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YouTube Liable for Copyright Infringement, Austrian Court Finds in Preliminary Ruling

“A preliminary decision by an Austrian commercial court could have a seismic impact on the economy of online video” writes Scott Roxborough for billboard.com. Thus, according to the court, Youtube cannot be considered a neutral platform.In a statement to Austrian media, YouTube said it was studying the ruling and “holding all our options open, including appealing” the decision.Austrian commercial TV channel Puls4 filed suit against YouTube back in 2014 after copyright-protected content from its channels was posted on the online video platform. Source: billboard.com Share This:

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Deere sues Precision Planting, AGCO for patent infringement

“Sign outside a John Deere dealer is seen in Denver Thomson Reuters (Reuters) – U.S. farm equipment maker Deere & Co said on Friday it filed a lawsuit against Precision Planting LLC and AGCO Corp , claiming that the companies have infringed on 12 of its patents” reports businessinsider.com. The lawsuit alleges that products made or sold by Precision Planting, including vSet seed meters along with SpeedTube products, infringe on Deere patents. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Samsung ordered to pay Apple $539 million for copying their design

“As a result of a seven-year-long legal battle, Samsung has been ordered to pay $539 million dollars as a result of patent infringement” reports xda-developers.com. The jury ruled that $533.3 million be paid for violation of design patents, while an additional $5.3 million be paid on utility patent violations.Samsung had already paid $399 million to Apple for infringement of patents.Samsung tried to argue they should only have to pay $28 million, which meant that the patent infringement would be limited only to the infringing components of the devices. This isn’t…

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Xiaomi sued for alleged patent infringement ahead of blockbuster IPO

“In a statement, Xiaomi said it has requested patent authorities to invalidate patent rights that are the subject of the lawsuit filed in Shenzhen” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. It demanded that Xiaomi compensate it for losses due to the alleged infringement, though Zhang declined to give a figure.HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad Group said its unit has sued three group firms of Xiaomi, which last week filed for a Hong Kong IPO that could be worth up to $10 billion, for patent infringement.Coolpad has alleged…

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By Chloe Chef Claims She Was Ousted After Rejecting Co-Founder’s ‘Advances’

“Coscarelli sues ESquared and By Chloe on 14 counts, including, according to Eater, “violation of right of publicity, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and false suggestion of association.”” writes Mattie Kahn for elle.com. This time, Coscarelli, 30, whom an arbitrator ruled could be terminated from the restaurant for her “gross negligence” in business operations, claims that CEO Jimmy Haber pushed her out because she rejected his “advances.”.  Source: elle.com Share This:

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Apple Ordered to Pay Another $502 Million to VirnetX for Patent Infringement

“Despite Apple continuously losing to VirnetX in patent trials, the company still has a ray of hope as the patents held by VirnetX could be invalidated” reports iphonehacks.com. VirnetX had managed to extract over $223 million from Microsoft for patent infringement using the same patents.VirnetX has accused Apple of infringing on its secure communications patents with FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage features in iOS. Over the years, Apple has been ordered to pay $625 million, and $532 million in different trials for patent infringement to VirnetX. In total, Apple…

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Tinder’s owner couldn’t buy Bumble, so now the company is suing instead

“We’ve reached out to both Bumble and Match Group, and will update this story if either company shares additional info” writes Raymond Wong for mashable.com. After failing to buy Tinder/OkCupid/Match/PoF competitor Bumble last year for a reported $450 million, the parent company behind all of the aforementioned popular dating services is now suing the dating app for infringing on two of its patents. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Levi’s is suing Chinese companies for trademark infringement as trade war talk heats up

“Levi Strauss & Co is suing two companies in China over trademark infringement, as talk of a trade war that could directly affect the US denim icon heats up” writes Tara Francis Chan for businessinsider.com. But even before discussion begins on tackling intellectual property theft, Levi’s itself has been targeted in a potential trade war.In 2012, Levi’s won its first stitching infringement case in China against a local brand that used a similar design.The company confirmed to Business Insider that it began legal action last year over Chinese companies using…

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BlackBerry is suing Facebook for patent infringement

“BlackBerry is suing Facebook for patent infringement, alleging many of the features of Facebook’s messaging services infringe on BlackBerry patents, the company said Tuesday. “[W]e have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies,” BlackBerry said in a release” writes John Shinal for cnbc.com. The company also cited a CNBC report that Facebook would move WhatsApp off IBM’s cloud services and into its own data centers.The company claims…

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