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In a 2-1 decision Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit pretty much sided with the Patent and Trademark Office and overturned a summary judgment that the agency overstepped its authority when it presumed to change its rules a couple of years ago. The new rules are sa...
Rackspace® Hosting’s (NYSE:RAX) cloud division, Mosso®, today announced that Pangea Foundation™, an innovative non-profit SaaS provider that delivers enterprise-class software solutions to non-profit organizations, is using Cloud Sites™ to provid...
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Wednesday overturned a year-old San Francisco district court decision that deprived the aggrieved plaintiff in a dispute over open source software governed by the Artistic License of the right to sue for copyright infringement ...
Patent lawyers are partying. The US Patent and Trademark Office was stopped dead in its tracks Tuesday from changing the rules by a federal judge. In the name of reducing its swelling patent filing backlog, the PTO wanted to limit the number of claims a patent could make to 25 and the ...
The Federal Trade Commission this morning gave Google a Christmas present and approved its controversial $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick over the objections of competitors like Microsoft, Yahoo and AT&T - and the massed privacy front. The 4-to-1 vote came after the head of the ...
Google welcomed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's clearance of its planned acquisition of DoubleClick Inc., a premier provider of display ad serving technology and services. Google announced in April 2007 a definitive agreement to acquire the company for $3.1 billion in cash from Sa...
Sun countersued NetApp last Thursday in an action that NetApp founder Dave Hitz describes on his blog as seeking a permanent injunction 'to remove almost all of our products from the marketplace' and 'make NetApp employees wonder 'Do I still have a job?' and customers wonder 'Is it saf...
Busybox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities used in embedded systems and Multimedia was only making the executable version of the firmware that it created using Busybox available, not the source code. Monsoon joined in the SFLC announcement and had its CEO Graham Radstone s...
The August 17 ruling has provoked DLA Piper partner and pro bono OSI general counsel Mark Radcliffe - OSI, or Open Source Initiative, being the arbiter of what exactly constitutes an open source license - to blog that 'this case was wrongly decided and if allowed to stand may deprive o...
Google of course expressed confidence that the acquisition will go through and close by the end of the year, using Yahoo's proposed acquisition of Right Media, AOL's acquisition of a controlling interest in Adtech, WPP's acquisition of 24/7 Media and Microsoft's intended $6 billion acq...
The World Hockey Association (PINKSHEETS: WHKA) today confirmed it has hired the Law Offices of Michael E. Kulwin inNevada for its legal defense and upcoming counterclaim in US Federal Courtagainst Nexus Asset Holdings LLC and Global Developments Inc.
NTELOS Holdings Corp. announced today the pricing of the public offering of 11,000,000 shares of NTELOS common stock at a public offering price of $18.25 per share. All of the shares of common stock are being offered by certain affiliates of Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners,...
MetaMatrix announced the Defense Logistics Agency's Integrated Data Environment (DLA IDE) program is the latest United States Department of Defense (DOD) program to select the MetaMatrix suite of data-integration products to help implement their data strategy and transformation efforts...
Deep Web Technologies' (DWT) 'open source intelligence' (OSINT) site at http://osint.deepwebtech.com/ is now accessible by the public free of charge. The user friendly site is maintained and was created by DWT, provider of federated search technology and solutions for accessing the dee...
In a series of whipsaw revelations over the last 10 days - on which more ink seems to have been spent than Enron got - it has come to light that HP's non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn, who is supposed to be one of the most powerful women in America and was instrumental in removing H...
In a series of whipsaw revelations over the last 10 days - on which more ink seems to have been spent than Enron got - it has come to light that HP's non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn, who is supposed to be one of the most powerful women in America and was instrumental in removing H...
Information security assurance is a topic that has developed quickly over the last few years. Drivers for its rapid development include the development of computers at the pace of Moore's Law during the information revolution of the last century. Motivation for interest in the topic st...
Since the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the federal government has intensified its efforts to improve communications, collaboration, and information sharing between government and private sector agencies at all levels. The task of creating a seamless system of data and communi...
Brazil. Samba, Soccer, Carnaval, Caipirinhas and Churrasco. And, of course, Open Source. The Latin American nation of 180 million is among the world's leaders in both government-backed and grass-roots adoption of Free and Open Software (FOSS), with growing deployment in the public sect...
Geico won a trademark suit in a U.S. court, preventing Google from serving up Geico's name as part of Google's AdWords service. The court ruled that trademarked words cannot be offered as part of the AdWords service.
In what might amount to one of the largest US data heists ever, MasterCard today revealed that it believes up to 40 million cardholders of such credit card brands as MasterCard, American Express and others have been jeopardized in a massive theft at third party credit card processor, C...
Microsoft Corp. today released the following text of an e-mail sent today from Steve Ballmer, CEO, to all Microsoft employees in the United States. Date: May 6, 2005 To: All U.S. Microsoft Employees Subject: Microsoft's principles for public policy engagement.
Indebtedness
Datastrip announced today that it has partnered with Cogent Systems to develop a portable fingerprint identification system to aid federal homeland security and other law enforcement efforts.
Jeff Merkey, who used to be chief scientist at Novell and wrote NetWare's SMP kernel, is convinced open source misappropriates other people's IP but thinks he's figured out a way to make it a commercially viable capitalist tool...by letting the Cherokee Nation run it.
From the health care industry to the financial industry, the influx of network security incidents has impacted any organization that employs the Internet to expedite business processes. As a result, anyone enlisting the services of these companies is susceptible to identity theft o...
The nation's largest wireless carrier has been created through the merger of Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless Services. The merger netted shareholders $15 per share, roughly $41 billion. Large scale marketing, advertising, and subscription initiatives are to follow. Cingular faces c...
'The settlement assures customers worldwide that Sun will stand behind its products and intellectual property,' said Sun yesterday in a statement accompanying its historic out-of-court settlement with Kodak, 'and eliminates any uncertainty that could result from a protracted lawsuit an...
In an out-of-court settlement reached this morning, pending the signing of a final agreement, Sun has agreed to pay Kodak $92 million cash, bringing to an end the patent infringement proceedings instigated by Kodak last week, in which Java was declared by a federal jury to breach certa...
Should emergency personnel and law enforcement be called to the scene of a suspected chemical warfare attack, the last thing these frontline workers will want to do is wrestle with incompatible IT systems. Therefore, the federal government is in the throes of linking databases scattere...
Ex-Computer Associates CEO Sanjay Kumar could be sentenced to 100 years in the slammer if he's found guilty of everything he was charged with on Wednesday, according to the Justice Department. 'Not exactly a Martha Stewart reprise,' says Maureen O'Gara.
Microsoft has settled the trademark infringement suit that it filed against Linux desktop start-up Lindows.com in December of 2001, the suit that Lindows cleverly managed to stand on its head and turn into an action challenging the legitimacy of the Windows trademark that Microsoft won...
A Mississippi-based project involving IBM and Novell's SUSE LINUX underlines the growing importance of Linux in the government sector. The State of Mississippi Automated System Project (ASP) will provide local officials with real-time access to public safety information including mug s...
The US Supreme Court has ruled seven to one against Intel and told it that federal courts can to require it to turn over documents to European antitrust investigators because of the EC's quasi-judicial functions.
Computer Associates, the company the government calls 'corrupt,' has found a brave soul to replace its ousted general counsel Steve Woghin, who was left to the tender mercies of the federal prosecutors in mid-April, one of a bunch of senior people CA has sacrificed to the government's ...
Our New Year's prediction that 2004 would be the year of IP litigation is turning out to be true. The latest quirky indication of that fact is the $1.5 billion suit that was leveled at Intel Thursday morning charging that the Pentium, a superceded chip, infringed a 1993 US patent hel...
There's no stemming the tide of information; with more users and more servers and more connectivity than ever before, the task of logging, storing, and archiving all of that activity is astounding. The temptation may be to simply, save it all.
A Munich district court has hit Sitecom Germany GmbH with a preliminary injunction forbidding it to distribute a wireless access router, model WL-122, unless it conforms to the GNU General Public License.
Paul Murphy, author of 'The Unix Guide to Defenestration' and 20-year veteran of the IT consulting industry, wrote this detailed piece for us in 2002 on how Microsoft's use of XML extensions for its Passport single sign-on service was 'fundamentally inconsistent with SGML principles.' ...