Managing intellectual property can be a time-consuming process, especially for major enterprises with thousands of inventions, patents, and trademarks. That’s why companies like Microsoft, Ford, and Coca-Cola turn to Anaqua for help.
A new Intellectual Property unit will hunt down “organized crime gangs” who “illegally profiteer on the backs of others’ endeavors.”
Editor’s Pick The current iteration, IP version 4, has its roots in 1980, around the time when people like Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp, still said stupid stuff like: “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”
Many more mobile companies are filing patents to protect their ideas, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Editor’s Pick 3D printing is moving fast, and existing copyright law is having a rough time keeping up.
Consider yourself preemptively re-served, Apple. At least Samsung had the good grace to wait until the phone was announced, unlike one Chinese company.
Google and Apple’s chief executives are reportedly having chats about each others’ intellectual property. The reported calls follow a lawsuit between and Apple and Samsung that resulted in $1 billion in damages awarded to the iPhone maker.
Intellectual Ventures has spent over $1.2 billion on at least 1,000 patent acquisitions, reportedly buying patents for an average $40,000 from companies, individuals, and up to 50 universities, including CalTech, Duke, Clemson, Brigham Young, Rutgers, and my alma mater, the University of British Columbia.
Editor's Pick We now know that patent trolling costs the US economy $30 billion a year, give or take. And patents can effectively be used to stifle competition. What’s an embattled CEO to do when the patent trolls come calling?
The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they do grind. Who they grind, of course, is another matter.
Companies that create or acquire portfolios of patents but produce no products with them cost the US economy $29 billion last year.
Microsoft announced today that it will be selling hundreds of patents to Facebook, a sign that it wants to protect its investment from litigation as the social network heads towards an IPO next month. But this wasn’t a sudden change of heart.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Curebit co-founder Allan Grant has posted a public apology to 37signals for stealing its design and code.
Curebit, the Y Combinator friend-referral startup that got busted over the weekend for stealing code and design work from web megashop 37signals, has been caught stealing again, this time from an independent musician.
Yah, you read that right. As of today, Microsoft’s patent licensing agreements with Android manufacturers now cover more than half of all Android devices, thanks to the recent addition of Taiwan-based Compal.
Take-Two will likely publish more Duke Nukem games despite its most recent title, Duke Nukem Forever, being one of the most disappointing games of the year according to critics.
Networking giant Cisco and smart meter leader Itron have joined forces to deliver an IP-based communications platform to the smart grid market, but the announcement is light on details, such as when the companies will deliver on their promises.
In a surprising move this morning, Microsoft announced that it has formed a patent agreement with cellphone manufacturer HTC. The deal gives HTC coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for its Android phones, and Microsoft will receive royalties from the company in exchange.