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Score one for the patent trolls: US appeals court says it's OK to shop for patent-friendly judges

US appeal judges have shot down a bid to end the practice of so-called venue shopping in patent battles. That's where companies alleging infringement pick judges who typically back those bringing a case, which puts defendants at an immediate disadvantage. On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected [ …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2016

Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

A new project to uncover the symbiotic relationship between Google and the US government has uncovered some mind-boggling details. The Campaign for Accountability (CFA) this week launched the first two of its Google Transparency Projects. One of the projects – a visualisation of the revolving door between Google, the White …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016
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X-IO and Pivot3 enter mutual back-scratch deal

X-IO is going to add Pivot3 hyper-converged products to its customers and provide IP, software and engineering services to Pivot3. Here's the juice. We know X-IO is offering Nexsan's E60 arrays as a cold storage tier to its customers and partners. Now it's allying itself with hyper-converged and hybrid array startup Pivot3 in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

It's World Intellectual Property day! So it's time again to think about the plight of IP lawyers, tens of thousands of whom are forced to undergo the daily indignity of people shaking their heads at them as they try to explain why everything in the world, including your own thoughts, are owned by someone else and you should pay …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016
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Jaron Lanier: Big Tech is worse than Big Oil

Intellectual property isn't just vital to human dignity. It might be the only thing that can save your kids having a job, thanks to today's robber barons, like Google. So says virtual-reality pioneer and musician Jaron Lanier, who's come out swinging harder than ever at the Silicon Valley. Big Tech is seriously worse than Big …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Apr 2016

Database of patent licence terms could help resolve FRAND disputes, says expert

Making the terms on which patents are licensed available for public scrutiny could help businesses, courts and regulators determine if the terms of other patent agreements are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), an expert in valuing intellectual property (IP) has said. Dr Roya Ghafele, director of Oxfirst, told …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2016
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Apple design guru exits

Veteran Apple designer Daniel Coster has moved. Coster is named on almost 900 patents and over 20 years at Apple. The Information reports that Coster joined action camera company GoPro as VP of design. Register Vulture logo - grey
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Apr 2016
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Arista scores vs. Cisco

The ITC is to review its February decision in the Cisco/Arista patent case. The case has been going on since 2014, when Cisco lobbed the first sueball accusing the upstart of infringing its patents and copyrights. In January this year, Arista filed a countersuit saying Cisco had encouraged the industry to base their command …
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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There’s a woman at the front door. She has come to twiddle my knobs. Here we go, you’re thinking: yet another puerile SftWS column opening with cheap sexual innuendo. Well, not this time, young Bucky. It’s been four years almost to the day since I first began writing these weekly rantings, so it’s about time I put an end to …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Apr 2016
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Brexit: Leaving the EU could trigger UK science patent law rejig

Opinion Some aspects of patent law of relevance to life sciences companies could come back under the control of UK law makers if the UK votes to leave the EU. The UK market could be effectively closed to parallel imports and, by the adoption of appropriate legislation, the UK could remove uncertainty and encourage investment in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Apr 2016

Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

An ethics watchdog thinks that the FTC may have misled Congress about how it protected Google, and highlights how the White House went into panic mode to limit the damage to the giant ad slinger over a newspaper report last year. Last March, Google learned that the Wall Street Journal was about to publish details of how the …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2016

Lost in the obits: Intel's Andy Grove's great warning to Silicon Valley

Analysis A few years ago, Andy Grove took the Davos crowd to task. The received wisdom at the time – and it still is – was that America's future was as a "knowledge economy." It was 2010, and the former Intel CEO lamented that Foxconn employed more people – 800,000 in total – than Sony, Intel, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and HP combined. …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2016
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EMC mulled a Pure Storage buyout amid patent sueball tennis

Three months before EMC bought DSSD in May 2014, the storage goliath was thinking about buying Pure Storage. EMC even admitted in emails that its rival would always win out in head-to-head proof-of-concept de-dupe battles. This is according to internal emails disclosed during EMC's patent infringement lawsuit against Pure …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2016

EMC drags Pure to court again, claims FlashArray rips off dedupe patent

First, EMC dealt Pure a $14m blow when a court ruled that Pure's FA-300/FA-400 arrays infringed one of EMC's patents. Now the storage giant is suing Pure again – this time over the upstart's newer FlashArray//m systems, which also allegedly infringe the aforementioned data-reduction patent. EMC wants an injunction against its …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2016

US Supremes to hear Samsung's gripes about the patent system after Apple billed it $550m

It's a busy week for Apple, with the company showing off new products this morning and a court showdown with the FBI tomorrow. Now the US Supreme Court has just added more to the workload with Case 15‑77 [PDF]. In December, Samsung appealed to the Supremes in its long-running patent squabble with Apple over the design of its …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2016
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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Pure swats away EMC patent punch, mulls $14m verdict appeal

Pure Storage has been given a mild slap on the wrist for infringing part of an EMC-owned patent describing deduplication. Mountain View-based Pure was accused of trampling over five EMC patents covering dedupe and RAID technology back in November 2013. The dispute went to a Delaware district court, and then to a jury trial …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016
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IT system lets biz opt out loads of EU patents from Unified Patent Court at once

Companies will be able to opt out an "unlimited" number of their EU patents from the jurisdiction of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) at one time, it has been learned. Mark Craddock, a member of the IT team behind the new UPC case management system, told Out-Law.com that the UPC case management system will feature "a basket …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Mar 2016

European Patent Office inks deal with staff union it isn't locked in death spiral with

The European Patent Office (EPO) has come good on its promise to sign an agreement with its staff union – just not the union that it has spent more than a year locked in combat with. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and chair of the EPO arm of the FFPE European civil …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Mar 2016
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Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

A US appeals court has handed Samsung a legal victory in its never-ending patent war with Apple. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned an infringement verdict against Samsung and invalidated two other patent claims made by Apple related to the operation of smartphones. The court now says that Samsung did …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2016

US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

The US House Foreign Affairs joint sub-committee in Washington heard evidence of continued bizarre and allegedly illegal behaviour by Francis Gurry, the boss of the UN's patent body. The Committee promised yesterday to take action to demand reform of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and push for publication …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2016
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BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin to appeal website blocking ruling

The Court of Appeal in London must maintain the right of brand owners to obtain website blocking orders against internet service providers as a means of enforcing their trade mark rights against infringers, an expert has said. The Court is expected to hear an appeal by BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin in April against a 2014 …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Feb 2016

Imagination unfurls blueprints to 2017's TV, car dashboard chips: the PowerVR Series 8XE

MWC16 Imagination – the Brit chip design house whose GPUs power Apple iPhones and iPads – has come up with another graphics processor: the 8XE. This could well be the brains inside your next telly or car dashboard. While Imagination's PowerVR XT blueprints end up in iThings, tablets and other high-end devices, the XE family of GPUs …
Chris Williams, 22 Feb 2016

Arista cats hiss at Cisco, crack open the cream after bumper sales

Arista Networks has topped analyst expectations by posting a 40 per cent revenue jump in its latest quarterly returns. The networking company said the fourth quarter results put the cap on a "spectacular" 2015 that saw revenues spike even in the midst of an ongoing legal struggle against Cisco. "I have been pleased with the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016
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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

Andrew at Large At the Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican last year, Claire Fox chaired a panel titled "Is Technology Limiting Our Humanity?", and invited me to take part. Panelists could give a seven-minute introduction. It's now online as a video and podcast*. Two avenues looked promising, and I'll give you excerpts from each. One …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2016
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Marvell, Carnegie Mellon agree to slash disk drive chip patent check in half – to a mere $750m

Chipmaker Marvell has agreed to pay $750m to settle its long-running patent feud with Carnegie Mellon University. The two sides agreed to a settlement package to end a case that was due to be reheard by the Western Pennsylvania District Court on appeal after a US Appellate Court struck down an earlier ruling that would have …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2016

Haptic developer fires patent suits at Apple

Haptic outfit Immersion, once rumoured to be in talks with Apple, has fired off a lawsuit against Cupertino, AT&T and AT&T Mobility over alleged patent infringements. Immersion's sueballs have landed in the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court in Delaware. The 2008 talks between Apple and …
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Crossroads preps pesky product portfolio selloff

Crossroads has finally abandoned any pretence of being an archival systems products company any more and has signalled its product portfolio is up for sale. Its latest quarterly results showed what many would call a derisory products business, with revenues of just $1.8m and a loss of $538,000, the latest in a string of …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016

MapR claims big-data wrangling Hadoop patent first

Opensourcer MapR has been granted a patent for technology to reliably herd big data. The Hadoop flinger claims its architecture would safeguard "against data loss with optimised replication techniques and tolerance for multiple node failures in a cluster." MapR is using the filing to try to differentiate against rival Hadoop …
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The fracking oil price drop whacked Panasas – who's next in energy IT?

NAS appliance maker Panasas was forced to restructure after falling oil prices caused its customers in the energy sector to spend less on its technology. That's why executives fled the building, and why other staff have been let go. CEO Faye Pairman said Panasas has a long-standing strategy of diversifying into vertical …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016

Xitore slings 4 million IOPS box under its arm, strides out into the light

Flash DIMM startup Xitore is exiting stealth before it has raised a dime and is looking for funding. The company was started up in March 2014 by CEO Mike Amidi and CTO Hossein Hashemi. Amidi has worked at STEC, SMART, Netlist, and WD, where he was director of the program management office in the Solid State Storage BU. At …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016

Bill for half a billion quid lands on Apple's desk in Facetime patent scrap

A notorious US patent court has ordered Apple to pay out more than half a billion dollars for infringing two patents related to its messaging software. A jury in the US Eastern District Court of Texas awarded $625m (£428m) to VirnetX, a patent-holding company that has long claimed that Apple's Facetime and iMessage offerings …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Feb 2016
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They've reached it: Crossroads' stock price crashes to just $0.25

Crossroads Systems’s share price has collapsed to $0.25. It was $3.65 in March 2015, following full fiscal 2015 results showing a fifth loss-making year of declining revenues. Why is it still afloat? In its final quarter of financial year 2015, ended Oct 31, the archival software systems shipper saw revenues of a derisory $1. …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2016

International Trade Commission pens patent love letter to Cisco

The International Trade Commission has handed Cisco another gun to fire at antagonist Arista, finding that the latter violated three Cisco software patents. The patents in question cover router management (US 7,162,537), and private VLANs (US 6,741,592 and 7,200,145). Since Cisco reckons Arista's in violation of twelve …

Layoffs! Lawsuits! Losses! ... Yahoo! is! in! an! L! of! a! mess!

Yahoo! is seeing matters go from bad to worse this week as the Purple Palace says it will be cutting 15 per cent of its staff and looking at possible sell-offs, all while writing off $4.4bn of business value. The former Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web said that it would be axing staff and dropping products as …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Feb 2016
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Intel's SGX security extensions: Secure until you look at the detail

A pair of cryptography researchers have published a graduate thesis that accuses Intel of ruining its “Software Guard Extensions” (SGX) with bad implementation decisions. Victor Costan and Srinivas Devadas of MIT criticize [PDF] the way SGX obtains cryptographic keys over the internet. Launched in 2013, SGX added CPU features …
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Patent Troll Unit set up by Virginia government to slay lawsuits

Suing a company for patent infringement just got a lot tougher in the state of Virginia. The state (technically a commonwealth) has created a new legal office focused entirely on patent litigation. Specifically, the state's Patent Troll Unit will look to extract penalties and legal fees from companies who make unjust patent …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2016
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Google patents robotic 'mobile delivery receptacle'

Google has been granted a patent for a "mobile delivery receptacle" - a vehicle designed to accept airborne drone deliveries and take them to a "secure location, such as into a garage" at the recipient's address. The patent blurb explains: "Unmanned, aerial delivery services may be problematic for delivery to users. For …
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2016

Western Digital, IBM enter patently cosy deal

WD has bought some storage patents from Big Blue and the two have also signed a cross-licensing deal. What has WD netted? More than 100 patents relating to distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. These get added to its existing 10,000-plus patent portfolio. The patents involved in the cross- …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2016
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Arista slaps Cisco with countersuit in network hardware row

Arista Networks has countersued Cisco, accusing the network giant of unfair competition practices. On Monday, Arista submitted paperwork with the US Northern California District Court alleging that Cisco unfairly stifles competition by wielding copyright claims against rivals and coercing customers to only use Cisco hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2016
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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

A US district court has formally banned the sale of nine Samsung devices, found to have infringed on Apple's patents, in America. Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern California District San Jose court signed off on the long-sought Apple order [PDF] blocking the sale of Samsung devices released in 2011 and 2012. The full list of …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016

Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

The mania for hoverboards is causing an outbreak of painful patent ignorance, says a top litigator. EIP’s Matthew Jones, who has litigated in tech and pharma cases, highlights the seizure of a Chinese hoverboard maker’s wares at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month as an example. Changzhou makes the “Surfing …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jan 2016
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Microsoft's patent tumble: A kinder, gentler IP politics? No

The fact that IBM filed more patents in 2015 than anybody is about as usual as Alexander Lukashenko sweeping to a fresh presidential term in Belarus. For a 23rd year, our glorious leader IBM has been ranked number one in the top 50 US patent assignees, with 7,355 grants. Samsung Electronics came second with 5,072 with Canon KK …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2016
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Qualcomm, TDK in US$3 billion joint venture to bake radio chipsets

Qualcomm is going to sling around US$1.2 billion into a joint venture with TDK to build radio chipsets. According to Bloomberg and Reuters, the new outfit will be called RF360. TDK's contribution to the roughly $3 billion business will be patents, manufacturing assets and design capabilities. The operation will be based in …
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Industry vet Khosla kicks Dell-EMC in the innovation crotch

Comment Billionaire, venture capitalist guru and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla thinks the merged Dell-EMC will result in a rusty innovation pipeline. Unsurprisingly, EMC CTO John Roese says Khosla's all wrong. Khosla passed his judgement during an interview at a Structure Conference in San Francisco last month. The $67bn …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016
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Nimbus Data settles lawsuit, moves to LA, promises new products

All-flash array supplier Nimbus Data, which has been quite quiet for around 18 months, has settled a lawsuit and has new products coming, as well as a refreshed website and a new office. The outstanding Maximus customer complaint issue with Nimbus Data has been settled by agreement of both parties, with the US court in the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016
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Europe, China line up their best bureaucrats for epic 5G battle

European and Chinese telco bureaucrats are stripped and ripped and ready for four years of obstacle-course-racing to make sure their 5G is the 5G for the whole world. Although Europe and China are officially cooperating on 5G standards, both sides want their patents to be the best patents, their standards to be the best …
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Devilish flash DIMMer Diablo gets $19m and new CEO

Comment Flash DIMM developer Diablo Technologies has had a $19m funding round, got itself a new CEO, and seen off legal foe Netlist in a great start to the new year. Diablo has Memory1 flash DIMM technology which adds NAND to a server's memory space as a cheaper but slower DRAM substitute, enabling server applications to run faster, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2016

Qualcomm tries to figure out if Apple, Samsung made it anti-trusted

Sick of the slings and arrows of antitrust regulators, Qualcomm is demanding to know what its tattling customers have been saying to South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. In subpoenas [PDF, PDF] filed in the US District Court of Northern California last week, Qualy demands internal memos and documents from Samsung, Apple, Intel …
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Motorola cut in half! But still alive, and ready to live again

Reports of Motorola's death (well, of the iconic brand at least) are looking premature, so calm down guys, you'll still get to see your batwings. Owner Lenovo has now said it will not only promote the "Moto" name (please note, not the cumbersome four syllable mouthful of "Motorola"), but also retain the iconic batwings logo, …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2016