36 posts and columns on appeal
News Bytelong-running “Wi-Spy” case, in which its Street View cars slurped up data from open Wi-Fi networks. But even some people unaffiliated with the company — which was wrong, very wrong in the first place and has admitted as such — are unhappy with the ruling, as it judged open Wi-Fi networks not to be a “radio communication” or “readily accessible to the general public,” so therefore they fall under the U.S. Wiretap Act. Google had sought to dismiss wiretap claims as part of a broader class action suit, and a spokesperson said the company is considering its next steps.
News Byteupheld a lower court ruling that invalidated a pair of controversial patents held by Eolas Technologies. Those patents, which covered some of the technologies underpinning the Web, were asserted against Apple, Google, Amazon and a host of other companies back in 2009 by Eolas, sparking outcry from open-Web advocates. Among them: Tim Berners-Lee, widely considered one of the fathers of the Internet, who argued that Eolas’s patent claims, if upheld, would “substantially impair the usability of the Web.” Good riddance to another patent troll looking for a big IP payday.
News ByteFriday ruling, it dismissed Apple’s appeal for a preliminary injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, saying its design rights are too limited in scope to justify such an action. Apple declined a request for comment.
News Byteit would appeal U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh’s decision against blocking sales of certain Samsung devices found to have infringed Apple patents in a trial that resulted in a billion-dollar verdict in Apple’s favor. Koh ruled that Apple failed to prove the infringing products significantly harmed iPhone sales.