Judge Grants Partial Summary Judgement in Favor of Versata Software in Intellectual Property Case

September 13, 2018 - from Ford Motor Company v. Versata Software, Inc., et al

On September 7, 2018, a judge for the Eastern District of Michigan granted a motion for partial summary judgement in favor of defendant Versata Software Inc., after finding that Versata owns trade secrets embedded in automotive configuration software licensed to plaintiff Ford Motor Company. The judge left the issue of whether Ford misappropriated Versata’s trade secrets to be decided at trial. The case began in 2015, when Ford sought a declaratory judgment that the company’s internally developed software, PDO, neither infringed nor misappropriated Versata’s patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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Texas Court Affirms $506.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Apple

September 11, 2018 - from MSN.com

On August 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas affirmed an April 2018 jury verdict awarding plaintiff VirnetX Holding Corporation $506.2 million in its software patent infringement lawsuit against defendant Apple, Inc. VirnetX had alleged that Apple’s FaceTime technology infringed four VirnetX patents. The court denied Apple’s request for a new trial.

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Software Patent Infringement Lawsuit Between ZitoVault and IBM Ends in Settlement

September 7, 2018 - from Business Wire

A software patent infringement lawsuit between security solutions provider ZitoVault LLC and IBM reached a settlement on August 22, 2018. The suit arose after ZitoVault alleged that IBM’s Softlayer application infringed on ZitoVault’s patent for computer network encryption and decryption software. As part of the settlement agreement, IBM licensed ZitoVault’s CryptoScale software patent for use with its IBM Cloud Based Services.

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