All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patents’

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 up everywhere and seemingly infect everything. The trend is particularly virulent among tech companies, where Google, Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft …

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Apple Offers $15-Per-Device Patent Settlement To Samsung, Motorola

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 for all: a cash settlement. According to Dow Jones Newswires, Apple offered both Motorola Mobility and Samsung, both makers of …

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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 Apple’s iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 3G, Google seems to have acquired its way into yet another legal struggle with …

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ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking

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 feature, along with many other services that make life more convenient for people, could go the way of the dinosaur …

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Yahoo Unfriends Facebook, Considers Lawsuit Over Patent Claim

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 back in shape than to pick a fight with the biggest kid in the playground? That seems to be Yahoo’s …

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Google Acquires “Google Killer” Cuil’s Patent Applications

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 the foreseeable future. Back in 2008, a search engine called Cuil launched. 2 years later, its servers were shut down. …

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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 the competitor to the MacBook Air in looks and functionality. Apple could use this new patent to stop the sale …

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Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition Approved By Justice Department

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 DoJ said it was closing its investigations into not only this acquisition, but also into Acquisitions by Apple, Microsoft and …

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Zynga Sued Over Patent Infringement By Small Tech Company

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 games maker has infringed on four of their patents. The complaint alleges that Zynga’s games like Words With Friends and …

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Apple’s Siri Patent Reveals Even Brighter Future

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 speculating about where the technology is planned to go in the future. Some items which are listed on the patent, …

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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 not resolved to cease their legal battles this year. Bloomberg reports today that Apple has filed yet another lawsuit in …

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