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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

Judge Posner denies 11 summary judgment motions before Apple v. Motorola trial

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We're only five days away from the first Apple v. Google trial in history (given that Motorola is now a wholly-owned Google subsidiary, a fact that Google just notified to courts throughout the United States), and the exact number of patents to be put before a Chicago jury is still...
Judge Posner denies 11 summary judgment motions before Apple v. Motorola trial

Boot up: Facebook Home, Apple loses patent plea, Windows Phone failure, and more

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Plus Google explains why it's forking WebKit (plus: translation), the soaring price of Apple's new build, and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamFacebook Home >> FacebookYou may be seeing a lot more of this.Apple's slide-to-unlock patent invalidated in Germany (decision...
Boot up: Facebook Home, Apple loses patent plea, Windows Phone failure, and more

Patent Office tries "Stack Overflow for patents" to find prior art

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hopes to improve patent quality by soliciting greater feedback from the general public about pending patents. Last year's America Invents Act included a provision requiring the Patent Office to accept submissions from the general public about patent validity, especially concerning "prior art"—evidence...
Patent Office tries "Stack Overflow for patents" to find prior art

Fireworks in Apple-Samsung Over Whether Expert Had Improper Access to Intel Source Code

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While the Apple-Samsung trial itself follows a fairly predictable and orderly flow, it’s often a surprise to see what issues the lawyers will bring up in the half hour before court starts. On Tuesday, the issue at hand was whether a Samsung-hired expert, Tim Williams, was given access to Intel...
Fireworks in Apple-Samsung Over Whether Expert Had Improper Access to Intel Source Code

Google Patents search gets upgrade, now filled with prior art and European patent goodness

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Apple and Samsung's legal tussles have previously placed a spotlight on stuff like 2011: A Space Odyssey by way of prior art. Now Google's patent search is giving prior art some love as well with the addition of the aptly named "Prior Art Finder" to its patent search tool....
Google Patents search gets upgrade, now filled with prior art and European patent goodness

Motorola says 'numerous individuals [...] wrote about prior art invalidating Apple’s patents'

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In a Motorola filing in the Northern District of Illinois, I discovered a statement indicating that individuals who write to companies defending themselves against patent infringement claims may actually identify prior art that those defendants, despite their vast resources, weren't able to find on their own but considered useful enough...
Motorola says 'numerous individuals [...] wrote about prior art invalidating Apple’s patents'

StackExchange, Google Team Up With USPTO To Help Crowdsource Prior Art Discovery

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I've been a big fan of StackExchange for a while, as a very cool platform for getting expert insight into a variety of (mostly, but not entirely, technical) questions. The platform is so useful that last week, Google even announced that it was pushing its own YouTube API developer support...
StackExchange, Google Team Up With USPTO To Help Crowdsource Prior Art Discovery

Microsoft resists subpoena in Apple lawsuit against Samsung

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Microsoft is reportedly resisting becoming involved in one of Apple's many lawsuits against competing handset maker Samsung. The software giant has been subpoenaed in the case, as Samsung is calling on the company to present prior art from its own patents in an apparent attempt to invalidate the Apple patents...
Microsoft resists subpoena in Apple lawsuit against Samsung

Patent Peace: Article One Partners Raises $7 Million For Its Patent Research Platform

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You won’t have to go far in Silicon Valley to find someone who will tell you that the patent situation in the tech industry is a mess. While trouble has been brewing for a decade, the last year has been marked by a continuous stream of litigation, and some might...
Patent Peace: Article One Partners Raises $7 Million For Its Patent Research Platform

Fun Friday: Outing Bad Patents

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We've all had that reaction when seeing that a certain patent was issued - "how the hell did they get a patent on that?". Well now we can have fun outing those ridiculous patent applications before they get issued. Yesterday our portfolio company Stack Exchange launched a new Stack powered...
Fun Friday: Outing Bad Patents

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

Starting today, the US has a 'first to file' patent system, so you can leave that prior art at the door

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Public service announcement: starting today, as per the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the United States has switched from a ‘first to invent’ system to a ‘first to file.’ In short, it doesn’t matter if someone thought up your idea a week before you and has a single scribbled note on paper...
Starting today, the US has a 'first to file' patent system, so you can leave that prior art at the door

Judge prohibits invalidity arguments based on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tomorrow People

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Judge Lucy Koh just entered an order on three Samsung motions, all of which sought to modify earlier rulings relating to the evidence Samsung may present at the trial that started on Monday. Two of the motions ask for relief from orders by Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal, while the...
Judge prohibits invalidity arguments based on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tomorrow People

Nokia suing Android device makers over patent on sorting text messages (SMS) by conversation

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A few hours after Nokia's arbitration victory over BlackBerry maker Research In Motion and the ensuing enforcement actions became publicly known, the Munich I Regional Court held a first hearing (the second one will be a trial) on one of Nokia's various infringement actions against Android device maker ViewSonic. The patent-in-suit,...
Nokia suing Android device makers over patent on sorting text messages (SMS) by conversation

Apple's rubber banding patent used in Samsung trial declared invalid

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A report from FossPatents today (via MacRumors) covering a Samsung filing with U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh shows the United States Patent and Trademark Office has declared 20 claims related to Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid. One of the claims was even used against Samsung as part of Apple’s $1 billion...
Apple's rubber banding patent used in Samsung trial declared invalid

Only two days left in Apple versus Samsung witness testimony

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The Samsung versus Apple testimonies in San Jose federal court press on, in this, the third day of Samsung's offensive against Apple. Samsung continues to burn the 25-hour trial clock by driving home the point that Apple's patents being applied against it are invalid, on the basis of prior art...
Only two days left in Apple versus Samsung witness testimony

Apple Tries to Torpedo Samsung's "Sony Style" iPhone Charge

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Samsung’s argument that Apple cribbed portions of its original iPhone design from Sony is an interesting one, but the company may not get a chance to see how it plays in court. Unsurprisingly, Apple has taken exception to it and asked that it be excluded from the pair’s upcoming patent...
Apple Tries to Torpedo Samsung's "Sony Style" iPhone Charge

Court Says Copying Journal Articles To Show Prior Art In Patent Proceedings Is Fair Use

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Here's one that touches on both patents and copyrights. Last year, we wrote about how some academic journals were ridiculously claiming that law firms, who made copies of journal articles to submit to the US Patent and Trademark Office to show examples of prior art, were infringing on their copyrights....
Court Says Copying Journal Articles To Show Prior Art In Patent Proceedings Is Fair Use

Stack Exchange Links Up With USTPO For Community Patent Project AskPatents.com For Prior Art

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The patent dramas of the last couple of years have included fights between the very biggest tech titans — Oracle v. Google; Samsung v. Apple; etc. — those picking on the little guys — remember patent troll Lodsys suing all those iOS developers? — and everything in between (here’s one...
Stack Exchange Links Up With USTPO For Community Patent Project AskPatents.com For Prior Art

Here are the 10 patents Yahoo is using to sue Facebook (and what they really mean)

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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. Yahoo’s new CEO, Scott Thompson, is reportedly the one driving this aggressive strategy,...
Here are the 10 patents Yahoo is using to sue Facebook (and what they really mean)

Improving Google Patents with European Patent Office patents and the Prior Art Finder

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Posted by Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager Cross-posted with the US Public Policy Blog, the European Public Policy Blog, and Inside Search Blog At Google, we're constantly trying to make important collections of information more useful to the world. Since 2006, we’ve let people discover, search, and read United States patents online....
Improving Google Patents with European Patent Office patents and the Prior Art Finder

Android likely infringes Nokia patent on tethering as Google and HTC lose out on claim construction

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Android's popular tethering feature, which enables mobile phones to act as network routers in order to share their Internet connections with portable computers, appears likely to infringe on a key Nokia patent. At the United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC) Nokia has just defeated Google and HTC...
Android likely infringes Nokia patent on tethering as Google and HTC lose out on claim construction
The EFF Needs Help Keeping 3D Printing Free

Lawyer's delight: Google beefs up patent search technology

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Google announces the addition of a prior art finder as well a way to search through patent applications to the European Patent Office. [Read more]...
Lawyer's delight: Google beefs up patent search technology

Another Apple Patent Gets Smacked Down, And Its 'Thermonuclear War' Becomes Even More Of A Farce

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This time it's the so-called "pinch and zoom" patent getting rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and this is a big deal since that patent was one that Apple used to achieve that huge $1 bilion verdict against Samsung in a California kangaroo court last summer. Now what...
Another Apple Patent Gets Smacked Down, And Its 'Thermonuclear War' Becomes Even More Of A Farce

Facebook Gets Sued Over ‘Community’ Patent

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Technology patent trolling seems to have become a regular pasttime — something that is influenced proprtionally with lucrative potential of a patent, and which the long-flawed approval process at the USPTO (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) abets in the first place. Now there’s another questionable patent lawsuit, this one involving...
Facebook Gets Sued Over ‘Community’ Patent

USPTO Says Copies Of Academic Articles Submitted As Prior Art Are Covered By Fair Use

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With all the heat that publishers are starting to feel from the academic community, you might have thought that they'd avoid upsetting anyone else. But it seems that some publishers have decided to go after lawyers who make patent applications that include copies of academic articles as prior art. As...
USPTO Says Copies Of Academic Articles Submitted As Prior Art Are Covered By Fair Use
Head of US Patent and Trademark Office to step down in January

Oh snap: US Patent Office issues initial invalidation of Apple's rubber-banding patent

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Samsung’s got to be pretty happy right about now, after learning that the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid, as reported by FOSS Patents. The news was good enough that Samsung decided to share it with friends, that is, if US...
Oh snap: US Patent Office issues initial invalidation of Apple's rubber-banding patent
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