E-ink Loses Two-Year-Old Patent Lawsuit Over Competing Screen Tech

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For the past couple years E-ink has been in an ongoing legal battle with German gadget maker Trekstor. The latter company was and is selling ereaders which incorporated screen tech which E-ink claimed violated its patents, but now two different courts have disagreed. The Bundespatentgericht (German Federal Patent Court) ruled in December that one of the patents E-ink was ...

Apple Sued for Poaching Engineers from Battery Maker

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Those improbable rumors of Apple working on an electric car got a little more real today. Numerous sources are reporting that Apple is being sued by A123 Systems, a maker of batteries and battery systems for the consumer and commercial vehicles, and  commercial power plants.  Apple is accused of poaching engineers who were responsible for development and ...

Whether Apple Wins or Loses Their Appeal, The Consumer Still Comes Out Ahead

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With  the Amazon-Hachette dispute settled and DBW not happening until next month, there's a shortage of fireworks in the digital publishing industry at the moment. Apple's brief hearing today helped make up for that lack, but I don't think the show is going to last long or be as favorable for Apple as some would suggest. ...

Sherlock Holmes is in the Public Domain – Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case

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A two-year-old legal battle over the copyright status of the Sherlock Holmes corpus came to a quiet end today when the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the Conan Doyle estate. The fight started last February when author, Holmesian scholar, and attorney Leslie Klinger filed a lawsuit against the estate of the late Sir Arthur Conan ...

EU High Court Rules that Embedding a Video is Not Copyright Infringement (Except When it IS)

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In its quest to generate more billable hours for attorneys, the European Court of Justice ruled last week that Europeans  might not have broken copyright law by embedding a Youtube clip from their favorite show in a blog post. TorrentFreak broke the news late last week that the ECJ had ruled that a common every day activity, embedding ...