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Apple Patent Case Against Samsung Stayed By Mannheim Court Apple Patent Case Against Samsung Stayed By Mannheim Court
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A judge in Mannheim, Germany has delayed a proceedings in one of the numerous ongoing legal cases between Apple and Samsung. The case deals with Samsung’s alleged infringement of Apple’s patent on the slide-to-unlock feature on its iOS devices. According …

Yahoo Developer Resents ‘Weaponizing’ of His Work Yahoo Developer Resents ‘Weaponizing’ of His Work
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Yahoo proved this week that it is very easy to go from patent defense to patent troll. In today’s lawsuit happy climate it is common practice for companies to stockpile patents to be used in defense of their work. With …

Mark Cuban Rants About Yahoo/Facebook Case Mark Cuban Rants About Yahoo/Facebook Case

In perhaps one of the greatest examples of a need for a sarcasm font, Mark Cuban rants in his blog about the ridiculousness of the U.S. Patent system. To put it mildly, Cuban is fed up. He rails a system …

Facebook to Fight Back in Yahoo Suit Facebook to Fight Back in Yahoo Suit
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At Gigaom.com, Om Malik is preparing to get the inside scoop on the Yahoo v. Facebook suit. According to Malik, Facebook is getting ready to fight Yahoo back, citing “sources close to Facebook.” While the response isn’t fully formulated, the …

Critically Important Patent May Affect Rights And Revenue For Electronic Advertising Critically Important Patent May Affect Rights And Revenue For Electronic Advertising

ICAP Patent Brokerage, the world’s largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm, is offering for sale a patented method for targeting advertisements in electronic communications. The patent portfolio announced covers a broad range of communication activities including ad placement, …

Oracle Drops One Patent Claim In Suit Against Google Oracle Drops One Patent Claim In Suit Against Google
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Oracle, perhaps most commonly known for Java, may be slowly giving in to Google over their year and a half long legal fight over the Android operating system. We reported on the legal fight when it first broke out back …

Apple Sues Samsung, Gets Sued By SmartData Apple Sues Samsung, Gets Sued By SmartData
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This morning we ran a story about Apple’s victory in a patent lawsuit against Motorola. In that story I pointed out that one chapter in Apple’s ongoing patent battles appeared to be finished. Well, now it seems that Apple’s patent …

Microsoft And LG Sign Patent Licensing Agreement Microsoft And LG Sign Patent Licensing Agreement

Microsoft and LG have announced today that they have entered into a patent license agreement covering LG’s Android and Chrome OS devices. This agreement expands upon a previous agreement between the two companies, and is one of ten similar deals …

Apple Settles Patent Lawsuit For $5 Million Apple Settles Patent Lawsuit For $5 Million

Taiwanese news agencies are reporting that Apple has agreed to pay Elan Microelectronics $5 million as part of an out of court settlement of the two companies’ ongoing patent infringement case. The companies also agreed to exchange access to one …

Apple May Be Looking Into Camera Based Security Apple May Be Looking Into Camera Based Security
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One of the biggest features of Google and Samsung’s new Galaxy Nexus phone is its face unlock feature: using the device’s front-facing camera, users can unlock their phones just by showing it their faces. Though the feature is not without …

Apple Bringing Fuel Cell Technology To iPhones? Apple Bringing Fuel Cell Technology To iPhones?

Late last week the US Patent Office released a patent application (PDF) filed by Apple in April of this year. The application deals with “a fuel cell system which is capable of both providing power to and receiving power from …

Apple Gets HTC Phones Banned In Patent Case Apple Gets HTC Phones Banned In Patent Case
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The US Internation Trade Commission issued a ruling (PDF) late yesterday blocking the importation of several of HTC’s Android-based smartphones in the US. The ITC found merit to Apple’s claim that HTC had infringed on two of Apple’s patents. The …

Google Patent Reveals Clues about its Social Strategy Google Patent Reveals Clues about its Social Strategy
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With as much success as Google has had, it is somewhat surprising that it has not been very fortunate in the social media area. It has had many attempts that have either been shut down or consolidated into other efforts, but the company has made it clear that it is not giving up on social media.

Google PageRank Patent May Go Poof
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New criteria for restricting the scope of what the US Patent Office considers patent-worthy poses a threat to numerous software patents, including Google’s famed PageRank.

Patent judge situation patently disastrous

A law professor discovered a constitutional flaw in the way 46 judges have been appointed to positions of hearing patent cases, as their appointee had no right to do so.

Google Knows You Skipped A Commercial

Technology from Google submitted to the US Patent Office shows how they can tell when someone viewing a video skipped an ad.

Microsoft, The Fast Buy, And Big Brother
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Everyone thinks Microsoft’s purchase of Fast Search & Transfer is about enterprise search. We thought there could be more to the deal. Here’s a stream of consciousness for you to consider.

Yahoo Mail Socializing All About The Money

Company CEO Jerry Yang told CES 2008 attendees Yahoo Mail would become a much more socially aware application, able to tap into multiple social networks.

Patent For Google: Teaching Robots To Read

“Recognizing Text In Images” served as the main idea for a Google patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Microsoft’s Creepy Brain Scan Patent App
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I think before the robots take over everything and use us for batteries, it will appear that humans have hyper-evolved into mechanically enhanced super-sapiens. But that’s really just to build false confidence in us. A recent Microsoft patent application is perhaps the next step toward that digitally created human battery soup dream.

Apple To Patent Line-Cutting Technology

Devices like the iPhone could be virtual baristas and sandwich makers, if an Apple patent application for placing orders at places like Starbucks and Panera receives approval.