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Patent Law: Baby Steps--Update

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Blog04/30/2007

As noted in my previous post, the case KSR International v. Teleflex was an important patent case pending before the Supreme Court. The question involved whether it should be more difficult to obtain a patent for a claimed invention in a...

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Vonage spared—for now

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Blog04/26/2007

I guess we should be grateful that the federal government has magnanimously agreed to suspend shutting Vonage down on appeal of a patent verdict against it. For now, at least, it may escape the $612M damages that were...

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Wal-Mart Crime of the Day: Cutting the Price of Fabulous Big Televisions

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Blog04/24/2007

This BusinessWeek story examines an action by Wal-Mart that is pro-consumer, pro-efficiency, pro-productivity, and pro-progress and somehow manages to present it as rapacious and damaging to everyone. How so? Well, you see, Wal-Mart cut the...

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Now, Your Journey to the Dark Side is Complete

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Blog04/16/2007

When the U.S. government initially brought an antitrust case against Microsoft in 1998 at the behest of competitors Netscape and Sun, beltway types marvelled that Microsoft did not even have a lobbyist in DC. Somehow this...

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Copyright and Patent Silliness (Cablevision and Microsoft)

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Blog03/26/2007

Cablevision Loses Network DVR Court Case reports that Cablevision has lost a legal battle against several Hollywood studios and television networks to introduce a network-based digital video recorder service to its subscribers....

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Better bankrupt than merged

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Blog03/25/2007

Opposition to the XM-Sirius merger is focused on the argument that the two firms should not be given a "subsidy"—in the form of antitrust approval—for management's poor decision-making, particularly the lavish contract Sirius negotiated with former terrestrial radio...

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Ok, fine, so what is to be done, huh Nation?

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Blog03/23/2007

The Nation has posted an interesting article on how corporate conglomerates are ganging up on on Google to use government to give the innovative company the what for. So I read this because I was curious: what is the leftist answer here...

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Beemer must be next... (BMW, Trademarks, and the letter "M")

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Blog03/20/2007

Thanks, Trade*ark law. Now, thanks to a recent court decision, auto *anufacturer B*W now owns the rights to the letter * (the one after L and before N—I'* afraid to use it since B*W now owns it). Even sillier than Apple...

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