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High Court To Review Patent Judgment Against Microsoft

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court agreed Monday to referee a $290 million dispute between Microsoft Corp. and a Canadian technology company over complaints that a tool used in the popular Microsoft Word program violated patent protections. The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from...

Google Gets Injunction Stopping Microsoft's eMail Service

The Department of Interior (DOI) was enjoined from awarding Microsoft a contract to provide a Cloud email service following Google's bid protest. US Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary injunction because the DOI failed to comply with federal procurement laws. Google and Microsoft both offer...

Google Gets Injunction Stopping Microsoft's eMail Service

The Department of Interior (DOI) was enjoined from awarding Microsoft a contract to provide a Cloud email service following Google's bid protest. US Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary injunction because the DOI failed to comply with federal procurement laws. Google and Microsoft both offer Cloud...

Tech Cos. Want Boy Scout 'Perversion Files' Blocked

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) The country's leading technology trade association, which represents major multinationals including IBM, Boeing Co. and Microsoft Corp., has written a brief in support of the Boy Scouts of America in a lawsuit that seeks to make public the organization's so-called "perversion...

Microsoft Aims At Android With E-Reader Lawsuit

SEATTLE - (AP) Microsoft Corp. broadened its attack on Google Inc.'s Android software, filing patent infringement lawsuits Monday against Barnes & Noble Inc. and two manufacturers over the Android-based Nook e-reader. In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Microsoft said it...

Judge Echoes Google Critics In Digital Book Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) As Google Inc. evolved from being an endearing startup to an Internet empire, the company has become used to critics depicting it as a copyright scofflaw and pushy monopolist. It's different when the unflattering portrait is being drawn by a federal judge. This week's ruling...

Software Patents - US Government vs. Microsoft

The US Supreme Court will hear argument on April 18 in the patent infringement case in which Microsoft has been enjoined from selling Word with XML features. The US Solicitor General filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court against Microsoft and endorsing the US Patent & Trademark Office...

Nokia Sues Apple Again Over Patents

HELSINKI - (AP) Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday. The complaint, filed with United States International Trade Commission, ITC, is the latest in a string of lawsuits...

Kerry and McCain Propose Privacy Bill of Rights

United States Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a bill this week that proposes greater protection of personal information for online consumers. Under the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 , consumers have the right to be notified of the collection of their personal data and...

Oral Arguments Held In Microsoft Word Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The evidentiary standard for proving patent invalidity was debated April 18 before the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute involving the popular word-processing software program Microsoft Word ( Microsoft Corp. v . i4i Limited Partnership and Infrastructure for Information...

Dish, EchoStar To Pay $500 Million TiVo Settlement

NEW YORK - (AP) Satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. and set-top box supplier EchoStar Corp. will pay TiVo Inc. $500 million to settle a patent lawsuit over digital video recorder technology, the companies said Monday. The settlement is one of the largest ever over patents. TiVo said it strengthened...

Proskauer Rose goes Mac daddy? | Attorneys to be Outfitted with iPads

The AmLaw Daily reports that Proskauer Rose announced on Wednesday that the firm plans to supply the bulk of its 700-plus lawyers with iPad 2′s. I'm a straying out of my comfort zone in this post today-I am not a hardwired techie-but I am all for technologies that enrich our lives and...

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors

VOIP is likely headed in a new direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype . It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an IPO later this year. As a result of this purchase, Microsoft...

Patents Post-Grant: TiVo Shuts Down Microsoft Case

Recently Filed Reexaminations Sway California Court to Halt Proceeding TiVo's patent battles have been making headlines for quite some time now. Last week, the battle with EchoStar finally concluded with a $500 million dollar payout . During this dispute, TiVo's "Time Warp" patent...

Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Endorsing a "clear and convincing" standard for proving patent invalidity, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 9 sided with a patent holding firm in its longstanding dispute with defendant Microsoft Corp. ( Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership et al. , No...

High Court Says Microsoft Must Pay In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Microsoft Corp. must pay a $290 million judgment awarded to a small Toronto software company for infringing on one of its patents inside its popular Microsoft Word program. The high court unanimously refused to throw out the judgment against...

Williams Mullen: E-Discovery & Information Governance - What Is 'The Cloud' And Should I Store My Company's Data There?

By Monica McCarroll "The Cloud" is everywhere these days - Microsoft has a clever ad campaign directing consumers "to the Cloud"; Apple is launching "iCloud" to store all of your music, pictures and apps; and Google Docs has partnered with Box.net to simplify sharing...

Patent Actions On The Rise, Median Damages Awarded Hits 16-Year Low, According To Patent Litigation Study

NEW YORK - Reflecting upon developments currently underway in patent reform legislation, PwC US on Oct. 18 released a new report "2011 Patent Litigation Study: Patent litigation trends as the 'America Invents Act' becomes law" summarizing trends in the patent infringement litigation...

Privacy Update at Google and Microsoft

By Peter S. Vogel Google has a team of 60 engineers, & Microsoft has 40 people, fully devoted to avoiding violation of privacy laws in the US and around the world. At a recent legal seminar executives from Google and Microsoft described how many resources they devote to privacy law compliance...

BALCA on ad language, travel: Matter of Microsoft

"[W]e find that the phrase “may require employer-reimbursed travel” is indistinguishable from the DOL-endorsed phrase “some positions may require travel.” Based on the foregoing, we find that the Employer’s NOF, SWA job order, and advertisements do not contain a job...

Patent Arms Race Continues: Eight-Hundred AOL Patents Fetch $1 Billion from Microsoft

As reported by Law 360 , AOL and Microsoft are entering into a billion dollar deal that will provide Microsoft with 800 AOL patents and a nonexclusive license for AOL's remaining 300-plus patents. The agreement, which is expected to close by the end of 2012, continues a patent arms race that...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Windows XP Phaseout Raises Data Security Concerns For Financial Institutions

By Mercedes Kelley Tunstall, John D. Socknat and Lauren McDermott Microsoft has announced that beginning April 8, 2014, its Windows XP operating system will no longer be updated with security patches. This announcement has critical data security implications for financial institutions whose electronic...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Can Content-Based Communications Located Overseas Be Reached Via The Stored Communications Act?

In an oral ruling from the bench, Judge Lorraine Preska of the Southern District of New York recently affirmed Magistrate Judge James Francis IV’s April 25, 2014 decision – Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain Email Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corporation , (S.D.N.Y...

BALCA on Context, SWA Job Orders: Matter of Microsoft

"Based on the foregoing, we find that the Employer’s NOF does not contain a job requirement that exceeds that which is on the ETA Form 9089, because it is clear within the overall context of the advertisements that not all of the Support Engineering positions require travel. We find that the...

U.S. High Court Will Consider Jurisdictional Debate In Xbox Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 15 granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed in a suit accusing Microsoft Corp. of a selling defective Xbox consoles but limited the appeal and agreed to consider only if a federal appellate court has jurisdiction under Article...