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Out of practice: patent trolls and re-examination

Could re-examining unused patents change the lawsuit landscape?The recent flurry of patent lawsuits between Oracle, Google, Lodys, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Nokia, RIM, Kodak and just about every technology company you can think of, between themselves and from a host of patent-holding companies shows no sign of dying down.

July 6, 2011 by

Apple sues Nokia over touchscreen-scrolling patent

Apple has filed lawsuit against Nokia in the UK for alleged patent infringement, this time focusing on a patent related to scrolling, according to online reports.The iPhone maker filed the suit in the High Court in London on Tuesday alleging that one of the patents — that covers the way scrolling works in touchscreen handsets — in a lawsuit brought by Nokia against Apple in Germany is invalid, according a report by Bloomberg.

January 21, 2011 by

Android named in updated Interval patent suit

Interval Licensing refiled a lawsuit on Tuesday against 11 technology manufacturers and retailers — including Google and Apple — alleging that each infringed on patents owned by the company.Interval Licensing, which owns the patents granted to the now-closed Interval Research (co-founded by Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft) claims that Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Youtube, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax, Office Depot, and Staples are infringing on four key patents.

December 29, 2011 by

Google hits back at Oracle Android Java suit

Google has responded to Oracle's lawsuit over the use of Java in Android, claiming it has not infringed any of the claimed patents.In its Tuesday answer to Oracle's complaint, which was filed in August, Google said the methods, apparatus and products described in the patents were in the public domain, and Oracle had no right to claim infringement because of Android's open nature.

October 5, 2010 by

Why software patents are a joke, literally

A former Sun/Oracle employee admits that developers created patents in a contest to see who could get the goofiest patent through the system. Now Oracle is using patents from the same folks as the basis for its lawsuit against Google.

August 16, 2010 by

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