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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. …

Google Patents Glass-Type Glasses and Helmets Google Patents Glass-Type Glasses and Helmets

Bill Slawski at SEO by the Sea found three Google patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database that could feature heavily in designs for the new Google Glass project. The patents were acquired from Indy race car driver …

AOL Power Struggle Stalls Microsoft Patent Deal AOL Power Struggle Stalls Microsoft Patent Deal

Last week one of AOL’s biggest shareholders, Starboard Value LP, sent a letter to the AOL board of directors calling of a change of direction in the way the company has been operating and making use of its assets. In …

Steve Wozniak: Not A Fan Of Patent-Mongering Companies Steve Wozniak: Not A Fan Of Patent-Mongering Companies
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It’s no secret that patent trolls are a danger to innovation, imagination, and a whole lot of other inspiring concepts that make the world a better place to live in. Pick any major technology company and you will without fail …

Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness

A new online tool can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property and learn how to protect it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark …

Google’s New Ad Technology Perfect For Those HUD Glasses We Heard About Google’s New Ad Technology Perfect For Those HUD Glasses We Heard About

Google has been awarded a new patent that seems to suggest that the company will be rolling out a new advertising strategy wherein the ads that are delivered to you are based on your immediate surroundings. And no, that’s not …

Apple Patents Seamless Glass Enclosures Apple Patents Seamless Glass Enclosures
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Apple really does not want you to open up your iPhone. A patent application revealed yesterday that Apple is seeking to patent a radio-transparent glass enclosure for portable media devices. The news means that future iPods and iPhones could come …

Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents To Stop Lawsuits Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents To Stop Lawsuits

After facing over twenty lawsuits last year, Facebook took steps to alleviate the pressure by purchasing over seven hundred patents from International Business Machines (IBM). The purchase includes various technologies used in networking and software application. Currently Facebook holds only …

Google Patents Background Noise: No Privacy! Google Patents Background Noise: No Privacy!
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High-tech device users beware! Google has just patented the technology to filter sound, humidity, temperature, and various other factors from sensors on our devices to analyze and send us more relevant advertising. Google says it will respect our privacy with …

Google: Get Ready For More Advertising Google: Get Ready For More Advertising
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If you’re completely fed up with advertising and a constant bombardment of lame commercials and pop-up ads, it’s about to get worse. Ever notice that almost everything has changed about the telephone except the procedure? I’ll tell you what I …

How Patents Hinder Technology & Impair Innovation How Patents Hinder Technology & Impair Innovation

The concept of patents have noble intentions, but like all good intentions it travels a fast and fiery road southbound. Look at the state of the patent turf wars lately. Spanning from tablets to train stations, patent lawsuits are sprouting …

Apple Offers $15-Per-Device Patent Settlement To Samsung, Motorola Apple Offers $15-Per-Device Patent Settlement To Samsung, Motorola
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As the Gordian knot of Apple’s seemingly endless patent disputes with competitors twists into a messier situation with every passing day, the tech company has brandished a blade capable of slicing through the tangle and solving the problem once and …

Google, Motorola Ordered To Hand Over Android Info To Apple Google, Motorola Ordered To Hand Over Android Info To Apple

It’s been nary a month since Google’s acquisition of Motorola was approved by both the European Union and the U.S. Justice Department. As Motorola has been deadlocked in multiple ongoing patent lawsuits with Apple regarding the distribution of Appleā€™s iPhone …

ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking
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One of the great amenities of buying things online is that you can usually track the shipping progress of your purchase all the way from the vendor’s warehouse to your front porch. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that wonderful …

Yahoo Unfriends Facebook, Considers Lawsuit Over Patent Claim Yahoo Unfriends Facebook, Considers Lawsuit Over Patent Claim
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Yahoo’s had a rough go of it so far in 2012 and the company could certainly stand to take a more active role instead of reacting to how the tech world changes around them. So what better way to get …

Google Acquires “Google Killer” Cuil’s Patent Applications Google Acquires “Google Killer” Cuil’s Patent Applications
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Often when some new search product comes along, the blogosphere wonders aloud whether it’s a Google Killer. A recent example of this would be Siri. Google may have a response to Siri in the works, but nothing’s killing Google in …

Apple Awarded Patent On MacBook Air Design Apple Awarded Patent On MacBook Air Design

Apple is back at it again. The company is registering patents that may help them kill off competitors. Mashable is reporting that Apple was awarded 19 patents with one of them being the design of the MacBook Air. Ultrabooks are …

Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition Approved By Justice Department Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition Approved By Justice Department
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Earlier, we reported that Google had won approval from the European Commission for its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Now, the United States Department of Justice has granted its approval as well. Now things should start getting interesting. The …

Zynga Sued Over Patent Infringement By Small Tech Company Zynga Sued Over Patent Infringement By Small Tech Company
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Zynga is being taken to court, but not over their games – it’s over patents. Personalized Media Communications filed a patent suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Zynga. They claim that the social …

Apple’s Siri Patent Reveals Even Brighter Future Apple’s Siri Patent Reveals Even Brighter Future
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Very recently the United States Patent and Trademark Office published the patent from Apple’s Siri digital assistant service. The details of the patent reveal some interesting concepts about the design and theory of the interface. The information now has many …

Apple Sues Samsung (Again) To Halt Sales In Germany Apple Sues Samsung (Again) To Halt Sales In Germany

Whew. 2012 arrived and there was a brief concern that Apple and Samsung might drop their 2011 pastime of suing each other in as many countries as possibly. Lucky for, uh, I guess people who could win lawsuits, they have …