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  • Motorola retaliates with lawsuit against Microsoft

    Motorola's mobile phone subsidiary has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft alleging the world's largest software maker has infringed 16 of its patents in PC, mobile and server software, as well as Xbox products.

    Written by Dan Nystedt12 Nov. 10 04:14
  • Google denies 'line-for-line' Java copying for Android

    Google is denying Oracle's allegation that it directly copied lines of Oracle's Java code for its Android mobile OS, according to a court filing made Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus12 Nov. 10 03:54
  • 3D printing may bring legal challenges, group says

    A coming revolution in 3D printing, with average consumers able to copy and create new three-dimensional objects at home, may lead to attempts by patent holders to expand their legal protections, a new paper says.

    Written by Grant Gross11 Nov. 10 08:18
  • Microsoft sues Motorola over licensing terms

    Microsoft sued Motorola on Tuesday in a Washington court, alleging that Motorola is refusing to license patents on a reasonable basis, as it promised during standards-setting processes.

    Written by Nancy Gohring10 Nov. 10 10:02
  • Apache declares war on Oracle over Java

    Charging that Oracle has willfully disregarded the licensing terms for its own Java technology, the Apache Software Foundation has called upon other members of the Java Community Process (JCP) to vote against the next proposed version of the language, should Oracle continue to impose restrictions on open-source Java use.

    Written by Joab Jackson10 Nov. 10 05:38
  • Ellison gets a grilling at Oracle-SAP trial

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison faced tough questioning on the witness stand Monday morning about the effects of TomorrowNow's intellectual-property theft on his company.

    Written by James Niccolai09 Nov. 10 07:40
  • FBI watching Oracle-SAP trial

    An FBI agent has been in the courtroom each day this week watching the Oracle-SAP trial, suggesting U.S. law enforcement continues to take an interest in the case.

    Written by James Niccolai06 Nov. 10 08:03
  • Oracle license would have cost SAP billions, Phillips says

    Former Oracle President Charles Phillips testified in court Thursday that he would have been "terrified" to learn SAP had gained access to Oracle's software and that SAP would have had to pay "at least 3 or 4 billion dollars" to license it.

    Written by James Niccolai05 Nov. 10 07:56
  • Former SAP exec Shai Agassi anticipated Oracle lawsuit

    Former SAP executive Shai Agassi knew that Oracle might end up suing SAP over activities conducted by TomorrowNow, a now-defunct subsidiary of the German software vendor, according to deposition excerpts filed Monday by SAP in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus03 Nov. 10 04:52
  • SAP willing to pay Oracle $120M for attorney's fees

    SAP would pay Oracle $US120 million for "past and future reasonable attorneys fees and costs" under the terms of a joint stipulation filed Monday in connection with the companies' ongoing intellectual-property lawsuit.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus03 Nov. 10 02:34
  • Microsoft, SAP sued by inventor over coding method

    Microsoft, SAP and Bamboo Solutions are being sued by a Virginia company that claims some of the companies' software products infringe on its patented, "novel technique for associating the modules of a multi-module computer program."

    Written by Chris Kanaracus02 Nov. 10 03:30
  • Apple taps multi-touch in Motorola patent lawsuits

    Apple's patent lawsuit against Motorola is just another thread in a rather complicated litigation web, but it's also unique for busting out multi-touch, a hallmark feature of modern smartphones.

    Written by Jared Newman02 Nov. 10 02:00
  • Oracle-SAP suit won't clear third-party support fog

    No matter the outcome of Oracle and SAP's sprawling intellectual-property dispute that goes to trial Monday, it will likely fail to clear up questions that have major financial implications for software vendors and customers around the globe.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus30 Oct. 10 05:34
  • Apple sues Motorola over patents in mobile phones

    Apple filed two lawsuits against Motorola and Motorola Mobility late Friday in a US federal court, claiming violations of its patents in multiple Motorola cell phones, including the Droid line.

    Written by Elizabeth Heichler31 Oct. 10 10:12