General Mills Comes to its Senses, Reverses Legal Policy on "Likes"

General Mills has come to its senses, reversing its very recent and instantly unpopular attempt to punish customers who have liked it on Facebook or downloaded and used digital coupons. The original idea had been to force customers who have benefited from the cereal giant's online generosity to give up their legal… » 4/20/14 7:32pm 4/20/14 7:32pm

You're Not Allowed to Sue General Mills If You Like Them on Facebook

You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about the legal implications of liking something on Facebook, but you should. General Mills quietly updated its privacy policy so that doing things like using a coupon, entering a sweepstakes, or liking the brand means you can't sue them. Really. » 4/17/14 9:40am 4/17/14 9:40am

The No-Hire Emails That Incriminate Apple, Google, Adobe and More

A court filing has just been made public which sheds light on the "no-hire" gentleman's agreements that have pervaded the tech industry—and reveals how Steve Jobs threatened litigation to prevent companies from stealing his staff. » 1/23/13 3:00am 1/23/13 3:00am

A Simple Explanation of Why Software Patents Suck

Here's a great little introduction to the murky world of patents, litigation and technology. It might be a little oversimplified in parts, but it serves as a great reminder as to why patenting software isn't necessarily a great idea. [YouTube via TechDirt] » 12/13/12 5:48am 12/13/12 5:48am

Microsoft Strikes Back at Google's Patent Rant With Condemning Email

Are you following the controversy surrounding Google's attack on its competitors for buying up the Nortel patents? It took a strange twist when Microsoft revealed that Google was originally in on the deal, but decided to back out. » 8/03/11 11:59pm 8/03/11 11:59pm

Winklevoss Twins Bury the Hatchet with Facebook

The Winklevii received a $65 million settlement in 2008 but they were never satisfied with it—until now. After years of futile appeals, they've finally decided to back down stopping just short of the Supreme Court. » 6/22/11 8:25pm 6/22/11 8:25pm

Apple to iOS Patent Troll: Get Lost

Apple legal issued a response to Lodsys, the firm trying to shake down iOS developers by forcing them to pay to license patents for in-app purchases. Apple's 900 word missive can basically be summarized in two words: Get lost. » 5/23/11 3:55pm 5/23/11 3:55pm

Apple and Google Tag-Teaming Paul Allen Over Patent Attack

You might recall Paul Allen's August bombardment of seemingly every tech company in the US over some rather tenuous patent accusations. Google and Apple? Not havin' that. The two are teaming to have the case dismissed with a legal counterattack. » 10/25/10 4:28pm 10/25/10 4:28pm

Does Paul Allen Suing The Entire Internet Prove Our Patent System's…

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has launched a salvo of litigation over disputed patents, targeting Apple, Google, AOL, and Netflix, among others. None of the patents involve technology Allen was responsible for creating, but were licensed through his Silicon Valley incubator. » 8/27/10 3:02pm 8/27/10 3:02pm

Dissecting Apple's "Multitouch" Patent: Can It Stop Palm?

The iPhone's multitouch patents are the equivalent of a cold war nuclear arsenal-dormant for now, but Palm's Pre is looking for a fight. Here's why we think Apple's multitouch monopoly won't last. » 1/30/09 1:00pm 1/30/09 1:00pm

Apple's Bloodiest Patent and Copyright Clashes

If Palm ends up in court over the Pre's multitouch, it'll join a prestigious line of firms that have tussled with Apple, which loves a good legal battle almost as much as sexy aluminum. » 1/29/09 12:00pm 1/29/09 12:00pm

Apple Gets its Knickers in a Twist over the iGasm

Click to viewYou may or may not have heard of the iGasm, a variation on the theme of iPod-compatible vibrator, this time made by Ann Summers, purveyors of sauce and smut to saucy, smutty people in the UK. » 5/24/07 8:34am 5/24/07 8:34am