Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

M$ Vole sued over Hamster

Filed under
Legal

SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft and its IP Ventures division have received a writ from Artemis Solutions Group alleging that the Vole has breached its trademark and engaged in unfair competition.

The complaint, filed in a Texas district court, said that Artemis owns a trademark called Biocert (2,817,357) and that it's used this mark continually for several years. The firm said it markets and distributes products using the Biocert mark including fingerprint authentication toolkits for developers (wwww.biocert.us), fingerprint USB memory keys (www.clipbio.com), and in Biocert Oddysey - a portable fingerprint biometric USB hard drive.

Artemis also said it makes the Biocert Hamster, Optimouse and Keyboard - also biometric devices (www.mybiocert.com/peripherals.htm).

But Artemis claims that in early May, Microsoft and its IP Venture firm started using the term Biocert without permission, "even though the most rudimentary trademark search would have revealed" Artemis was already using it.

Artemis also alleges that it's been using the term Biocert when it talked to hacks, to venture capitalists, and to others.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Ubuntu Touch

Canonical Patches Two BIND Vulnerabilities in All Supported Ubuntu OSes, Update Now

On July 28, Canonical, through Marc Deslauriers, published details about the availability of a new important update for the BIND packages in the Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems. Read more

KDE and Akademy

  • KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, a free and open Linux OS for phones
    Move over, Ubuntu Touch and Android. There's new competition in town. The KDE community just unveiled Plasma Mobile, a free and open-source mobile operating system. This is nothing new for the KDE project. Before Ubuntu Touch was ever announced, the KDE community had a long-term vision of convergence. Plasma 5 on the desktop has a “converged shell” that can switch between different interfaces for different device types. KDE even attempted to release tablets with their Plasma software preinstalled, but this never worked out.
  • Keeping Up With Akademy 2015 In A Coruña
    For KDE fans interested in the Akademy conference that started on Saturday in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, there are a lot of daily reports coming out of the event.
  • Akademy A Coruña Photos
  • Akademy 2015 videos available
    Video recordings of the Akademy talks are now available in a low quality version to enable them to be released quickly. Higher quality version will be available later.

Second Release Candidate of NetBSD 7.0 Brings Latest OpenSSL and BIND Updates

On July 28, the NetBSD Project, through Soren Jacobsen, announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated NetBSD 7.0 distribution. Read more