The court agreed to hear the case Alice Corporation Pty. v. CLS Bank International to look into the issue of “whether claims to computer-implemented inventions – including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture – are directed to patent-eligible subject matter.”
The House passed the Innovation Act today in an effort to thwart patent trolls and their preying. However many advocates for patent reform are saying it still falls short, and doesn’t properly consider the consequences to small businesses.
A happy ending to a long and sordid saga.
Editor’s Pick Lumen View Technology filed a “Motion for Protective Order” to prevent FindTheBest, an e-commerce company it sued for patent infringement, from publicly sharing details about the case.
The Innovation Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is a comprehensive bill aimed at neutralizing patent trolls. And it just might pass.
You just bought that shiny new iPhone 5S for $700 or so, but before you could get that $40 case on, you drop it right on the hard pavement, and its almost-unbreakable Gorilla glass shatters like your quickly-dying dreams of technological bliss.
At last! The FTC is taking action against patent trolls. Or at least it voted to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information about patent trolls. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
Editor’s Pick FindTheBest is taking a stand and saying “screw you” to patent trolls. The company filed a lawsuit against a patent troll, which sued it for a patent infringement earlier this year.
JumpStartFund is an online portal that solicits new business ideas and patents from individuals, federal research labs, universities, and other organizations around the country. Selected ideas are put into the system for the community to vote on, offer input, find cofounders, and crowdfund.
Musk will not pursue a patent on “the Hyperloop,” a futuristic transport project that will take passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.
Who needs money when you can have iMoney?
According to a report in Russian newspaper Isvestia, Apple is attempting to trademark “iWatch” in Russia.
Apple has won the lawsuit that Google division Motorola brought against it in summer 2012. The lawsuit, if successful, could have resulted in an import ban of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.
Apple and China just can’t seem to get along lately.
When you’re holding your mobile phone in one hand, you generally have a thumb on the front for scrolling, typing, and tapping, and four fingers clamped more or less uselessly around the edge. But perhaps not for long.
During his first “Fireside Hangout” on YouTube, President Barack Obama called for education, immigration, and patent reform to support the tech scene, not to mention the American economy.
“I wouldn’t have filed the case if we didn’t feel very confident in our position,” Melsheimer told me this morning as he was stepping off an airplane in Dallas. “This was a case that I liked, our firm liked, and I think we have a reasonable chance of winning.”
Guest Post The inauguration of the “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents” is a great opportunity to take another look at the U.S. patent system, and how it fares with startups and software companies.
It seems to be a unfortunately fact about the patent system that rarely do you see a patent for trans-dimensional travel, or a Star Trek-style transporter, or maybe free unlimited energy for everyone.
Soasta, a provider of cloud-based testing services, has been awarded a patent for leveraging more than 500,000 servers across the globe. The goal is to help companies setup tests, so they can avoid crashes and failures caused by an influx of website traffic.
Skype calls use 256-bit advanced encryption by default, but that’s not secure enough for some people. So a prof at the Warsaw University of Technology has created a way to communicate even more privately on Skype — by using silence.
The house of mouse’s next big splash into gaming could be in producing its own video game console.
A few hundred million more or less from HTC is pocket change for the Cupertino giant that expects to earn $52 billion in the next quarter alone. Samsung, on the other hand, sold 57 million smartphones in the last quarter.
Patent analytics firm IP Checkups wants to expose the patent portfolio owned by Intellectual Ventures, one of the largest patent holders in the United States.
One billion dollars? It may sound like a lot, especially with your pinky finger nestled next to your lips. But it’s $700 million too little, says Apple.
Wonderfully-named mobile phone manufacturer “GooPhone” has patented a very iPhone-like design in China, according to local gadget site GizChina.
Apple may have a patent on unlocking a smartphone via gestures, but Google just won a patent for unlocking any computing device just by looking at it.
YouTube could make more money. Video search could get much, much better. And that laborious process of tagging every video you upload to YouTube with all the keywords you can possibly think of might finally be over … all because of technology based on a recently awarded Google patent that enables automated object recognition.
Ahh, the world is a wonderful place. And truth is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction.
Who knew file-sharing badboy Kim Dotcom had a future in pop music? The iconic Kiwi transplant released a music video this past week, and with his German accent it’s totally Arnold Schwarzenegger doing little-kids rap.
Kodak moments are in short supply right now.
As we all know, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is totally about innovation. Just ask patent trolls like Patent Group LLC or Select Retrieval … or the company they sued, Build.com. Or American entrepreneurs who are redirecting $30 billion a year from research and development to patent defense.
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?
Apple has just been awarded patent number 825265, which describes how Apple could create a cloned version of your digital identity in order to protect you from corporate or government electronic surveillance.
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.
Yahoo has put the IP squeeze on Facebook, slapping it with a patent lawsuit during the quiet period in the run up to the social network’s IPO. While it’s tempting to see this as the first shot fired in a broader patent war centered around social networking, Lance Lieberman, a veteran New York patent lawyer with a specialty in software, thinks it’s just Yahoo’s first step down the dark path towards life as a patent troll.
Editor's Pick With Facebook getting ready for its IPO, Yahoo has decided to sue over patent infringement. Yahoo used the same tactic against Google in the run up to their IPO, pocketing a helping of the search engine’s pre-IPO shares.
Here’s the latest punch in the ongoing mobile-device patent brawl: Apple has filed an official complaint with the European Commission against Motorola Mobility for violating agreements to fairly license standards-essential patents. The action comes just days after the U.S. and E.U. approved Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.