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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patents’

SHIELD Act Is A Patent Troll’s Worst Nightmare

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 economy about $29 billion in 2011. What’s a country with crappy patent laws to do? Pass a bill that would …

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Apple Vs. Samsung: The War Continues In U.S. Federal Court

The ongoing patent dispute between tech giants Apple and Samsung continues today in federal court in San Jose. Apple alleges that Samsung has copied the design of its iPhone and iPad products. Last week, Samsung was banned from selling its Galaxy Tab 7.7 in 27 countries in Europe, after a German court ruled that the design of the device did …

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Latest Patent Troll Sues Foursquare Over GPS

Patent trolls are the scum of the technology world. Ask anybody and they will tell you the exact same thing. Frivolous lawsuits being brought against small companies in the hopes that they settle. Most of these patents don’t even have any relevance to the technology at hand. The latest attempt from a patent troll almost seems too stupid to be …

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Apple Is Buying Mobile Security Firm AuthenTec

It appears that Apple is buying mobile and network security provider AuthenTec. 9to5Mac points to an SEC filing shared by Reuters, which says: On July 26, 2012, AuthenTec, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Apple Inc., a California corporation (“Parent”), and Bryce Acquisition Corporation, a Delaware corporation and …

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Galaxy Tab 7.7 Banned From Being Sold In 27 European Countries

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned from being sold in Europe, following a ruling in a German court. That’s certainly not good news for Samsung, nor is it good news for Google, who is trying to gain ground in the tablet market with its Android operating system. Apple announced yesterday that it sold 17 million iPads last quarter. …

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Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser At The Center Of New Patent Lawsuit

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 alleged offender. Here’s what EMG patent head Elliot Gottfurcht has to say about how Google has infringed upon the patent: …

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Yahoo And Facebook Put An End To Hostilities

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 seems that both companies have decided to give peace a chance. All Things D is reporting that Yahoo and Facebook …

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Google Patent Could Bring A “Wiki-Type Element” To Search Results

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 in a hierarchy of categories are disclosed. A set of categories is provided for organizing a set of search results, …

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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 see the illustration of above, bears an eerie similarity to Honda’s Asimo. I suppose the point is, though, that Samsung’s …

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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 at once. For a country where so many of the subscribers to capitalism cling to the refrain of, “free market …

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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 transmission speeds at the cell edge, and improving device battery life, Magnolia says. These could complement the patents Google acquired …

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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 hundreds of patents to Microsoft. The transaction included the sale of over 800 patents and their related patent applications to …

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