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  • A Closer Look At Apple's Latest Patents

    A Closer Look At Apple's Latest Patents

    Apple has been granted nine new patents, and I thought I'd take a look at the claims therein and see whether they match up to the descriptions, and whether they seem (to this humble blogger) like realistic items for which to gain exclusive rights. I've included links to all the patents, but the USPTO office is behaving strangely, and often returned an error when I tried to pull up documents. Those… Read More

  • A Method For Encumbering Progress By Patenting Other People's Ideas

    A Method For Encumbering Progress By Patenting Other People's Ideas

    Inventor: Paul Allen Filed: August 27, 2010 Abstract: A method for preventing innovation, specifically in the tech sector, by way of a dangerous misconception of what is patentable and a sadly overtaxed intellectual property regulatory system. Summary of the Invention: During a period of change and invention, ideas may occur to a person, and a few possible ways of manifesting those ideas. By… Read More

  • New York Alleges LCD Price-Fixing By LG, Hitachi, Samsung, and Sharp

    New York Alleges LCD Price-Fixing By LG, Hitachi, Samsung, and Sharp

    Accusations of price fixing like those now being filed in New York are nothing new, but as it turns out, the penalties don’t really stick. LG and Sharp paid hundreds of millions in a settlement back in 2008, Hitachi had its own scandal in 2009, and Sharp is already the defendant in a Dell lawsuit also alleging price fixing. Samsung seems to be the new kid on the block, but I think they can… Read More

  • Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Alleges That iPads Get Too Hot When Used In The Sun

    Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Alleges That iPads Get Too Hot When Used In The Sun

    Apple must make a big, juicy target to lawyers trying to cobble together class-action lawsuits. They make promises in plain English that, as is the case with almost all advertising, don't exactly pan out, but usually allowances can be made. Does Old Spice make you "smell like a man"? If you think a man smells otherwise, can you sue Old Spice for false advertising? Similarly, when Apple says… Read More

  • How will Apple respond to the DMCA revision? They won't.

    How will Apple respond to the DMCA revision? They won't.

    Today's adjustment of the DMCA has far-reaching legal implications, which will only be evident after a few weeks, months, or even years as various parties exploit them however they can. I'm going to let the experts play in that sandbox. But one of the new rules seems to have had a specific target in mind: Apple. To wit: "(2) Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute… Read More

  • Auction off your Cease and Desist from LucasFilm for fun and profit

    Auction off your Cease and Desist from LucasFilm for fun and profit

    Remember that cool-looking Spyder III Pro Arctic laser from WickedLasers? Remember how LucasFilm thought it looked a little too much like a lightsaber? Remember how they then served WickedLasers a Cease and Desist? And then, remember how WickedLasers put that Cease and Desist up on eBay? You probably don’t remember that last part, because I’m just telling you now. It’s up on… Read More

  • Discovery sues Amazon over Kindle patent infringement – again

    Discovery sues Amazon over Kindle patent infringement – again

    When I read this story at Reuters, I thought it sounded a bit familiar. And sure enough, in March of 2009, we wrote pretty much the same thing. I immediately thought: "Could Reuters have messed up? Are they really that bad at this?" As it turns out, no — but they missed a key bit of context. Discovery is suing Amazon again, over essentially the same thing. They missed that part, which Read More

  • It's time to settle lawsuits and chew bubble gum – and I'm all out of bubble gum

    It's time to settle lawsuits and chew bubble gum – and I'm all out of bubble gum

    Duke Nukem Forever, a title subject to more delays, controversies, and lawsuits than Rockstar’s notorious Grand Theft Baby, may finally see a release. Well, there’s actually no reason to think that will happen, except that now there’s nothing actively preventing its release — except, of course, the fact that the game was never finished. The lawsuits between Take Two and 3D… Read More

  • German court mandates passwords on all Wi-Fi – or face a fine

    German court mandates passwords on all Wi-Fi – or face a fine

    This is another of these growing pains the modern world is having to go through. A court in Germany has decided that the owner/proprietor of a Wi-Fi connection is partially responsible if said connection is used for illegal purposes, with or without the owner's knowledge. Therefore, leaving a Wi-Fi connection open to all comprises a sort of negligence, criminal negligence in fact, punishable by a… Read More

  • Seattle civil rights issue turns on hacking and police gadgetry

    Seattle civil rights issue turns on hacking and police gadgetry

    When you watch CSI or 24, you see all kinds of technology being employed to catch the bad guy. On a regular police beat, however, much of that technology is used for administration, records, and protection of the cops against allegations of abuse of authority, brutality, and so on. Either way, it's comforting to know that every interaction I'll have with a cop if I were to be, say, arrested for… Read More