Year in Review: Jan – March

JANUARY: Patent problems
Another year, another 12 months of litigation woes for BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. as the infringement lawsuit launched by holding company NTP Inc. in 2001 dragged on. The high profile patent case put the spotlight on cross-border intellectual property rights for many Canadian companies.

Jan 11:
Telus case calls role of Privacy Commissioner into question
After an appeals court supports Matthew Englander’s right to keep his name out of the phone book, experts are left wondering what power the federal office really has. Also: where PIPEDA fits in

Jan 12:
Public Works’ procurement changes rile CATA, SMEs
The industry association speaks out against policies that could put small suppliers at the mercy of larger firms for lucrative government contracts. CGI and others weigh in

Jan 25:
RIM’s patent problems get Canadian lawyers thinking
Ogilvy Renault provides guidelines that could help other IT firms steer clear of the courts. Plus: CATA tells us what could ‘save RIM’s bacon’ in the long run

FEBRUARY: CPUs at risk
AG report reveals holes in public sector’s security policies around computers. Canadian federal departments get a failing grade for incomplete standards related to intrusion detection and incident response among other issues. Government executives respond with their action plan.

Feb 9:
Carly Fiorina exits HP amid board dispute
One of the best-known names in the IT industry steps down a week before the vendor’s Q1 numbers come in. The new chairman and the interim CEO explain the decision

Feb 16:
Feds respond to Auditor General’s IT security critique
Sheila Fraser says the public sector isn’t keeping our nation’s computers safe. We talk to former government CIOs and three departments cited in the report about their action plans

Feb 22:
Public Works eases up on IT procurement reform
CATA gets a letter from Scott Brison in response to concerns that SMEs will be shut out of future government spending. Find out what’s being promised

MARCH: Follow the Hurd

Former NCR chief Mark Hurd is hired to head up Hewlett-Packard one month after board members oust former CEO Carly Fiorina over differences in execution of HP’s strategy. Then interim president and CEO Robert Wayman remains CFO and continues to serve as a board member. HP’s non-executive chairman says Hurd was chosen based on his track record, which includes the success of NCR’s Teradata division, and his strong executive and personal qualities.

March 16:
RIM settlement lifts cloud over BlackBerry’s future
Experts applaud the company’s US$450-million decision to end its dispute with NTP, but lawyers wonder what kind of precedent the payout will set

March 29:
Memories of Melissa
q&a McAfee’s Jimmy Kuo recounts how he named the first damaging mass-mailed virus, the early days of AVERT, and what the future of malware will look like

March 30:
HP rings up NCR boss as new CEO
NCR’s Mark Hurd was chosen to run Hewlett-Packard by a team at the company lead by non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn

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