Articles by Jan Wolfe

Conservatives Now Want to Abolish Board They Hoped Would Curtail Patent Suits

In August, a dozen inventors gathered around a fire pit outside the headquarters of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and set alight patents they said had been rendered worthless by an overreaching federal government. “It’s time …

Google Author of Diversity Memo Explores Legal Options After Firing

The Google software engineer fired for writing an internal memo critical of diversity hiring policies at the company faces an uphill battle legally challenging his termination, but he could succeed in prolonging the controversy, potentially driving the tech firm to …

Arconic Stops Selling Cladding for High-Rises After Grenfell Tower Tragedy

Arconic Inc. said on Monday it will stop global sales of plastic-filled aluminum cladding panels for use in high-rise buildings after a fire in London’s Grenfell Tower, which used those Arconic panels, killed at least 79 people. Shares of the …

Firms Hit by Cyber Attack Could Face Lawsuits over Lax Security: Legal Experts

Businesses that failed to update Microsoft Windows-based computer systems that were hit by a massive cyber attack over the weekend could be sued over their lax cyber security, but Microsoft Corp. itself enjoys strong protection from lawsuits, legal experts said. …

IRobot Sues Hoover, Other Competitors over Robotic Vacuum Patents

IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, brought a string of lawsuits on Monday accusing rivals including The Hoover Co and Black & Decker Corp of using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot filed lawsuits in …

Supreme Court OK with Delay in Bringing Patent Infringement Suits

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday in a lawsuit over adult diapers will make it more difficult for companies accused of patent infringement to shoot down lawsuits because the plaintiffs waited too long to bring them. In a 7-1 …

Court Throws Out $530 Million Smartflash Patent Verdict Against Apple

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc. to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. The trial …

Facebook Virtual Reality Unit Faces $500M Jury Verdict for Copyright Infringement

A U.S. jury in Texas on Wednesday ordered Facebook Inc., its virtual reality unit Oculus, and other defendants to pay a combined $500 million to ZeniMax Media Inc., a video game publisher that says Oculus stole its technology. The jury …