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Take that, This American Life? Microsoft releases feel-good video about patents

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How’s this for timing? Radio listeners around the country were given an inside look at the dark underbelly of the U.S. patent system this week in a fascinating and thorough report on This American Life, with new details from its investigation of Intellectual Ventures, the company run by former Microsoft...
Take that, This American Life? Microsoft releases feel-good video about patents

Ericsson sues Samsung over wireless patents after growing frustrated by 2 years of negotiation

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Ericsson is the latest to file a patent suit against Samsung after the Swedish telecoms firm accused the Korean electronics giant of refusing to sign a FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) licensing agreements after two years of negotiations. The company says that the issues centers around one of its patented technologies that...
Ericsson sues Samsung over wireless patents after growing frustrated by 2 years of negotiation
Obama administration comes out swinging against patent trolls

Weekend Ar(t)s: Longing for another Machinarium iPad experience

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During the weekend, even Ars takes an occasional break from discussing Wi-Fi patent owners or the latest Nokia phone. Weekend Ar(t)s is a chance to share what we're watching/listening/reading or otherwise consuming this week. Read the comments on this post...
Weekend Ar(t)s: Longing for another Machinarium iPad experience

Law Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay For Failed Lawsuits Against Innovators

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America’s esteemed lawmakers want heavy penalties for those who abuse the patent system. A bipartisan bill has been proposed to force so-called patent trolls, those who hoard patents for the sole purpose of suing innovators, to pay the legal costs if their frivolous patent lawsuits fail in court. The Saving...
Law Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay For Failed Lawsuits Against Innovators

Patents: Microsoft wants higher standards, more transparency in U.S. system

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Microsoft today proposed a series of reforms for the U.S. patent system — asking the U.S. Patent Office to increase its standards for patent reviews, suggesting a “loser pays” system for curbing frivolous lawsuits, and calling for an end to the common practice of patent owners shielding their true identity. Brad Smith,...
Patents: Microsoft wants higher standards, more transparency in U.S. system

An Angry AOL Shareholder Thinks Tim Armstrong Is Doing A Terrible Job, And These People Should Be On The Board (AOL)

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Starboard Value LP owns a big stake in AOL, and it thinks CEO Tim Armstrong could be doing a better job. It's declared a proxy war, today announcing four people it thinks should be elected to Yahoo's board.  They are: Ronald S. Epstein is the Founder and CEO of Epicenter...
An Angry AOL Shareholder Thinks Tim Armstrong Is Doing A Terrible Job, And These People Should Be On The Board (AOL)

EFF Launches 'Defend Innovation' Site In An Attempt To Fix Software Patents

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The folks over at EFF have launched a new site called DefendInnovation.org that seeks to get people to speak up about fixing the patent system, specifically around software patents. It puts forth a series of key suggestions: A patent covering software should be shorter: no more than five years from...
EFF Launches 'Defend Innovation' Site In An Attempt To Fix Software Patents

Nokia submits amicus brief in support of Apple's bid to block sale of Samsung products

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According to a report from Reuters, Nokia has this week become the first company to submit an amicus brief in support of Apple’s attempt to secure injunctions on several Samsung products. While the full contents of the brief have not yet been revealed, Reuters reports Nokia argued its position in...
Nokia submits amicus brief in support of Apple's bid to block sale of Samsung products

Analytics firm flushes out trolls spawned by Intellectual Ventures

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Patent troll king, Intellectual Ventures, is notorious not only for its size but for the invisible way it stalks its victims. This could change, however, thanks to a crowd-sourced project that will identify the shell companies that IV uses as tentacles. For the unfamiliar, IV is the dark empire of...
Analytics firm flushes out trolls spawned by Intellectual Ventures

Microsoft publishes list of its entire patent portfolio, makes case for transparency

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Microsoft this morning published a searchable online list of its patent holdings — more than 40,000 patents held by the company and its subsidiaries in the United States and internationally — as part of its push for more transparency in the patent system. The company had promised to publish the...
Microsoft publishes list of its entire patent portfolio, makes case for transparency

Obama Targets Patent Trolls with Proposed Legislative Changes

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President Obama has today announced a set of executive actions directed at cracking down on patent-holding firms that interfere with competition and abuse the patent system, reports The Wall Street Journal. Many technology companies, such as Apple, have dealt with multiple lawsuits from so-called "patent trolls," which aim to make money...
Obama Targets Patent Trolls with Proposed Legislative Changes

EU antitrust investigation launched over Samsung’s use of mobile patents

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The European Commission is beginning a formal investigation on Samsung’s use of its mobile patents. Specifically, the EU is trying to decide whether Samsung abuses some of the broad patents it holds to “distort competition in European mobile device markets, in breach of EU antitrust rules.” Basically, this will determine...
EU antitrust investigation launched over Samsung’s use of mobile patents
Google supports open-source software with new patent pledge

Apple's Siri nailed with patent suit over voice-to-text

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The plaintiff, a Taiwan university, filed the lawsuit in a Texas court because "its rulings are usually in favor of patent owners." [Read more]...
Apple's Siri nailed with patent suit over voice-to-text
University sues Apple for allegedly stealing tech that powers Siri

Alternative View: Will Google's Prior Art Finder Become An 'Infringement Finder' For Trolls?

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So, we were just talking about Google's new prior art finder tool, which can help people find prior art associated with a patent with a single click. As we noted, it tries to find elements associated with the patent and then restrict the search results to items published prior to...
Alternative View: Will Google's Prior Art Finder Become An 'Infringement Finder' For Trolls?

New Bill Would Stop Patent Trolls From Hiding Behind Shell Companies

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We've talked in the past about how patent trolling operations love to use shell companies to hide who actually owns the patents. Intellectual Ventures has thousands of shells, but it's even worse in many cases when it's smaller trolls, where no one has any idea who's actually behind the trolling....
New Bill Would Stop Patent Trolls From Hiding Behind Shell Companies
The Patent Wars Begin Over Graphene, A Material That's About To Change Our Lives

Here's Why Facebook's Next Acquisition Should Be A Pile Of Sony Patents (SNE, YHOO)

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Facebook has been on a shopping spree for intellectual property. It cut a deal with IBM for 750 patents at the end of March. It bought 600 old AOL patents from Microsoft. The next place it's turning for patents? Erin-Michael Gill, the chief intellectual property officer for MDB Capital, tells...
Here's Why Facebook's Next Acquisition Should Be A Pile Of Sony Patents (SNE, YHOO)

AOL’s New Patent Owners: Facebook, In A $550M Deal With Microsoft

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Although Facebook didn’t buy AOL’s patent portfolio the other week — it was sold to Microsoft for $1 billion — it’s going to get a good portion of those patents anyway: Microsoft and Facebook today announced that Microsoft would be selling Facebook 650 of the 925 patents that it bought ...
AOL’s New Patent Owners: Facebook, In A $550M Deal With Microsoft
Pioneering patent troll seeks the Supreme Court's ear--plus a cool $12 million

Tech's 8 Most Fearsome 'Patent Trolls'

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Called patent trolls or non-practising entities (NPE), companies that make most of their money from licensing patents don't have the best reputation. Just this week, the Wall Street Journal reported U.S. antitrust authorities are probing whether these firms are making high-tech markets less competitive. Indeed, many tech companies live in...
Tech's 8 Most Fearsome 'Patent Trolls'

Julie Samuels' Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Hello, Techdirt! I'm Julie Samuels, staff attorney at EFF, where I also hold the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. (Yes, that's my real title. And, yes, it's that awesome.) I'm super excited to be here, talking about my favorite posts of the week (not an easy task--those folks...
Julie Samuels' Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Apple seeks industry-wide principles for patent licensing in Europe

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Apple has asked the telecom standards body responsible for patent licensing across Europe to lay down a set of basic principles to define how companies license patents, according to a letter written in November that has emerged today. It its correspondence to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Cupertino-based firm...
Apple seeks industry-wide principles for patent licensing in Europe
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