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October 2013 Archives

Court finds Apple innocent of patent infringement

Virginia residents may be interested to learn about some business litigation involving Apple and WiLAN. In a recent court ruling, Apple has been found innocent of infringing on one of WiLAN's wireless technology patents. After deliberating for one hour, a jury in Texas decided that the patent claims were invalid. According to a spokesman for WiLAN, the company does not believe that related license agreements they maintain will be negatively affected by the recent court ruling.

Van Halen trademark in dispute

Van Halen fans in Virginia and across the country may be interested in the band's recent discontent over Kelly Van Halen's use of her own surname. The former wife of the drummer, Alex Van Halen, has been sued by the band, stating that she was illegally using her own last name. Kelly has gotten involved in the designing of swimsuits, children blankets and interiors. Her intent was to use her name as a trademark for her Van Halen brand. Some of the other products and services include pillows, ponchos, armoires, construction management and solar-thermal installation.

Regulators approve acquisition resulting in largest Virginia bank

Two of the largest Virginia banks have gotten permission from federal and state regulatory agencies to move forward with an acquisition that will create the largest banking institution in the state. This nearly half a billion dollar deal should be complete by early next year, according to an executive from the purchasing corporation.

Attorney faced with copyright infringement lawsuit fights back

Virginia residents may be interested to learn about a copyright lawsuit that is making big headlines. When an Australian record label's automated system found one of their songs on YouTube, they threatened to sue the video maker. Little did they know, the person who had made the video was a world famous copyright attorney. Not intimidated by the threat of business litigation, the attorney decided to sue the record label back.

Apps patent trolling could end

The latest withdrawal of an industry patent challenge by Lodsys has made one commentator think that it may be time to change the way that patent claim cases are paid for in Virginia and the rest of the country. With an eye toward lessening what is known as patent trolling, the writer suggests that in patent lawsuits, the loser should have to pay both sides' legal fees. This, he said, would keep patent troll companies from being able to take settlement money from tech companies that know that paying for unneeded licensing is actually less expensive than fighting in court.

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