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Net neutrality becomes the law of the land

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to accept FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal that the Commission “use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections.” Or, to put it in plain English, your ISP must provide equal broadband access to you or any site — Amazon, Netflix, etc. — without slowing […]

Some patents become less troll friendly

In one small step for patent law interpretation, one giant leap forward for patent sanity, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has agreed to let the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) new Standard Association (SA) patent policy stand. This new policy, in turn, will reduce the cost of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) patents […]

Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

When I started covering technology in the ’80s, the last thing I thought I’d need to learn about was intellectual property law. But as Nicolai Tesla learned in his fight with Thomas Edison in the electrical-current patent wars of the 1890s, wherever technology goes, IP law is sure to follow.

My moment of revelation […]

Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

When I started covering technology in the ’80s, the last thing I thought I’d need to learn about was intellectual property law. But as Nicolai Tesla learned in his fight with Thomas Edison in the electrical-current patent wars of the 1890s, wherever technology goes, IP law is sure to follow.

My moment of revelation […]

Bad Microsoft Android patents may lie behind Samsung lawsuit

At this point, it’s hard to say exactly what’s going on in Microsoft’s patent contract dispute with Samsung. The two companies may just be fighting out their contract terms or it could be the first shot at Microsoft’s Android patent portfolio.

Microsoft’s heavily redacted lawsuit was filed on August 1st in the US District Court […]