News about intellectual property
  • USPTO leader New Year's resolution: improve patent quality

    By Grant Gross | 23 January, 2015 07:08

    Improving the quality of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be a top priority there in 2015, the office's acting director said.

  • Dish found not to infringe Fox's copyright by letting users stream programs

    By John Ribeiro | 21 January, 2015 17:20

    A federal court in California has ruled that Dish Network did not infringe the copyright of Fox Broadcasting by offering users services for skipping ads and streaming live or recorded programming over the Internet to their computers and mobile devices.

  • Dutch e-book resale site has to close for now, court rules

    By Loek Essers | 21 January, 2015 02:39

    Dutch e-book resale site Tom Kabinet has to close because, at least at the moment, it cannot prove that all the books offered for sale on the site have been legally obtained, an Amsterdam court ruled Tuesday.

  • Copyright law needs overhaul to meet Internet needs, says EU lawmaker

    By Loek Essers | 20 January, 2015 03:25

    European copyright laws are too fragmented and ill-suited to online usage today: Legislators drafting new rules should limit copyright terms; allow unrestricted hypertext linking; exempt public-sector works from copyright; harmonize rules to simplify cross-border commerce, and restrict the use of DRM.

  • Xiaomi beefs up its patent portfolio amid legal troubles in India

    By Michael Kan | 16 January, 2015 00:04

    As Xiaomi faces a patent battle in India over its smartphones, the fast-rising company is trying to bulk up its patent portfolio in China and elsewhere.

  • Understanding the legal options used to fight cybersquatting

    By By Gerald M. Levine, Esq. | 15 January, 2015 03:55

    Compressed in as little as a word or two, or perhaps an expressive phrase, trademarks communicate powerful stories about who businesses are and what they stand for. They are at once guardians of reputations, ambassadors of goodwill and advocates of consumption. They have two principal functions: distinguishing one business from another and signifying sources of goods or services. Trademarks are accordingly highly prized, and not only by their owners. They are targeted by predators in both the physical and cyber marketplaces. Thus, the need for owners' constant vigilance to police their marks and protect their integrity. This cannot be done without having an informed understanding of venues and remedies for infringement.

  • Apple and Ericsson sue each other in LTE patent royalty spat

    By Loek Essers | 15 January, 2015 01:11

    Ericsson and Apple filed patent lawsuits against each other in the U.S. in a dispute over royalty payments demanded by the Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

  • Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business

    By Loek Essers | 14 January, 2015 03:31

    If you're looking to buy solid state drives (SSDs) from SanDisk to speed up your servers, you might be out of luck. A California court has issued a preliminary sales ban for controller chips that SanDisk uses in its high-speed SSDs.

Features about intellectual property
  • Can digital rights management and the open Web coexist?

    By Chris Minnick and Ed Tittel | 28 May, 2014 22:54

    The Netflix-backed Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) proposal, and recent revelations that requirements for DRM in HTML5 are confidential, have generated furor among advocates of the Open Web. Let's cut through the hyperbole.

  • Google Books legal epic moves to appeals court

    By Juan Carlos Perez | 19 November, 2013 00:07

    After almost a decade of litigation, Google scored a victory last week over the Authors Guild, which had sued the company for copyright infringement over its Google Books search engine. But a few important chapters in the legal saga have yet to be written.

  • The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: 'They can't take my soul'

    By Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson | 19 February, 2013 05:02

    We are standing in a parking lot in the city of Malmö, southern Sweden, one of the many places Peter Sunde now calls home. The sky above us is grey, as usual at this time of year. Just as the parking meter spits out our ticket, a young man driving much too fast on a motorcycle roars up behind us. He is followed by a police car, sirens blaring and blue lights flashing.

  • Patent cases color mobile market, to continue in 2013

    By Loek Essers | 21 December, 2012 16:08

    Over the past year, patent battles have been fought by tech companies in courtrooms all over the world. The litigation is far from over though, however, and will continue throughout 2013. This is what's at stake on the patent battlefield in the near future.

  • 2012: The year in quotes

    By Nancy Weil | 12 December, 2012 13:45

    Some of the most memorable IT-related quotes were uttered in courtrooms this year, which involved a steady stream of legal challenges about intellectual property. In no particular order, these are some of the comments that stuck with us as 2012 winds to a close.

  • What Obama's re-election may mean for technology

    By Grant Gross | 07 November, 2012 19:06

    The US presidential election result leaves President Barack Obama in the White House and maintains the balance of power in Congress. In many longstanding technology debates, policy experts see little movement forward, although lawmakers may look for compromises on a handful of issues.

  • Apple and Samsung: What's behind the patent fight

    By Jonny Evans | 06 October, 2011 05:45

    Samsung took a step toward finding a kind of "pax tabletica" with arch-foe Apple in an Australian court last week, offering to remove features from its Galaxy Tab to avoid a court ban on sales of the device in that country. But what's really interesting about the case isn't the technical litigation, but the underlying attempt to define how much of a product's design is actually protected under existing, fragmented international laws.

  • How DRM could ensure cloud security

    By Keir Thomas | 04 February, 2011 05:53

    Yet another survey is indicating that security is a big issue for those intending to take up cloud computing.

 

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