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This blog was created by Joe Mullin, whose work can now be found at Jan Wolfe, staff IP reporter for ALM's Corporate Counsel, is now the blog's lead writer.

Updated: 2011-07-01T11:16:21-07:00


With $4.5 Billion Bid, Group Led by Apple and Microsoft Claims Nortel Patents


In a patent auction unprecedented in size and scope, a consortium of high-tech heavyweights banded together to buy Nortel Networks Corporation's trove of more than 6,000 remaining patent assets for a record-shattering $4.5 billion. The winning bidder, a team of...

Hangover Cure: Warner Bros. Settles Copyright Suit Over Tyson Tattoo


By Andrew Goldberg It looks like the tattoo on Ed Helms's face in The Hangover Part II is there to stay after all. Warner Bros. has inked a deal to settle the copyright infringement suit brought by S. Victor Whitmill,...

This Week in IP: Apps, Tats, and Patent Reform Hits a New Snag


By Andrew Goldberg Apple Steps in for App Developers Good news for app developers and iPhone users! Apple has decided to intervene on behalf of the seven iOs app developers sued for patent infringement by Texas-based patent-holding company Lodsys. In...

App Backwards: Lodsys, Texas Troll, Targeted in Patent Suit


By Andrew Goldberg Lodsys, the litigious patent-holding company that filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas last week alleging that several independent developers of software applications used on mobile devices infringe its patents on in-app purchasing, is now on...

Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft in i4i Case


By Andrew Goldberg In a unanimous decision that won't be well-received by tech industry heavyweights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning against Microsoft in the closely watched Microsoft v. i4i case, rejecting the software giant's argument to lower the...