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Google buys another 1,000 IBM patents

US patent office documents show Android proprietor Google bought 1,023 patents from IBM in August, taking the total number of patents it has picked up from IBM this year to at least 2,053

September 15, 2011 by

Apple applies for stylus patents

Apple has applied for two patents relating to stylus input on capacitive touchscreens and other surfaces.The applications were made in January last year, but only published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday.

July 8, 2011 by

USPTO throws out 17 of Oracle patent's claims

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected 17 of 21 claims included in one of the patents that Oracle is asserting against Google over its use of Java in the Android operating system.Google requested a re-examination of patent number 6,192,476 in March.

June 23, 2011 by

Novell open-source patent sale clears final hurdle

German and US regulators have given their approval to the creation of a consortium, featuring Microsoft, EMC, Apple and Oracle, that will buy hundreds of open-source patents from Novell.On Wednesday, the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office, or FCO) said it had cleared the creation of CPTN Holdings, which will buy 882 patents from Novell.

April 20, 2011 by

Government smooths patent application process

The UK government has eased the process for filing patents in Europe.From 1 January, those making applications to the European Patent Office (EPO) will have to supply fewer documents than required in the past, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced on Friday.

December 31, 2010 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, 2010 by

Post-Peer Review

There have been a couple of interesting developments related to US patents, especially technology and software patents. This isn't the first notice on this website of apparent changes in the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office).

February 27, 2010

Klausner Technologies: The new NTP?

Klausner Technologies, a company founded by Judah Klausner who invented the PDA, is suing Apple, AT&T over iPhone's visual voicemail patents. For good measure Klausner is suing Comcast, Cablevision and eBay's Skype.

December 3, 2007 by

Wanna watch a laptop burn?

Once upon a time we used to write stories about notebooks bursting into flame, but these days it's a well-documented - if very occasional - part of the wonderful world of computer batteries.Still, we like a good pyromaniacal photo spread, so click here to see some very entertaining office/Dell/fire shots courtesy of the Chinese-language site hi-pda.

September 7, 2007 by

iPhone-like iPod: Evidence mounts

A new release of Apple patent filings dealing with Wi-Fi, wide-screen displays and touchscreen controls indicates new features in the next generation iPod could look similar to the iPhone.This week, several new patents filed by Apple were released on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site.

July 12, 2007 by

Microsoft Windows and Office violate 532 patents?

By now I'm sure you've all read about Microsoft's latest attempt to slow down open source software adoption by asserting that Linux and other open source software violates 200+ of their patents. This isn't the first time they've made such a claim, nor will it be the last. But what if I told you that Windows, Vista, Office, and other software from Microsoft violate 532 patents?

May 17, 2007 by

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