Arista Wins Copyright and Patent Battle with Cisco

Recently, Arista Networks won a major ruling in the long-running patent and copyright clash with Cisco. A jury in San Jose, California federal court found that Arista owed no damages over Cisco’s claims of patent infringement. Additionally, the jurors also found that Arista did not infringe Cisco’s patent as well. Initially, in 2014 Cisco sued Arista for infringing its copyright and patent which included Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) 11.0, Cisco IOS 11.1 and Cisco IOS 11.2. Further, Cisco named one patent in the suit, US number 7,047,526, titled “Generic command interface for multiple executable routines”. Cisco was roughly seeking

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6 Things Startups Need to know about IP

Intellectual property (IP) protection is as important today as it has ever been for start-ups. For beginners, the prospect of where to start can be daunting. Why do startups need IP protection? Registering IP can do several things, including: Creates an asset that will have value even if the business model fails Creates an asset that can be used as collateral for commercial loans Justifies a higher valuation when seeking venture capital Provide higher value for its products/services when listed in  public market by facilitating licensing or sale Identify  more contribution margin which could reduce the need to raise investment

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Media Outlets Including Forbes Hit With Lawsuit

Many reputed media stations including, Forbes, Inc., American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and Discovery Communications, Inc. have been targeted with a lawsuit for willful patent infringement filed by Texas-based Bartonfalls LLC. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court of EDTX on October 11, 2016, where Bartonfalls claims that the companies have infringed the US patent 7,917,922.  The patent relates to a method that integrates a plurality of television signal sources into a cohesive audio/video environment. Claim 1 of the ‘922 patent describes a “method for automatically changing from a first TV program to an alternate TV program at a

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Court Shuts Down Patent Infringement Case Against Amazon.com

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed a lawsuit against Amazon.com filed by TriDim Innovations claiming patent infringement. TriDim filed a suit on Nov 30th 2015 for infringing two patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,838,326 and 5,847,709) on a “computer controlled display system” which it acquired from Xerox Corp. It claims that Amazon.com uses similar software for its Kindle Fire. The patents describe a three-dimensional computer document workspace that allows users to consolidate a large number of documents by touching, dropping and flicking them into three separate places in accordance to their usage. Amazon.com argued that

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FameBit acquired by Google

Google recently announced its acquisition of FameBit, a marketplace that connects brands, influencers, and creators with YouTube and other social networking sites to sponsor their content. This is indeed a huge step for Google as this combination would increase the availability of branded content opportunities and bring more revenue to YouTube. However, YouTube said that the FameBit acquisition does not mean that it will be preferred over other digital marketing agencies and services. YouTube’s Ariel Bardin (VP, Product Management – Google Payment) said “Creators will always have the choice in how they work with brands, and there are many great

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