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  • Can US get tough on intellectual property crime?

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    Critics have long said the US needs to do something to put a crimp in intellectual property crime -- an over $200 billion counterfeit and pirated goods industry.
  • Red Hat Extends Open Source Conversation Beyond Technology

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 6:20 pm

    I know what you're thinking, because I thought the same thing when I read the news on the wire. Opensource.com? Really?
  • Nokia sues Apple over iPhone 'free ride'

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Nokia has sued Apple in federal court, charging that the iPhone infringes on 10 patents owned by the Finnish mobile-phone maker.
  • Ex-Ford engineer charged with trade secret theft

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:00 pm

    A former product engineer at Ford Motor Co. has been charged with stealing sensitive design documents from the auto maker worth millions of dollars.
  • Sweden aims high for creation of a single EU patent system

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Sweden took over the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union this week, promising to push hard for an agreement among the 27 member states on the creation of a single E.U.-wide patent.
  • Cheerleader for new domain names defends ICANN plan

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Plans to introduce new top-level Internet domains will not force trademark owners to make defensive registrations to protect their brands, according to two reports published by ICANN.
  • Sweden's Pirate Party sets sail for Brussels

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 11:20 am

    The Pirate Party, a party campaigning for online civil rights, has won at least one seat in the European Parliament, after obtaining 7.1 percent of the votes in elections in Sweden.
  • 5 Free Ways to Track Online Leaks of Information

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Unfortunately a lot of companies are stumbling across their own intellectual property online by accident and well after it is too late. A best-case scenario for undoing the damage is that the data is quickly removed by the website and is never seen again. The following tools offer free and easy-to-customize Internet monitoring features that allow you to be seconds behind information leaks.
  • Microsoft sued over dynamic Web page technology

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    A patent-holding company has sued Microsoft for patent infringement for technology used in dynamic Web pages.
  • The fight over open source 'leeches'

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Your ear doesn't have to be pressed to the ground for long to hear angry grumblings in the open source community about leeches, vampires, or freeloaders. But are such "freeloaders" hurting open source -- or helping it?
  • Microsoft, Linux Foundation join forces in software law debate

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    In an unusual twist, Microsoft and the Linux Foundation agree on the need for changes in a recommendation about software law.
  • Ballmer meeting with Alibaba CEO stirs Yahoo speculation

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met last week with Jack Ma, the CEO of top Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, which controls Yahoo's operations in China. The meeting drove speculation in China that they may have discussed a potential Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo.
  • Pirates to Worry You: Chinese Manufacturing Partners

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Somali pirates who brazenly attacked container ships in the Indian Ocean have garnered a lot of recent attention. But for companies that source products from Chinese manufacturing partners, there are even greater and longer-term business risks due to pirating attacks on companies' intellectual property and supply chains.
  • IP issues could be slowing IBM-Sun talks, experts say

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    A myriad of patent and licensing agreements make any merger discussions a complex affair.
  • Obama administration says treaty text is state secret

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    The Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), part of President Barack Obama's office, has denied a company's request for information about a secretive anticounterfeiting trade agreement being negotiated, citing national security concerns.
  • Microsoft promotes Gutierrez to steer IP policy, licensing

    Posted February 21, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    Microsoft has promoted one of its intellectual property attorneys, Horacio Gutierre, to a more prominent role in steering its IP policy.
  • CA settles copyright suit against Rocket Software

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    CA said Tuesday that it has settled its $200 million intellectual-property suit against Rocket Software for an undisclosed sum.
  • Ex-employee calls Microsoft spying lawsuit 'desperate'

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 11:43 am

    The former Microsoft employee accused of stealing company information is disputing Microsoft's version of events, saying the lawsuit against him is "a desperate attempt" to force him to abandon a patent infringement case.
  • Who owns the code? Beware copyright pitfalls

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 5:18 pm

    Copyright laws should force every software developer to think carefully before collaborating with another developer to create enhancements to an existing application. Unless you plan ahead, you run the risk that your exclusive rights to develop, adapt and sell modifications to the original product are no longer so exclusive.
  • Microsoft charges employee with spying

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Microsoft is suing a former employee, charging him with stealing trade secrets that he used in a patent suit against the software giant.
  • Survey: Microsoft has strongest patent portfolio

    Posted January 5, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    U.S. technology companies led an annual survey rating the strength of corporate patent portfolios, with Microsoft coming out on top.
  • IEEE to set up patent pools to simplify standards adoption

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:58 am

    The IEEE plans to set up "patent pool" licensing programs to get the standards it defines developed into products more quickly and cheaply.
  • Judgment favors Novell in ongoing SCO case

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 10:19 pm

    A Utah court handed down a judgment this week in the long-running legal battle between SCO and Novell.
  • How to Avoid Getting Sued by a Former Employer

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:53 am

    If you take a job with a competitor, you may find yourself sued by your former employer for "misappropriating trade secrets" -- even if you did nothing of the sort. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself.
  • Bush enacts PRO-IP anti-piracy law

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 9:39 am

    President Bush Monday signed into law a bill designed to increase protection of intellectual property (IP) such as software, films and music by raising penalties for copyright infringement and creating a national "IP czar."

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