All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘patent trolls’

Adam Carolla Settles Patent Suit With Personal Audio

Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla has settled a lawsuit with a patent troll called Personal Audio. The suit emerged roughly a year and a half ago, when Personal Audio also sued HowStuffWorks and Togi Entertainment – all over a patent about a “System for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence.” TechDirt gets into the patent’s text here, …

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Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties Over Patent Infringement

A court has ruled that Google must pay 1.36% of its U.S. AdWords earnings from 2012 to 2016 to holding company (or patent troll, if you prefer) Vringo, which bought some old Lycos patents in 2011, which Google is said to be infringing upon. Those expire in 2016. Vringo already won about $30 million after suing Google, Microsoft, AOL, Gannett …

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House Passes Innovation Act, Hopes To Stop Patent Trolls

I think that we can all agree that patent trolls are just about the worst. Even if you have no stake in the tech sector, frivolous litigation aiming to make a quick buck off of somebody else’s innovation hurts consumers in more ways than one. After years of ignoring the problem, it looks like Congress is finally starting to notice …

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Google Declares: Time To Take Action Against Patent Trolls

Last week, Google announced the “Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge,” saying that it pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Today, Google took to its Public Policy Blog to declare, “It’s time to take action against patent trolls and patent privateering.” The company submitted comments with BlackBerry, EarthLink and Red …

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Apple Ordered to Pay $396 Million in Patent Case

Apple’s patent lawsuits have begun to turn on them. Though the world’s most valuable tech company slapped down Samsung with a $1 billion verdict in a California court back in August, it has since been forced by a U.K. court to publish an embarrassing statement about how Samsung did not infringe upon its patents. Today, the Financial Times reports that …

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Windows 8 Is Already Bringing Out The Patent Trolls

Every new technology brings with it the risk of patent litigation. It’s an unfortunate reality that we must face. Windows 8 may have a broken a record, however, as its already on the receiving end of patent litigation after being available for less than a week. Prior Smart reports that SurfCast, a Portland-based OS development company, has filed a lawsuit …

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SHIELD Act Is A Patent Troll’s Worst Nightmare

I think we all agree that something has to be done about patent trolls. The patent system that they abuse is broken and it does nothing to better the economy. In fact, recent studies say patent trolls actually cost the economy about $29 billion in 2011. What’s a country with crappy patent laws to do? Pass a bill that would …

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Patent Troll Goes After Netflix And Others Over Autocomplete

Autocomplete is pretty ubiquitous in the tech space by now. If a site has search, you can bet that they have an autocomplete feature of some sort powering the front end. That feature just got a dozen or so companies sued by the latest patent troll to climb out from underneath its bridge. The patent troll of the week is …

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Android’s Next Patent Challenge Comes From Nokia

Nokia could be considered the grandfather to the modern cellphone. The company obviously owns a lot of patents and receives royalties from those who make smartphones. Heck, patent royalties net Nokia €8 per every iPhone sold. Now they want a little something out of Android. After just coming off of a patent lawsuit win over Oracle on software patents, Google …

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Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Hulu Case

The Supreme Court this week sent a case involving broad patents back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for reconsideration. The case surround a patent that was granted to the company Ultramercial. The patent is for the concept – not the technology, mind you – of ads supporting online videos. Just the idea that an ad …

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Fark’s Drew Curtis In TED Talk: Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists (Patent Trolls)

TED has posted a new video with Fark Founder Drew Curtis, which Fark, of course has shared with its audience. He talks about how Fark was sued, along with Yahoo, Reddit, MSN, AOL, TechCrunch and others by Gooseberry Natural Resources. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington wrote about it in early 2011: We, along with our fellow defendants, have allegedly been violating …

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Twitter Publishes Patent Agreement to Combat Trolls

It’s sad for an engineer or inventor to see their work used as a ball-gag to stifle innovation. Too often companies referred to as “patent trolls” will buy up patents without any intention of using them or licensing them fairly. It’s a problem plaguing the tech industry and is decried by many industry leaders such as Mark Cuban and Steve …

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