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  • Dec 4, 2013
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IDC report shows competition amongst smartphone global players pushes launch of greater number of low-priced smartphones … except in North America

  4 December 2013 – A recent IDC report shows competition amongst smartphone global players has pushed the launch of greater numbers of low-priced smartphones … except in North America. Smartphone shipments are estimated to surpass 1 billion units in 2013, that is on a global scale, resulting in 39.3% growth over the last year. According […]


  • Jun 19, 2013
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Google tries to skirt the rules and avoid an antitrust investigation of the Waze acquisition

19 June 1023 – If you follow the comings and going in the smartphone market you know that Google recently announced that it had acquired  privately held online mapping firm Waze. Despite the fact that many casual tech users have never heard of Waze, the value of the deal was $1 billion. The company’s outsize valuation is […]


  • Jan 30, 2013
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From the Sundance Film Festival: “Google And The World Brain” – the failed book settlement and the world’s knowledge in the hands of a corporation

    30 January 2013 – Valerie Pelton … a Principal of EAM Capital and its General Counsel … gets to go to all the cool media events.  Well, she lived and worked in Hollywood for a number of years so why not?  She recently came back from the Sundance Film Festival and said her favorite […]


  • Jan 28, 2013
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Phones and tablets push patent applications up 20%

  28 January 2013 — According to figures released by Sweet and Maxwell, the legal information provider, patent applications under the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) jumped sharply to reach a new high of 14,205 in 2012. The figures indicate that smartphones and tablets drove a surge in patent applications in 2012. The PCT allows companies […]


  • Jan 15, 2013
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Smartphone Wars: Micron’s Slide-to-Unlock Patent

  15 January 2013 –  In an attempt to circumvent Apple’s hotly-debated Slide To Unlock patent, which has resulted in a few lawsuits with many more likely on the way, Google filed a patent of their own for a lockscreen that looks fairly similar to the one found in HTC’s Sense UI. To most analysts, […]


  • May 8, 2012
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Who owns the perk in Java? A primer on the Oracle v Google law suit

8 May 2012–   In 2010 Oracle accused Google of pilfering its intellectual property for use in the Android mobile platform. It has since presented oodles of forensic evidence, including e-mails among Google executives and bits of allegedly copied program code.  On May 7th a federal jury in San Francisco found in its favour.  Sort […]


  • Apr 16, 2012
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This should be a doozy: Oracle and Google meet in the “World Cup” of IP lawsuits

              16 April 2012 –  Let Games begin!  In what almost every pundit is calling the “World Series” or “World Cup” of intellectual property trials”, the Google/Oracle trial gets underway today with jury selection in a federal court in San Francisco. And it is a biggie.  The trial marks the […]


Italy vs. Google

5 May 2010 —Google’s Chief Legal Officer, Chief Privacy Counsel, and former Chief Financial Officer have each been sentenced to six months in prison by an Italian court for violating the country’s privacy laws. The decision (the “Decision”), issued by the Criminal Court of Milan (the “Court”) on February 24, 2010, and published on April […]


  • Sep 12, 2009
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Google writes its own rules

12 September 2009 — Here is an excellent analysis of the Google Book Search project by Christopher Caldwell of the Financial Times. Sceptics often ask of new government programmes: if it is so worthwhile, why is the private sector not doing it already? A similar question can be asked of companies claiming to be acting […]


  • Sep 3, 2009
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Amazon Draws Battle Lines Over Google Books Deal

3 September 2009 — Amazon has panned Google’s book settlement with the Author’s Guild saying that the deal “restrains competition” and “usurps the role of Congress in legislating solutions” as copyright and new technologies collide.  It is a member of the Open Book Alliance — which counts Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo as members — and other groups have […]


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