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Supreme Court kills $399M patent award against Samsung in Apple case

A lower court incorrectly awarded damages based on the whole smartphone, not the patented pieces, justices say

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No, Microsoft does not love open source

Microsoft has grown so warm and fuzzy about open source, you almost expect Satya Nadella to wear a cardigan. But there's a knife under that sweater

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Oracle takes Java copyright dispute with Google to appeals court

A jury in California had decided that the use of Java APIs in Android was fair use

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Intel asserts its trademark rights against John McAfee

Use your personal name in connection with your business but not as a trademark, Intel says

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Supreme Court will hear Samsung, Apple damages dispute

Large sections of the tech industry are backing Samsung in the suit, which will be heard today

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Oracle denied new trial in copyright dispute with Google over Java

Oracle had claimed that some evidence was withheld by Google in its lawsuit over the use of Java code in Android

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Tech industry desperate for US action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

With Clinton and Trump both opposed to the trade deal, time is short for supporters of TPP

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Petition urges Apple not to release technology for jamming phone cameras

Apple recently got a patent for infrared technology that petitioners fear could be used to censor political dissidents, activists, and citizens who are recording police brutality

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HPE wins $3 billion in a lawsuit against Oracle

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been awarded $3 billion in a lawsuit against Oracle over a largely forgotten Intel processor

7 tools for cutting through software legalese

EULAs got your eyes swimming? Head spinning from open source licensing terminology? These resources help you get the straight dope

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Study: Most companies can't protect confidential documents

Of the IT practitioners surveyed, 68 percent said they don't even know where their confidential information is located

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Microsoft transfers patents to Xiaomi ahead of US entry plans

Deal also involves Xiaomi bundling Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets

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Tech woes hamper jury in Oracle case aginst Google

Jury deliberations at the Oracle v Google trial were interrupted Tuesday due to technical problems.

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DMCA 'reform' harbors return of SOPA

Behind the music and movie lobbyists' latest efforts to rewrite the DMCA lurk the restrictive remains of SOPA and PIPA legislation

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How do you stop patent trolls? This algorithm just might do the trick

With 4.2 million listings so far, All Prior Art aims to 'democratize ideas'

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Critics of DMCA takedowns flood Copyright Office with thousands of comments

Advocates want penalties for companies that file unwarranted takedown requests

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Samsung unleashes ad blocking Android browser

Also in today's open source roundup: Oracle wants $9.3 billion dollars from Google for using Java in Android, and 5 open source home automation tools

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Oracle seeks $9.3 billion for Google’s use of Java in Android

The figure appears in a report by Oracle's damages expert, which Google strongly contests

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