Smartphone Wars

Apple sues Samsung for patent infringement. In response, Samsung files international countersuits on patents of its own. Courts around the world grant preliminary injunctions to each company on a number of their claims, while United States and European Union government agencies investigate allegations of antitrust violations. What’s going on here? Let’s start with the shiny new weapon that Apple added to its arsenal in June of last year: a patent on the original iPhone, the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 17, 2012

As the Library of Congress commences its triennial consideration of rulemaking updates to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed harsh responses to third-party requests for the express exemption of DVD ripping. The rule allowing for consumer jailbreaking of iPhones, adopted originally in 2010, is also up for reconsideration in the same proceedings. Apple’s legal battle with Samsung over mobile device patents has expanded to comprise 8 patents and 17 Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 14, 2011

This week, Aurobindo Pharma became the first major generic drugmaker to join a patent pool designed to increase accessibility of AIDS/HIV treatments to the poor around the world. Lawmakers from across the country have written the Obama Administration in hopes of housing new satellite branches of the Patent and Trademark Office in their respective districts. The America Invents Act, signed into law last month, calls for the creation of three regional offices to help ease Continue Reading →