Microsoft Corp. has stepped up its indemnification program to help shield its partner companies from exposure to legal costs and damage claims related to patent or other intellectual property disputes.
Canada’s federal government has introduced a copyright bill that would clarify file-sharing as illegal, make it an infringement to crack the digital locks on CDs and DVDs and define the responsibility of internet service providers in fighting online piracy.
In a victory for Canadian BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Ltd., the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has truck down three patent claims held by NTP Inc., the small company that has sued RIM for patent infringement.
The judge presiding over Freedom Wireless’ $128 million patent infringement lawsuit against prepaid cellular phone service company Boston Communications Group and four carriers has suspended the non-jury trial to consider BCGI’s unenforceability defense and ordered the companies to go into mediation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether chip maker Qualcomm Inc. has engaged in unfair trade practices, rival Broadcom said.
Chinese DVD makers have expanded a lawsuit that seeks to break up an international patent-pool licensing group controlled by some of the world’s largest electronics makers.
In a victory for high-tech companies, a European Parliament committee has approved an ill-fated proposal to create a pan-European system for patenting software innovations.
The European Commission has unveiled a plan calling for global harmonization of nanotechnology patent processes as part of an effort to keep Europe at the forefront of the emerging technology.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on what is arguably the most important copyright case to have reached the court in more than two decades.
In an escalation of the patent dispute between chip designer Rambus, Inc. and Korean electronics maker Samsung Electronics Co., Rambus has added Samsung as a defendant in its federal antitrust suit against DRAM makers Hynix and Micron.
Inventor Judah Klausner has sued America Online for $200 million in a dispute over patents for voice platform technology.
Patriot Scientific has resolved a patent dispute with the TPL Group, clearing the way for the company to move ahead with a series of lawsuits it filed in late 2003 against five Japanese computer makers.
NTP Inc. is using “hollow, self-serving rhetoric” to misconstrue a $450-million settlement in an effort to extract even more money out of Research in Motion, the maker of the popular Blackberry devices said in filings this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
A bill to reform Canada’s copyright laws is expected to be introduced in the Parliament on Wednesday.
The European Commission is investigating the European Union’s main telecommunications standards body to determine whether high-tech companies are exploiting the agency’s patent rules for financial gain, according to a published report.
Korean electronics maker Samsung Electronics Co. has raised the stakes in its dispute with Rambus Inc. over memory chip patents, countersuing the U.S. chip designer in Virginia federal court only days after Rambus fired the first legal volley in a California court.
Japanese electronics maker Seiko Epson has settled two patent infringement lawsuits filed in Oregon federal court against Multi-Union Trading Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company that is one of the world's largest manufacturers of after-market cartridges.
The Japanese government has proposed the creation of an international convention to prevent the spread of pirated goods, according to local media reports.
The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a Qualcomm lawsuit alleging that Texas Instruments violated terms of a patent cross-licensing deal for Qualcomm's CDMA (code division multiple access) cell phone technology.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has gone back to court to enforce its $450 million settlement deal with NTP over patents for the wireless devices, amid signs that the controversial licensing deal is threatening to unravel.