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10/10. Microsoft filed three complaints in U.S. District Court (NDGa) against three Atlanta area businesses alleging distribution of counterfeit Microsoft software, including Office 2000, the Windows 98 and Windows NT Workstation operating systems, and BackOffice Server. See, MSFT release.
10/9. Atmel and Information Storage Devices (ISD) settled their lengthy legal disputes, including a lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court (NDCa). See, ISD release. ISD stated that under the settlement agreement, "Atmel granted ISD a license to certain technology, including U.S. Patent No. 4,511,811, entitled 'Charge Pump for Providing Programming Voltage to the Word Lines in a Semiconductor Memory Array.' All other terms of the agreement are confidential." Atmel filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on June 15, 1995 alleging patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and other causes of action. Atmel also filed a complaint with the USITC. Atmel, based in San Jose, Calif., makes advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory, and RF semiconductors. Atmel also provides system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, BiPolar and SiGe process technologies. ISD, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Winbond Electronics, makes semiconductor voice products, including ChipCorder. See also, Atmel releases of May 26, 2000 and July 2, 1998, and ISD release of Jan. 6, 2000.
10/9. The BSA presented Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern with its "Cyber Champion Award." The BSA cited his work in "overseeing legislative adoption of the most modern copyright and electronic signature laws in Europe."
10/9. "The Senate Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in a crowded auditorium at BYU titled "Utah's Digital Economy and the Future: Peer-to-Peer and Other Emerging Technologies." Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) presided. Napster founder Shawn Fanning testified.
10/6. The FTC released a report [PDF] titled "Federal Trade Commission Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2000-2005." The report addresses the FTC's plans for enforcing both consumer protection and antitrust laws. "The explosive growth of electronic commerce has greatly affected the FTC's mission," states the report. Also, "the FTC must be alert to practices designed to entrench market power and deny consumers the benefit of new forms of competition, such as ... use of the intellectual property rights in one market to gain unfair competitive advantage in another market." See also, TLJ story.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
New TLJ Stories

FTC Five Year Plan Addresses E-Commerce. (10/10) The FTC released a report outlining its five year plan. It addresses both protecting consumers from Internet based fraud, and applying antitrust law to electronic commerce and intellectual property.
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FTC: Strategic Plan for FY 2000-2001, 10/6 (PDF, FTC)
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"The FTC acts to make sure that no single company monopolizes research and development and innovation in vital industries such as computer hardware and burgeoning health care products. Antitrust enforcement to protect future innovation may not be immediately measurable in dollars, but protecting avenues for innovation is likely to be profoundly useful for consumers, as they enjoy the fruits of new products and services that develop in rapidly evolving, competitive marketplaces."

FTC's Strategic Plan


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