Items tagged with intellectual property

Microsoft has found itself in the news recently for internally banning some commonly used software like Slack, AWS, GitHub, and Grammarly. Many people were taken aback by the revelation, in particular with respect to GitHub which is now a Microsoft property. The reason isn't that some of that software is a direct competitor to Microsoft products. Instead, the reason has to do with the security of intellectual property. Microsoft wrote in an internal document that Slack Free, Slack Standard, and Slack Plus don't give the controls required to protect Microsoft IP adequately. Microsoft says that users of those solutions should migrate their chat history and files related to Microsoft business operations... Read more...
The U.S. International Trade Commission says that U.S. firms lost at least $48 billion in a single year thanks to Chinese companies stealing their intellectual property designs. U.S. smartphone case manufacturer, OtterBox, has had enough and doesn't want to take it anymore. OtterBox has built a $50 million business designing hard case covers for smartphones, e-readers and tablets and now it wants to stop the entire Chinese knock-off industry from stealing and selling its designs. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission last week that names a slew of Chinese manufacturers as the culprits. It also called on the carpet more than a few... Read more...