Posts Tagged ‘tech through 2008’

“The unlucky troll”

It must be frustrating to own (or, depending on how one views the legalities, “own”) a patent on the JPEG photo format technology but then not actually be able to move in to collect royalties from “just about every web site that uses an image”. (Asher Hawkins, Forbes, May 5).

“I would rather spend fifty thousand dollars on defense than give you a dollar of unmerited settlement funds”

A cease and desist letter from Monster Cable to Blue Jeans Cable, alleging various sorts of infringement of Monster’s intellectual property, draws a ferocious response from Blue Jeans’ president Kurt Denke, formerly a practicing lawyer. “Let me begin by stating, without equivocation, that I have no interest whatsoever in infringing upon any intellectual property belonging to Monster Cable. Indeed, the less my customers think my products resemble Monster’s, in form or in function, the better … It may be that my inability to see the pragmatic value of settling frivolous claims is a deep character flaw, and I am sure a few of the insurance carriers for whom I have done work have seen it that way; but it is how I have done business for the last quarter-century and you are not going to change my mind.” And much more (Audioholics; Slashdot).

Latest claimed IP infringements

Both via Ron Coleman: “Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile demands Engadget Mobile discontinue using the color magenta” (Engadget, Mar. 31)(via). And Major League Baseball apparently makes bold to own all combinations of characteristic team colors and “baseball lettering” on shirts, even when the actual shirt message is something unrelated to baseball, such as “Obama” (Susan Scafidi/CounterfeitChic, Mar. 18) (via).

We’ve come for your BlackBerries…

…as well as your keychain drives, backup tapes, laptops and network servers. New rules of federal procedure will make it more likely that a litigation opponent will show up on your doorstep with such a demand. (Martha Neil, “Opponent Computer Searches Likelier Under Revised Civ Pro Rule”, ABA Journal, Mar. 12; Nolan M. Goldberg, “Is Your Data Wide Open to Your Opponent?”, National Law Journal, Mar. 12).

Lost laptop = $54 million?

Bob Sullivan, MSNBC “Red Tape”, Feb. 12:

How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information? Raelyn Campbell figures it’s $54 million — if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.

Six months after bringing a damaged laptop computer into a Best Buy electronics store for repairs, and three months after the firm admitted losing it, Campbell filed the whopper of a lawsuit recently in Washington, D.C., Superior Court….

AFF January Roundtable: “Don’t Be Evil”: Privacy in the Age of Google

America’s Future Foundation is holding a January 16 panel on this topic:

In less than a decade, Google has grown from a Ph.D. research project to be the indispensable tool of the information economy. With the objective of making all information instantly and universally accessible, Google now controls the principal index to the internet and the email traffic of millions, while adding new features such as maps replete with street-level photos cataloging the non-virtual world. As governments around the world seek to harness this information for good or evil, please join us on January 16th to discuss what we stand to gain and lose from this relentless indexing of information.

Joining us in the discussion will be Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Cord Blomquist of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Amber Taylor of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Moderating this discussion will be Chris Pope of the American Enterprise Institute.

Free for AFF members, $5 for non-members.