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Patently Absurd: Intellectual Ventures Claims It's Easy For Companies To Know If They're Infringing Any Patents

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We've obviously been highly critical of Intellectual Ventures over the years, as the company is doing tremendous harm to the innovation world by effectively setting up tollbooths and legal threats that take money away from actual innovation and funnel it into inefficient uses. Recently, we wrote about how another firm,...
Patently Absurd: Intellectual Ventures Claims It's Easy For Companies To Know If They're Infringing Any Patents

Kodak offloads patents for $525 million, Apple and Google both grab a slice

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This isn't a huge surprise, since we already knew that specialist patent buyers were circling Kodak's wares with around half a billion dollars in their baggy pockets. Nevertheless, the deal is now done, with Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation working together to snap up the imaging IP for $525...
Kodak offloads patents for $525 million, Apple and Google both grab a slice

Patents or Pork Belly? AllThingsD's Katie Boehret Talks With Nathan Myhrvold.

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Katie snagged a quick conversation back stage with Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold and asked him about the other venture he has become famous for. Myhrvold has won two James Beard culinary awards for his cookbook projects, and Katie grilled him on the same. [ See post to watch video...
Patents or Pork Belly? AllThingsD's Katie Boehret Talks With Nathan Myhrvold.

Samsung, Research In Motion Sued For Using Emoticons ;(

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A shell company capped off a week of patent controversy by suing two popular phone makers for including a button that lets users put a smiley face in their messages. Varia Holdings LLC filed a complaint in New York that accuses Samsung and BlackBerry maker RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) of...
Samsung, Research In Motion Sued For Using Emoticons ;(
Yahoo Sues Facebook in a Web Patent Shakedown

ClassifiedAds.com hires a VP of engineering as it pulls in profits

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Jim Nutt Fast-growing ClassifiedAds.com has named Jim Nutt — the former director of software engineering at Intellectual Ventures – to the position of vice president of engineering. “Jim’s extensive experience in building and leading engineering teams makes him the ideal person to head up our development efforts and lead our engineering...
ClassifiedAds.com hires a VP of engineering as it pulls in profits

Intellectual Ventures, Olympus reach truce in patent dispute

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Nathan Myhrvold Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding company run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, just announced a legal settlement with Olympus, the digital imaging and recording technology giant — the fourth company to resolve patent litigation with IV in the last two months. With the settlement, Intellectual Ventures...
Intellectual Ventures, Olympus reach truce in patent dispute

Nathan Myhrvold is completely fine with failure and thinks you should be, too

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Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold speaks at Thursday’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Sure, it’s one of the more overused cliches in the English language. Yet it still holds true in the tech industry, and that’s what Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan...
Nathan Myhrvold is completely fine with failure and thinks you should be, too

Freakonomics Obsession With Patents Strikes Again: Says If More Women Got Patents The Economy Would Grow

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While the Freakonomics guys have shown a willingness in the past to be skeptical about the traditional claims concerning copyright, they often seem to have a blindness to similar criticisms of patents. In fact, in the Freakonomics book sequel Superfreakonomics, there's what's basically a puff piece about massive patent troll...
Freakonomics Obsession With Patents Strikes Again: Says If More Women Got Patents The Economy Would Grow

OpenTV and Intellectual Ventures joint venture sues Netflix

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Patent holder OpenTV has launched a lawsuit against Netflix on Wednesday, claiming the company is misusing its patents on viewer recommendations, digital rights management and video playback. The owners of OpenTV, Kudelski SA, have been attempting to negotiate licenses for the patents in question for a year, but Netflix has...
OpenTV and Intellectual Ventures joint venture sues Netflix

Allegiances forming to bid on Kodak patent bankruptcy sale

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At least two major alliances are expected to bid on Kodak's patent auction, said sources familiar with the matter. Microsoft, Apple, and notorious patent troll Intellectual Ventures are allegedly lining up on one side. Google is headlining a group with Samsung, HTC, LG, and non-practicing entity RPX. Sources familiar with...
Allegiances forming to bid on Kodak patent bankruptcy sale

Most execs like patents, Intellectual Ventures study says

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One of the world's biggest patent holders has put out research suggesting companies are big on patents. [Read more]...
Most execs like patents, Intellectual Ventures study says

Remember invisibility cloak tech? It's useful for talking to satellites

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Intellectual Ventures' second spinoff is translating research in so-called metamaterials into cheaper and easier-to-use communications equipment for plans, ships, and eventually even your individual hot spot. [Read more]...
Remember invisibility cloak tech? It's useful for talking to satellites

Patent grabs continue: Nvidia, Intellectual Ventures buy wireless IP

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The two entities will split ownership of the patents, which focus on LTE, 4G and 3G....
Patent grabs continue: Nvidia, Intellectual Ventures buy wireless IP

Another senior judge bemoans 'wasteful litigation,' state of patent system

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You know something is amiss with America’s innovation policy when a judge says, “this case is an example of what is wrong with our patent system.” It’s even worse when the judge in question sits on the very court that rules over the the patent system. Federal Circuit Judge Timothy...
Another senior judge bemoans 'wasteful litigation,' state of patent system

In Motorola lawsuit, Intellectual Ventures asks two district courts to force Sprint to deliver documents

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In October 2011 patent aggregator and licensing firm Intellectual Ventures sued Motorola Mobility while it was in the midst of being acquired by Google. In the post I just linked to I couldn't help but highlight the irony that Google had invested in the "Invention Investment Fund I", one of...
In Motorola lawsuit, Intellectual Ventures asks two district courts to force Sprint to deliver documents

Kodak sells its imaging patents for $525M

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At the center of the group buying the digital imaging patents is Intellectual Ventures. The deal also would resolve patent-related litigation. [Read more]...
Kodak sells its imaging patents for $525M

Apple, Google find common ground, team up to buy Kodak patents for $500M

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Apple and Google may not agree on the best mobile mapping software. Or the best way to build a mobile operating system. But they apparently can agree on a good deal when they see one: the two companies have reportedly partnered to purchase Kodak’s bundle of 1,100 imaging patents, according...
Apple, Google find common ground, team up to buy Kodak patents for $500M

Nokia calls Google's EU antitrust complaint "frivolous" and a waste of time and resources

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I just reported on Google's EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia, and subsequently saw that Nokia has meanwhile issued a statement. I'll now quote it, and comment on it, passage by passage:"Though we have not yet seen the complaint, Google's suggestion that Nokia and Microsoft are colluding on IPR...
Nokia calls Google's EU antitrust complaint "frivolous" and a waste of time and resources

How To Help Malaria Sufferers Without Using Patents: Crowdsourcing Diagnosis

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A little while back we wrote about Nathan Myhrvold's sniffy comment that if you're not doing anything to help people suffering from malaria, you have no right to criticize his patent troll operation, Intellectual Ventures. As we also noted, this argument is rather undermined by the fact that his research...
How To Help Malaria Sufferers Without Using Patents: Crowdsourcing Diagnosis

There Are 250,000 Active Patents That Impact Smartphones; Representing One In Six Active Patents Today

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A few years back we created a graphic to highlight the ridiculous patent thicket around smartphones. It really just highlights some, though not all, of the litigation concerning patents related to smartphones. That image is a bit out of date, with some cases settled, others completed, and many more filed,...
There Are 250,000 Active Patents That Impact Smartphones; Representing One In Six Active Patents Today
Nathan Myhrvold to Microsoft alumni: 'We participated in one of the most beneficial revolutions in human history'

Apple and Google Teaming Up on $500 Million Bid for Kodak Patents

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Bloomberg reports that Apple and Google have joined forces to put forward a bid of more than $500 million to purchase the patent portfolio of bankrupt imaging pioneer Eastman Kodak.The two companies, competing for dominance of the smartphone market, have partnered after leading two separate consortia this summer to buy...
Apple and Google Teaming Up on $500 Million Bid for Kodak Patents

Opinion: The problem with software patents? They don't scale

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Timothy B. Lee, a regular contributor to Ars Technica and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, has joined forces with Christina Mulligan, a postdoctoral resident fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, to research a key problem posed by software patents: the cost of finding...
Opinion: The problem with software patents? They don't scale

Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life, insists it doesn't sue through shell companies

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Intellectual Ventures’ Nathan Myhrvold Intellectual Ventures, responding this afternoon to This American Life’s latest report on its patent dealings, denies that it uses shell companies to pursue patent lawsuits on its behalf. The statement specifically denies any ownership or control of a mysterious firm, Oasis Research, that filed suit against 18...
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life, insists it doesn't sue through shell companies

Myhrvold to Slashdot: We're more alike than you think

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Nathan Myhrvold answers Slashdot questions. Photo via Intellectual Ventures. With a caffeine-free Diet Coke and a cappuccino by his side, Nathan Myhrvold entered the “lion’s den” today — a.k.a. Slashdot — and tried to persuade the site’s denizens that he’s one of them … at least to an extent. “The fact is...
Myhrvold to Slashdot: We're more alike than you think

Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures is now going after banks, sues PNC and First National Bank of Omaha

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Nathan Myhrvold Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding company led by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, is turning its attention to financial institutions. Today, the Bellevue-based firm — which has already engaged in litigation with the likes of Toshiba, Canon, Symantec, AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream,— announced that it has sued two financial services...
Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures is now going after banks, sues PNC and First National Bank of Omaha

Apple and Google Lead Separate Groups in Bidding for Kodak Patents

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Google and Apple are once again going head to head in bidding for a major collection of patents owned by a bankrupt corporation. According to The Wall Street Journal, two consortiums have formed to bid for the patents owned by camera giant Kodak, which is currently in bankruptcy. Apple, Microsoft,...
Apple and Google Lead Separate Groups in Bidding for Kodak Patents

Apple is allowed (at long last) to intervene in Lodsys lawsuit against app developers

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On June 9, 2011, Apple filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit instigated by non-practicing entity Lodsys against various app developers. Apple argued that it has a license to the patents Lodsys is asserting, and that its developers are licensed by extension. The concept is called patent exhaustion and...
Apple is allowed (at long last) to intervene in Lodsys lawsuit against app developers

Intellectual Ventures tries suing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

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Controversial firm Intellectual Ventures has sued three of the major US wireless carriers for patent infringement. The company has filed lawsuits against AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, alleging the service providers have improperly used IV's technology related to wireless networks. Verizon has a licensing agreement in place with IV that wasn't...
Intellectual Ventures tries suing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile
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