• Hurt Locker copyright owners not trying to stop the sharing

    While the producers of Hurt Locker have been quick to sue anyone they can find that’s downloaded the film, they’re not following the typical pattern of movie producers. Typically, after the producers start suing everyone they can find that downloaded the movie, they send out cease and desist orders. Not in this case. Read More

  • SCO/Novell suit is over, SCO loses

    It is over. The SCO’s long-running lawsuit against Novell over a number of patents involved around Unix copyright. In short, SCO claimed to own Unix even after Novell bought it back near the turn of the century. SCO’s patent-trolling has been shameless. The once great company reduced itself to a lawsuit machine and essentially attacked IBM and Novell for years. You can read all… Read More

  • Is IBM splitting hairs with open source?

    It’s no secret that I’m a big Free Software fan. It’s no secret that IBM is a giant company with more money than I can possibly imagine. So I was pretty happy in 2005 when IBM, in an obvious PR stunt to get buddy-buddy with the open source community, made its Statement of Non-Assertion of Named Patents Against OSS, ostensibly saying that it would permit open source projects… Read More

  • Netflix settles lawsuit, cancels contest

    Well, the lawyers have won again. Netflix settled the privacy lawsuit brought about by their last contest out of court, and canceled the next contest. Good thing we have outraged class action lawsuits to protect us! Read More

  • Samsung and Sharp settle dispute over LCD patents

    They fought each other in courts in the USA, Europe, Japan and Korea since summer 2007, but now Samsung and Sharp finally settled [Sharp’s official press release in English] all their ongoing lawsuits over LCD technology patents. The suits (initiated by Sharp) concerned a total of five different LCD-related technologies Sharp owned, i.e. regarding the “brightness, response speeds… Read More

  • Apple further tips their hand about tablet name

    It appears that Apple has tipped their hand regarding the name of their expected tablet computer. Way back in September of 2009, Apple filed to oppose Fujitsu regarding the name, “iPad”. Apple hasn’t been aggressive about fighting for the name, but they did file for the name on an international scale, and they own that trademark. Read More

  • Apple Not Liable For Plagued iMac Screens, Updates Firmware Anyway

    Apple just dodged a bullet. A New York federal judge dismissed a potential class action lawsuit which alleged that Apple propagated their popular iMac screens without disclosing certain manufacturing defects to its customers, saying that the allegations were too general to be considered. The lawsuit stated that unwanted vertical lines would appear on the devices after the warranty period… Read More

  • Apple Says Nokia Missed The Boat And "Chose To Copy The iPhone" Instead

    Now that Apple has responded to Nokia’s patent lawsuit filed last October with its own countersuit today, we have a clearer picture of what the dispute is all about. As suspected, it is about money, specifically the patent licensing fees Nokia is trying to get out of Apple for wireless patents it holds and it alleges are infringed by the iPhone. But more broadly, it is about Nokia… Read More

  • Blockbuster and Netflix 1, rental queue patent holder 0

    Good news in the lawsuit against Netflix and Blockbuster; the legal system for the great state of California has judged that the rental queue patent was not violated! Read More

  • Kindle being criticized for failing to support the blind

    Despite the fact that the Kindle has been suggested as an almost perfect alternative to traditional textbooks, some schools have been reluctant to embrace it. This is due to a design issue that makes accessing the audiobook function somewhat difficult for the blind. Read More

  • Lawyer bait: OS Calculators

    Electronics design studio Mintpass is treading a fine line. They’ve come up with a pretty cool concept, bit it’ll probably never make it to market. What have they done that’s so controversial? Created calculators based on the designs in Windows and OS X. Read More

  • Nokia Takes Apple To Court. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sue 'Em.

    Nokia has filed a compaint against Apple for infringing on its GSM, UMTS, and WiFi “standards,” which is as absolutely vague as it sounds. While Nokia states that forty vendors have licensed its patents in these areas there is no mention of the specific instances of infringement and, given that GSM, UMTS, and WiFi are the defacto standards for GSM-based phones across the board… Read More

  • Unsurprising: TI doesn't approve of calculator hacks

    It wasn’t too long ago that hackers were successful loading custom firmware onto Texas Instruments calculators. This hasn’t been sitting well with TI, who have been sending legal threats to the plucky hackers. I’m not surprised, are you? Read More

  • Psystar still taking the crazy pills, sues Apple for being a "premium computer monopoly"

    Psystar, putter-togetherers of Hackintosh PCs, are suing Apple for monopolizing the market for premium computers, a move akin to a prairie dog popping its head up under a lawnmower. The lawsuit states: “By tying its operating system to Apple-branded hardware, Apple restrains trade in personal computers that run Mac OS X, collects monopoly rents on its Macintoshes, and monopolizes the… Read More

  • The official Kindle 2 case is cracking the Kindle 2, $5 million lawsuit filed

    It seems that the Kindle 2 has an issue when used with the official protective case: it cracks. Obviously everyone that spent $30 on the case that’s suppose to protect the Kindle from such damage isn’t too happy right now. Amazon previously stated that owners were kind of out of luck and had to spend an additional $200 for a replacement but recently started replacing cracked Kindles. Read More

  • Microsoft ordered to pay $200 million to XML company

    Microsoft, a small company in Washington, has been hit by a $200 million lawsuit by a company in Toronto called i4i over some sort of XML tagging to Microsoft Word. That’s $200 million US, not CAD. Microsoft would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids. Read More

  • Remember that SCO court case? It's still alive!

    SCO, the operating system company that has been trying to make a living doing nothing but litigation, is back in the news! When we last heard from the beleaguered company they were facing Chapter 11, which as we all know is a reorganization process. Now the U.S. Trustee’s office says that it thinks SCO’s bankruptcy should switch to Chapter 7, liquidation. Read More

  • Streetcar driver sends pictures of his private parts to random female passenger via Bluetooth

    A precarious lawsuit is currently in the news in Germany: According to various reports, a streetcar driver in the Southern city of Karlsruhe made pictures of his private parts with his phone camera (while being on duty). As if that alone isn’t stupid enough, the guy also sent the two pictures out to the world via Bluetooth. Read More

  • Microsoft tells TomTom where to go

    TomTom announced today that Microsoft is suing them for patent infringement, however they denied that they had violated any of Microsoft’s patent rights. Microsoft said that it it taking legal action against the GPS maker after the two failed to reach a licencing agreement after more then a year of negotiation. Read More

  • Buffalo Allowed to sell wireless products again (for now)

    Earlier, Buffalo Inc. and Buffalo Technology, makers of external hard drives, monitors and other computer peripherals were sued by Australian science agency CSIRO who alleged that Buffalo’s Wi-Fi Products infringed on their U.S. Patent 5,487,069. This led to the district court issuing an injunction, ordering Buffalo to stop selling its allegedly infringing Wi-Fi products. In… Read More

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