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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patents’

How Much Of Google’s Webspam Efforts Come From These Patents?

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 manipulated articles. The abstract for the patent says: Systems and methods that identify manipulated articles are described. In one embodiment, …

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Microsoft and Facebook Get Cozy With a New Patent Agreement

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 patents and patent applications, plus a license to the AOL patents and applications that Microsoft is keeping. That’s about half …

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Fark’s Drew Curtis In TED Talk: Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists (Patent Trolls)

TED has posted a new video with Fark Founder Drew Curtis, which Fark, of course has shared with its audience. He talks about how Fark was sued, along with Yahoo, Reddit, MSN, AOL, TechCrunch and others by Gooseberry Natural Resources. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington wrote about it in early 2011: We, along with our fellow defendants, have allegedly been violating …

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Patents: The Tech Company Goldmine

Apple has filed a few patents recently that have eyebrows raised. There was the 3D display and user interface, and the 3D camera. As Shaylin Clark points out, having those patents on the books doesn’t even remotely mean that Apple intends to use them. Apple could just be exploring possibilities for future designs. Securing a patent allows them to do …

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Twitter Publishes Patent Agreement to Combat Trolls

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. It’s a problem plaguing the tech industry and is decried by many industry leaders such as Mark Cuban and Steve …

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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 Dominic Dobson and his company, Motion Research Technologies, Inc, on March 30th. That date was only days before the announcement …

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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 their letter they call action to help unlock the true value of AOL’s patent portfolio and licensing agreements from those …

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Steve Wozniak: Not A Fan Of Patent-Mongering Companies

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 find them involved in some sort of patent litigation. Steve Wozniak, the man who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, is …

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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 Office (USPTO) teamed up to create the IP Awareness Assessment, available at no charge at www.uspto.gov/inventors/assessment/. Intellectual property is a …

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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 with respect to your online surroundings, like sites you visit – this would use your literal, physical environs. The patent, …

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Apple Patents Seamless Glass Enclosures

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 encased entirely in glass. The process described in the patent application suggests Apple would create glass tubes, into which they …

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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 around fifty patents, but has many more applications filed with the US patent office (around 500). This new acquisition dramatically …

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