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August 9, 2018

Cisco and Arista have ended a 4-year-old legal conflict over networking patents. Arista is set to pay Cisco a total of $400 million in damages in order in order to settle the dispute. The two companies have decided to use an arbitration process to address any patent issues which arise regarding new products that come out in the next three years.

In a joint statement, they stated - “Cisco and Arista have come to an agreement which resolves existing litigation and demonstrates their commitment to...

August 9, 2018

A U.S. jury awarded IBM $82.5 million after finding that Groupon infringed four of its e-commerce patents. It had been a running battle between the two companies since 2016, when IBM accused Groupon  of failure to license technology and intellectual property which provided the foundation of e-commerce. Initially, IBM sought damages worth $167 million, which Groupon managed to bring down to half its value (source).

The verdict underlines IBM’S booming intellectual property licensing bus...

August 6, 2018

It never ceases to amaze me how fast the wireless communication sector has evolved. To keep up with the expectations of the consumer, in terms of faster speed and stronger connectivity, the pioneers in the industry have worked their fingers to the bone. And hence fueling the contest, as to who rules the markets.

LG and Ericsson have been one of the largest contributors to the 2G, 3G and 4G standards, and are determined to even dominate the 5G domain. Lately, the 2 companies had been in a patent...

August 6, 2018

Rev. Hyung "Sean" Jin Moon, a South Korean-American pastor has been accused of illegally using the decades old trademarked “Twelve Gates Mark” symbol of the Unification Church. The lawsuit against Rev. Moon was filed on Monday in the U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg by the Unification of World Christianity (also known as the Family Federation of World Peace). The plaintiff claimed that he had stolen the symbol for his own church, World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, to support his rat...

August 3, 2018

Every government has a duty to encourage innovations that are unique and useful to the society. Building a mechanism which ensures product credibility is one of the reasons why we need patent law. Patents give an inventor the right to exclude others from making, selling or using the invention and in lieu, the inventor discloses the invention to the world – so that the world advances its collective knowledge. Yet – the exclusivity granted to the inventor may also cause hindrance to the society a...

July 12, 2018

What once seemed to be a series of relentless bickering, smartphone giants Apple and Samsung finally reached a settlement on June 29, 2018. Although terms for the agreement have not been disclosed, it is quite apparent that both the parties had had enough mutual drama, in and out of the courtroom.

When Apple filed its first lawsuit against Samsung back in 2011, the news set off alarms because Samsung at the time was a major component in Apple’s supply chain, which manufactured everything from DR...

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