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December 19, 2011 by

HTC gets injunction against German patent firm

HTC has won a temporary injunction against the German patent licensing firm IPCom, forcing it to stop threatening retailers with legal action for stocking HTC's 3G-capable products.The Taiwanese manufacturer said on Friday that IPCom's threats were "unjustified".

December 8, 2011 by

Samsung wins, Galaxy Tab to go on sale

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been given the go-ahead today after the High Court of Australia ruled that it would not hear Apple's application for special leave to reinstate the ban on the controversial tablet.

September 26, 2011 by

Verizon joins in Samsung's fight against Apple

The US mobile network operator Verizon Wireless has stepped into the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, asking a Californian court not to ban Samsung's 4G Android devices over alleged patent infringement.In July, Apple filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of California for a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, as well as its Galaxy Tab 10.

November 10, 2009 by

Real appeals injunction against RealDVD; says judge erred

Real has filed an appeal in its legal battle with the Motion Picture Association of America, arguing that a judge erred when she agreed to a preliminary injunction to halt sales of a DVD-copying program called RealDVD.In legal documents filed in the U.

October 4, 2004 by

Openera loses court battle over Linux trademark

Linux Australia Pty Ltd has failed to gain control over a trademark and a domain name that was once linked with the company, after taking legal action in a South Australian court last week. Linux Australia Pty Ltd -- currently trading as Openera -- applied to Adelaide's district court for a legal injunction to force two estranged former business partners to hand control of the items back to the company.

June 26, 2003 by

Court lets Microsoft drop Java

Federal judges deal a legal blow to Sun, tossing out most of a preliminary injunction requiring Microsoft to carry its rival's version of an interpreter for the Java programming language.

May 1, 2002 by

German judge halts Siebel attack ads

Siebel Systems has been ordered to stop a German advertising campaign that is critical of rival software maker SAP. Germany-based SAP said in a statement on Tuesday that the Frankfurt District Court granted it an injunction halting the Siebel ad campaign. The ad campaign and subsequent legal fight highlight an ever-increasing battle between the two companies to dominate the market for customer relationship management (CRM) software. Carol Burch, SAP's senior vice president for CRM, said the company was pleased with the injunction and called Siebel's ad campaign "unfair and desperate," adding that both companies should concentrate on serving customers. Siebel said Wednesday that SAP got the court to rule in its favor "without a hearing or a discussion of the facts." --Larry Dignan, Special to ZDNet News

March 13, 2002 by

E-publisher RosettaBooks wins round against Random House

Electronic publisher RosettaBooks has won another legal round in its copyright infringement lawsuit with Random House. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision, denying a preliminary injunction that would have prohibited RosettaBooks from selling digital versions of some novels published by Random House. Bertelsmann-owned Random House sued RosettaBooks in February 2001. The suit seeks to prevent the smaller publisher from selling e-books of Random House titles by authors William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Parker. A key question in the dispute is whether authors or publishers own the digital rights to books. Random House has the right to publish, print and sell the novels in "book form," according to court documents. --Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News

July 28, 2000 by

Napster ruling: What does it mean?

Legal experts said they were surprised Friday when a federal appeals court temporarily struck down an injunction that would have shut down Napster. James Chadwick, an attorney with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich in Palo Alto, Calif.

May 7, 1998 by

Compuserve's UK MD talks to the editor

Compuserve has been through a rough time recently, what with its fiercest rival, America Online swallowing it up after parent company H & R Block made it clear the struggling online service was not high on its list of priorities.

May 7, 1998 by

US Report: Netscape appeals to public for patent-suit defense

Faced with a lawsuit from Wang Global that contends the Navigator browser violates many portions of a decade-old Wang patent, Netscape last week blew the lid on six months of secrecy and took its legal defence public. Netscape officials are hoping that third-party Navigator developers will chime in because they stand to lose as much as Netscape.

December 17, 1997 by

Did Bill Gates overplay his hand?

Microsoft Corp.'s bold reply to a preliminary court injunction may have backfired, according to legal experts who say the tone and substance of the riposte prompted the Justice Department to ask for a contempt citation against the giant software maker.


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