Litigation

  • Apple And Google Agree To Dismiss All Direct Legal Action Between Themselves

    Apple And Google Agree To Dismiss All Direct Legal Action Between Themselves

    Late today, Apple and Google announced that they have agreed to dismiss direct lawsuits aimed at one another, and will work together to help push patent reform forward. It’s a huge change for the two companies, which compete on everything from music sales, to productivity tools, to cloud storage, to mobile app distribution, and so forth. According to a source speaking to GigaOm, about… Read More

  • The Valley’s “No Hire” Years Come To Light In Damning New Documents

    The Valley’s “No Hire” Years Come To Light In Damning New Documents

    In a statement filed by former Palm head Edward Colligan, new evidence has come to light about the prevalence of no-hire agreements. Colligan, while staffing up his company, approached Apple employees to work at Palm. Read More

  • More On PeopleBrowsr And Its CEO Jodee Rich, Who Has Been Involved In Long Legal Battles Before

    More On PeopleBrowsr And Its CEO Jodee Rich, Who Has Been Involved In Long Legal Battles Before

    As you might have heard last night, PeopleBrowsr, the maker of social influence service Kred, has filed legal actions against Twitter for cutting it off of its full firehose of data. It was given a temporary restraining order, which has kept the current data deal in place. Twitter told TechCrunch last night that it had every right contractually to do so, whereas PeopleBrowsr is crying… Read More

  • Startups Vs. Startups: App Developer Gets Sued By Lightbank-Backed WhosHere

    Startups Vs. Startups: App Developer Gets Sued By Lightbank-Backed WhosHere

    So here’s a story that hopefully will be an eye-opener for entrepreneurs and startups, while providing a painful peek into trademark harassment and the importance of due diligence. It goes a little something like this: About two years ago, software engineer Brian Hamachek decided to build an app first on Windows Mobile (how some horror stories have been known to begin), then on… Read More

  • My Dear One: Many Joys of the Season, YOUR OLPC PROJECT owes us $20 million

    My Dear One: Many Joys of the Season, YOUR OLPC PROJECT owes us $20 million


    Nigerian company LANCOR is suing the OLPC project for infringing on their Nigerian keyboard design, causing us to wonder if some sort of 419 spamming virus hasn’t infiltrated the Nigerian judicial system, rendering completely useless. The suit holds that the OLPC uses extra keys to allow users to type using the Nigerian alphabet. While this is clearly a case of insane people suing a… Read More

  • IBM Attacks Amazon in Court

    IBM Attacks Amazon in Court

    IBM has announced that it has filed against Amazon two patent infringement suits in two courts in the Eastern District of Texas. The manufacturer stated that it has attempted to resolve with the retailer the issues for four years. According to The Inquirer, the patents in question are: 5,796,97 – presenting apps in an interactive service; 5,442,771 – storing data in an… Read More

  • Cingular Stands Up for the Little Man

    Cingular Stands Up for the Little Man

    Cingular took three telemarketers to court yesterday for making calls to their customer’s cellphones and for making their customer’s calling records private through “pretexting.” Cingular said Sebell conspired with a Dominican Republic business Florida Vacation Corporation, to make the calls in June and July 2006. Its second lawsuit alleges American Broadcast Systems Inc. Read More