs29 Nov. 10 04:06
  • EU Parliament approves once-secret ACTA copyright treaty

    After 11 rounds of international negotiations, the final text of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has overcome its biggest hurdle yet when it was welcomed as a step in the right direction by the European Parliament, which voted 331-294, with 11 members abstaining, to approve the measure.

    Written by Jennifer Baker25 Nov. 10 02:15
  • Woman helped sell fake chips to US military

    A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she helped her employer sell counterfeit computer chips for use by the U.S. military

    Written by Robert McMillan23 Nov. 10 20:17
  • Oracle-SAP case goes to jury to decide damages

    SAP has admitted to the "massive and prolonged" infringement of Oracle's copyrights and should pay at least US$1.7 billion in damages, an Oracle attorney said Monday as the companies' corporate theft lawsuit entered its final stages.

    Written by James Niccolai23 Nov. 10 11:58
  • Intel sued by University of New Mexico

    The University of New Mexico's patent arm, STC, filed a lawsuit against Intel on Monday alleging the infringement of a patent related to advanced chip manufacturing.

    Written by Dan Nystedt16 Nov. 10 20:31
  • Android faces another patent attack

    Android faces a new threat with a lawsuit that Vertical Computer Systems filed Monday against Samsung and LG.

    Written by Nancy Gohring17 Nov. 10 06:01
  • Oracle responds to Apache Java defiance

    Seemingly anxious to get the next version of the Java programming language ratified, Oracle has asked the Apache Software Foundation to reconsider its stance on the proposed Java Standard Edition 7.

    Written by Joab Jackson16 Nov. 10 07:35
  • Motorola countersues Microsoft in patent infringement battle

    The countersuit is a standard legal maneuver for patent infringement law suits. It is common enough that it is no longer a matter of if, but when, a tech organization challenged for patent infringement will respond with a patent suit of its own. True to form, and following the standard operating procedure, Motorola has filed three patent countersuits against Microsoft.

    Written by Tony Bradley12 Nov. 10 04:38
  • Google: Third parties liable for Java infringement, not us

    Third parties, not Google, would be liable for any Java copyright violations in the Android mobile OS, according to a filing the vendor made Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus12 Nov. 10 07:49