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Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties Over Patent Infringement Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties Over Patent Infringement
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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 …

House Passes Innovation Act, Hopes To Stop Patent Trolls House Passes Innovation Act, Hopes To Stop Patent Trolls
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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 …

Google Declares: Time To Take Action Against Patent Trolls Google Declares: Time To Take Action Against Patent Trolls
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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, …

Apple Ordered to Pay $396 Million in Patent Case 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 …

Windows 8 Is Already Bringing Out The Patent Trolls Windows 8 Is Already Bringing Out The Patent Trolls
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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 …

SHIELD Act Is A Patent Troll’s Worst Nightmare SHIELD Act Is A Patent Troll’s Worst Nightmare
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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 …

Patent Troll Goes After Netflix And Others Over Autocomplete Patent Troll Goes After Netflix And Others Over Autocomplete
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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 …

Android’s Next Patent Challenge Comes From Nokia Android’s Next Patent Challenge Comes From Nokia
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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 …

Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Hulu Case Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Hulu Case
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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 …

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

Twitter Publishes Patent Agreement to Combat Trolls Twitter Publishes Patent Agreement to Combat Trolls
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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. …

Texas Jury Kills Patent Troll That Claimed To Own The Interactive Web Texas Jury Kills Patent Troll That Claimed To Own The Interactive Web

It’s a good day when patent trolls get what’s coming to them – a slap in the face by a federal jury. Eolas Technologies may be the biggest patent troll the Internet has ever seen. The company, alongside the University …