A federal lawsuit by Intellectual Ventures accuses Symantec of infringing on three patents. The firm previously sued Symantec and other companies in 2010. IV's Melissa Finocchio said in a statement that "We have been unable to reach an agreement with Symantec, and, in addition to their infringement of software security patents, we determined the company's server and storage management products also infringe IV patents." Symantec offered no comment on the suit.
A U.S. District Court ruled that the Chicago Board Options Exchange did not infringe a patent titled "Automated Exchange for Trading Derivative Securities," which is held by the International Securities Exchange. Molly McGregor, head of corporate affairs at ISE, said the exchange plans to appeal. "We were disappointed by the judge's decision and disagree with the court's interpretation of the issues at hand," McGregor said.
Leaders are having to adjust their management strategies as more companies turn to temporary workers, Wayne Turmel writes. The best approach is to treat temps like full-fledged members of the team, with an eye on making a permanent hire down the road. He offers six tips on managing temps, including giving new recruits a thorough introduction, access to information and a chance to participate in decision making.
It's a unique time for Symantec, with rumors of layoffs and big market gains to be had in the security and storage software-as-a-service markets. Company leaders are likely to be given the details on its strategy at its upcoming conference next week.