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Microsoft-Novell Honeymoon Ends

However, because Microsoft's patent protection is granted directly to customers, the deal does manage to avoid GPL stipulations and is a "clever" way of attaching a per-copy restriction to Linux, Townsend and Townsend Partner Phil Albert told LinuxInsider Albert, whose firm fo...

Is Legal Trouble Brewing for Microsoft and Novell?

However, while the forthcoming patent terms in the next version of the GPL -- version 3 is currently under consideration in draft form -- might hinder such an arrangement, Novell's offer of the patent license appears to comply with GPLv2, Townsend and Townsend Partner Phil Albert told LinuxInsider...

Big Blue Asks Court to Dismiss SCO’s Claims

"The absence of evidence is the absence of evidence," Townsend and Townsend partner and software legal expert Phil Albert told LinuxInsider. "With all of the evidence before the court, it's clear IBM should win." Higher Profile...

FireStar Sues Red Hat Over JBoss Technology

"Maybe JBoss was small enough that it wasn't cost-effective to assert a patent against JBoss, and now with Red Hat, there's a much bigger market," Townsend and Townsend Partner and software legal expert Phil Albert told LinuxInsider. "It is a much deeper pocket, but it's also potentially a much bigger infringement."

Open-Source Risk Considered

Phil Albert, an intellectual property attorney and partner with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, said there is a need for something to offset the potential risks of open-source software use "It would be foolhardy for a company to just ignore where their software came from," he ...

Judge Tells RIM No Waiting on Patents

Phil Albert, a technology attorney and partner with Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, said the recent indication from the court that it would rule on the settlement without impact from the U.S. Patent Office decision was a win for NTP "At different times, different parties m...

RIM Wins Another Victory in NTP Patent Dispute

"I don't think there's a lot of concern in the industry," said Phil Albert, an IP attorney with Townsend and Townsend and Crew. "Because it's never going to come down to, oh, I can't use my BlackBerry," he told TechNewsWorld Patently Denied...

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License Proliferation: When More is Less

For open-source software developers, coding is the easy part. Trying to find the right open-source license is where things get painful. It's like standing in line at Starbucks trying to decide whether to buy latte or mocha. Soy milk or regular? Tall or grande? Don't even get me started on ice cream. Baskin Robbins wants us to believe they only have "31" flavors. The real number is over 1000...

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Innovation: Not Just for Products Anymore

It's good to be the king. Pack leaders get to set the pace, choose which trail to take and be the first in line when everyone arrives ...

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No Really, Lower the Volume Already

Sometimes you can't win for trying. Like when you politely ask the kid sitting next to you on the subway who is playing his music a little loud to please turn it down. Just to be contrary, he responds by cranking it up even more ...

Copyright Suit Targets Google News

Phil Albert, an intellectual property attorney and partner with the San Francisco law firm Townsend & Townsend & Crew, told TechNewsWorld the case was somewhat surprising, given that most publishers are eager to have their headlines posted on Google's aggregation sites and the ability of organizations to opt out of the news feeds. The opt-out feature was cited by Google in response to the suit...

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Lowering the Volume in the Software Patent Debate

The debate over software patents is getting quite dramatic. For some, more than just lines of code are at stake. Rather, it is nothing less than freedom itself. As in the apocalyptic "Lord of the Rings trilogy," the armies prepare for war. The battle cry from Free Software Foundation Europe sounds: "Join the Fellowship and protect your freedom!"...

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Is the GPL OK for DNA?

Duct tape is the world's most versatile invention. It makes ducts airtight, holds car parts together, patches holes in canoes and keeps rock musicians from tripping over wires onstage. It rips easily, holds firm even underwater and provides a quick fix for almost any emergency. But sometimes, duct tape fanatics go too far ...

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Bloggers’ Bill of Rights Has No Legs

Ellen Simonetti is a former Delta Airlines flight attendant who writes a Web log called the "Queen of the Sky." She is a "former" flight attendant because Delta fired her after she posted pictures of herself in uniform showing off her legs while lying across a row of seats in a Delta plane. Even though the shots were not all that racy, they were definitely not poses a passenger would expect to see when boarding a flight...

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OpenSolaris: Beyond the Rhetoric

Large patent portfolio owners seem to be in a particularly generous mood these days. A few weeks after IBM announced it was giving away 500 patents, Sun jumped on the bandwagon by announcing that it is releasing more than 1,600 patents associated with the Solaris OS, a move they describe as eclipsing any other vendor's contribution ...

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An Uncommon Commons

Last week's announcement that Big Blue was giving away patents was viewed as uncommonly good news in open source circles. When IBM decided to contribute 500 of its patents to a "patent commons" for the benefit of open-source software developers and end users, it conjured up visions of a city commons where passersby could enjoy a sunny morning listening to the birds...

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Painting by Numbers with Paint.NET

It's a new year, time for focusing on those New Year's resolutions. One of my resolutions was to spend more time outdoors, but it's the rainy season so I'm stuck indoors for now. In that case, I decided to put my cool new presents to good use. I took to the Web to research photo manipulation software to go with my new digital camera ...

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GPL Rules: Lessons from the Sandbox

Robert Fulghum's essay, "All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten," teaches us that we can learn some valuable lessons from the sandbox: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours ...

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Open Source: Predicting a Happy New Year

From sports to gossip to business, it is a time-honored New Year's tradition for columnists to prognosticate on what we can expect in the coming year. Tabloids tell us which celebrity marriages will break up, where aliens will appear next, and what famous personalities will dominate the news. Fortunately for the tabloids, not too many readers bother to compare their predictions a year later with what actually happened...

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All I Want for Christmas Is To Own the Experience

Holiday shopping sure has changed. This year, my shopping list includes all things digital -- a TiVo box, some DVDs, perhaps even a digital camera. A generation ago, consumer goods did not come with microprocessors. Back then, once you bought something, you owned it. You could use it however you wanted without ever worrying about the manufacturer...

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