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Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser At The Center Of New Patent Lawsuit Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser At The Center Of New Patent Lawsuit
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Google has just landed in the crosshairs of EMG Technology, who has filed a patent lawsuit claiming that the company has infringed on a particular mobile patent involving navigating systems on smartphones and tablets. Google’s Chrome mobile browser is the …

Yahoo And Facebook Put An End To Hostilities Yahoo And Facebook Put An End To Hostilities
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We have extensively covered the patent war between Facebook and Yahoo in the past. The fight was going to have no winners and looked to just drag on as both companies accused each other of incriminating patent infringement. Thankfully, it …

Google Patent Could Bring A “Wiki-Type Element” To Search Results Google Patent Could Bring A “Wiki-Type Element” To Search Results
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This week, Google was granted a patent for “Organizing search results in a topic hierarchy“. The abstract for the patent says: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for searching a data set and returning search results organized …

Breathing Robot With Perfect Posture Patented by Samsung

Samsung this week was issued several patents (1, 2, 3, 4) relating to walking robots. The patents describe a walking robot that moves in a natural, human way, and maintains a good posture. Of course, the robot, which you can …

America: Where Innovation Goes to Die America: Where Innovation Goes to Die

Plain and simple, the patent system in the United States is a nightmare. You can hardly so much as sneeze anymore without some idiot troll accusing you of infringing upon his patent for violently expiring air through all facial cavities …

Google Buys Mobile Transmit Diversity Patents From Magnolia Broadband Google Buys Mobile Transmit Diversity Patents From Magnolia Broadband

Google has acquired over 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband, according to an announcement from the latter. Specifically, Google has acquired Magnolia’s beam forming Mobile Transmit Diversity (MTD) patents. The patents cover methods for increasing spectrum utilization, expanding coverage, improving uplink …

AOL Completes Billion Dollar Patent Sell-Off to Microsoft AOL Completes Billion Dollar Patent Sell-Off to Microsoft

Now that AOL can put the whole Starboard ordeal in the past, one of the bigger business transactions that was caught in the executive crossfire has inally reached its conclusion: the company announced today that it completed its sale of …

A Look at Google’s Location-Based Mobile Alerts Patent A Look at Google’s Location-Based Mobile Alerts Patent

As pointed out by Endgadet, Google owns the right to a patent that, according to its title, is a “Location-based mobile device alarm,” an idea that will surely please those of you who worry about the collection of location data …

Google May Be Looking To Launch Its Own Timeline Google May Be Looking To Launch Its Own Timeline

When Google first launched Google+ it reminded a lot of people, right out of the box, a lot of Facebook, in terms of the way it was designed. If some patents that have been acquired by Google are an indication …

Patent Analyst: This May Be Google’s Panda Patent Patent Analyst: This May Be Google’s Panda Patent

Google was granted a patent today for something called “Feature selection for large scale models”. It sounds pretty vague. The patent’s abstract says: Disclosed are a method and system for receiving a plurality of potential features to be added to …

Sony Filed a Patent for In-Game Commercials

There is a lot of current experimentation when it comes to video game revenue models. Publishers and developers are adding disc-locked content, day-one downloadable content (DLC), and overpriced collector’s editions everywhere you look. Mobile games and MMO‘s alike are free-to-play, …

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 …

Google Bought $10 Million Worth of TeraHop Patents Google Bought $10 Million Worth of TeraHop Patents

Google Inc., noted patent hawker, which finally acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion today, also paid about $10 million for another set of patents owned by a now-bankrupt portable network device company called TeraHop. For a bit of backstory, TeraHop, based …

Valve, Blizzard Bury The Hatchet Over DOTA

The original Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) was a mod of Warcraft III, a Blizzard game, and other variants and DOTA projects have, for the most part, centered around Blizzard products. Blizzard didn’t cry foul when Valve hired DOTA’s lead …

Google Penguin Update: Google Granted Another Possibly Related Patent Google Penguin Update: Google Granted Another Possibly Related Patent
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Google released the Penguin update a couple weeks ago, in an effort to rid its search engine results of webspam. The update targeted the kinds of things Google has always tried to rid its results of, but the update is …

Nintendo Patents A Wii U Gun Peripheral
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Two Nintendo patents granted yesterday reveal that Nintendo is already planning peripherals for its new system, the Wii U. The peripheral patented appears to be a light-gun-style device which incorporates a Wii Nunchaku-type design into the grip and holds the …

Yahoo Claims Patents For Open Source Technologies Yahoo Claims Patents For Open Source Technologies

Facebook is really into the open source movement. Just looking at their developer’s page should tell you that they care about developers and aim to provide them with the best in open source development tools. Yahoo has open sourced some …

Microsoft Patents a Human-Computer Interface Microsoft Patents a Human-Computer Interface

This week Microsoft patented a device designed to capture a person’s movements – and it’s wearable. Microsoft already has the Kinect, which can pick up and mimic broad movements, but this newly patented technology would be able to pick up …

Facebook Granted News Feed Patent Facebook Granted News Feed Patent
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Facebook was granted a patent today, which pertains to the layout of the famous News Feed. Emil Protalinski at ZDNet points to the patent, called: “Communicating a newsfeed of media content based on a member’s interactions in a social network …

How Much Of Google’s Webspam Efforts Come From These Patents? How Much Of Google’s Webspam Efforts Come From These Patents?
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Bill Slawski over at SEO By The Sea, who is always up on search industry patents, has an interesting article talking about a patent that might be related to Google’s new Webspam Update. It’s called: Methods and systems for identifying …

Microsoft and Facebook Get Cozy With a New Patent Agreement Microsoft and Facebook Get Cozy With a New Patent Agreement
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Microsoft and Facebook have announced a deal in which Facebook will purchase a portion of the patent portfolio that Microsoft bought from AOL earlier this month. Facebook will pay Microsoft $550 million in cash for ownership of approximately 650 AOL …