Archive for March 2012

STLR Link Roundup – March 19, 2012

DOJ approves acquisition of Nortel patent portfolio by the Rockstar Bidco Consortium.  Rockstar purchased the patent portfolio last year and the coalition which includes Microsoft, Apple, EMC, RIM, Ericsson and Sony is now free to pursue licensing agreements with companies it believes are using the technology covered by the Nortel patents. Apple claims that Samsung [...]

STLR Link Roundup – March 11, 2009

YAHOO! IS ON THE HUNT DURING RESTRUCTURING: Yahoo! Inc. has threatened to sue popular social networking company Facebook for allegedly infringing on Yahoo’s patent rights. Yahoo has not publicly announced which patents it believes are infringed but are asking for Facebook to either pay licensing fees or risk a lawsuit. This news comes on the [...]

Forced Decryption and the 5th Amendment: Analytical Issues in the 11th Circuit’s Recent Decision

Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal and Volokh Conspiracy reported that the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently decided that forcing a suspect to decrypt and provide a hard drive when the government did not already know what it contained violates the suspect’s Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. While most of the Court’s [...]

Link Roundup – March 3, 2012

Google’s Privacy Policy Goes Into Effect: Google’s much talked-about new privacy policy went into effect this week, not surprisingly with a measure of controversy. Days before the policy went into effect worldwide, the EU tasked the French government’s privacy agency to ascertain whether Google’s privacy policy violated new EU privacy law. Should the French agency [...]