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  • Time to give up on The Beatles on iTunes

    If there was any hope left that The Beatles' music would appear on iTunes in this lifetime, Yoko Ono just killed it.

    Written by Jared Newman07 Aug. 10 06:08
  • Skype avoids antitrust suit in settlement with IDT

    Three weeks ago, telecommunications company IDT Corp. filed a civil antitrust complaint against eBay and Skype, but the companies, which have also been in a patent dispute since 2006, have now settled all their differences.

    Written by Nancy Gohring06 Aug. 10 09:54
  • I4i wins final approval from USPTO in Microsoft dispute

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final confirmation of a patent awarded to i4i that is at the heart of a dispute with Microsoft and that once threatened the sale of Word software.

    Written by Nancy Gohring28 July 10 05:47
  • Why not to jailbreak the iPhone

    The United States Copyright Office ruled that jailbreaking an iPhone is not a copyright violation under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Be that as it may, there are still some very good reasons not to jailbreak the iPhone.

    Written by Tony Bradley28 July 10 06:14
  • Cisco may call home TelePresence 'UMI'

    Cisco Systems may be planning to give its consumer TelePresence system the friendly sounding name "UMI," according to a trademark application made last year.

    Written by Stephen Lawson26 July 10 03:34
  • Hollywood pushes movie streaming standard, UltraViolet

    The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), a group of 58 Hollywood studios and technology companies, is pinning its hopes for the future of entertainment on UltraViolet, an online digital locker that would allow you to buy a movie once, and stream it over the Internet for free on any other compatible devices.

    Written by Daniel Ionescu21 July 10 02:17
  • Disagreements on transparency fail to stop ACTA treaty leak

    Disagreements between the European Union and the US over whether to release the current negotiating text of a secretive international copyright treaty became moot this week, with the publication on a French website of a leaked version of the latest draft of the treaty.

    Written by Peter Sayer17 July 10 01:56
  • UK royalty society suggests ISPs pay for pirated music

    A U.K. music royalty collection society has suggested charging ISPs for pirated content traded on their networks, as the organization claims piracy will worsen with faster broadband speeds.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk15 July 10 23:23
  • NTP sues smartphone makers Apple, Google and others

    Patent holding company NTP, which received a US$612.5 million settlement from BlackBerry marker Research In Motion in a patent infringement case, has filed patent lawsuits against six makers of smartphones or related software, including Apple and Google.

    Written by Grant Gross12 July 10 04:58
  • Nokia asks Russia for help retrieving N8 prototype

    Nokia has asked Russian authorities to help retrieve what it says is an unauthorized model of a future phone that a blogger wrote about and photographed on a phone review site.

    Written by Nancy Gohring08 July 10 05:38
  • Court patent ruling leaves software patents intact

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ducked the question of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) should continue to issue software patents in a ruling Monday striking down a business-method patent.

    Written by Grant Gross29 June 10 05:09
  • US trade panel to investigate S3 complaint against Apple

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched a formal investigation into four patent complaints filed against Apple by computer graphics hardware maker S3 Graphics, which asked the agency to block Apple from importing the iPhone, iPad and other products into the U.S.

    Written by Grant Gross28 June 10 05:07
  • sues Microsoft for patent infringement has sued Microsoft for patent infringement, making a move in response to an intellectual property suit Redmond filed against the on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) vendor last month.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus26 June 10 02:30