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Patents are a good step towards shielding your IP data, but they're not a seamless solution. Legal protection regarding intellectual property isn't definite and has some holes in it. The constant stream of big data has made this problem even worse, obscuring the specifics about original ownership. Data comes in streams from all over the world. Companies have more information about consumers and their closest competitors than ever before. It's an incredible marketing advantage when utilized correctly, and businesses are happy to have it in their arsenal. However, there's a dark side of big data that challenges an organization's brand and even it's reputation. It gives businesses a potential insider perspective on trade secrets, and the lines between intellectual rights become blurred. Suddenly, the hard work you put into creating new ideas and products can be seen by... (more)

Palamida Expands Open Source Reach

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) -- Palamida(TM) today announced alliances with two major open source organizations, Eclipse Foundation, Inc. and SourceForge.net. In addition to extending the reach of its software intellectual property compliance solution, IP Amplifier, the new relationships will also ease open source developers' concerns about the utilization of their custom-created intellectual property, and allow organizations to be more confident in their use of open source software. Palamida has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an Add-In Provider and will work with the Eclipse community to increase adoption of IP compliance as an element of the software development process. Using its range of source and binary detection techniques via an add-in to the Eclipse environment, the Palamida IP Amplifier will make it easi... (more)

Automated Social Media Governance and Government 2.0

With the proliferation of Internet-based tools and forums to share information, deliver announcements or warnings and create collaborative networks, it’s become apparent that “self-policing” strategies for controlling and managing the risks involved in delivering content through the corporate firewall can’t mitigate most risks. Most corporations and government agencies do indeed require, as terms of employment and various legislation, that care be taken and policies or procedures followed when engaging in online public discourse or otherwise moving content from the corporate-controlled environment to the public Internet. Over the past years, many good tools and governance frameworks have been developed as a routine matter of enabling Internet content posting, distribution and syndication – but these have mostly focused on automation, protection and monitoring proced... (more)

Trade-Dress Laws Protect Your Business Style, Look & Feel

Intellectual Property in Silicon Valley Companies can protect their overall style, products or packaging or "look and feel" from imitators under trade-dress, a less known but possibly a more powerful way to protect brand equity. If implemented and enforced correctly, trade-dress intellectual property laws can protect your business by providing unlimited protection for attributes that are not covered by copyrights, trademarks or patents including product image and overall appearance, product packaging and business style. Earlier this year the US Patent Office granted Apple Computer trade-dress for the iPod's unique shape, style and circular touchpad which will prevent competitors from imitating the media player's look and feel. Apple has also applied for trade-dress protection for the physical attributes of the iPhone by claiming that the average consumer associates ... (more)

ActiveState Launches Business Edition

Open Source Journal on Ultizer ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support, and cross-platform access. "ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance, minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in compliance with their open source policies." ActiveState Business Edi... (more)

Red Hat Announces Updated Training for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Red Hat, Inc. on Monday announced the launch of several updated system administration training courses and certification exams, to teach and qualify students on how to install, configure, deploy, and troubleshoot Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. The courses continue to feature a hands-on, lab-based environment to provide IT professionals with the skill-sets they need to implement and maintain Linux deployments. The new curriculum places greater emphasis on enterprise administration skills including command line administration, shell scripting, diagnostics and troubleshooting. The courses will be available via traditional classrooms, live virtual training, online, or on-site at customers locations for private team training. Celebrating 15 years of preparing professionals for open innovation, Red Hat Training courses benefit both students and the companies they work for by... (more)

Momentum Builds for NextGen ARM Processors

ARM is celebrating the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. A total of 27 companies have signed agreements for the company’s ARMv8-A technology as industry momentum builds for greater compute capability across a wide range of applications. The ARMv8-A silicon partners include: All of the top 10 companies who sell application processors for smartphones 9 of the top 10 application processor companies for tablets 4 of the top 5 companies that provide chips for consumer electronics (including DTV and STB) 4 of the top 5 companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers 8 silicon vendors from Greater China The 50th licensing agreement demonstrates the continuing strength in demand for the company’s 64-bit-capable ARM Cortex®-A50 processor family and ARMv8 architecture licenses wh... (more)

Intellectual Property Law in Cloud Computing | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

You would have to be living under a rock not to notice that everything's going to the clouds, not the dogs. The cloud industry has continued to demonstrate its "sky-high" potential as intellectual property (IP) rights are becoming important in preserving competitive edges, and sky is the only limit. Is it? While intellectual property rights remain important to protect many hard-earned innovations, the news from the patent lawyers has not been as cheery. The Supreme Court's June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and its aftershocks rocked the tech community with the fear of declaring permanent death of patents for all things computer-related. In two other cases also decided in June, the Supreme Court dealt further blows to patent holders by making it harder to prove induced or joint infringement in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., and by... (more)

Microsoft Accelerates New Economic Opportunities for Chinese Software Companies

Today at the Innovation Summit in Beijing, Microsoft has announced the first-ever licensing of technologies to two Chinese software companies, Comtech Group and Hunan Talkweb Information System (Talkweb). The innovative mobile communications technologies were developed by scientists at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. Comtech and Talkweb are demonstrating the potential for intellectual property created in China to be the basis for new businesses in the growing Chinese knowledge economy. Although Microsoft has successfully partnered with other companies and entrepreneurs in Europe and the U.S., this is the first time early-stage intellectual property-based technologies are being licensed under the shared-success business model of Microsoft IP Ventures in China. “The change in the way Chinese companies think about intellectual property rights and licensing is a... (more)

Australian Customs Selects IP Video Surveillance Solution

March Networks announced that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has selected the company's VideoSphere solution to enhance its security operations in multiple airports across the country. The integrated systems include March Networks' Video Management System (VMS) software and Edge encoders, as well as host and storage servers from Sun Microsystems. Customs and Border Protection Service currently serves more than 20 million passengers annually at eight international airports throughout Australia, working closely with other government and international agencies to detect and deter the unlawful movement of goods and people. VideoSphere was selected based on the system's high reliability, advanced video management, and ability to support existing CCTV cameras. "Our VideoSphere VMS-based systems deliver the centralized video management and live monito... (more)

Fotolia Launches Operation Level Ground to Attract Artists

Fotolia launches a strong operation to attract “big” contributors. With the slogan “Gain instantaneous recognition with Fotolia!”, Operation Level Ground gives artists the freedom to upload their existing portfolios to Fotolia and receive equivalent download ranking. Artists have the chance for their achievements to be recognized by increasing earnings while enhancing their global profile. For those who have sold microstock in the past, Fotolia will recognize their download sales from other services. For those who have sold “macrostock” and traditional stock photography, Fotolia will recognize their lifetime sales as equivalent to download sales. Non-microstock Sales to Rank Conversion $15,000+ in image sales obtains Fotolia Gold Rank $65,000+ in image sales obtains Fotolia Emerald Rank $100,000+ in image sales obtains Fotolia Sapphire Rank For example: $15,000 in ... (more)