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Besides patents, intellectual property, and an enterprise data network, what else is there at the struggling Canadian smartphone firm? John Chen thinks a lot more.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion can stick around, split off and share its products, or sell off completely. Who could make a bid for its patents, its network or phone unit -- or even the entire business?
The Open Invention Network - an IP company created to protect Linux from patent lawsuits - has purchased 22 patents formerly owned by Microsoft and which appear to impact Linux, The Wall Street Journal reports.The group purchased the patents from Allied Security Trust - a consortium of companies, including Verizon, HP and Cisco, created to buy up patents in a self-defensive move.
The Free Software Pact said it has signed up 96 French and Italian candidates to its manifesto, commiting government to supporting open source and opposing such things as software patents and an end to network neutrality.
In the wake of the Open Invention Network challenge to Microsoft's patents related to Linux, the company's good cop-bad cop routine has gone into overdrive.
At a Microsoft discussion panel in Sinapore, members of a Linux group wanted to know if Microsoft would release its patents to the Open Invention Network, in line with its pledge toward interoperability.
The Open Invention Network is making good on its pledge to try to overturn the Linux-related patents that were contained in Microsoft's recently settled litigation against TomTomNV.OIN announced today that three patents in the lawsuit -- including those the deal with the creation of long and short file names -- have been named for prior art review on the Post-Issue Peer-to-Patent website linked to the Linux Defenders portal.
Digg and several other companies have been sued for patent infringement in Marshall Texas by Beneficial Innovations (i.e., Sheldon Goldberg). The patents relate to playing games over a network.
While Oracle and BEA are duking it out over acquisition price, Sun and NetApp are suing and countersuing each other over patents related to the Unix file system, ZFS. First, Network Appliance sued Sun, claiming that ZFS infringes on seven of its patents, and asked that ZFS be pulled from the free software community and for Sun to curtail its use of the software.
Sun has been touting the ZFS storage software as a key advantage of its Solaris 10 operating system. Network Appliance is alleging that ZFS violates seven of its patents, and is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent Sun from shipment or further development of the software, which has also been released as open source under the CDDL license.
Google has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) which will see it agree to cross-license open- source-related patents to other members free of charge.
Membership in Open Invention Network will see it agree to cross-license open source-related patents to other members for free.
Google's membership of the Open Invention Network will see it agree to cross-license open source-related patents to other members for free
It's good news for GNU/Linux fans as Google joins the Open Invention Network (OIN), a patent-sharing organization that creates a legally protected environment for anyone who works with Linux. All OIN licensees agree to cross-license any Linux-related patents they might have to the others free of charge. According to Chris DiBona, Google Open Source Programs Manager, "Patent issues therefore become a much smaller concern inside the community, and OIN members can focus their energy on writing and releasing software rather than vetting their code for intellectual property issues. It's the legal equivalent of taking a long, deep breath."
According to the coalition Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, 10% of all patents awarded in the United States in 2003 went to individuals and companies in Silicon Valley, up from just 4% in 1993.
Network security company Arbor Networks announced on Tuesday that the company had bought the rights for eight pending patents on technology for preventing denial-of-service attacks. The intellectual property includes spoof detection, packet marking and trace-back technologies, the company said in a statement.
The company is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop rival Brocade from shipping storage network products that it says infringes one of its patents.
NCR has filed a suit, charging handheld makers Palm and Handspring with infringing on long-held patents. The patents, which NCR says it received in 1987, relate to handheld devices that perform financial transactions such as shopping via a communications network.
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