The Sennheiser brand is one that's well known in the audio community, and one we're plenty familiar with, having reviewed a handful of Sennheiser earphones and headsets through the years. In a weird sort of way, Sennheiser could take it as a compliment that its brand has sparked a booming counterfeit market, but really the company is just pissed and out for blood.
Rambus found itself on the hot seat when a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court drilled into the company for destroying documents that could have weakened its patent infringement case against Nvidia. Rambus admitted to shredding documents, but chalked it up to business as usual. Furthermore, an attorney for Rambus said they provided all the documents that were requested of them. That's when Judge Kathleen O'Malley, one of three presiding over the case, tore into Rambus.
Think Apple’s patent war against Samsung is ballsy and ridiculous? You’re right – it is. But there’s an even worse patent troll sculking around, and it’s much more sinister; while Apple and Microsoft are busy targeting other megacorporations, the Deleware-based Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC, is busy suing any mom-and-pop restaurant or hotel franchisee that offers Wi-Fi to its customers.
Timelines.com bills itself as "the first website that enables people like you to collaboratively record, discover, and share history." The problem is "people like you" are easily confused and apparently won't be able to make heads or tails out of Facebook's new Timeline feature, which is in no way associated with Timelines.com. That angry website fears people won't be able to grasp that concept once Facebook goes full steam with Timelines, so it's taking the social network to court.
VIA Technologies is unleashing its legal beagles at Apple for allegedly infringing on three microprocessor-related patents and has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court of Delaware. The patent infringement allegations extend to Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV devices, as well as associated software.
Oracle thinks it's entitled to at least $2 billion in damages from Google over a handful of Java-related patent and copyright infringements in Android. Actually, Oracle might feel it's entitled to at least $6.1 billion, a number U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected in July. The judge ordered Oracle to come up with a new damages report and suggested the firm start at $100 million.
A company called "Internet Machines" is suing several high profile technology bigwigs over alleged patent infringement violations related to PCI Express switch technology. Just some of the many names include Dell, Nvidia, AMD, Asus, and Samsung, but Internet Machines is also targeting retailers like Best Buy and TigerDirect, as well as system builders, one of which told us this feels like an extortion scheme.
Remember Joel Tenebaum? He's a 28-year-old graduate student at Boston University pursuing a physics PhD. He's also enjoying a little more than 15 minutes of fame for fighting the RIAA in a copyright case in which Mr. Tenebaum was originally ordered to pay $675,00, a amount that was later reduced to $67,500 before a federal appeals court on Friday reinstated the original verdict.
Trolling on the Internet isn't just obnoxious, it's apparently illegal too, at least in the U.K. Don't believe it? Go and have a chat with Sean Duffy, a 25-year-old who received an 18-week sentence for insensitive remarks he left on social networking sites about a teenage girl who jumped in front of a train.
An overanxious copyright lawyer (or troll, depending on your perspective) was a little too haphazard in his attempts to discover the identities of alleged file sharers and bully them into settling out of court. His name is Evan Stone, and if you punch that into Google, you'll find a list of URLs related to a porn actor who shares the same name. That's somewhat ironic, in that both Evan Stones have been making a name for themselves in adult films, but in completely different ways.