Open Source “Piggybacking”

In a previous post, we described a lawsuit filed by Rosetta Stone against competitors for “piggybacking” Rosetta Stone’s trademarks in an attempt to divert website traffic.  CNet columnist Matt Asay analogizes this situation to an open source problem here. The open source software development culture thrives on access and sharing of oftentimes copyrightable source code. …

Oracle vs. Google: Allegations of Patent and Copyright Infringement in Development and Sale of Android Operating System

Database management systems giant, Oracle filed its COMPLAINT FOR PATENT AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT against Google alleging that Google’s development of the Android operating system infringed upon Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.  The Complaint filed August 12, 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California includes a Jury Demand and seeks a judgment…

Free Software is Copyrightable; Open Source Train Rolls On

A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reassured members of the open source software movement by declaring that software distributed for free is still protectable by copyright. Open source software development thrives on continuous additions and improvements made by many different people, but attribution of preexisting code to the previous…

Apple Seeks to Torpedo Attack of the Clones

Florida corporation Psystar Corp., owned by brothers Rudy and Robert Pedraza, has been sued by Apple Inc. for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and breach of contract.  Psystar builds and sells so-called “cloned” computers which run on Apple’s most recent operation system, Mac OS X “Leopard.” In the complaint, filed last month in U.S. District Court…

Ernst & Young Sued for $10M+ for Incorrect Software Valuation

On Thursday, June 27, Canadian software-holding company Pan-Afric Holdings Ltd. sued Ernst & Young LLP in U.S. District Court in Maryland for over $10 million in damages, claiming the accounting giant made mathematical errors in preparing a software valuation report on which Pan-Afric detrimentally relied. In 1993, for $5 million, Pan-Afric purchased an interest (including…

Chicago Fashion Designer Mario Pinto Featured in Wall Street Journal

Chicago designer Mario Pinto (whose clients include Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey) is featured in today’s Wall Street Journal.  Of note is the fact that Ms. Pinto’s first business was not successful.  In response she surrounded herself with mentors in finance, law and other areas outside of fashion. The importance of assembling a team of…