Oct 19, 2017

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft

A Native American tribe is suing Amazon and Microsoft for infringing data-processing patents it is holding. The patents were assigned to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe by technology company SRC Labs, and it will receive a share of any award. Tribal sovereignty means that the patents cannot be reviewed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Democratic US senator Claire McCaskill drafted a bill this month, in response to another attempt to transfer patents to the same tribe. The tribe issued a statement questioning why the legislation targeted Native American tribes but not other sovereign governments or state universities.

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