Microsoft and Google are locking horns once again, this time in a war over Motorola Mobility's patents. Recent court rulings have determined that Microsoft infringed on the patents, but depending on the outcome of a breach of contract lawsuit, those rulings could become moot.
The tech world is familiar with many gambles based on mergers and acquisitions. One such possible gamble is the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft. The leader of Skype foresees a world in which video communication becomes a part of everyday life. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer believes Skype's well known brand is a valuable asset and will be a jumping off point to improve the way people around the world connect. Microsoft's acquisition of Skype officially closed today.
The business world was buzzing this week over the acquisition of EBay-owned Skype by Microsoft Corp. The acquisition was official as of Tuesday. In the deal, Skype was purchased from investors for $8.5 billion.
Commercial litigation over intellectual property and patent ownership has been increasing in the last couple of years as the newest technology becomes ubiquitous in various gadgets.
Two recent intellectual property disputes have made the news, one involving Microsoft Corp. and the other involving the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling. U.S. computer software company Microsoft is cracking down on the piracy of its software in China. On the other side of litigation is J.K. Rowling and her publisher, Scholastic, who are defending against an intellectual property lawsuit. The lawsuit claims Rowling stole the intellectual property of another British author in order to create one of the books in her wildly popular Harry Potter series.