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January 2014 Archives

Real estate to be sold for fraction of price

Two buildings that are part of an Ohio city's history will be put up for auction at the end of February. The owners of the Akron real estate properties that previously housed the Ohio Brewing Co. and Schermesser Funeral Home want to sell the assets quickly. The auction has no minimum bid, and whoever submits the highest bid takes the property.

Supreme Court to review intellectual property disputes

Tech investors in Ohio and around the country may have followed the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court ruling that some felt might unnecessarily widen liability in patent infringement claims. The focus of the business litigation that would be looked at involves alleged inducement of infringement. One of the matters involves media content and the other centers on software used in healthcare systems.

Apple may be liable for Siri-related patent violation

In a case that may generate interest among Ohio residents, a federal judge has ruled that a Colorado-based voice technologies company can move forward with its claim that the well-known Siri application, available on many Apple devices, has infringed on its 1998 patent. The company, Potter Voice technologies, has entered into business litigation against several companies including Apple, Sony, Google, Research in Motion, Samsung and Motorola.

Sherlock Holmes may be moving to the open market

Ohio fans of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries may be aware of a copyright dispute involving the estate of the author of the series. Descendants of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle plan to appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Chicago that allows authors and publishers to use the character in their own works. The copyrights have expired for most of the novels and stories featuring Holmes and Dr. Watson. Ten stories remain copyrighted until as late as 2022.

University Hospitals to integrate two community hospitals

After six months of speculation, University Hospitals has announced that it will integrate two Ohio community hospitals into its system. University Hospitals has received final business formation approval from state and federal regulators to move forward with the integration of Parma Community General Hospital and EMH Healthcare in Elyria. The CEO of University Hospitals said it plans to make significant investments in the two hospitals' facilities, services and technologies so that they can provide superior care to their respective communities.

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