Patents

SAP announces Cisco collaboration

SAP announced three new applications for IT governance, risk and compliance. The programs are GRC Repository, for storing and organizing metadata; GRC Process Control, for handling business processes and violations; and GRC Risk Management, for analyzing organizations, processes, and IT infrastructure. All three will be sold separately starting this winter. SAP also announced a deal for the software to be jointly marketed by Cisco Systems.

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> Citrix, Microsoft in deal for remote access. Article

> Microsoft patent fine increased by $25M. Article

> Comverse to acquire Netonomy for $19M. …

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SPOTLIGHT: New clock design promises power savings


Multigig is the latest hot start-up in Silicon Valley. They’re just emerging from stealth mode and they already have 22 patents with 50 more pending, officials said. The big idea: a technology they call RotaryWave which recycles electric signals rather than having them end after each clock cycle. Article

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RIM sued for patent infringement again

Visto, which is partly owned by NTP, is the latest company suing Research In Motion for infringement of wireless messaging patents. Visto is also suing Microsoft and Good Technology. Visto officials say financial settlements would be smart in these cases. They also seem to be intentionally trying to start more RIM shutdown hysterics. Patent protection is as American as apple pie, but does anyone else think this is getting ridiculous? Email …

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SPOTLIGHT: Inside look at Nathan Myhrvold’s $400M experiment


Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft CTO, now runs a company called Intellectual Ventures, which has $400 million earmarked for buying patents. It’s estimated that IV already owns 3,000 to 5,000 patents, but for what purpose? Some say they’ll become the evil mother of all patent trolls. Article

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> Patents on trial, this time eBay. Article

> Keeping free software free. …

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RIM’s BlackBerry adds IM, telephony server

Research In Motion is finally making some news about products, not patents. The new BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 supports instant messaging via Microsoft and IBM servers, simplified user device updates, an updated applications development suite and new security options. RIM also said it acquired its partner Ascendent Systems, which connects PBX systems to BlackBerry devices.

For more on the software:
– read this IDG News article

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> Microsoft’s expected browser updates. Article

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> Hearing on JPEG compression patent. Article

> San Jose, CA, to upgrade “no-tech” airport. …

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RIM gets second patent win

With today’s NTP vs. RIM hearing underway, and a decision not expected until early next week, fans of RIM’s BlackBerry devices still managed to get some good news: The U.S. Patent and Trade Office officially rejected the second of NTP’s five relevant patents, on the heels of rejecting the first patent earlier this week. Why the sudden action by the normally slow-moving patent folks? NTP says RIM is unfairly using its political clout. Keep your ears, eyes, and thumbs tuned.

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Patent office issues official NTP rejection

On the surface, NTP vs. BlackBerry seems to be morphing into a fight of Strict Judge vs. Philosophy. The judge previously said he won’t wait for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to finalize its re-evaluations of the NTP wireless email patents, one of which did become final yesterday, and this week he said U.S. government customers won’t get any special treatment. Meanwhile, the unanswered philosophical question is, “What’s your liability level if the broken rule was later deemed …

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