Thursday, February 06, 2014

Lenovo Acquires Motorola from Google Pending OK by US Authorities: Anti-Android Patent Wars by Competitors May Have Suffered a Strong Blow

Iain Thomson at The Register headlines Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents with the interesting subtitle "The Chinese are coming and let a 1,000 lawsuits bloom".

The deal must still be approved by U.S. authorities.

The ill-advised patent-trolling anti-Android strategy of competitors has thus taken a severe blow since patent-trolling is not going to be very successful in China.

Rather, Lenovo will continue to move forward as a major force in the handset sector, especially for Android-powered smartphones, thus greatly strengthening the Android platform worldwide.

Competing companies would be well-advised to start concentrating on technological progress in their products rather than trying to litigate their way forward through the patent jungle at the cost of their competitors. That strategy -- so it seems to this observer -- is definitely not working long-term.

3-D Printing Creates New Fields of Law and Legal Issues in Product Liability and Consumer Protection

Stanford Law Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom is featured by Clifton B. Parker at Stanford University News in 3-D printing creates product liability issues, Stanford scholar says, referring to her authored essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review at 3-D Printing and Product Liability: Identifying the Obstacles, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 35 (2013).

Crossposted at 3D Printing and More.

Who Owns the "Sky"? BSkyB Grants Microsoft Temporary Use of SkyDrive to Rebrand Following Sky Trademark Battle in the Britsh (Home) Court

Just for the record, we looked up the word SKY at the Online Etymological Dictionary and it traces its origin back to Indo-European terms meaning "cloud", so that the name SkyDrive as a "cloud" presence is fully in line with the meaning of the oldest used terms for the word "sky" and has NOTHING to do with satelite broadcasts by some British company.

Sadly, the Britrish court did not get it, opting to give the home field advantage to its home-based satelite broadcasting company.

Is trademark law a scam if people are able to appropriate from the public -- without ANY compensation to society -- commonly used words and the goodwill attached to them, to be used for monopolistic commercial exploitation?

Just look at Microsoft having to change its "cloud" presence name from SkyDrive to OneDrive because of a lost trademark battle with BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting Group plc). See BSkyB grants Microsoft temporary use of SkyDrive name in trademark dispute, allows it time to rebrand cloud service

Why does Microsoft submit? Because it has enough of its own appropriated words -- with "Windows" being the most obvious. Windows are what we look through in our house. "GraphicalInterfaceOperatingSystem", a term that we googled today with no hits, is closer to what Microsoft actually meant.

IN any case, we do write inter alia about ancient astronomy,
i.e. the real "sky" much prior to BSkyB.

Just look up.

All the rest of these entities are imposters -- corporate pretenders to the real "sky", but created by well-meant but erroneous law.

Why corporations have been permitted to appropriate common generic words rather than naming their companies after their founders and/or what the companies do is a mystery to this writer. Certainly no one should be given legal "rights" to normal generic words in ANY language that have been appropriated from the people -- for no compensation whatsoever to society.

As for alleged trademark confusion, a ridiculous finding of the British court, we currently use SkyDrive and there is no doubt what we were using, i.e. a Microsoft product, that has nothing to do with BSkyB, which would better be named RupertsTabloids. That would be more accurate, and more honest. But honesty has nothing to do with the human world, and we can not change it.

Nor have we figured out a way to get competent judges into the courts. None.
We are stuck with what we have, as uninformed and behind the times as most of them are.

Satya Nadella as New CEO of Microsoft + 2013 Video Interview of Nadella at Stanford University at Accel Partners Symposium 2013 - theCUBE

The Official Microsoft Blog and the Wall Street Journal at Microsoft Prescription: More Bill Gates have the story of Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella.

See also this 2013 Video interview of Satya Nadella at Stanford University at Accel Partners Symposium 2013 - theCUBE:

Cisco Counterattacks Against Patent Trolling by the Rockstar Consortium (Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, Sony)

Anyone who thinks that the patent trolling wars in the electronics and communications industries are not "big time", should just read this.

Joe Mullin has the story for Ars Technica at Cisco moves to fend off Rockstar patent assault on its customers.

The cause of all this is poor legislation in Congress, even worse application of patent laws by the USPTO, and rottenly bad jurisprudence in the courts.

Some people out there keep wishing these things away, but the problems will not be solved until the foolish granting of overly broad patents is massively curtailed and until existing patents are severely limited in the breadth of their scope.

Law Firms Warming Up to the Cloud According to Business of Law Blog at LexisNexis

Loretta Ruppert at the Business of Law Blog at LexisNexis presents:

Infographic: Law Firms are Warming Up to the Cloud.

"100 Works of Fiction You Might Enjoy" from the late Norman Geras of normblog

Norman Geras of normblog passed away recently (1943-2013)
but his
"100 Works of Fiction You Might Enjoy" lives on.

See A book list with a difference.

Libel and Defamation and the First Amendment: A Little Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous Thing

Ron Coleman at Likelihood of Confusion®
examines libel and defamation and the First Amendment in
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

American Law and Ancient Lawyers at the Legal History Blog

Bernard Hibbits at the Legal History Blog in Ancient Lawyers notes that:
"Only in the 20th century, when the underpinning of classical undergraduate education and classical languages was largely lost, even to the upper end of the bar, did "ancient lawyers" lose their fascination for the American legal mind."
so he is
"beginning an American law school course on the history of lawyering with "ancient lawyers....
because, quoting Cicero:
" "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." "

Joshua Rozenberg London School of Economics LSE Video -- Britain’s #1 Law Writer and Broadcaster Featured at Head of Legal

Joshua Rozenberg is Britain’s most prominent writer and broadcaster on law and related matters.

Rozenberg is featured in a posting by Carl Gardner at Head of Legal
that embeds a video of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), showing a conversation with Rozenberg as chaired by Professor Conor Gearty.

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