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VIDEO: Are patent laws a wind-up?

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The European Union hopes to boost invention as it creates a single patent system for the whole region....
VIDEO: Are patent laws a wind-up?
EU votes to create unified patent system in 2014

Apple Gets Design Patent On... Page Turning

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Nick Bilton, over at the NY Times has highlighted how Apple has been granted a design patent on the electronic representation of turning a page. Bilton leaves out that this is a design patent, which is much more limited. It's more akin to a trademark than a traditional patent --...
Apple Gets Design Patent On... Page Turning

Can the U.S. Patent System Be Saved?

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Getting people to agree on the problems, let alone the solutions, is no easy task....
Can the U.S. Patent System Be Saved?

Technology on paper now, technology in pocket tomorrow: Patents and the mobile future

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Want to take a look into the future of mobile? The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a veritable crystal ball, filled with innovative and exciting inventions developed by some of the biggest names in tech. While some of the applications are so fantastical they seem like something out...
Technology on paper now, technology in pocket tomorrow: Patents and the mobile future

Project Troglodyte: Trying To Pre-Defuse Possible Patent Trolls In Important Areas

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Three guys from Finland who have been inspired by the EFF's patent busting project have recently launched a new effort, called Project Troglodyte, which is designed to pre-vet certain patents that they fear have a high likelihood of blocking innovation thanks to trolls. We want to take the EFF's idea...
Project Troglodyte: Trying To Pre-Defuse Possible Patent Trolls In Important Areas

Celebrating 20 Years Of Patent-Free Email Attachments

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Tech innovation happens in layers. The internet was built to make computers more useful, the web was built to make the internet more useful, social media (for example) was built to make the web more useful, other online services are built to make social media more useful, and so on....
Celebrating 20 Years Of Patent-Free Email Attachments
Why Companies Should File For Patents Now
US patent chief to software patent critics: "Give it a rest already"
The Rogue Court That Made Patents So Destructive

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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It's another week with one big winner, this time coming in on our popular post about the DJ who was suspended for pulling the classic "dihydrogen monoxide" prank on his listeners. Gareth soared past the competition in both the insightful and funny categories, because our readers don't seem to...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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

Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office - report

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In what could be a big shake-up for America’s much maligned patent system, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reportedly named lawyer Michelle K. Lee as the first head of its new Silicon Valley patent office. The appointment is significant because Lee used to hold the title “Head...
Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office - report
Software patent progress? Hopefully, it's just a start

Twitter promises it will not become a patent troll

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Twitter’s lead engineer confirmed in a post on the company’s blog on Tuesday that Twitter will not use its patents aggressively. “Patent trolling” is a strategy that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Companies with active product portfolios aim to stifle competition and protect their intellectual property by...
Twitter promises it will not become a patent troll

'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

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The last time Techdirt wrote about "pay for delay" deals, whereby a big pharma company essentially buys off manufacturers of generics so that the former can continue to enjoy monopoly pricing long after its patents have expired, things didn't look too good. Back in 2010, the Second Circuit had...
'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

Celebrating 20 Years Of Patent-Free Email Attachments

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Tech innovation happens in layers. The internet was built to make computers more useful, the web was built to make the internet more useful, social media (for example) was built to make the web more useful, other online services are built to make social media more useful, and so on....
Celebrating 20 Years Of Patent-Free Email Attachments

Author Claims That If Apple And Microsoft Started Today They'd Fail Without Stronger Patent Protection

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The NY Times has a slightly odd op-ed piece, written by Eamonn Fingleton, author of a book about how China is going to dominate the US economically. That may absolutely be true, but this oped tries to bend over backwards to prove that China will be more innovative than the...
Author Claims That If Apple And Microsoft Started Today They'd Fail Without Stronger Patent Protection
RIM dodges $150 million bullet

Apple CEO: When Others Violate Our Patents, They're Copying Our Hard Work; When We Violate Patents, The System Is Broken

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Apple has certainly been quite the aggressor over the last few years when it comes to patents, so it's interesting to hear that, at the latest All Things D Conference, CEO Tim Cook appears to have a bit of a double standard. You see, when others infringe upon Apple's patents,...
Apple CEO: When Others Violate Our Patents, They're Copying Our Hard Work; When We Violate Patents, The System Is Broken

Three days after suing Apple, Google says patent wars hurt consumers

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Google’s public policy director today said software patents are failing to promote innovation, and that patent lawsuits are hurting consumers. But it would be hard to argue Google is doing much to end the patent wars. Only three days ago, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility sued Apple and demanded an import...
Three days after suing Apple, Google says patent wars hurt consumers

China: Google's too controlling, we should create our own damn smartphone OS

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PRC officials are voicing concerns about Android’s use in China and Google’s tense relationship with Chinese web companies. In a white paper on the mobile web published last month, China’s Academy of Telecommunication Research (the research branch of the PRC’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) states that while...
China: Google's too controlling, we should create our own damn smartphone OS
Wired interviews James Dyson, the 'Jobs and Wozniak of home appliances'

As Expected, FTC Announces Close Of Google Investigation With No Antitrust Charges, But Minor Tweaks To Biz Practices

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It appears that the rumors from last month were entirely accurate. The FTC more or less has admitted that it can't find any real antitrust problems with Google, but did get Google to agree to a few minor tweaks in how it operates -- which lets the FTC declare victory....
As Expected, FTC Announces Close Of Google Investigation With No Antitrust Charges, But Minor Tweaks To Biz Practices

Microsoft Launches Tool to Make It Easy to See All Its Patents

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Just ahead of a self-imposed deadline, Microsoft on Thursday went live with an online tool to search and view the company’s patents. General Counsel Brad Smith had said last month that the Patent Tracker would be available by April 1. “Transparency regarding patent ownership is an important part of a...
Microsoft Launches Tool to Make It Easy to See All Its Patents

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

Troll sues Facebook, Amazon and others for using Hadoop

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Big data has become the latest front for the patent troll epidemic as a shell company is suing firms for using a common open-source storage framework known as the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). In complaints filed this week, a Delaware-based shell called Parallel Iron claims Facebook and LinkedIn violated...
Troll sues Facebook, Amazon and others for using Hadoop

Boot up: Google 'tracked iPhones', why Mac OS X Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper is important, and more

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Plus Apple is granted patent on slide to unlock 'even though it existed two years before they invented it'A quick burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamGoogle Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings - WSJ.comGoogle apparently disabled the code when contacted...
Boot up: Google 'tracked iPhones', why Mac OS X Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper is important, and more

Japanese mobile boss claims he's already patented the tech inside Google Glass

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Patent filings, we don't take so seriously. One of Japan's richest men, with the potential to call on an army of lawyers to defend what he claims is his invention, we probably ought to. Masayoshi Son, the billionaire (and philanthropic) CEO of SoftBank, has given a two-hour speech to...
Japanese mobile boss claims he's already patented the tech inside Google Glass

Want More Jobs? Get Rid Of The Patent Trolls

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Last fall, after years and years of bickering and fighting, Congress and the President finally got together to pass what they called a "patent reform" bill. While the bill made a few changes to how the patent system works, it almost completely ignored the issue of patent trolling or just...
Want More Jobs? Get Rid Of The Patent Trolls
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