The US Department of Justice has announced that it will not challenge a proposal by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) to update the IEEE Standards Association’s patent policy. The IEEE is a nonprofit organization with more than 400,000 members in 160 countries worldwide. Among other things, the IEEE sets standards for electrical…Read more
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Tel-Aviv District Court Retracts Media Pirate Censorship Ruling
We wrote about a decision in May in which the Tel-Aviv District Court found that music download site Unidown.co.il enabled and encouraged copyright infringement and ordered Israeli ISPs to block access to the site (the “Unidown” case). A month later, the Court seems to have overturned itself. In April, the English High Court ordered UK ISPs…Read more
Did You Just Give Amazon Your Intellectual Property by Using Amazon Web Services (AWS)?
The “fabric” computing technology developer Appistry sued Amazon for patent infringement, and lost last month in the Western District of Washington. While Appistry lost because the Court invalidated its patents-in-suit, Amazon might have still successfully defended itself against claims of infringement of valid patents. This is because Appistry waived its right to assert patent infringement…Read more
Can a Licensor Terminate if the Licensee Claims Patent Infringement?
The following “Defensive Suspension” provision is an example of a clause often found in software patent licenses: Termination for Patent Action. The Agreement will terminate automatically as of the date Licensee commences any claim that the Software infringes a patent, or otherwise supports any claim by a third party that the Software infringes a patent.…Read more