A time-zone and daylight savings reference database used by systems including Mac OS X and Linux has been taken offline by a copyright suit brought by an astrology company
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Think $5 million is no big deal for Google? It isn't...it's what this judgement means that will cause some problems.
Microsoft has filed a major patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola -- and indirectly, Google, Linux and open source.The software giant's case against Motorola's Android devices won't slow the momentum of Google smartphones or its Linux-based open source operating system.
Oracle's ill-advised patent infringement case against Google will backfire, and hurt its prospects in the growing open source business market.That, according to Ubuntu creator and Linux giant Mark Shuttleworth, is the natural outcome of Oracle's case against the Linux-based Android operating system.
More great news for Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell, which prevailed in a patent infringement case brought by IP Innovation.IP Innovation, a unit of Acacia Research and holder of multiple patent portfolios, alleged that the two Linux companies infringed three patents that protect computer GUIs that span multiple work sites and that allow users to access icons remotely, the court documents show.
After the Microsoft-TomTom patent-infringement squabble -- settled by TomTom paying Microsoft an undisclosed sum -- I was wondering whether Microsoft might be more successful in unearthing new partners to sign Linux patent-protection deals. The answer seems to be yes.
Microsoft has filed a patent infringement case against a GPS-navigation system company. What makes the case interesting is its Linux connection.
The PC manufacturer says that Microsoft's patent-infringement claims have not affected sales of its Linux servers.
The Linux vendors have been sued for patent infringement by a 'portfolio licensing' company called IP Innovation
The PC manufacturer says that Microsoft's patent-infringement claims have not affected sales of its Linux servers
Now that the "first ever" suit for patent infringement has been lodged against two major Linux distributors, many Microsoft watchers are looking for the smoking gun that will somehow connect Microsoft to the case. So far, at least, that gun is nonexistent.
It appears as though the first patent suit against Linux -- targeting Red Hat and Novell -- is now official. According to Groklaw's Pamela Jones: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell.
Looks like Microsoft's FUD campaign against Linux and open source is paying off, according to a new IDC study. Matthew Lawton, director of IDC's Worldwide Software Business Strategies Group, revealed some interesting tidbits from the non-public study in a conference call this week:The potential for copyright and patent infringement is the No.
Beyond giving Microsoft more fuel for its claim that Linux and open-source software violates 235 of Microsoft's patents (which these Linux customers need patent-infringement protection against in order to maintain peace of mind), Linspire's newly inked patent-deal with Microsoft also furthers a number of other Microsoft goals.
Both Fuji Xerox -- and now Samsung -- quietly have signed deals that "allow" them to sell their products without the threat of a Microsoft suit claiming patent infringement by Linux on Microsoft Windows and other products hanging over their heads.
Yes, litigating your way to software business success has its pitfalls, and it's ironies. Trouble for Microsoft is that it has the deepest pockets in town, and therefore an IP infringement magnet, whereas the Linux cup runnith over in all directions, with only a trickle available for a jury to potentially ransack. It just doesn't seem fair.
There have been a lot of words written about the comments made by Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer during a Q&A session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle last week (you know, where he said that Linux used intellectual property patented by Microsoft).
Following Microsoft's allegations over Linux patents, the software giant is now accused of intellectual property infringement by Alcatel
My blogging colleague (and ZDNet editorial director) David Berlind sent me an interesting follow-up note on my call for Microsoft to show proof that Linux is infringing on Windows patents -- as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer alleged last week.
Earlier this month we were all trying to figure out the reasoning behind the Microsoft/Novell deal. After all, the two companies have hardly been best buddies in the past.Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer, in a Q&A session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle, offers some insight.
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