Items tagged with Trial

A long overdue federal trial is officially on the horizon: Qualcomm and Apple will meet in a San Diego federal court on April 15, 2019. The two companies have already been battling each other for more than a year over LTE modem licensing fees and patents. Qualcomm originally wanted the jury trial to take place in February, but the date was delayed. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel noted that the two companies would need to accommodate the court’s busy schedule. He also argued that extra time was needed due to the complexity of the case. Before the trial date was announced, some had speculated that Qualcomm and Apple were far along in settlement talks. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf recently... Read more...
Samsung owes Apple in the neighborhood of a billion dollars after a jury found the company guilty of copying the look and feel of Apple devices and running afoul of several design patents. The high profile trial was rarely without drama, often times at the dismay at Judge Lucy Koh, who warned both companies on numerous occasions to shape up and quit with the antics. The trial is over now, but as predicted, Samsung isn't done fighting. What's surprising is Samsung's strategy. In a court filing, Samsung has requested a new trial due to jury misconduct. In particular, Samsung accuses a single juror of lying during the jury selection process. "The jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, failed to answer truthfully... Read more...
The Pirate Bay, the world's most notorious BitTorrent tracking site, has faced the brunt of legal battles of late. Specifically, this includes the founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, all of who were found guilty of facilitating copyright infringement. Now, however, it looks to go legit, as Swedish tech company Global Gaming Factory X said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to it for about $7.7 million. While an appeal has already been filed, The Pirate Bay hasn't been sitting still either, with a recent closed beta for a logless VPN, iPREDator being launched.  Additionally, there was... Read more...
The trial in the case of RealNetworks' RealDVD product has finally begun. When it was first introduced we knew it was going to face legal challenges, and it only took about a month for a temporary restraining order to be put in place. Real Networks has maintained that its RealDVD software is legal, and that it not only maintains the original DVD DRM, but adds another layer. The use of the software is for archival images of DVDs, they claim. Real Networks is relying on the Kaleidescape decision, which stated that there is nothing in the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) licensing agreement that prohibits the development of products that allow users to copy their DVDs. In fact, it's easy to... Read more...
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis of Duluth, Minnesota, declared a mistrial in the case of Jammie Thomas (pictured), the only person to take an RIAA lawsuit to trial (all others have settled out of court).  She lost her trial last year, but Davis, who presided in that trial, ruled that he erred during jury instructions and set aside the judgment, calling it a mistrial.In his ruling, Davis said:"Jury Instruction No. 15 was erroneous, and that error substantially prejudiced Thomas' rights. Based on the court's error in instructing the jury, it grants Thomas a new trial."Instruction 15 said:The act of making copyrighted sound recordings available for electronic distribution on... Read more...
Although a GPS unit lost a recent court battle against a radar gun, in this case GPS units might be used to enforce speed limits.Each car will have a special digital map of the city downloaded into their sat-navs, which has all the road speeds listed. The plan is that the proposed ISA device will then pinpoint the driver’s location and tell if they are exceeding the limit.It will stop them from going too fast by taking control of the accelerator pedal and vibrating the throttle, or giving an audible warning to let drivers know they’re speeding. A TfL spokesman stressed it’s only a pilot project scheduled to last two years. But a line in the bid document, seen by Auto Express, says the organisation... Read more...
Super Talent Introduces Industrial Temperature SSDs San Jose, California – November 27, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of Solid State Drives (SSDs) that are rated to operate over a -40C to 85C industrial temperature (I-Temp) range. Super Talent SSDs are interchangeable with conventional hard drives but are significantly more resistant to shock and vibration. Moreover, these new I-Temp SSDs have considerably better tolerance of extreme temperatures than hard drives. Super Talent’s range of nineteen new I-Temp SSDs spans industry standard 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factor SATA SSDs,... Read more...
Technology Review has a fascinating analysis of the institutional attitude at Apple that generates products that win awards for design and become industry icons. It seems to begin and end with Steve Jobs' absolute commitment to sleek design and limited, intuitive functionality. One direct result of that sharpened focus is Apple's unique ability to create simple products. Though the idea of a simple high-tech device seems counterintuitive (why not offer more functionality if you can?), it's worked for Apple. "The hardest part of design, especially consumer electronics," says Norman, "is keeping features out." Simplicity, he says, is in itself a product differentiator, and... Read more...
Since the release of Windows Vista many people have been pouring over different guides in order to answer the not so age old question of which version of Vista is right for them. Well it looks like a simple console command with administrator rights enabled will let you extend you're 30 day grace period for activating Vista to a possible 120. Maybe with more time figuring out which version to shell out the extra green for wont be as painful a process. What if 30 days isn't enough time to make a decision whether pay extra to upgrade (or legitimize) a copy of Windows Vista? After all, an operating system is the basis for anyone's computing experience, and is that is unlikely to change until... Read more...
The popular Half-Life 2 Mod, Red Orchestra, will be available for a five day free trial starting tomorrow. Valve has also provided free trials of Day of Defeat: Source in the past, and hopefully these free trials will continue to be a regular part of their marketing campaign. The World War 2 based mod can be pre-loaded now, and if you decide you like it, can be bought for $25. "Five Free Days of Red Orchestra begins tomorrow via www.steamgames.com, with pre-loading available now. Those who try Red Orchestra during the Free Days will have access to the full game, including the brand new map (Lyes Krovy) and new gameplay enhancements from... Read more...