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Articles tagged with: infringement

Microsoft To Pay $70 M To Alcatel In Patent Ruling

The patent war is not new is US. Almost everyone is suing someone else for some goddamn reason. The patent war between Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft is also not new. There had been a number of clashes between the two companies ever since 2002 when Alcatel sued Gateway and Dell and Microsoft jumped in to help the two companies.

According to a recent federal ruling, Microsoft is bound to pay $70 million to Alcatel-Lucent by the order of a San Diego federal judge for the patent infringement which was originally filed by engineers at AT&T in 2003. The patent dealt with data entry on computer screen without using a keyboard.

Google Buys IBM Patents

Suing rival tech companies has now become child’s play for big IT companies. Consequently every company is trying to decorate its portfolio with as many patents as it can by buying patents from different companies.

Google, which had recently been sued by Oracle for Java patent infringement in development of Android has also decided to take some precautionary measures.

Spotify Gets Sued For Patent Infringement

Just two weeks after entering the U.S. market, Spotify has been sued for patent infringement by the PacketVideo, a Wireless Multimedia Platform Creator.

Spotify had recently signed up 70,000 paid users in it’s first week. The claim of PacketVideo is that Spotify did not follow certain recommendations and restrictions which every video streaming website should follow.

The PacketVideo claims that every video streaming website should have “A Device for the distribution of music information in digital form.”

Adiós, Fake Apple Stores!

The Chinese government and the investigating authorities have been involved in a big hustle over the past few weeks involving the fake Chinese Apple Stores in Kunming. The fake stores were the lime light of the city and the people behind it were reported when someone blogged about two apple stores in the city when there was no Apple store providing services in that area.

The Land of the Dragons is known for its counterfeit market and copyright infringement all over the globe more than it is known for Dragon remains and Emperors. The accused owner has even said that they were doing it for the good of the people and that they were doing Apple a favor and the employees claim that they were made to believe that this is an official Apple store.

Sorry Winklevoss, Facebook Case Finally Settled

The Social Network was a great movie that offered us some insight into the life of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and explained what it was like to get where he is today. However, the movie portrayed the struggles that Mark faced to get there. One of which was allegedly stealing the idea from two guys known as the Winklevoss twins.

The billionaire had to fight with the accusation ever since he made the largest social network in the world public but both the parties agreed on a peace treaty a couple of years back.

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Copyrights & Patents

In the tech industry, suing rival companies is not a big deal so its no surprise that Oracle sued Google.

The bone of contention is Google’s US$100 million deal with Sun Microsystems to pay the royalties for using Sun Microsystems’ programming language java for building the, then-new operating system, Android.

The deal has invoked a copyright infringement case against the search giant Google. However, Google has denied the allegations put forth by Oracle.

Enjoy Fox Movies On Your Android Phone

20th century fox has marked another good step in the entertainment industry, bringing movie watching to the next level. Now you’ll be able to watch movies on your Android device with a new feature which Fox brings exclusively to you.

The word on the street is that FOX is introducing a new feature that would allow users to download Fox movies on their Android devices. However, the feature won’t work in a manner allowing users to directly download movies to Android devices, instead, users will first have to buy a physical copy of the movie, thus allowing him/her to download an Android-friendly copy of the movie to the PC which can then be loaded to Android device.

Ford Sued Over SYNC Technology

A Washington state technology company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ford in federal court.

Eagle Harbor Holdings, and its subsidiary MediusTech, claim Ford used several automotive technologies in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles without authorization.

Japan Raises Penalty For Distribution Of Viruses

Japan’s parliament has just enacted a legislation that criminalizes the creation or distribution of computer viruses, in attempts to make the Internet a safe place. The Japanese Government seeks to support the Convention of Cybercrime, a treaty that was ratified by 31 countries that proposes international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.

The new legislation makes the creation or distribution of a computer virus punishable by up to 3 years or 500,000 yen in fines.

Nokia Takes Down Apple In Patent Case

Nokia has announced today that Apple has agreed to pay them a one-time settlement and continuous license fees for Nokia-owned patents, which ends a long-standing battle that Apple had started back in 2009. Both companies have also agreed to retract prior complains from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The CEO of Nokia stated, “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licenses…This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”