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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

Security house Kaspersky Lab scored an impressive legal win that saw it not only beat a patent troll, but actually collect money from the plaintiff in the process. The Russian antivirus vendor said that it collected a $5,000 payment to agree to drop a patent infringement case where it was the defendant, after the litigator …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2017
Peace in our time?

Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

Microsoft and Google have agreed to sort their issues out between themselves rather than getting state regulators to investigate each other's actions. "Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities," Redmond said in a statement to El Reg. "We will continue …
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2016
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Crossroads Systems takes wrong turn. Is it running out of cash?

Comment It isn’t pretty watching this. Poor beleaguered archival product vendor Crossroads Systems reported even worse results for its second quarter than its dire first quarter, as well as a diminishing cash balance. Crossroads_Q2cy2015 Crossroads Systems quarterly revenue and net income. Moving average trendlines added. …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2015

Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

Apple and Google have asked a US federal judge to dismiss all patent litigation between the two companies after four years of legal battles, we're told. Documents submitted on Friday to a Washington federal appeals court requested an end to the patent war, the pair revealed. Piles of allegations of infringement were …
Iain Thomson, 17 May 2014

Survey: Patent litigation skyrocketing, trolls top 10 sueball chuckers

A new survey confirms what your own good common sense has already told you: 1) patent-infringement cases are increasing, ii) the most litigious plaintiffs are patent trolls, and C) the most-sued company is Apple. "The patent case load of the district courts has more than doubled since 2008, and verdicts like Apple-Samsung have …
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2014
White flag

Google and Cisco sheath swords in patent-war deal

Google has signed another patent-licensing deal, this time with Cisco, signaling that it has had enough of the Great Patent War litigation frenzy – for the moment, at least. "Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products," said Allen Lo, Google's …
Iain Thomson, 4 Feb 2014
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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

The judge responsible for the painfully complex patent litigation between Apple and Motorola Mobility has had it up to here with the legal machinations of the two companies, and has denied a request to step in and whittle the case down to a manageable size. "Most parties that come before the Court are trying to resolve their …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2013
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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

Shell companies that threaten legal action over patent infringement without actually producing anything themselves could be driven out of business if the newly proposed and risibly backronymed Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act becomes law. In an all-too-rare display of US congressional …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2013

Patent trolling surges, but righteous cavalry on the way

Patent trolling is a "cancer" that poses an "existential threat" to US business – especially startups – according to a panel of experts at last week's CES 2013. But there are plans in the works to fight back. "There's a great quote from Scientific American," congressman Peter DeFazio told his audience at a CES 2013 panel. " …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jan 2013
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Yahoo! tacks! two! more! patents! onto! Facebook lawsuit!

Yahoo! has slapped two more patents onto its list of grievances against Facebook in their patent battle, while denying the social network's claims and accusing it of not playing fair. The web firm said in a court filing on Friday that the social network was actually infringing on 12 rather than just 10 of Yahoo!'s patents, and …
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'Searching staff emails would be time-consuming'

Quotw This was the week when the details of Facebook's acquisition of revenueless app firm Instagram – for $1bn – emerged. The social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly negotiated Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom down from $2bn and agreed the deal from the comfort of his couch in his home in Palo Alto – purportedly without informing …
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Motorola's bid to sink Windows, XBoxes sales snubbed

Microsoft has won its fight in the US to stop Motorola Mobility from enforcing a banning order on Windows and XBox sales that a German court may award the phone-maker. Redmond had asked a court in Seattle to prevent Motorola from using an injunction, backed by patents for the H.264 video codec, to stop Microsoft from selling …
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Apple, Motorola Mobility held patent war peace summit

Apple and Motorola Mobility held peace talks at the end of last year to end their patent row with a cross-licensing agreement, according to an EU document. On Friday the European Commission revealed its thinking [PDF] behind sanctioning Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The paperwork mentions the talks in late 2011 …
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Google grabs yet more patents from IBM war chest

Google continues to fill up its sack of patents, once again with the help of IBM, bagging scores of patents from the tech titan. The Chocolate Factory already loaded its litigation guns with 2,053 patents from IBM in two transactions in July and August last year, and now records at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) …
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Top beak: Ignorant lawyers fumble electronic evidence

Lawyers and judges must be properly trained on how best to examine electronic documents and email evidence or risk wasting vast sums of money in legal costs, a senior judge has warned. Lord Justice Jackson, author of last year's in-depth report on legal costs in civil litigation, told a construction disputes conference in a …
OUT-LAW.COM, 2 Dec 2011
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Google-Moto pulls in $228m following settlement with RIM

Google's new acquisition Motorola Mobility says it has bagged $228m so far from a patent licensing deal with another, unnamed company – which appears likely to be BlackBerry maker RIM. The Chocolate Factory's new mobile hardware tentacle got an upfront cash payment of $175m and a licensing agreement that brought its pre-tax …
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Legal expert: Letters can be evidence, so can Facebook

Opinion Private things turn up in court cases. This has always been the case, and there are many people in jail, paying fines or out of a job because of what they have said or done in private. Yet when a court wants to use material from a social networking page in a case, there is a web-wide sharp intake of breath. There are …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Jul 2011
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NY residents sue for $100m over phone masts

Residents are suing the Long Island town of Hempstead for allowing the installation of cell phone antennae, on the basis that it's lowering the value of their properties. The claim is not regarding the potential health risks, as has been the case before, but that the local authority has been negligent in preventing brown boxes …
Bill Ray, 1 Sep 2009

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