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13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

It’s Time For Startups To Use AI To Battle Tech Giants In Patent Wars

Technology giants such as Alibaba and IBM are eating startup innovators’ lunch. These behemoths are seeking to devour even more market share by publishing patents at unprecedented speed in emerging technologies such as blockchain.

As some of the richest companies on the planet, the corporations have the resources to manage the laborious search of existing patents and to overcome the outdated administrative hurdles so that they can file for intellectual property rights.

Patents are definitely old school. Patent laws started with the rise of the nation-state, so they began in the 18th century and were then fully developed in the 19th century. Some changes may have been made to reflect new technologies, but the basic patent laws haven’t evolved to meet the needs of the 21st century.

We’re patenting ideas based on today’s high-tech of artificial intelligence and blockchain with laws that were established centuries ago.

All this puts early-growth companies with game-changing inventions at a huge disadvantage.

Getting a patent is one of the most important strategic decisions a business can take. A patent not only protects a business idea from copycats, but it can also increase the value of the young company.

One of the reasons value increases is because a patent can block others from a market. Once a startup has it, they can make sure nobody else will enter that particular segment.

In a recent study, conducted by KISSPatent on patents in the specific field of blockchain, results showed an arms race between Alibaba and IBM. The Chinese e-commerce giant has published 10 times more blockchain-related patents than IBM in 2020, a year when blockchain patent numbers are generally skyrocketing. More blockchain-related patents were published in the first half of 2020 than in all of 2019, a year that had already seen three times more blockchain

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Worms Rumble, A Real-Time Battle Royale, Announces Upcoming Beta And Release Month

A new trailer for Worms Rumble, the upcoming real-time Worms spin-off, has arrived. It doesn’t just contain new footage, though–it also announces a beta date and release window. Worms Rumble will be available on PS5, PS4, and PC in December 2020.

The game, which features 32-player Battle Royale matches and a Team Deathmatch mode, will be playable on PS4 and PC during an open beta beginning November 6. During this time, anyone can download the beta and test out the game’s online multiplayer.

You can check the trailer out below. The game’s visual style is closer to the 3D models of Worms Battlegrounds than the more-recent Worms W.M.D.

The game has previously run a closed beta, but now more players will be able to experience the game.

Worms Rumble is very different from previous games in the series, which has always been turn-based. The game, and the beta, will be cross-play across all systems the game is available on.

In GameSpot’s review of Worms W.M.D., reviewer Jason D’Aprile gave the game an 8/10 and called it “easily the best game in the Worms series in several years.”

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07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

What Is Fair Use? Google vs. Oracle Brings Decade-Long Copyright Battle To Supreme Court

KEY POINTS

  • Oral arguments were held before the Supreme Court over the copyright case between Oracle and Google
  • Google stands to pay Oracle nearly $9 billion for 11,000 lines of code in Android software if the court rules in Oracle’s favor
  • Big tech is throwing in behind Google while media and entertainment companies and the Trump administration is backing Oracle

The Supreme Court faces upending the tech industry by determining whether Google stole code from Oracle in building its Android operating system in a case that could redefine the meaning of the fair use doctrine. All eight justices on Wednesday grilled the tech giants’ legal teams as well the U.S. deputy solicitor general in a potentially far-reaching case.

Google said its incorporation of 11,500 lines of Oracle Java code constitutes fair use, while Oracle argued the action violated its ownership rights. The lawsuit has been working its way through the courts for a decade with Oracle claiming it is owed $9 billion for use of its code.

Google attorney Thomas Goldstein said Google used only the parts of the code that could not be changed but had originated the rest. Oracle attorney Joshua Rosenkranz said Google had other options, even if they were more expensive.

“The Copyright Act does not give Google a pass just because it would be expensive to recreate our expression,” Rosenkranz said.

Along with Microsoft, tech companies like Mozilla and IBM threw their support behind Google by arguing tech companies need the freedom to build new programming platforms without worrying about licenses and copyrights.

Several news outlets, entertainment companies and the Trump administration, however, put their weight behind Oracle, arguing these industries rely on the enforcement of strong copyright laws.

“We are told if we agree with Oracle we will ruin the tech industry in the

29
Sep
2020
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Pulse Ox Company Masimo Accuses Apple of Delaying Legal Battle to Sell More Apple Watches

Back in January, medical device company Masimo levied a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of stealing trade secrets and improperly using Masimo inventions related to health monitoring in the Apple Watch.


Masimo is known for its pulse oximetry devices, and Apple just recently debuted the Apple Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen monitoring capabilities. Following the launch of the Series 6, Masimo has accused Apple of attempting to delay the legal proceedings in order to sell more watches and gain a more dominant share of the smart watch market.

As highlighted by Bloomberg, Apple has not officially responded to the original January lawsuit, instead filing requests to dismiss the trade secret part of the case and to have Masimo patents invalidated. Apple has asked the trial court to put the case on hold until the patent issue is resolved, which could take a significant amount of time.

Apple told the court that delaying the case until a patent review will narrow the issues and “reduce wasted resources.” With no hold, the first hearing on the case will take place in April 2021.

According to Masimo, the potential postponement would allow Apple to “seize on a critical window of opportunity to capture an emerging field,” using its “considerable resources and ecosystem” to capture market share with no regard for Masimo patent technology.

Masimo CEO Joe Kiani said in the filing that Masimo believes Apple’s customers see the Series 6 as a “medical product,” which can “harm consumers” and “reduce [Masimo’s] opportunities to sell truly clinical-grade products to consumers.”

Masimo accused Apple of stealing secret information by pretending to have a working relationship with Masimo and then poaching Masimo employees. Masimo also believes that Apple is infringing on 10 Masimo patents, and says that Apple relied on Masimo technology when

29
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Quebecor Says It Has No Plans to Wade Into Battle For Cogeco

(Bloomberg) — Quebecor Inc. has no immediate plans to join the fray with its own bid for Cogeco Inc., but left the door open to closer ties with its Montreal-based rival in the future.

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Earlier this month, Altice USA Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. launched a hostile $7.8 billion takeover bid for Cogeco, which, like Quebecor, operates in cable and broadband and owns media. Cogeco and its controlling shareholder, the Audet family, have repeatedly said they’re not interested.

“The Audet family has made it very clear a number of times, over the past few days, that they are not willing to entertain this deal. We have to respect that position,” Hugues Simard, chief financial officer of Quebecor, said at Bloomberg’s Canadian Fixed Income Conference on Tuesday. “At some point if we ended up working together, it is something that would make me happy, but it’s not something I’d comment on at this point.”



a man wearing a suit and tie: Key Speakers At The International Economic Forum Of The Americas Conference Of Montreal


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Key Speakers At The International Economic Forum Of The Americas Conference Of Montreal

Cogeco’s Louis Audet.

Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

If successful, the Altice-Rogers bid would upend Quebec’s cozy telecommunications industry and create a larger competitor for Quebecor. Toronto-based Rogers has held a minority position in much-smaller Cogeco for decades, instigated by its late founder, Ted Rogers. However, Cogeco has been protected from takeover advances by the Audets, whose holding company controls the voting shares.

Rogers also has history with Quebecor, having launched a bid in 2000 for Quebec-based cable operator Videotron Ltd. — only to see Quebecor, working with the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, come in with a higher offer.

For now, Quebecor’s plan is to continue with its strategy of acquiring content companies, Simard said. The company is also focusing on operations, as it still has “quite a bit