“A computer program is not a patentable invention.” Time to bust out the champagne, neckbeards! Wait, you guys have champagne, right?
Guest Post Innovation is at risk every day there’s no action taken to prevent patent trolls from suing companies based on broad patents. With help from President Obama, tech companies may finally be in a position to fight back.
The third and final wave of provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) will become effective on March 16, 2013, completing the overhaul of United States patent law that began with enactment of the AIA on September 16, 2011. Do you know what’s changing?
Let’s kick the weekend off with a discussion on patent litigation! (All parties jump into the air, freeze frame.)
The foreman of the jury in the Apple-Samsung trial spoke out today about how his own patents informed his take on the trial.
Whichever way the verdict breaks, the Apple-Samsung patent trial, which ends this week, will have wide implications throughout the technology industry.
It’s time to examine the idea of “intellectual property” a little more clearly, especially when patent law dominates business headlines and the outcome of the Apple-Samsung trial holds enormous implications for the tech industry.
On the eve of their patent trial’s closing arguments, the chief executives of Apple and Samsung spoke with one another — as the judge ordered them to — but failed to come to an agreement.
After fighting the patent battle of the decade in court with Oracle, Googlers are getting publicly fed up with software patents as a whole. Conceptually, they just don’t jive with innovation.
Editor’s Pick Sometimes patent cases are boring. In the Apple versus Samsung patent case, however, there’s been one shining, albeit unexpected, entertainer: the judge.
It is on. World War III, here we go.
Google is finished with helping Samsung and other Android sellers with its left hand behind the back, in a black box. It’s tired of Apple attacking Google by fighting proxy wars with Asian manufacturers. No more cold war, no more semi-civilized conflicts in third-world countries no one has ever heard of.
Google vs. Apple, meet USA vs. USSR, circa 1985.
Motorola, the phone company Google acquired this year, filed a patent infringement suit against Apple that effectively seeks to ban the import of the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch to the U.S.
Can’t make up your own mind about the Apple v. Samsung patent trial? Use this entertainingly useful Verdict-o-matic from the Joy of Tech.
Apple should get down on its knees and thank God for whatever corporate traitor gave it Samsung’s internal iPhone vs Galaxy S1 comparison document.
Usually, patent disputes are courtly affairs, decided before a judge and making most readers nod off and turn to the latest Lindsay Lohan news. Thank goodness for companies such as Motorola Mobility and Microsoft, who are having a very public cat-fight over patent royalties. You can hear the Silicon Valley hissing all the way from the East Coast.
Guest Post Twitter’s momentous announcement yesterday that it would only use its patent portfolio defensively was received with wide acclaim by the tech world. With two small changes, Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement (IPA) could actually completely change the landscape of software patents.
Update 2 p.m. Pacific: AOL stock closed up 43 percent for the day. News hit the wires this morning that AOL plans to sell 800 of its 1,100 patents to Microsoft for $1 billion in cash, money CEO Tim Armstrong says will be used to repay AOL shareholders. This one-time transaction also grants Microsoft a non-exclusive license to to the 300 remaining patents, which cover key technologies such as advertising, search, content generation/management, social networking, mapping, multimedia/streaming, and security.
Facebook has purchased 750 patents from IBM to help it battle Yahoo’s recent troll-like patent lawsuit, according to Bloomberg.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat that there was “a purchase,” but declined to give any further details.
[vimeo 38667389 w=558 h=314] The past week was packed with big news, thanks in part to the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. Jolie O’Dell was there interviewing movers and shakers, so executive editor Dylan Tweney filled in as host of VBWeekly.