Blackberry Selling $600 Million Worth of Patents

Blackberry is selling off its legacy patents, primarily covering mobile devices, messaging, and wireless connectivity, to the tune of $600 million.

Huawei Takes Legal Action Against Verizon Alleging Patent Infringement

Huawei has announced it is taking legal action against Verizon, alleging patent infringement by the wireless carrier, according to a company press release. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of…

Apple ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent Is Invalid, Rules German Court

Apple’s patents on its “slide to unlock” feature on its iOS devices are invalid – at least in Germany. A German appeals court has stuck by a 2013 ruling which canceled the company’s patent. According to the court, Apple’s slide…

Facebook Patents a Way to Let Lenders Reject You Based on Your Friends’ Crappy Credit

Facebook’s filed a new patent, and it might make you think twice about the (virtual) company you keep. Here’s the abstract of Facebook’s new patent: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing a graph structure comprising a plurality of nodes…

Google Glass Picture Taking Could Get Even Dweebier

If you thought you looked cool wearing Google Glass before, wait till you see this. Google has been awarded a patent that allows “a computing device, such as a head-mountable device (HMD), to capture and process images in response to…

Apple’s Record $533M Payment to Patent Troll Voided

In February, a federal jury in Texas sided with a patent licensing company called Smartflash and ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million for infringing upon three patents dealing with data storage, payments, and DRM. Apple vowed to fight it, obviously,…

Google Could Use Your TV Viewing As A Ranking Signal

It seems almost crazy to think that Google could deliver your search results based on what you’re watching on TV at any point in time, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, and the company was even granted…

Adam Carolla Settles Patent Suit With Personal Audio

Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla has settled a lawsuit with a patent troll called Personal Audio. The suit emerged roughly a year and a half ago, when Personal Audio also sued HowStuffWorks and Togi Entertainment – all over a patent…

Tesla Opens Up All Its Patents, Which Elon Musk Calls ‘Landmines’ of Innovation

On the heels of news that Tesla Motors would be opening up its Supercharger patents in order to help speed up the electric car revolution, the company’s CEO Elon Musk has apparently decided what the hell, let’s just release all…

Microsoft To Close Nokia Devices And Services Acquisition, Signs Licensing Agreement With Motorola

In 2011, Microsoft and Nokia partnered to create a “third” smartphone horse in the race against Apple and Android. In September, it became more than a partnership when the two companies announced that Microsoft would buy Nokia’s Devices & Services…

Google Is Trying to Trademark the Word ‘Glass’, Currently Having Some Issues

Google is attempting (and currently failing) to trademark the word ‘Glass’, in reference to their Google Glass wearable tech. Most of you will probably find joy in half of that statement. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is currently…

Microsoft & Dell Agree to Cross-License Patents

As the traditional computing industry continues to sink under a wave of new mobile technology, traditional computer hardware and software companies are struggling to find a place in the rapidly shifting landscape. This new reality was highlighted this week as…

Google Granted The Panda Patent?

Google has been granted what could be its patent for the controversial Panda update. It was filed on September 28, 2012, a year and a half after the update first launched, and awarded this week on March 25th. It may…

U.S. Closes Samsung Patent Abuse Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today officially closed its investigation into Samsung’s possible abuse of patents. The decision was made following the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decision to overturn previously awarded bans on Apple products in the U.S. As…

Twitter Bought 900 Patents From IBM After Infringement Claims

Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM. The deal, which includes a cross-license agreement, was made last month, but the two companies have now formally announced it. IBM has received more patents in the U.S. than any other company…

Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties Over Patent Infringement

A court has ruled that Google must pay 1.36% of its U.S. AdWords earnings from 2012 to 2016 to holding company (or patent troll, if you prefer) Vringo, which bought some old Lycos patents in 2011, which Google is said…

Google and Samsung to Share Patents

The years-long legal fight between Apple and Samsung is continuing to rage in courts around the world. Other high-profile patent lawsuits have come and gone in recent years, creating an uneasy climate in which tech companies are now engaging in…

House Passes Innovation Act, Hopes To Stop Patent Trolls

I think that we can all agree that patent trolls are just about the worst. Even if you have no stake in the tech sector, frivolous litigation aiming to make a quick buck off of somebody else’s innovation hurts consumers…

Google Patents Microphone “Tattoo” For Your Neck

What’s up with Google and hi-tech tattoos? Earlier this year, Motorola showed off a new concept for wearable computing that involved the user getting an electronic tattoo. Now Google has filed a patent for a similar technology that may one…

BlackBerry Patent Portfolio Could Draw Interest

Back in August, following another dismal quarterly report, BlackBerry announced that it was exploring “strategic alternatives” – including the possible sale of the company. Earlier this week that possibility became a reality, with a consortium led by FairFax Financial offering…