CCIA Encouraged As Bill Aimed At Boosting Interoperability, Efficiency In Government Software Licensing Advances From Committee

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for advancing legislation that would promote interoperability and efficiency in federal software procurement. The bill, “Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act” (SAMOSA, S. 4908), sponsored by Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.),…

IBM, TurboHercules and the Problems with the Patent System

One of CCIA’s smaller members, TurboHercules SAS, has received a lot of attention recently surrounding its antitrust dispute with IBM, especially because IBM has chosen to rattle its many patent sabers at this much smaller competitor by providing a list of 173 potentially infringed patents. What makes this story a little different from a classic patent shakedown is that TurboHercules…

IBM Hit with Another Antitrust Complaint in Europe

Earlier today in Brussels, a European open source company hit IBM with another antitrust complaint. The company, TurboHercules, manufactures a product aimed at providing mainframe users with a low cost alternative for some of their most crucial applications and data. TurboHercules’ allegations closely resemble other complaints filed against IBM in the European Commission and also…