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  • Groupon accuses IBM of patent shake-down

    ​A lawyer for discount e-commerce company Groupon this week told a court in Delaware that International Business Machines Corp has shaken down practically every large tech firm for patent fees.

  • Teradata sues SAP over alleged IP theft

    SAP, Europe's most valuable technology company, has been sued U.S. company Teradata, which accused it of stealing trade secrets, copyright infringement and anti-trust violations.

  • Kogan takes down contentious ‘catch’ site

    Catch Group says that Kogan.com has agreed to not use a number of domain names, including catchmobile.com.au, catchloans.com.au, and catchinsurance.com.au, until legal action relating to a number of ‘Catch’ trademarks is resolved.

  • Jury awards Apple US$539 million in Samsung patent retrial

    After nearly five days of deliberations, a US jury has said Samsung should pay $539 million (A$711 million) to Apple for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

Features about intellectual property
  • Google Books legal epic moves to appeals court

    After almost a decade of litigation, Google scored a victory last week over the Authors Guild, which had sued the company for copyright infringement over its Google Books search engine. But a few important chapters in the legal saga have yet to be written.

  • The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: 'They can't take my soul'

    We are standing in a parking lot in the city of Malmö, southern Sweden, one of the many places Peter Sunde now calls home. The sky above us is grey, as usual at this time of year. Just as the parking meter spits out our ticket, a young man driving much too fast on a motorcycle roars up behind us. He is followed by a police car, sirens blaring and blue lights flashing.

  • Patent cases color mobile market, to continue in 2013

    Over the past year, patent battles have been fought by tech companies in courtrooms all over the world. The litigation is far from over though, however, and will continue throughout 2013. This is what's at stake on the patent battlefield in the near future.

  • 2012: The year in quotes

    Some of the most memorable IT-related quotes were uttered in courtrooms this year, which involved a steady stream of legal challenges about intellectual property. In no particular order, these are some of the comments that stuck with us as 2012 winds to a close.

  • What Obama's re-election may mean for technology

    The US presidential election result leaves President Barack Obama in the White House and maintains the balance of power in Congress. In many longstanding technology debates, policy experts see little movement forward, although lawmakers may look for compromises on a handful of issues.