Headlines Worth Knowing
This section compiles some of the top news stories relating to intellectual property and technology from January 2005.
Microsoft, regulators to meet over Longhorn - Microsoft is slated to meet with federal and state antitrust regulators next month to discuss possible areas of concern regarding Longhorn, Microsoft’s next version of Windows. (CNET, 1/26/05)
Canada Steps in on BlackBerry Patent Row - The Canadian creators of the BlackBerry, the wildly successful wireless e-mail device embraced by so many Americans, say they will take their patent dispute all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. Coming to the aid of the company is the Canadian Department of Justice, which has already filed papers with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit urging reconsideration. (Yahoo, 1/26/05)
Poles hold up software patent issue - Poland has again blocked the formal approval of European Union (E.U.) legislation on software patents, throwing the issue into uncertainty once more. (IT World, 1/26/05)
Microsoft to accept EU ruling - Microsoft Corp. won’t fight an interim court decision that puts two key European antitrust remedies against the company into immediate effect. (Seattle PI, 1/25/05)
Sun warms to open-source server software - Even as Sun Microsystems took its first step to make its Solaris operating system open-source software, the company said it’s considering a similar move with its server software product. (CNET, 1/25/05)
India to revisit ambiguous clauses in patent law - Some ambiguous clauses in the recent patents ordinance will be revisited to protect the interests of consumers and producers and to make the product patent regime credible. (New Kerala, 1/24/05)
HP settlement ends Intergraph’s long-standing patent disputes - Hewlett-Packard last week said it has agreed to pay US$141 million to settle its legal dispute with Intergraph, bringing to a close patent litigation that the latter company has waged against some of the biggest names in the high-tech industry. (ITnews, 1/24/05)
Pfizer Wins Zoloft® Patent Dispute - Orange Book Listing Does Not Create Reasonable Apprehension of Lawsuit. (Patently Obvious, 1/21/05) For the full decision see Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Pfizer, Inc. (Fed. Cir., 1/21/05)
Grokster Gets a Date With Supreme Court - The U.S. Supreme Court has set March 29 as the date for oral arguments on whether companies providing peer-to-peer file-trading software should be held responsible for copyright infringement committed by users of their products. (PC World, 1/21/05)
Rambus wins round in patent dispute with Hynix - A California court has largely ruled in favor of Rambus Inc. in its patent infringement case against Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (EE Times, 1/20/05)
Napster targeted by infringement suit - Napster is once again the target of an intellectual-property lawsuit, this time on the receiving end of a patent infringement claim from a small company called SightSound Technologies. (CNET, 1/14/05)
IBM retains patent crown - A day after opening its patent vault to open-source developers, IBM once again topped the list of companies receiving U.S. patents. (CNET, 1/11/05)
IBM offers 500 patents for open-source use - IBM has decided to let open-source developers use 500 software patents without fear of an infringement lawsuit, a new step in its encouragement of the collaborative programming philosophy. IBM has decided to let open-source developers use 500 software patents without fear of an infringement lawsuit, a new step in its encouragement of the collaborative programming philosophy. (CNET, 1/10/05)
PalmOne scores patent victory - The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling from the district court that Palm's products do not infringe on two NCR patents. (CNET, 1/10/05). For the full decision see NCR Corp. v. Palm, Inc. (Fed. Cir., 1/6/05).