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Why Apple-Samsung Proves that the Patent System Can Work

Like many in the tech industry, I closely followed the recent Apple-Samsung litigation and believe that the case will have meaningful implications for years to come.  What I find most interesting is not the jury’s decision – which could have gone either way for purposes of this commentary – but the underlying premise of this case, which is exactly the type of issue our patent system was designed to handle. I can even picture Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s first Commissioner of Patents, sitting in his study at Monticello, reading about the case on his iPhone and texting a note to Judge Koh congratulating her for her conduct of the case.

This case involved two companies with competing products, and each believed they had intellectual property that should exclude the other from participating within their marketplace. More importantly however, at least some of the patents being litigated were essential to the products’ design. In other words, they were inherently the reason that consumers would want to buy those specific products. This important concept – that true innovation must be tied to consumer preference – played out in a court of law, in front of a jury, and in a way that will have great significance for how the marketplace treats companies that innovate.  Unfortunately, this is a far cry from a majority of patent litigation we see in our system today.

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Virgin Media and Us: The Real Story

By Everth Flores, Director & GM, Service Provider Video EMEA, Cisco

Quite the feeding frenzy this week over an expected bit of news about our partner, Virgin Media, and its supply chain plans for digital set-top boxes! Yeesh.

The facts: Per a long-standing agreement, we manufacture and supply TiVo-based digital set-top boxes to Virgin, as well as to Ono in Spain. To date, we’ve been the sole supplier of those devices — with the certain understanding that Virgin, like any sensibly minded operator, would at some point introduce a second source. Read More »

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Double the Power: Industry’s First 60-Watt Power over Ethernet

July 18, 2011 at 8:50 am PST

If your customers are clamoring for a network with a smaller carbon footprint, one that’s more efficient, and more flexible, did you know the solution may be just an Ethernet cable away?

Today, Cisco is announcing the industry’s first 60-watt Power over Ethernet for the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. With Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE), you get twice the power per port than other switches – letting you power a greater range of devices through a single standard Ethernet cable. And, customers can use their existing network to power these devices.

What does the news mean for Cisco partners, customers, and the industry?

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Geeky Technology Rules at Cisco Live

July 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm PST

Aside from technical sessions, keynotes, and fun evening events, Cisco Live had a bustling show floor with lots of companies showing off devices, software, hardware, and gadgets.

We took a tour around the World of Solutions and here’s our roundup of the coolest, geekiest devices we saw this week.

Check out the full list of what we saw, complete with links and more details.

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Cisco and Samsung Evolve Partnership to Transform Business Mobility

Last week, Samsung’s MOBILE UNPACKED 2011 event brought a new level of collaboration between Cisco and the mobile device leader. Together, Cisco and Samsung announced a set of solutions designed to transform enterprise mobility, enabling organizations to leverage the wave of mobile devices coming through their doors.

At the event, the President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business, Mr. JK Shin, called 2011 the year of the ‘smart mobile devices,’ and unveiled the successor to the Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II. Not only is it one of the world’s thinnest dual-mode smartphones, but it comes business-ready with a suite of Cisco enterprise-class solutions and applications for Android:

Ray Smets, VP & GM of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit, announced the availability of Cisco Mobile and WebEx for Android, underscoring the value of collaborating and communicating from anywhere, across any platform. Ray also covered how Cisco and Samsung are transforming enterprise mobile security with Cisco AnyConnect on Android, allowing organizations to provide reliable and easy-to-deploy encrypted network connectivity for mobile workers everywhere.

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