Intellectual Property

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BYOD requires IP protections

Intellectual property law seems straightforward enough: an employer has the right to works created by employees in the course of their employment. But when employees are producing work on their own time and their own device things become murky, making bring your own device considerations important.

Spotlight: US panel calls for action against China for industrial cyberespionage

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is calling for U.S. government action against China for its large-scale theft of U.S. intellectual property through its cyberesponiage campaign.

Q&A with Joshua Konvisser of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

In an exclusive interview with FierceMobileIT, Joshua Konvisser, partner with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, explains how BYOD is a balancing act between employee privacy, corporate interests and interests of the data owners.

Who owns IP in a BYOD environment?

While BYOD has helped improve productivity for workers and provided IT flexibility for companies, it has also raised a number of sticking issues around privacy, legal liability and intellectual property ownership. Here are some tips for companies to protect their IP through BYOD policies.

White House should take stronger action against China over cyberespionage

With such overwhelming evidence against China regarding cyberespionage, stronger action is needed from the U.S. government than the strategy released this week by the White House. The U.S. government should impose trade sanctions that have enough bite to make the Chinese government sit up and take notice.

Alcatel-Lucent to use €1.6 billion in new financing to fund restructuring program

Alcatel-Lucent plans to use the €1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) in bank financing it secured last week to fund its €1.25 billion ($1.6 billion) restructuring program as well as the restructuring of unprofitable managed services contracts and exiting of geographic markets.

Spotlight: Tadiran buys EasyRun's VoIP contact center technology

Tadiran Telecom, an IP business telephony and communications supplier, has acquired EasyRun's VoIP contact center technology and intellectual property for an undisclosed consideration. 

Avaya moves up list of top patent holders

As patent wars continue in many telecom market sectors, it may be worth noting which companies in the enterprise communications market have a particular strength in patent holdings. Avaya announced it continues to see its ranking rise on the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of "Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2011."

VoIP-Pal.com acquires patents from Digifonica Gibraltar

VoIP-Pal.com has added five major VoIP patents to its intellectual property portfolio after reaching a deal to acquire Digifonica Gibraltar. The patents for the proprietary digital voice technologies

Reverse engineering for open source angers Skype

A Russian researcher who was intent on creating an open source version of the Skype VoIP client and managed to reverse engineer it is, not surprisingly, in big trouble with Skype. Efim Bushmanov