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Uh Oh Google, HyperPhrase Is Back

Google may have thought they saw the last of HyperPhrase Technologies and their patent infringement suit over AdSense and AutoLink. That would be wrong.

Google Patents Snippets

Since there isn’t an official definition of what constitutes a snippet, Google engineers have patented the way the search engine builds snippets for its results.

eBay To Appeal Infringement Ruling

eBay’s potential damage payment to MercExchange over a patent infringement case hasn’t dimmed eBay’s hopes for the appeal process.

Google Way Too Fascinated With Old Media
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Television, radio, newspapers, telephony, and now magazines may vie for Google’s attention. Did multi-billion dollar search ads become boring?

Northeastern Sues Google Over Search Patent

Northeastern University has sued Google in the patent-friendly federal court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the search giant of infringing upon its work.

Microsoft Tries To Patent Conversational Closers
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Can’t be bothered to type “goodbye” at the end of IM conversation?  That’s okay – Microsoft wants to do it for you.  The real kicker, though, is that Microsoft also wants to patent this practice.

Amazon 1-Click Patent Zeroed Out

The long-running battle between Amazon.com and a New Zealand movie technician over Amazon’s 1-Click patent not only turned out poorly for Amazon, but a twist at the end mentioned why a prominent figure in the tech industry may have decided to back off from fighting this battle.

Google Adds On Add-Ons To Search

Google’s Co-op has rebranded Subscribed Links as Search Add-ons, which allow people to build custom search engines that Google users can make a part of their regular search experience.

Google Patent Moves It Closer To GoogleNet
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A mobile datacenter patent has been issued to Google based on its December 2003 filing, giving the company a technology similar to that of Sun’s Project Blackbox.

Vonage, Sprint Cool With Patent Settlement

Vonage’s infringement on six Sprint patents has yielded a lucrative payday for Sprint.

Patent Suit Hits Google, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo

Performance Pricing alleges in a federal lawsuit that the four Internet players they have sued infringe on a patent the company holds, in relation to paid search advertising.

Patent Examination Goes Social

There is little doubt that patents are driving innovation. However, those same patents can hinder the progress if applied incorrectly.

Customized Ordering Gets Customized Patent Suits

Hyundai, Reebok, Puma, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Michelin are all being sued by the same company for patent infringement. The patent involves technology that allows customers to customize products on the companies’ websites. But it’s not just the scale of the suit that will get attention, but also the timing, and who’s bringing it.

Google Calls For Patent Reform

Google is throwing its weight behind the Patent Reform Act, expected to come to a vote in the House of Representatives later this week. The company feels excessive patent litigation is a drag on the free market.

Google Challenged On Patent Reform Stance

The latest contribution to the Google Public Policy blog, on the topic of patent reform and Google’s stance, received a pointed rebuttal from a Brookings Institution guest scholar.

YouTubers Threaten Revolt! (Again)
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One thing you can count on in a user-generated world is passion, and threats to leave because of changes. Another thing you can count on is that they probably don’t mean it, and there’s a good chance their anger’s misplaced.

Subdomain Patent Faces EFF Challenge

A company called Ideaflood has been demanding payment from Internet hosting companies like LiveJournal for offering virtual, personalized subdomains, a concept on which Ideaflood holds a challenged patent.

Fraudster Sues Apple Over iPhone Keyboard
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Peter Boesen must be hoping he can extract a settlement from Apple that will help repay the parties he damaged with false insurance claims.

eBay Evades ‘Buy it Now’ Injunction

A federal court turned down a request from patent-holder MercExchange to hit eBay with an injunction that would stop the site from offering ‘Buy it Now’ as a purchase option.

Microsoft Patent App Hints At Dark Future

The ability to display advertising to a web surfer based on the contents of their local drive may have a destination in Microsoft’s patent library.

Microsoft applied for a patent that will drive ads to an even greater level of personalization. Users of the company’s software may find this peek at the future a little more foreboding than usual.

Local.com Scores 411 Patent, Stock Soars

The world was relatively quiet last week when Local.com announced it had been awarded a patent on local search. Not so today, as another patent is revealed for an ad-supported 411 local search model. As of right now, 2:30 EDT, shares of Local.com are up 62 percent.