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Nike accused of pirating software after being caught with cracked keys

An IT company is suing Nike for violating its software licensing agreement (SLA). It claims an audit determined the athletic apparel behemoth was using pirated software and cracked keys. It looks like Nike doesn’t have as big a problem with ‘knockoffs’ as it’s led us all to believe.<p>The plaintiff in …

What's behind the trade battle with China

Trade tensions between the United States and China exploded last month as the countries started threatening each other with new tariffs.<p>The Trump …

Patent ‘Death Squad’ System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an administrative review system that has helped Google Inc., Apple Inc. and other companies invalidate hundreds of …

China to step up IPR protection

China will better protect intellectual property rights (IPR) to improve the business environment and attract more foreign investors, a top IPR …

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Stellar, Litecoin, NEM, Cardano: Price Analysis, Jan. 27

<i>The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of authors/contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every</i> …

The bitcoin bubble

PUT the word Bitcoin into Google and you get (in Britain, at least) four adverts at the top of the list: "Trade Bitcoin with no fees", "Fastest Way …

Cryptocurrency

Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat

HoloTouch claims two patents are being infringed and that Microsoft is wilfully infringing them.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

China's Mostly Closed, Communist Party-Run Economy Touts Free Markets

And once again, China’s president Xi Jinping is the spokesman for globalization and open markets.<p>In the Bizarro World that we live in, a nation governed by the traditionally anti-Western capitalist Communist Party, and mostly closed to the world, can be continually counted on to list the virtues of …

Spigen has a trademark beef with Andy Rubin's Essential Products

We're still about a month away from the first Essential Phone hitting the market, but there may be a problem. According to documents provided to <i>Android Police</i>, well-known mobile accessory maker Spigen has trademarked the Essential name for certain accessories it builds (battery packs, chargers and …

Andy Rubin

Copyright troll lawyer is finally disbarred for fraud

While it is illegal to download copyrighted files from file-sharing sites, it is also against the law to extort downloaders. John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer who pled guilty to perjury, fraud and money laundering resulting from alleged "honeypot" schemes, has just been disbarred by an Illinois …

Corruption

Samsung could help Apple avoid large patent payout

A review board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated a claim against Apple with help from rival Samsung. The two firms are normally on opposite ends of the rope when it comes to a tug of war over patents. The story began about a year ago, when a Texas court ordered Apple to pay …

DJI goes after Yuneec with patent infringement suit

Drones are a mainstream item in today's tech world, and two rival UAV makers are heading to court. DJI filed a patent infringement lawsuit in California against Yuneec for violating two of its patents. The company claims that Yuneec is selling products that infringe on one or more patents it holds …

Time IP professionals, please

<b>Sabrina Tozzi of Baker & McKenzie is excited to see where wearable technology will take IP in the future</b><p>An increasing number of wrists are decorated …

The web of deceit: how can we combat online IP crime?

The internet is thought to provide around 80% of the worldwide trade in fakes—figures are notoriously difficult to compile and even more difficult to …

Federal marshals raid a booth at CES over patent violation

US marshals raided and shut down a booth at CES on Thursday afternoon, serving a court order to the Chinese company displaying a $500, one-wheeled, self-balancing electric skateboard, <i>Bloomberg Business</i> reports. This product may sound familiar -- Silicon Valley startup Future Motion debuted the …

Jawbone countersues Fitbit over activity tracker patent 'abuse'

Jawbone isn't letting up on its plan to sue Fitbit into oblivion any time soon. The wearable maker has responded to a Fitbit patent lawsuit (itself meant as a response to Jawbone) with a countering suit of its own, accusing Fitbit of abusing its patents in a "plainly meritless" case. Of course, as …

Apple patent victory puts Samsung devices in jeopardy

Apple has won another small victory in its never-ending patent row with Samsung. The war that nobody asked for (and like most wars will have no winners, only losers) rages on with another appeals court decision. This one went in favor of Apple (as all but a few have), ruling that the company could …

Time to fix patents

IN 1970 the United States recognised the potential of crop science by broadening the scope of patents in agriculture. Patents are supposed to reward …

Google's new patent plan: how it will and won't help startups

Google (GOOG) is giving away patents to startups. Some in the tech press said the plan, which will see 50 young companies receive two patents apiece, …

Monetizing patents: Trends in royalties and licensing | Bloomberg Professional Services

<i>This analysis is by Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Matt Larson. It originally appeared on the Bloomberg Professional service.</i><p><b>Targets of</b> …

UK says it's once again illegal to rip CDs for personal use

Brits: we hope you enjoyed that brief, glorious year of legal media ripping, because you're once again flouting the law. In the wake of a challenge from the music industry, the UK's High Court has overturned regulation that allowed format shifting (such as ripping CDs and DVDs) for the sake of …

UK police seize thousands of Android streamers modded for piracy

Set-top boxes help deliver streaming services like Netflix and Now TV into our homes, but they're also giving rise to less-than legal methods of watching films, TV shows and sport. As manufacturers have embraced the open nature of Android, enterprising users have found ways to install apps that …

Drone helps rescue trapped rafters

Drones aren't just useful as scouts and signalers during rescue operations -- they can play a hand in the actual rescue, too. When the Auburn Fire Department went to help recover two young men stranded in the middle of rapids in Mechanics Falls, Maine, Fire Chief Frank Roma used a DJI Phantom 3 to …

Drones

Microsoft and Kyocera quietly squash patent beef

Microsoft can cross out another patent dispute in its list, now that it has settled its issue with Kyocera. Redmond filed a lawsuit against the Japanese electronics maker back in March, claiming that the latter's Android phones infringe upon seven patents it owns, including their messaging and …

Time to Get Back to Business - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

There’s no question the IP licensing market slowed down in 2014, but savvy companies are taking advantage of today’s market uncertainty to …

DJI's experimental drone will help prevent collisions

DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically for developers to help them test new sensors, …

Jawbone hits Fitbit with another lawsuit, seeks to ban US shipments

The court drama between Jawbone and Fitbit is heating up quickly. Two weeks ago Jawbone sued Fitbit for "plundering" confidential information (along with employees), now Jawbone is topping that off with another lawsuit centered on patent infringement. And it's going an extra mile this time: the Up …

Wearable Tech

Publishers are fighting to keep abandoned games dead

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group that defends civil liberties in the digital world, is facing off against the Entertainment Software Association, the organization that represents most major video game publishers in the US. The EFF wants to allow players to put abandoned games …