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Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

August 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

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 came […]

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Tags: Business · Legal · Microsoft

Bad Microsoft Android patents may lie behind Samsung lawsuit

August 6th, 2014 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Business · Infrastructure · Legal · Linux · Microsoft · Operating System · Samsung · SmartPhone · Tablet

Apple and Samsung drop all patent lawsuits outside the US

August 5th, 2014 · Comments Off

Apple and Samsung agreed on Tuesday to drop their patent lawsuits outside the US. But their patent wars aren’t over yet. The two technology giants will continue to battle on within the U.S. courts system. Apple and Samsung drop all patent lawsuits outside the US. More>

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Tags: Apple · Business · Infrastructure · Legal · Linux · Operating System · Samsung · SmartPhone · Tablet

Cell phone unlocking will be legal again

July 28th, 2014 · Comments Off

Back in October 2012, the Library of Congress, which oversees how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is enforced, ruled that cell phone unlocking without your wireless carrier’s permission was illegal. Cell-phone users were not happy, and, in July 2014, Congress finally listened and is giving users back the right to unlock cell phones. Cell […]

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Tags: Business · Infrastructure · Legal · SmartPhone

UK makes ODF its official documents format standard

July 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off

In 2006 and 2007, there was an enormous documents standards war between Microsoft, with its OpenXML documents format, and the open-source community with its Open Document Format (ODF). In the end, Microsoft, while eventually supporting ODF, won. ODF, while still supported by such popular open-source office suites as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, became something of an after-thought. Until, […]

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